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a 'star wars' party for Lode

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 by Irene Hoofs

Starwars_birthday

May is the Birthday month in our home... Lode and papa are celebrating theirs just a couple of days apart. Perhaps luckily Lode comes first ... so it was his big day last week on Thursday. I thought it was quite amazing how calm he remained throughout the week prior… not showing any (visible) signs of nervousness or anxiety… it even seemed he was enjoying his pre-birthday days: preparing decoration and talking about cake designs, party games and of course presents….for those of you who know Lode a bit or have read about him on Bloesem before this new found coolness in the face of a “big event” is quite a new phenomenon…I was sort of expecting him to ask whether we might celebrate his birthday a week earlier because “I am too excited mom”…yes, I am sure you have had similar experiences with your kids… and I know I used to be extremely anxious in the weeks leading up to my birthdays (and still am but mainly because of the increasing age number…J)… perhaps his new coolness has something to do with what I can only describe as an absolute craziness among Lode and his friends for anything that has to do with Star Wars… not sure whether the Star Wars tidal wave has hit the shores of the US or Europe…but in my home all the boys now go by names such as Luke Skywalker, Anakin (or even better Darth Vader) and Obi Wan…. Not much of a girl’s paradise I am afraid although I think it is sweet they refer to me as the Queen of Naboo, Amidala,… who I understand is not an evil queen (like you find in other fairy tales…) but rather a symbol of beauty and the mother of Luke Skywalker (the Jedi who ultimately brings balance to the Force…) of course…

So, I guess…, boys will be boys…which meant that Lode’s 6th birthday had to have a distinct Star Wars look and feel… It is quite amazing how these young boys can talk and engage in imaginary Star Wars games for hours and hours… they know all the character names, their “powers” and who does what and when… I am trying to be a sensible mom and only let them watch bits and pieces of non-violent parts of the cartoon series…but it looks like the odds are against me…as for some reason both my boys know exactly how the “dark side of the Force is destroyed”…perhaps my husband has something to do with this…anyway, I go with the flow….and it makes me happy to see how much he enjoys all of it….: the dreamy world of all the galaxies, outer space and strange looking aliens…

Lode helped baking his own Star Wars cake – using only organic ingredients… - and it was great Fun! A bit like working with clay actually and certainly as messy… we hope you like the result as much as we enjoyed making it!

And, we also made some garlands ourselves using a Star Wars sticker-book, some paper and string... quite easy to pull together... and completely handmade by Lode himself. I suggested doing triangles/flag shapes instead but he insisted on squares and who am I to argue with that…:) perhaps it is the big new thing :):):) ... ~irene xoxo


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All images by me, Irene.

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