Owen’s 6th Birthday

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Owen has made another trip around the sun and we had a coincidentally crazy week to go along with his birthday. There were donuts and pumpkins and cupcakes and milkshakes and robots and running and pirates…seriously, it was a crazy week.


His birthday started in a typically goofy manner.

We decided to let him open one of his gifts in the morning because he was up really early.


He liked the Pokemon card almost as much as the gift.

We didn’t have a whole lot of time left so we let him play for a little bit before taking him to school. He didn’t have to wait too long to see us again, though, since we decided to join him for lunch.

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The hat really sells it.

When we got home we went right back to opening more presents.


This is where the robot comes in.


A robot dinosaur, at that.

We typically let the boys decide where they want to go for dinner on their birthdays, and this time Owen chose burgers.

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Again, the hat really sells it.

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Don’t ask me, I don’t know what he’s doing.

We finished out the evening with the traditional cake and candles.


A mini-cake, yes, but still a cake.

A couple days later at school they had their annual fun run, where both of the kids ran a lot of laps and found themselves quite sweaty when it was all said and done.


They were surprisingly happy about this.


Sadly I don’t have a photo of Max after the sweat.

That night when the boys got home we had a quick dinner so we could get Max all dressed up for his meeting.


Yep, we joined up.

It’s going to be a crazy year of campouts and pinewood derby cars and all sorts of other fun. But I digress, because our crazy week is only just getting started. A couple days later a certain donut chain was having their annual Talk Like a Pirate Day event. If you dress up like a pirate, they’ll give you a dozen donuts for free.


So we did that.

We decided to share our spoils with the local fire department, since four dozen donuts were a few too many for us to eat on our own.


He didn’t have to stay dressed as a pirate, but who’s going to tell him no?

It was a quiet evening at the fire station, and they were kind enough to take some of their time to give us a quick tour.


The boys got to check out the inside of the fire trucks…


…and see how heavy the jaws of life are.


I think they thought this was the best part, though.

As if that wasn’t enough, we decided to take some time over the weekend to head out to the arboretum. We hadn’t been in a while and we needed to scout some locations for an upcoming family photo shoot.


There’s a pumpkin patch around this time of year.

We walked around the whole place and eventually wound up in the new area that’s designed for kids.


Christy and Max got in the wind tunnel.


The boys tried out this crazy water moving contraption.


They also checked out the water guns.


Then there was this massive kaleidoscope.

After all that walking, the boys were well and truly worn out. That, combined with the heat of the day, left them both pretty tired and a little whiny. We stopped in for a quick drink then made the arduous hike back to the car. The boys barely made it and they were both fully exhausted by the time we got home.

It was a seriously busy week, and you can see the rest of the photos we took by clicking here. Next week is actually going to be pretty crazy, too, so I’ll have plenty more to share next time.

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