On Friday Simon will be 9 years old.
On Monday night I created some invitations for him to give to a couple of his friends at school.
I printed the No.9 design on white cardstock, adhered the front piece with the number and the inside piece with the party details back to back with adhesive (could have done back to back printing if I'd left myself more time and patience) and he hand-wrote a message inside each one that said, "would you like to come to my birthday party?"
After he wrote messages on the inside he put each child's name on the outside of the envelope, licked it, and sealed it shut with his hands.
We bundled them up and he took them to school with him yesterday.
He reported back that all were delivered except one. He's not sure where that one ended up.
Yesterday I ordered 35 chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and multi-colored sprinkles to take to his class on Friday (per specific request). We've done this for the last couple of years and he really loves having a bunch of his family come see him at school. Last year both the Grandmas were able to come. This year both the Grandmas and the Grandpas will be there.
Here's how happy he was to see Grandma in his class last year:
On Friday night the Grandparents will all be here for a dinner and cake gathering.
On Saturday we hope some of his friends (about five kids total) will be able to come over for pizza, more cake, and merriment.
I'm thinking about trying the cool number cake that Martha showed in the Number Themed Party article (January 2011) for the Saturday party. I'll let you know how it goes.
As we get ready for the annual festivities I feel like this is a good time to say THANK YOU. Thank you for all the support you've shown Simon (and our family) over the years. Thank you for the encouraging words, the suggestions, the heartfelt emails and comments, and for simply rooting for him. Your support is felt and greatly appreciated. He is one super special kid.
Go Simon Go!