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Everyone in their seats for Brave.
The Hideaway Pizza was a hit.
Mama's homemade Star Wars Lego Luke Skywalker from Episode VI cake was a hit too!
I count 17 little boys which Mama handled mostly by herself since I was at work during the party.
Will was, of course, excited to open his presents. Thank you to everyone who helped make Will's birthday party extra special.
Landon at the start of his swim lesson.
All relaxed floating on his back with a little help from his instructor.
Head in the water and practicing some kicking.
Will is all ready for his swim lesson too.
It was safety day and each of the boys got to practice with a lifejacket.
No one smiles as much as Will.
Drew starting a standing dive.
Gliding and kicking under the water.
Finally, Drew practicing his backstroke.
In addition to the Star Wars Lego Luke Cake, Mama also made chocolate Lego bricks and chocolate Star Wars minifigures for Will's friends birthday party. She put an assortment of bricks and minifigures in each of the children's party favor bags.
Chocolate and different colored candy melts, a silicon candy mold, a little love and presto...your own
clone chocolate army.
Mama's awesome chocolate Lego bricks and Star Wars minifigures!
For Will's friends birthday party, Mary made a Star Wars Lego Luke Cake. Start with a cake made in a silicone Lego minifigure cake pan.
Begin icing the head and hands with a skin-tone icing.
Next the body, which is black since Will specifically requested Luke from Episode VI.
Add some yellow hair and eyebrows and then some eyes and a mouth.
Last, add a some grey details to Luke's cloak/robe and belt.
The final product at the party including a green, Episode VI, lightsaber. Great job Mama!
Last night all of us enjoyed a Tulsa Drillers baseball game. Even in the cheap seats, we had a great time feasting on ballpark food and America's pastime. Because they have now played organized baseball (at least the older two), they paid a lot closer attention, followed the game better and got a lot more out of it than they ever have before.
After the game, we were treated to a fireworks show.
Amazingly, I narrowed my pictures down to just four...pretty good for me.
I like the color of this one and the one before with the people silhouetted against the purple.
The Drillers really put on a nice fireworks display!
After the game, Mama and Landon whet home while Drew, Will and I set up camp in center field just under the huge video board for a showing of Kung Fu Panda 2. Unfortunately, there were no tents allowed on the manicured grass (not even stakeless self-supporting ones like ours), so we went without and just set up our air-mattress.
This is the boys at 6:13 a.m., shortly after we awoke this morning. Will was able to get some sleep but Drew set a new personal record for staying up late. To say there was little sleeping going on would be an understatement. Every time I managed to doze off, I was awakened shortly thereafter by the roving bands of scouts whose parental supervisors didn't enforce the official 3:00 a.m. quite hours. The 5:12 a.m. awakening by screaming banshees a foot from my head was the rudest. I grabbed my iphone to see the time and probably would have grabbed one of them if they hadn't run off.
Despite the lack of sleep, it was a fun adventure with the boys and none of us would have missed it for the world...we're just not sure if we need to repeat it next year, especially if it's 105° that day. Thanks to the Tulsa Drillers for letting us on your field and special thanks to the their groundskeeper who cannot possibly be a fan of such events.
This evening, just as the sun started to set, I asked Aunt Donelda if she had gotten any pictures with her nephews during her visit. She said she had not. So, with the boys barefoot but still in their Sunday clothes, we ran out into the backyard, grabbed a chair off the patio and placed it in the grass where I thought the light and background might be good and snapped off a few photos which came out great. This just might be one of the best photos of Aunt Donelda and her nephews.
Today we celebrated Will's sixth birthday. Mama made the Danz family traditional number cake. Will chose chocolate cake with chocolate icing. As always, the cake looked as great as it tasted.
Aunt Donelda drove all the way from Chicago to be with Will on his special day. Ma, pa, Aunt Catherine and Uncle David all joined us for dinner, cake and presents.
The big six-year old with his fully decorated cake with six candles (there's another blue candle hiding just behind the green one), his number six helium balloon and happy birthday banner.
Will just starting to blow out his candles. The candles were supposed to be sparkler candles but they were old and had turned in to trick re-lighting candles. A couple had to be blown out three or four times!
There's always lots of interest when something fun is being opened.
Birthday cards are really special this year as Will is now able to read most of what they say.
Ninjagos where a favorite gift this year.
Another great gift brings an equally great smile.
After opening gifts, we moved to the backyard to try out Will's new Spider-Man web shooter.
It shoots a silly-sting type web from a rather ingenious little shooter device that replicates the Spider-Man web shooting action perfectly.
When it runs out of webs, just pop in a container of water and keep shooting! Thanks to everyone for making Will's sixth birthday extra special.
As soon as it stopped raining today, Mama said that there would probably be a rainbow. She and the boys rushed outside and Mama was right. You can even just make out a double rainbow present. I'm amazed by the color differentiation of the sky above and below the rainbow. I don't know if I've ever noticed that before but, like the one above, it is clearly present in most of my photos.
Will and I resting together on a quiet Sunday afternoon.
Missing tooth boy, Will, was all smiles at the dinner table tonight most likely in long anticipation of his upcoming birthday celebration.
I just wanted a simple picture of Will smiling but he wouldn't be serious and give me a "normal" smile until the end. When I later checked my pictures on the computer...I saw that they had all turned out great...except the one where he smiled like I wanted. It was the only non-Will in the bunch.
Mama made the most delicious 4th of July cake today. It was like eating a strawberry shortcake cake!
4th of July spirit filled the Danz family home today.
The boys playing cards and patiently waiting for the fireworks to begin from our vantage point just south of River West Festival Park. We were fortunate enough to park right next to a nice grassy spot with a great view so we waked 10 feet from the car and set up camp.
One of my better fireworks photos. I had intended to post just a few best shots but my selection process was shall we say, interrupted, so a sky-full follow after the jump in the order they were taken.
This morning our neighborhood had its annual 4th of July parade. Yesterday, the boys decorated their scooters and bikes. This is Landon proudly riding his scooter he got for his birthday this year.
Will flying by on his scooter.
Drew on his nicely decorated bike.
The family (minus Daddy the photographer) walking, scooting and riding together.
The parade ended at our neighborhood park where there were plenty of treats for all the kiddos.
Always a highlight, our local fire department brought their fire engine ladder truck.
A Tulsa Fire Department fire engine ladder truck.
Brothers Landon, Will and Drew in their patriotic shirts. Happy 4th of July!