Monday, March 02, 2009

Carter Turns 5!

I don't know how or when it happened, but my little baby boy turned 5 today. Carter has been such a joy to have in our family. He's starting to turn into a wild little boy, which is fun, but also has its moments. He is definitely a rough and tumble, full on boy, and we're glad for that. At the very same time, he is as sweet and snugly as they come.

He wanted a "whale cake " which I thought would be easy enough, until he started describing a 3D version of Santa Barbara with a whale jumping out of the cake. (I'm not the Ace of Cakes!) After much discussing, we settled on bouncy balls. Thank you to Kaylin for letting me borrow her awesome ball cake mold. It was a wee-bit tricky transferring the round cake from my house to the party. Alyssa did a good job holding it, but we did get a few finger prints in it when the cake tried to roll right off the platter.

We held the party at Blast Off, the local indoor playground. These kids played hard.

We had many friends and cousins helping us celebrate and Carter came away with more loot than Christmas day. Such fun!

Make a wish, big kid!

I think it is fair to say, he had an awesome birthday!

16 comments:

Lee Ann said...

Love the bouncy ball theme! You're always so creative with the birthdays.

Happy Birthday Carter!

grammy said...

It just clicked with me that his shirt has a 5 on it. Where did you find that? Really cute.

Wendy said...

Did you plan the "5" shirt? You Martha, you! The party looks great, Elena. Way to go for giving Carter such a happy birthday.

Natalie and Quin said...

Happy Birthday Bud!!!

Jennifer P. said...

Did I miss ANOTHER of your kids' birthdays?!?! AH man!!! Happy Birthday Carter buddy! Seems like just yesterday you and Liam were tiny babies---how time flies!

I love the bouncy ball theme--you always have such fun themes!

Kat said...

You have a round cake. A sphere round cake. I can't even imagine making that. Even with a mold. And then transporting it to another location. I am still trying to grapple with that.

becky ward said...

he was such a handsome birthday boy with his haircut and cool shirt! the party was a hit. thanks for the fun.

Miki said...

ugh.....just lookin' at all of that work.

Yay for the memories...

boo for the natural tendencies of women to try and compare themselves to each other....

I'm happy that you love to throw a good party. I still can't believe how quickly five years have passed. We'd better not blink and have another five years under our belt....

Jeni said...

Happy Birthday Carter! What a cutie all decked out in his "birthday suit" :) And what an awesome mom to make his 5th so memorable!

Josh & Joni said...

Happy Birthday Carter! Jaden was so excited when he got the invitation! He had a great time - so did Morgan and Sahara :) Thanks for letting us join the fun! I know Jaden and Carter are going to be best of buds!! We'll have to pull some strings to get them in the same kindergarten class & we'll look forward to some serious t-ball this summer!!

Willy Happy Mama said...

Looked like a fun and Happy Day! Cute cake, Darling Boy! So what's this 5 year old into? What did he ask for gift wise?

The Wolfs said...

He is so cute! Thanks for such a fun time Xan raved about it all night long and had quite fun with Carter! Love the 5 on the shirt - that is so something that Xan would love to do!

JandK Manwaring Family said...

Wow! 5 is big. So exciting.
I hope you are all better. Sounds like a rough trip when you are all so sick!! What troopers to get through it and have some fun, too, anyway :)

Deidra Smith said...

Happy Birthday Carter! We love you and hope you had a great day, it sure looks like you did:)

Brenda said...

You get the most creative cake award! What a great idea! Looks like tons of fun, hope the little guy had a great birthday!

Sarah and Wes said...

Hi Elena, I'm Jewelle's sister-in-law. She referred me to you about this question. This morning I started to play around with my blog book (on the Booksmart program). And I realized that a good amount of my posts have only one picture and not that many words, so it doesn't take up the whole page. There is a lot of blank space at the bottom. It seems like a waste. So I am manually cutting and pasting some posts to go together on the same page, but it seems like there should be an easier way. Do you know how to do that? Thanks!