J is turning 40!

My husband is turning 40 and we are having a party!

The kids helped me make a big sign so people would know that our house was hosting a bday party vs. the Estate Sale being held next door.

My son helped mix and paint the blue background. My daughter helped paint and glue on plastic gems 🙂

We had a clown/ magician/ balloon guy! J. Was a great sport!

So was his dad…

We had tons of food. And cake.

It was nice so many friends and family members could come!

Pirates

Book 4 of the Magic Tree House books is about Pirates, so we have been doing Pirate-y things.

The kids worked together with me to build a giant cardboard pirate ship and a rowboat from cardboard in the basement. It is based on some creations we saw on the internet along with one of my daughter’s drawings. They also made weapons, dug out costumes, and started thinking up the plot for a pirate play we will write.

We played Pirate-y games.

We learned about pirate words and about maps.

There was pirate art.

There were pirate books and magazines.

Pirate websites.

We saw videos about maps.

We got to play pirate mini-golf!

And we got to see Lego pirate ships!

My daughter liked seeing the British uniforms.

We also listened to Treasure Island on audiobooks as well as a pirate Geronimo Stilton book.

We watched all 4 Pirates of the Carribean movies.

We also saw a History Channel production about pirate ships and some of the most famous pirates.

Box

We received a large package in the mail this week and the kids immediately claimed the box. After taping the end shut and cutting a door, it quickly became a rocket ship when on its end and a car and a coffin when it was laid flat. This led to scurrying to find the dress up clothes to become a vampire and then a skeleton. It also led to talk of Halloween costumes 🙂

It is now set up with a blanket and pillow inside. My son likes it for a “getaway”.