Friday night was homecoming. Don't remember the final score, but it was a blowout. The theme for homecoming this year was bedtime stories, so that's was their halftime routine was choreographed around. They wear pink bows and use pink poms for Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Jack also had a game over in Alameda this weekend.
That evening was the homecoming dance. Lots of girls met at a location in town for picture taking. It. Was. Chaos.
Not my kind of picture taking atmosphere.
And Sunday, we woke up and decorated for a belated birthday party for Jack. This game truck arrived and the boys were in seventh heaven (plus two girls too). For two hours they played video games.
We have been in major party planning mode over here and as much fun as it was, I'm glad it's over. Phew, parties aren't for wimps!
My friend Kristi, who has twins Garrett's age, has been a friend since we met in first grade (for the boys). The boys, while their interests have varied over the years still remain friends and we have a similar circle of friends. So when I approached her 6 months ago about a joint party, she loved the idea. The only decision we made was to hold off till the end of summer before many of the kids head off to college. We had several ideas, but we kept coming back to the fact that we wanted the boys to love what we did. And one thing about our boys and their friends is they love good food. So pizza was not going to cut it. We researched food trucks (they all seem to be big fans of these type of shows on the Food Network) and we found this one-lots of great review on Yelp.
I have to say, we initially decided that this fit the bill for boy food, but it was better than awesome. The tater tots...yummo! It was kind of fun just watching people go up and order what they wanted. This was definitely different from any other party we have been to.
The boys could probably care a less about decorations, but Kristi and I did. The party was initially planned for the backyard, but then we decided with food truck out front, to turn my driveway into the party area. We strung lights between our garages and then added the Japanese lanterns. The pictures don't do it justice, it really looked great. On the garage door on the left, we hung a banner (all printables from Amanda's Parties To Go) and then I had 4 group pictures of the boys and their friends blown up as 2x3 foot engineer prints ($3.59 @ Staples-such a deal!). On the front porch we hung two vinyl banners of the boys. Wish I had a picture, but they were kindergarten pictures of the boys next to grad pictures of them. Got a great deal on the banners too, maybe $11 for both.
We rented 3 round tables with chairs for the garage and then 5 cocktail tables. Loved the cocktail tables. People could put their food down and then move from place to place. Party started at 6:30, it was a really warm day, but the sun was starting to go down and it was a perfect evening.
Table decor- Kept it simple with a mason jar of flowers and the banners. I found those white wooden paper clips at Michaels and added some Washi tape along the bottom to add some color. We put pictures of the boys from when they were younger.
Inside was all the dessert. Kristi had a chocolate fountain and put together a great spread of food to dip. This was a big hit with the teens.
And no party would be complete without cake. We got the cupcakes from Safeway and I put the grad picks in them and the cake from from a local place. It was excellent.
Just this week, several of Garrett's friends left for college so this may have been the last get together for many of these kids for awhile. I think we had about 75 people here, but since it was mostly outside, my house looked pretty amazing the next day. I think Garrett was pretty impressed by what we pulled off and it was a great night.
So Maui is now one for the memory books. It's been just about a month since we went. We have been to Wailea twice before and while we love that area of the island, we keep trying different hotels trying to find the one that fits our family best. This year, we settled on the Kei Lani Fairmont and ding ding ding, we have a winner. It's a beautiful property with a great beach. The pool doesn't have the same wow factor as the Grand Wailea. But, it's a smaller, more intimate property. No need to go stake at chairs as soon as you wake up. We stayed in the villas-2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms-worked perfect for us. And here is the view from our villa. And here is the view from the back of our villa-
Just to the right of the villa was this hammock-pretty convenient.
And this was also part of the villa. In the "backyard", there was a plunge pool. At first I thought it was kind of silly, but we all loved it. In fact, Jack says his favorite part of the vacation was this little pool and we would walk around and around and create a whirlpool.
We did spend plenty of time at the main pool. Best day was renting a cabana and just having a relaxing day.
We did 3 excursions on a boat. The first was a sunset cruise. We do this every year. This year the catamaran took off from Makenna Beach just down the road. Jack camped out on the trampoline on the boat.
The next boat was a first. We chartered a fishing boat. We weren't out to catch any big fish, just wanted to catch dinner. It was a great excursion. We all loved it. Jack caught the most, lucky boy. The best part is they bagged up the fish and we took them to the chef at Ko restaurant which is at the Fairmont. And here is our dinner that evening-tuna and blue striped snapper.
We also spent a day snorkeling.
And just coincidence, but we got to celebrate another anniversary on our favorite island? 23 years-that's the year of sand, right?
Morgan brought along her go-pro, so here's our family vacation is 3 minutes. (link, if embedded video not visible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pwuOYX6ev8 )
Labor Day, the last hurrah for a carefree weekend. Because every weekend after that for the next few months we'll be juggling Morgan's practices and cheer activities and Garrett and Jack's soccer games. It's a bit tricky trying to get everyone where they need to be and being able to sit and watch.
Morgan cheered for her first frosh game. Games are on Thursdays, so she goes to school, I pick her up for a cheer gym class at 3:30 then pick her up at 4:50 and drop her off at the game. She doesn't get home until 7:00. Her Saturdays are spent at practice from 10:00-4:00.
Season 2, U6 has started with this little man. Chris is coaching again and so far Jack and his teammates are scoring it up and really a step above the other teams.
Chris still enjoys putting together a highlight video for Jack. So here's one from his first game of the season.
Hear a happy dance? Well summer is over and it is back to school! Actually this summer went by incredibly fast. We were all very busy and had a calendar full of events and fun moments.
Garrett & Morgan started school on Monday and Jack began today.
In summary, it was the last first day of school for him.
And the first day of high school for her.
And the first day of school for him.
It was the first time the oldest two have been at the same school since they were in 5th and 2nd grade.
And it was the first time, the oldest have gotten to school without me driving at least one of them! So lots of firsts going on around here.
And here's a first-I got this shirt made up for Jack and am going to have him wear it on the first day of school until he's Garrett's age. That should be a fun progression of pictures that will go all too fast.
And here's a first and a last-a group shot of them as they head off to their first days of school this year.