Twin Day Tuesday

It’s spirit week at Wildman’s elementary school.  The PTO is trying to get everyone psyched up for the Jog-a-thon on Friday so everyday has a new theme.  The children were encouraged to wear their shirts backwards and/or inside out on Mixed Up Monday.

Tuesday was Twin Day!  As you can see, Wildman and his buddy dressed up in their best Mario Bros. clothes.

Even Wildman’s and T-bones’s teachers dressed as twins.

I didn’t take pictures of any day except Tuesday so I can’t show you how cute Wildman looked in one St. Patrick’s Day sock and one Christmas sock on Wacky Wednesday.  Today is Team Thursday so J dressed him up in a Gators t-shirt.

Like I said, Friday is the Jog-a-thon to raise money for the PTO.  The kindergartners typically run 20-30 laps.  Parents are encouraged to come out and run with them.  There are only two things that make me not want to run with Wildman tomorrow.  I have a massage scheduled at 10 AM with my friend, B, that will make me so relaxed and not ready to get out an run.  AND the jog is at noon which is getting toward the hottest part of the day.  It’s been in the 90s here.  Ugh!

You know I’ll be there jogging away though 🙂  I wouldn’t miss it!


Super Mario Bros. Birthday Bash

We had an early birthday bash for Wildman at our house on Sunday.  The theme?  SUPER MARIO BROTHERS!  It’s his latest obsession.  I knew nothing of Super Mario Bros. prior to planning this party so I consulted the Internet for some ideas.  Most of my inspiration came from here and here.

The children each got their own Mario or Luigi hat and mustache.  I had some tiaras for the girls to be Princess Peach.

I made felt mushroom head pouches for the children to keep their collected coins in.  There was no sewing involved!  Score!  We played several games for gold coins: a Yoshi egg hunt, zip-lining onto colored squares that had coins taped to the back and the pinata was loaded with them!  The child with the most coins won a Mario t-shirt.  The winner was Wildman’s friend, O, who collected a whopping 35 coins!

One of the Yoshi eggs contained a “w”.  The person who found that lucky egg won a Mario Bros. cartoon DVD.

The children also played ladder ball for a prize of a Christmas book.

I served lots of veggies and dip, that awesome pineapple salsa, queso, pizza, lime sherbet/7-up punch, as well as lots of beer and wine for the adults.  A paper pieced goomba marked the adult drink tub.

In lieu of a sheet cake or layered round cake, I made mushroom head cupcakes.  The white dots are white chocolate discs used for melting and making lollipops.  I made 3 dozen cupcakes for our herd of 20 children.  Half were white cake and half were carrot cake.  All were a hit!

Luckily the weather cooperated and we had gorgeous sunny skies for the party!  It rained at 11 AM and by 2 PM (party time) all the bad weather had moved out.  Whew!  I didn’t know what I was going to do with all of those people if it rained.  All of our games took place in the yard!  I’m so glad it all worked out.

I made each child a Yoshi treat bag to fill up with their choice of candy from a candy buffet that I had set up on our glass dining table.  The kids were over the moon to get to choose their treats.  I had containers of chocolate coins, Mario fruit snacks, rainbow lollipops, rainbow candy canes, Sunkist gummy candies, gumballs, and extra mustaches laid out for them.

I’d definitely call this party a success!  I had fun preparing for it and the kiddos had a blast all afternoon long.  But given how much effort I put into making all of the favors and decorations, I think I’m going to institute the every-other-year birthday plan.  Next year, I think the boys will get to choose a fun family activity for their birthday.  It’s exhausting hosting birthday parties!!!