Birthday Party Obstacle Course

From Daddy: We had a great birthday party today!

He’s been looking forward to it all week, counting down days.

Yesterday, was counting down hours while we were running errands to Party City to get a balloon, Toys R Us to get a controller for the new Wii-U, IHOP to lunch, the Merced and Parkside branches of the library, 7-Eleven for Mommy, and then home (almost 4 hours roundtrip).

Today’s party was a small one, centered on just a few boys and video games. This was his first birthday party intended for a limited audience. As he said on Thursday morning, if he were to have a more expansive party, “What better place than [Yeah-Yeah and Ngen-Ngen’s] house? They always [love celebrating birthdays].”

Also, we had stick-the-star-and-the-Super-Mario-poster.

Trying on the blindfold for the Star game, July 24, 2015, 8:25 a.m.

Trying on the blindfold for the Star game, July 24, 2015, 8:25 a.m.

Super Mario themed chocolate cake from the same bakery as Yeah-Yeah's grandfather's day cake (because he loved Yeah-Yeah's cake), July 24, 2016, 1:39 p.m.

Super Mario themed chocolate cake from the same bakery as Yeah-Yeah’s grandfather’s day cake (because he loved Yeah-Yeah’s cake), July 24, 2016, 1:39 p.m.

The capstone was an Mario-themed obstacle course. He had told Mommy that he wanted an obstacle course in the hallway, and he and (mostly) I developed it yesterday morning. Obstacles were jumping over pits, touching the “ice flower” and freezing Piranha Plants (by throwing cotton balls)…

A Piranha Plant, courtesy of the Fantendo Wiki

A Piranha Plant, courtesy of the Fantendo Wiki

…the cloud walk to retrieve a gold (dollar) coin), …

See inspiration for the cloud walk by clicking below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLljC1iKps4&feature=youtu.be&t=48:

…touching a fire flower and shooting Piranha Plants (by bowling them over with golf balls), bouncing a spike ball into Bowser Jr’s Clown Car (inspired by New Super Mario Wii)…

Bowser Jr in a clown car from the Fantendo Wiki

Bowser Jr in a clown car from the Fantendo Wiki

…using a “Koopa shell” to break down a wall (of masking tape), touching the coin to his bedroom’s door knob, and opening his door!

The official results:

  • Ryan: 2:44
  • Aaron 3:14 plus 1:30 penalty (30-second penalty for each incompletion)
  • Christopher 2:00 plus 1:00 penalty
  • Cristian 1:58 (in the lead!)
  • Timothy 1:38 plus 0:45 penalty (Birthday Boy halved a penalty)
  • And 1:06 for the Birthday Boy

  • (or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1gJCI_nVaU to see the fastest time)

    However, the Birthday Boy realized that it wouldn’t be fun if he just took home the medal, so he graciously bestowed the winning medal upon Cristian!

    As he said just before bed tonight about the obstacle course, “It was awesome.”

    Last Weekend

    The Porcelain Dragon at Gilroy Gardens is made of 60,000 plates, tea cups, etc., July 16, 2016, 6:51 p.m.

    The Porcelain Dragon at Gilroy Gardens is made of 60,000 plates, tea cups, etc., July 16, 2016, 6:51 p.m.

    The Porcelain Dragon breathes fire, July 16, 2016, 6:52 p.m

    The Porcelain Dragon breathes fire, July 16, 2016, 6:52 p.m

    It lights up at night (photo from KFOX).

    It lights up at night (photo from KFOX).

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