birthday at the ballpark
This year, like last year, we are in Texas during both of our boys’ birthdays. Living so far from family limits the holidays we get to spend together, so it’s been very special to celebrate the boy’s summer birthdays with our extended families.
We decided to go with a baseball theme this year for Sam and Peter’s parties since both boys really do love baseball (they come by it honestly), plus two of our favorite minor league teams were scheduled to play while we were in town visiting.
Later this month, we’ll be celebrating Peter’s birthday in Rockport and head to Corpus Christi for a Hooks game. For Sam’s fourth birthday, we were in Midland for Joe’s brother’s wedding, so we had his party at the Midland Rockhounds game.
It was a group effort, really. Greta (Sam’s grandmother) generously provided all of the baseball tickets for the game and the suite to have a little party; it was wonderful. Alison, (Sam’s aunt) went to work the second I told her our plans; she made all the little details so special. She handmade a baseball birthday banner, picked out all of the party supplies, and decorated the cutest little baseball cupcakes. My job was easy: I made cupcake toppers, goodie bags, wrapped presents, and then called it a day!
The most anticipated moment of the day was when Sam was given the opportunity to throw the first pitch of the game (a rite of passage for all birthday kids at the Rockhounds game)! He practiced for days to make sure his left-handed pitch would be perfect. And it was. He walked confidently to the “mound” with Daddy and threw with all his might. It was a proud moment for all of us and Uncle Robby was sure to get it all on video.
A great time was had by all. We watched the game, sang “Happy Birthday” with Rocky the mascot, opened presents, ate cupcakes, and finished out the day watching Sam run the bases at the end of the game.
If you were to ask me who won the game, I couldn’t tell you. I think that’s the sign of a good party!