Are you ready for 41 pictures??? Because that is how many I've got. Holy Moly. Well, Jonas will only turn 8 once!
Then we headed over to his baptism, which I have already posted. After that we came back home for his birthday lunch (since we'd just be getting pizza for his party, Jonas got to chose what to have for lunch: spaghetti and meatballs).
After lunch Jonas got to open his presents:
He got a football, among many other gifts . . .
After presents and playing, it was cake time:
We hung out for a bit, got Emmy ready for her dance performance, gathered stuff up for the party, etc., etc. Jonas played around in his new uniform:
My mom went with Emmy to her dance, while Ben and I went to the church to set up for the party. Jim and Diana and my dad were at home, cleaning the kitchen and watching the other kids. Ben left the church by about 4:15 to go home, get Jonas, and then go and pick up the other kids on the "Hogwarts Express" (which was really just our car of course, but I did have a few kids ask me what it was going to be . . .).
I finished setting up the gym and so now you will see a lot of boring pictures of my set-up:
Next up was the sorting hat ceremony. We had read different ideas of having the sorting hat talk - like using a baby monitor or even walkie-talkies. Then, when we were setting up, Ben realized that we could just use the microphone and sound-system. Brilliant! We had Jim go behind the stage and as each child sat down, the "sorting hat" spoke and placed each child in a house - either Gryffindor or Hufflepuff.
Jim did a really great job playing the part of "Sorting hat." Especially for having no notice really of what he was going to do! It was fun.
Next up: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. I had 10 test-tubes filled, in the same exact order for each one, with 10 jelly beans. They had to eat one and then write down what they thought the flavor was. It was fun. Miles won with 7 correct answers and earned 5 points for Hufflepuff.
Next was charms class. There we used "snowflake seed powder" and said a charm and then turned the powder into snow. It was really awesome.
Now it was time for our potions class. We were going to be making "Ghost eggs." We poured "Ghost blood" (bubble solution) into bowls and then had a bottle with water and dry ice and a funky tube-contraction that Ben had made. (These are really called Boo Bubbles and you can find instructions and video here.)
After this we had dinner at the Great Hall:
When dinner was done we watched some clips from Harry Potter (the first one). It was about 25 minutes long. Emmy was excited to see it since she's never watched any of it before!
Then it was on to our Defense Against the Dark Arts class. Ben came up with this idea and I totally love it. I had talked about getting a big giant black trash bag/pinata thing to bat at, but instead he came up with this:
The kids got 4 chances at popping the balloons as the box flew by - we did four "fly byes."
We had an awesome clean-up crew (and I'm not talking about my kids . . .) and so that didn't take us too long to clean and get home.
It was a fun party and a fun celebration for our boy Jonas. We must love him lots to do all this for him. :)