This past Sunday we had a totally tubular party to celebrate Five Ball’s 8th birthday. Thanks to the fact that he decided on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme we all got to wear masks, fight off invisible bad guys, and yell COWABUNGA a lot. Of course pizza featured quite highly in the day as well.
The party started out with some heavy duty crafting as we made masks, concocted toxic green goo, and learned the secrets of folding an origami ninja star. The origami ninja stars were a huge hit, but left Five String with a slight migraine and several paper cuts. Luckily after several unsuccessful folding attempts we came across a great YouTube video that made the process bearable.
For this particular “turtle party” we decided to go old school and present the kids with the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles that we grew up with. We watched the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie from 1990 and found a copy of their live special “Coming Out of their Shells” on YouTube. It was hysterical to listen to Five String sing along with the old songs and the kids got a kick out of being introduced to relics from their mom and dad’s past.
Five Ball’s presents were also blasts from the past as he received marbles and an Aerobie ring. Some might accuse us of vicariously reliving our childhood through our kids:) While that might be a bit true we have found that the old toys are so much cooler than most of the stuff being sold today.
After getting our fill of Ninja Turtle catch phrases, marble games, and pizza it was finally time to blow out the candles. It was so much fun to watch Five Ball in his element all day long – jumping, throwing, rolling around and taking a few breaks to scarf down pizza. While not exactly practical we wouldn’t mind seeing our wonderful guy get to spend each and everyday in a similar fashion.