To The Nines

Five Ball’s birthday was “to the nines”, or as near to perfect as any 9th birthday could be. The birthday boy decided to spend most of the day at his favorite game store. If you are a fan of board games, role playing games, or card games then Guardian Games is definitely a place that you want to check out when in the Northwest. They have a massive selection of games, gaming supplies, and a huge space for game play. Five Ball first fell in love with this store last April and was completely thrilled to spend his birthday there today.

One of the best parts about Guardian Games is that they let you try out games from their well stocked collection at one of the many tables that they have set up in store. This is a great way to try out new games, or check out a game before buying your own copy. Today we chose to play Ghostbusters: The Board Game. This adventure game allows four players to fight Slimer, The Marshmellow Man, and other spirits in a variety of scenarios. The kids had a great time getting slimmed, firing proton streams, and banishing spirits.

Before leaving Guardian Games Five Ball picked out his birthday present. Being a huge Dungeons and Dragons fan he knew he wanted a present that included rogues, wizards, and lots of monsters. He wasn’t disappointed with his choice of the game Dungeon! created by Wizards of the Coast. As soon as we returned home the game was opened and taken out for a lengthy test spin. It was quickly decided that this is a fabulous board game for D&D fans and it made our birthday boy fantastically happy.

After battling ghosts and monsters all day we had all worked up an impressive appetite and were ready to sit down for a birthday meal. Five Ball had just enough energy left to blow out his candles with amazing force and polish off a sizable piece of raspberry chocolate mouse pie. We couldn’t have wished for a more perfect day for our rogue at heart (he has definitely stolen all of our heart’s).



Blast Off to Seven

High Five turned seven years old today and what better way to celebrate then with an outer space themed party. Since he was a toddler High Five has been fascinated by stars, planets, and the general unknown of our universe. He always has a book on outer space checked out from the library and he has a special love for Pluto.

After starting the day out with homemade planet pancakes and a space movie we headed to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to take advantage of their wonderful planetarium. High Five chose tickets for the show Perfect Little Planet, which he first saw when he was two and is a family favorite.

Following the planetarium show we headed over to the OMSI Motion Simulator to try out the simulated ride experience Space Chase. The simulator is akin to a ride that you would experience at Disney and had us feeling like we were flying through outer space. It was twisty and turny and the perfect fun for a seven year old would be space explorer.

Before heading home for homemade Pluto pizza and astronaut ice cream cake we stopped by the museum gift shop to pick the birthday boy out his gift. He wisely chose a Lego 3-in-1 Space Shuttle creator set. All in all it was a truly amazing, out of this world birthday!

A Delightful Decade

Five of Hearts turned 10 on Christmas Day! As her parents it has been without contest the best decade of our lives. We have felt so privileged to watch our little Christmas baby grow, learn, and create while bringing compassion and joy to the lives of those around her. Every year our family feels so fortunate to be infused with her enthusiasm for the Holiday Season. Our decorations shine brighter, our cookies taste sweeter, and our carols sound spectacular thanks to her vast holiday spirit.


Last year Five of Hearts celebrated her birthday with a very refined tea party the day after Christmas. This year she was feeling a bit bonkers and decided to have a Mad Hatter Tea Party, which we all agree is much more fun! To start the day we created five very zany hats to help us get into character.

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It didn’t take long to get into the spirit of the party and soon the hysterical laughter and insane jokes were flying around the room. Luckily that was all that went flying and we managed to keep from flinging tea cups at the walls and each other in imitation of the beloved March Hare.


Throughout the party we feasted on hot cocoa, vegan fondue with an assortment of lovely treats to dip, and for the grand finale a coconut cream pie. Five of Hearts was delighted to find that she liked the newest movie remake of Alice Through the Looking Glass and we were all happy to relax by the fire and cuddle up with our favorite 10 year-old.