Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Birthday Celebration

Earlier this month we celebrated Tortuga's 12th birthday. It has been a month of ups and downs for this child. We have had some wonderful moments and some pretty awful ones too. I think I have about eight different posts that I want to write or have started to write but I get sidetracked by the goings on around here. Right now I want to focus on Tortuga's birthday.

We had planned a surprise party for him in hopes of diffusing some of the fallout that normally occurs. We told him we would be celebrating it a week after his actual birthday due to some work travel for C. In actuality we planned the party for his actual day. Corazon was in on the surprise and she helped me tremendously as we made plans and preparations for the weeks leading up to his day.  He wanted a "Lego" day so we had ordered a cake, goodies for the party, and even a special shirt for him. When the day came, we were ready and he had held it together beautifully up until then (which has NOT been the case in previous years.)

We started the day with our usual birthday greetings, special breakfast, and a few presents.



 Then we sent him off to do his usual post-breakfast morning routines and activities. While he was in his room the rest of us went to work getting the place ready and decorating for the party. By the time our first guest arrived we were sent and he was none the wiser. It was perfect. By the time he realized we were celebrating his birthday he didn't have time to anticipate and mess thing up for himself.

The party was an overwhelming success. We tried to keep it low-key by keeping the kids outside playing with their bikes, skateboards, roller blades, hoops, and basketballs. We had never been able to pull off a "party" for him that included more than our immediate family, but we managed to entertain 16 kids ranging in age from 6 months to 14 year on what turned out to be a beautiful day! Tortuga really looks up to Christine's sons and Corazon was thrilled to spend time with her daughters so it was especially wonderful to have them join us. Overall the day was a huge success. Here are some of the highlights.

 Cake...

 Hula Hoops...

 T-shirt decorating...


Pizza...

Bikes, roller-blades, scooters, and skateboards...



 Lego car kits, bracelet making, sidewalk chalk...




Even the adults got in on some of the fun...




Our dear friends' babies definitely stole the show...




 Milagro hung back and took it all in....

The best part of this day, besides seeing Tortuga thoroughly enjoy himself, was that he HELD. IT. TOGETHER. After everyone had gone home we let him open his presents and hung out. He still didn't lose it and he was feeling pretty good about himself. He even thanked us for a great day and for "loving me so much."

The next day...that's another story...

4 comments:

Sarah said...

Aww! This made me tear up! What a great day! The pictures are fantastic, and I LOVE the lego birthday candles. :)

GB's Mom said...

Awesome!

J. said...

amazing that he made it through the day with the grace that he did. I know the fallout came but it is so great that he got through the day, healing is such a great thing.

ohchicken said...

love this! all of it...

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