Sunday, August 23, 2009

Whirlwind weekend

Friday night brought a sweet reunion with my dear sister and her family. It was so good to see them again! They had travelled 13 hours by car to be here for her husbands brothers 40Th birthday party. We planned Z's party for the the Saturday afternoon so his cousins could be here here for the fun too.
On Saturday, I was so relieved that Z was feeling better and that we had been blessed with sunshine for the day. The children went to Acts club in the morning as usual. J continued with his copper beating and K made some wonderful omelettes in her egg cookery class. We headed on to register Z for Upward Soccer and to do some last minute shopping.
At 2.30 the fun began in Tokai Forest. It was time for Z,s Survivor Party! I feel so blessed to have this amazing forest on our doorstep. It was a no fuss ,no mess party and the kids had a great time!

The birthday boy.

The kiddies waiting their turn to take part. We had 18 children ranging in age from 5 to 14. The teens had plenty of fun joining in with all the challenges too!

The "stick game" was loads of fun! I was amazed at how far those children could jump!

We had log pillow fights and the big kids enjoyed that too!

The younger kids decided they needed a long run up for the long jump.

It was great to watch the kids work in teams to build shelters. They had a time limit and there was much fun had by all!

Pine needle stacking saw the teams pulling together again. They had to stack as many pine needles as they could in just two minutes.

They tossed water balloons to each other and the team who could keep it up the longest without dropping and breaking their balloon, won.
We ended off with party packs and sodas and a bag of chocolate coins for the overall winner. For the cake, we had orange cupcakes decorated with plastic flies!

After the party the kids had to rush off for mock grading and then it was on to the 40Th birthday party...that deserves a post of its own!

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