First IU Football game 

We went to an IU football game on a Saturday last Fall with Hunter and Deacon when they were 3 and 5 years old. My mom was offered suite tickets at her work and we thought this could be a great first experience for the boys. I know expecting them to sit and watch a whole football game in the hot sun would be asking a lot at these ages. While they watched the game vs Ball State from “way up above”, their favorite parts included face painting, walking around the stadium, the food, talking to other IU fans and just the overall experience of being there at a football game. Hunter said, “There are a MILLION people here!” which seemed true. Deacon loved his new hat and the candy they had in the suite.

At the time, I didnt realize how much of an impression this made on Deacon. It is amazing to me, just how impressionable they are at their little ages. Experiences like this means so much to them and they just may remember it forever. He loved the whole experience so much. And as long as he has been capable, he has shown an interest and talent, as a young boy, in throwing balls. Actually, when I asked him what type of birthday party he wanted, without hesitation he said, “IU Football!” It was as if he had thought about this already. His answer came with that same exactness as when his aunt asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween (it was Labor Day 2017). “I want to be Santa!” he yelled with excitement. (And Santa he was!)

And so IU football it is even though it’s January and the season is, well, over. I am having fun planning games for the kiddos.

How do you have an IU football theme party, you ask? You go to Party City and throw together a good mix of the IU tailgate decor along with Super Bowl football stuff and Presto! His wish will come true for his 4th birthday.

I’ve always enjoyed planning for the boys parties and we have had themes that range from Mickey Mouse to Construction trucks to Paw Patrol to Sharks. And even dinosaurs for Deacon’s 2nd birthday! I have to say, while I would absolutely love a Ballerina theme birthday party for a little girl, boys are just so much fun. What have been your favorite kids’ birthday party themes?

Anyway, it is SO exciting to live in a big college town. Here are more photos from their first IU football game. And they won!! Go IU!

Birthday boy!

Deacon is turning 4 tomorrow!

We made funfetti cupcakes together tonight for his classroom birthday party tomorrow. Hunter and Deacon got to “taste test” one each tonight after we decorated them with vanilla icing and sprinkles (or jimmies if you are from south Jersey like me). These boys are always “cooking” with me from smoothies to pizza to desserts, jambalaya or making me my morning coffee. (I know, we are careful.) They are also my #1 taste testers and most importantly make sure the noodles are done when making spaghetti, or mac n cheese for that matter. Wyatt will join the team soon.

Who said kids have more fun??

While the birthday boy is sleeping on the top bunk tonight, I snuck in and well, spread a little cheer. I actually told them the birthday fairy would be coming just to get them to bed early tonight. I got a little carried away here but I know Deacon will wake up thrilled and just so excited. I’ve never decorated their bedroom the night before their birthday morning. Josh was sweet and thanked me. ❤

Birthday boy up there

Anyway, Deacon doesn’t know it but since I accumulated a bit of comp time working late last week and over the weekend some, I am taking off the day after his birthday to spend the day with him. Hunter will be in school of course but Wyatt will join us. I plan to start the day at Barnes and Noble for the morning book reading, which is his favorite.

Deacon is thoughtful, caring and sweet. He plays so well with his baby brother, sings to him and even gets Wyatt the things he thinks he wants, like a toy or his favorite blanket. He plays so well with his tireless older brother too. Deacon loves all of his family, near and far so much. He loves football, reading books, IU, watching his favorite shows, playing trucks and cars in the mud and riding bikes. And of course his favorite pastime is camping, swimming and boating with family and friends. Summer can’t come soon enough!

Happy birthday DD!!

Deacon and cousin Emma at Beauty & the Beast after Christmas