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Connor turned 6…..whaaat?!?!

Connor was born a snuggler.  He has been our only baby to put his little head down on our shoulder and cuddle right in.  He would let us hold him for hours.  The girls, however, liked to be facing outward and wanted to see the world.  But Connor was always content sitting right on our lap, watching the world from our arms.  And you know, this kid is still somewhat the same……but at the same time, he’s also the most adventurous out of the 3 kids.  But, give him a quiet moment and he still loves to be nearby, loves to sit in our laps, hold our hands, and snuggle his little body right next to ours.  He is such a warm and friendly little bugger……but also loves fun!  In any form. :)


About a month ago, I realized it was his 6th birthday, and that he could invite friends over.  (We don’t have the kids invite friends over for every birthday.  Every few years they can, but the off years, we have a more cozy family birthday.  We still spoil the bananas out of them…..but it’s just us.  The “friend birthdays” require a little more time, effort, money…..and well, let’s be honest, they’re more exhausting!  Plus, it’s how Steve and I grew up… it feels normal.


But once Connor remembered it was “friend birthday” year — he was PUMPED!




And then I panicked a little.  Because this brain of mine thinks that my body can do everything like it normally does…..and I have been cramming items on my “to-do list”, just like normal.  However, my pregnant body reminds my body that the “list” is ridiculous.  But, a certain little 6 year old needed a “friend birthday”.  So I knew I needed to throw some REALLY SIMPLE THINGS together — STAT!


So, that’s what he got.  Nice and simple.  But you know, he declared about 27 times that “this is the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!”  (Okay, he uses that phrase almost daily when he wants us all to know, “this is the BEST MOVIE EVER!” or when we buy special cereal and he lets us know that “this is the BEST CEREAL EVER!” or tells me “you’re the BEST MOM EVER!”  Yeah, he throws that phrase around often.  But let me just think that this was truly the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!  Ha.  You know, out of the 6 he’s had! Little nut…)


Anyway, Connor told me he wanted a Lego Batman party.  So, I went with it.  And scurried around the internet to find a Lego head image and a batman mask image.  I put them together in photoshop, slapped a time/date on there, and printed them out.




Once Connor saw them, he said, “hmmm…..that must be a Lego Robber, because Lego Batman has a black head, not yellow.”  Ooops, who knew?  Obviously not me.  Ack!!  Oh well, just go with it kid! :) 

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So, we put up a few birthday banners, tassles, streamers, and balloons…..and waited for guests to arrive.


Once his friends were here, I passed out some masks and had them decorate with sticky foam pieces.  Nice and simple.




I made everyone a felt cape ahead of time and they put on their gear. (Oh, and felt means there are no seams needed and I just hot glued the felt symbols on the back.  I did, however, sew velcro to the neck closure.  But really, these were super fast to make.)  The capes and masks were a HIT!  These little monkeys ran around the house, with their little capes flapping behind them, doing what little boy/girl super heroes do best……and created chaos.  But it was fun to watch.  And gave them a chance to just play.  Totally worth every ounce of effort! 





Then, we headed outside and let them try out the Water Blob.  I have seen so many examples of the Water Blob online……I knew we needed to give it a try for Connor’s birthday.  And ha, it was hilarious!  These kids jumped and played and rolled around on this thing.  It was hilarious!




All this thing is, is some painters plastic folded in half and then all of the edges sealed together with a hot iron, to create a bladder.  You leave a small hole along one edge, fill it up with water, add some food coloring, and then duct tape the opening closed.  (If you want more info/pictures, try googling it…..there are tons of people who have made them online.)  Ours was on a slight hill, so it didn’t stay completely flat…..but these kids had A BLAST on it.  So fun!




After the Water Blob, we headed inside and we did something that we did for Elli’s 6-yr-old “friend birthday” party.  But instead of creating the “Grossest Cupcake Ever”, we had Connor and his friends create the “Grossest Cookie Ever”.  And you know, there’s something about doing something out of the “norm” that is so funny to kids.  They thought it was crazy that I set out frosting for their cookies but then the only toppings were ketchup, mustard, corn kernels, sunflower seeds, and cheerios. 




They giggled, experimented, layered toppings, and created disgusting little masterpieces. 





And yeah, it may seem as if a little bit of food was wasted, but I considered these “art project” items.  And just like paint, glitter, and foam cutouts eventually make it to the garbage, so did these cookies. 




So then, we had them decorate normal cookies.




And eat them too!




Then, back outside for Connor’s highly anticipated—PINATA!!!!




These kids whacked at that thing over and over and over again.




And finally, I can’t remember who actually busted it first……but it finally spilled its goods.




But Connor was more interested in whacking the junk out of that poor piece of decorated cardboard.




So, Steve helped put an end to that, and then sprinkled the rest of the candy on the ground for these kiddos to scrounge up.




After that…..time for the reveal of the Simplest Cake Ever!!!!  He requested chocolate cake and yellow frosting.  Then, we just bought some Lego Super Heroes and stuck them right on top.  He was THRILLED!




Nothing special…..but for a 6 year old, something fancy wouldn’t have been as cool as having all of those little Lego guys to play with after the cake was cut.  Whew…..I escaped that one!




Then, time for presents.  And of course, every card, gift bag, piece of ribbon, and of course the gifts……..were SO COOL!!





One of his very favorite gifts……was from his big sister Elli.  She gave him one and a half packs of his very own gum.  And the half pack was only a half…..because, well, she had already eaten some out of it.  Ha!  But he was SO EXCITED!




Overall, such a fun day.  This kid got to run around and play with some of his buddies, eat treats, run around in a cape, and open gifts.  Nothing better. 


I just can’t believe that my snuggly little guy is already 6.  I just hope he’ll always find time to sit down and hang out with me, let me read him books, ask for some extra “mommy-son” time, ask for just “one more song” before bed, and wake up early to come hop into bed with me — just because.  This kid is a gift.  So happy he’s around!



Happy 6th Birthday Connor! :)



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And I totally forgot to take pictures of them, but I made Lego Bag Party Bags for all who came.  And Lego crayons, Lego coloring books, and threw in some other batman type stuff.  If interested, some of the ideas I used, are on my Little Boy Party Pinterest Board.




Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
Connor turned 6…..whaaat?!?!
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  1. Kate says:

    You’re such a great mum! I wish mine had done all that when i was a kid haha…not that i don’t love my own ;)
    Hope Connor had a fantastic day! All your pics are so adorable and cute- i’m sure the kids will enjoy looking at them when they get older :)

  2. Sally says:

    very cool! thanks for the great ideas on the capes and water blob! and…where did you get your kitchen table and chairs? we need new ones and I love yours! thanks! Happy Birthday Connor!

  3. Wendy says:

    What a wonderful birthday, lots of fun!

    Ashley, your story telling reminded me of a poem I learned many years ago.

    When I was one, I had just begun
    And when I was two, I was nearly new.
    When I was three I was hardly me
    And when I was four, I was not much more.
    When I was five, I was just alive,
    But now I’m six and clever as clever,
    Think I’ll stay six now forever and ever!

    (variant of an A A Milne poem)

    1. Ashley says:

      Awwwww, this made me so happy…….thanks so much for sharing! This describes Connor perfectly! :)

  4. Noreen says:

    You are blessed.x

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Noreen. Agreed! :)

  5. tanya says:

    Oh it sounds like you had a fun day! And he sounds alot like my own six year old son :) He was my “baby” for six years and we now have another baby :) 3wks and my snuggler still climbs up for a snuggle. Hope he always does…

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh good, glad to know he still snuggles. This baby of ours is coming in a little over a week and I don’t want him to think for a minute he’s been replaced! :)

    2. tanya says:

      We had a rough first week here, as I think maybe he was worried that that HAD happened. But we back on track now :) Hope all goes well for you.

  6. Andrea says:

    I really like the paint color in your family room/kitchen area. What color is it?

    1. Ashley says:

      It’s called Rainwashed by Sherwinn Williams :)

  7. Kate says:

    I love the one and a half packs of gum! Reminds me of one of my favorite books: A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban–hilarious!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha…..I know, it was just too funn!

      And this sounds like a book I need to check out! Thanks. :)

  8. Patricia says:

    Happy Birthday Connor.
    You have a very handsome son.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Patricia!

  9. Diane W says:

    Oh you brought back memories. Our youngest of 7 was the snuggler. He’d always come find me on the couch after the older ones left for school/work and snuggle in. We’d snooze some more and Id find him almost behind my back when we finally woke up. Oh….he is now almost 17. Sniff. Sniff. Happy 6th Birthday, Connor! (We have a grandson Connor who just turned 6 on June 5th)

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, that’s exactly what my Connor does! It’s something I truly treasure……darn it, why do they grow up?!! :)

      And how funny, you have your own little 6 year old Connor!! :)

  10. Batya says:

    Happy birthday Connor.

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Batya!

  11. Noortje says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Connor! Looks like a great day! I love the idea of have ‘Friend Birthdays’ can you explain how you determine which years are ‘Friend’ Years?

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Noortje! And you know, there’s no special rule to when we do it. We’re kinda playing it by ear. I think we would have originally started with having a 5 year old party as the first “friend party” (because they’re in school and start making more friends, etc.) but for some reason it didn’t work out that year for our oldest… 6 became the first one. I think we’ll let them have one every 2-3 years. That way, we’re not throwing big parties for each child, every year. Not only does it cost a lot, but all of the planning that goes into a party just becomes heavy. Some people are really into that……but not me. I like a couple parties a year but between 4 kid birthdays plus all the holidays……that’s just too much for me! I’d rather keep some occasions more simple. :)


    2. Jackie says:

      I agree with that. Too much to do with everything else going on. My kids only get a friends birthday party when their birthdays fall on a Saturday. This year my girl got one, she turned 4. Next year my son will get one, he’ll turn 7. Depending on how the calendar falls it may be a while before they get another. My poor girl won’t get another big friend birthday party until she’s 15. In the in between years she may have a couple of friends come for a sleepover or something, but she’s 4 so we have time to work that out later.

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