Alex's birthday coincided with some recent improvements Ryan made to the backyard, so we decided to have an Indiana Jones inspired party with a big obstacle course. It actually ended up not being a birthday party, just a fun party that gave all the boys opportunities to invite a few friends. I was too busy to get many pictures, which is a shame.
Some of the obstacles included:
zipline over ferocious crocodiles (the kids made crocodile hand puppets and stood under the zipline)
We also had a table where the kids could feel monkey brains and eyeball soup. I realized as I was putting it together that probably none of the kids had seen any of the Indiana Jones movies. But someone pointed out that many of them had been on the Disneyland ride, so they got it.
We made it through without any major injuries, so I considered it a success.
Making their crocodile puppets. There's Indiana Jones, himself.
For Alex's actual birthday we had more of a hockey theme. He got a hockey game for the wii and a cake with a Los Angeles Kings logo that didn't quite turn out.
A week or two later I took Alex to a place called Whimsic Alley in Los Angeles, which is a store with a lot of Harry Potter stuff in it. It was fun and he already wants to go back.
It's still weird for me to realize that he is ten years old.