Sunday, October 8, 2017

Nolan's Birthday Weekend

Okay, I'm making it my goal to be a little more current on this blog. I can't believe it's already been a month since Nolan's big 6th birthday! Because we just moved and we don't know many people yet, I knew that this party wasn't going to be a huge one, but I still wanted it to be extra special for Nolan. And it ended up being so much fun. We invited Steve's brother Phil and his family, my cousin Zac and his family, and then my mom and Don (who traveled from Pennsylvania for their first visit).

 I asked Nolan at the beginning of the summer what he wanted his party theme to be, and he chose Lightning McQueen. And even though I've never done a character party before, I thought it would be really memorable for him, especially since Cars 3 just came out this summer.

My favorite part of the food decor was this tower of tires a la Luigi's! 

Steve and I made a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream and decorated it with some of the boys' Lightning McQueen cars. (We have an embarassing amount of Lightning McQueens.)

Our fam of five.

I think Don got some more photos of the guests on his camera, but I didn't get much.

Our sweet little baby cousin (born in July!)

Ready for cake and presents! He acquired many more Legos, and Nolan and Ephraim are obsessed with them. (And I'm a nervous wreck trying to keep the Legos away from the baby!)

Since his birthday, he has started looking SO tall and thin and old!

While Mormor and Papa Don were here, they treated us to a trip to the Children's Museum in Indy. It is such a cool museum, and I would recommend it to anyone with kids our kids' ages.

The preschool area had sand and water and balls... they could have stayed in this section of the museum all day.

And Steve found an exhibit he liked. :)

The museum has a really awesome dinosaur section. Here the boys are holding up a cast of a dinosaur skull.

And then they got to touch a real T-Rex leg fossil.

August thought Mormor's phone was fun. :)

And he liked the bright Chihuly glass display.

Nolan collected the red pieces and lined them up, while Ephraim collected the yellow pieces.

The boys put together a Chinese Terra Cotta Warrior.

And we wrapped up the night with a Chicago favorite (GIORDANO'S!)

Things have been going well otherwise. We're getting to know the area, finding some great parks, looking for a church home, and spending time with family when we can. 

August's 8-month photo. I just took his 9-month one (how, already?!), and I'll post it soon!

Hope your Monday is off to a great start!



  1. We have a similar embarrassing amount of McQueens...I mean, seriously, I one time counted THIRTEEN of JUST McQueen varieties. And I'm guessing at least 30 "other" characters. It's nuts ;)

  2. Love the pictures! My nephews love Lightning McQueen also, although not as much as they did few years ago.


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