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Way back in September, maybe even August?, Kye started talking about having a bonfire. He wanted to cut down trees (child talks constantly about how there are too many trees in the world and how we should cut them down haha I think my attempts to not let The Lorax make him into a tree hugger actually made him go the opposite direction!) and use them to have a fire. He wanted to invite EVERYONE he knows and he talked almost daily about his big plans for this bonfire night. Next time he has a birthday party he will FOR SURE be helping in the planning process…he really enjoyed planning this special bonfire night!
I told Kye we needed to wait for it to be colder to have the bonfire and that instead of having it at G-Mama’s house it’d be better to have it at our house and we could do it for my birthday celebration with the family. We couldn’t invite everyone we know (even though he did confess he totally invited his teacher from school haha) but we could have the WHOLE family come! I planned the night for Nov 9th because it was after daylight savings time ended…meaning it was dark much earlier!
We had to order a fire pit thing and we got some wood from Big Daddy’s house (no chopping it down, sorry kid). We ate early so we could do the fun outside festivities before bedtime! Zach even set up the tent in the backyard so the kids could feel like it was a true camping experience. Payton told us she wants to have her birthday party at our house next year haha. It was truly probably THE most fun party to date! Kye did an awesome job putting it together 🙂
I asked Kye if he had any activities planned so he took the leadership role and told EVERYONE about the races he wanted to have. First was a kids race and then an adult one. He took it very seriously and luckily pretty much everyone played along and let him “be the boss” for a minute 😉 He was hilarious b/c he was super hardcore about running around the entire yard three times and then he barely made it twice before he said he was too tired haha. Classic!
Casey got the senior superlative for “biggest schemer” I think you can see why 😉
Telling secrets in the tent!
After dinner and presents it was starting to get dark and I wanted Britt to be able to participate in the bonfire so we got it rolling! I’m so thankful to Trey and Jolee who really helped watch Britt for me!
I got some super sweet gifts from everyone! I especially loved the mase Mrs. Charlotte got me (I sleep with it by my head at night haha) and the People magazine subscription Casey and Courtney bought me! Super, super thoughtful!!! I’ve never had a celebrity magazine subscription (but I do have like 1,000 parenting ones haha) so it’s been super fun!!!
Big Daddy enjoyed my magazine more than I even did haha we kept spying on him through the window while he read it 😉
Once Britt went to bed it was time for s’mores and “scary” stories!!!
Zach taking control of the situation haha
I tried to get pics with everyone that I could 🙂
Our height difference always gives me a wonderful pillow 😉
Poor Jordan slaving over the stove 😉
Kye had THE BEST night!!! He said it was his favorite night ever 🙂
s’mores and hot chocolate…I mean total cool mom status 😉
We all sat around and told stories. We also played that game where each of us say a sentence of a story 🙂 We kept it pretty silly rather than scary but the kids got so into it. Payton was cracking me up! She was so expressive and so into it all. I loved it! I can see Britt being a lot like her in a couple years!!! Of course the scariest part of our story was when it turned out the “bad guy” was Mr. Tom haha (our neighbor who had all the blue door issues and tried to sue us for issues he’d already had with his yard before we moved in!).
It was a very, very fun night! I’m very thankful to have married into such a loving family who always make me feel so special! Everyone did the typical birthday thing of going around and saying what they love about the birthday girl/boy and I appreciated all the sweet words. I think Jolee had us all in tears 😉 I’m truly blessed and I’m thankful everyone helped contribute to make it the bonfire party Kye had been dreaming of!