Big time excitement around here yesterday and today. Simon is six.

Yesterday we had a party with five other little kids and a bunch of adults and family. Kids were running and playing and eating and unwrapping. Simon loved it.

Here's the calm before the storm:


This year Simon went with a mixed theme. Elmo hats, Scoobie Doo banner + goodie bags, Dora cake plates, Shrek pizza plates, Cars cups, My Little Pony napkins, and a Happy Feet tablecloth. All favorites at one time or another over the past few years.

His newest passion right now is Star Wars. We got the original Star Wars movie at Christmas and since then we have watched it many times. Light sabers were requested as a birthday present. If he wouldn't have fallen asleep on the couch last night from sheer exhaustion I think he would have slept with those new light sabers. Those were definitely a hit.

No school today in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. so we are hanging out, playing with toys, and working in between.

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  1. Christine Villacarlos

    2008-01-22 01:43:15 -0500


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  2. Sarah Kristiansen

    2008-01-22 01:50:37 -0500

    Happy happy happy birthday Simon! We love watching you grow (and grow and grow!)

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  3. Daphne

    2008-01-22 02:39:18 -0500

    Happy Birthday from me to you. It was also my birthday; but I turned 40. I had alot of fun all weekend with friends and family! Sorry it is a day late!!! But, I did think of my favorite scrapbooker's son, Simon!!! I loved the mixture of party stuff!!!

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  4. Tiffany K

    2008-01-22 03:29:12 -0500

    Happy birthday little man!

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  5. Cathy D

    2008-01-22 04:07:10 -0500

    Love the decorations that are full of variety. I hope he had a great birthday!

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  6. Emily J.

    2008-01-22 04:11:08 -0500

    How fun!! Sounds like everyone had a great time. Love the mix-match of party accessories.....

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  7. Aleida Franklin

    2008-01-22 05:03:18 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon!

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  8. laura berry

    2008-01-22 05:21:01 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon!!!!
    Wishing you a wonderful day full of happiness and joy!! =D
    w. columbia, sc

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  9. mireia

    2008-01-22 06:11:33 -0500

    ohh! happy birthday!!!!!!!!!

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  10. kellym

    2008-01-22 06:40:20 -0500

    I received an email re: raising money for Autism Speaks over the weekend, thought I'd share it with you.

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  11. Michelle

    2008-01-22 07:07:19 -0500

    Happy Birthday, Simon!!!!
    Enjoy each day being Six!
    Love the birthday themes!

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  12. Marge

    2008-01-22 07:47:10 -0500

    Happy Birthday to Simon!!!!!
    A very good friend of mine has twin grandboys, one of which has been diagnosed with autism. I've offered your site as something she might want to look into - you're a wonderful mother and it would certainly boost her spirits! Thank you, Ali.

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  13. Lisa M.

    2008-01-22 07:47:13 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon! I LOVE your all your different decorations! How cool.

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  14. MizzBizzi

    2008-01-22 08:01:48 -0500

    Happy birthday, Simon!

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  15. Susan

    2008-01-22 14:30:39 -0500

    Oh my, Ali. He looks so big! Man, it goes fast, no?

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  16. Jessi

    2008-01-22 15:12:11 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon! It seems just like yesterday, I was looking at his baby pictures on 2peas. :)

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  17. kimkt

    2008-01-22 15:12:55 -0500

    Happy birthday, Simon!!!
    My little guy turned seven a couple of weeks ago and is a MAJOR Star Wars fan. :)

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  18. sue

    2008-01-22 15:13:17 -0500

    A post mama to mama-I am always interested in the "best" toys that are right for all the things I want the kids to do/learn/experience. Esp. for re-creation of scenes of movies which makes for wonderful language. SO I am recommending the Star Wars GALACTIC HEROES from Hasbro. Nice chunky little guys that hold up and not too many pieces. Tons of different choices and some vehicles too and characters from each of the sagas too. Loved by boy 8 and girl 5 at our house. Husband wasn't sure of them but they are perfect and played with often. They love the movies and video games of it too and the light sabers in all forms and the legos too and the Star wars ride at Disney World. Hope you like them too. and ever popular Target have them for us.

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  19. sue

    2008-01-22 15:14:52 -0500

    PS Also love the mixed theme.

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  20. kelli

    2008-01-22 16:32:18 -0500

    Hope your day was super special Simon! :)

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  21. Marcee

    2008-01-23 02:15:52 -0500

    Happy Birthday Simon!!!! How fun that he chose to mix all of his favorites together for a party.
    It's so cool that Star Wars has stood the test of time. I loved it as a kid and was so excited when DH bought me the trilogy for Christmas some years ago.

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  22. Rosa

    2008-01-23 04:07:33 -0500

    Happy,Happy Birthday Simon!!!

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  23. jamie

    2008-01-23 09:20:05 -0500

    love the mix! happy birthday to your boy! hope you are well, ali!

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  24. Christa Adamski aka Glittergirl

    2008-01-24 04:17:22 -0500

    LOVE the mixed theme idea to use up all those "extras" I have from previous parties! You are the QUEEN! I bow down! My Seth turns 6 on APril 2nd...wonder if he'll go for it...lovely, lovely, lovely - you are just so lovely to give me such good ideas all of the time - THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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  25. Karen

    2008-01-31 05:39:21 -0500

    I'm late, but I still want to wish Simon a happy birthday. My son turned 6 in August. He's also a HUGE Star Wars fan. You should check out the Lego Star Wars games. Super cute and fun for the whole family. Each trilogy was released as a separate game and then a Complete Saga was released in time for Christmas. We don't have that one yet, but I've heard that Indiana Jones is an unlockable bonus character.

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