Monday, April 30, 2018

Emilia is 11 years old

Emilia turned 11 last week. As usual, we celebrated her birthday all week. First with the extended family, then on her actual birthday and lastly with a friend and cousin Mystery Birthday party.
This lucky girl got to not one, but three birthday cakes for her birthday.

Her 'big' gift was a purple digital camera, which she has been using a lot to document her days. The family gettogether, was also to celebrate grandpa Humphries' 71st birthday. Emilia and her grandpa are exactly 60 years apart.

I usually plan a fancy friends party for each of my children. I feel like Emilia is getting older and is getting to the point where a theme birthday party is no longer needed. But then, I come across a fun idea, and I end up organizing a party again. This year we chose to have a mystery escape room themed birthday celebration.

It was one of the easiest parties I have organized. We had two groups of kids locked into rooms, working to solve puzzles to escape the room they were locked into. The puzzles were all pre-set escape room games so there was no preparation on my part.

The decor was a 1950's detective scene, including a dead body's chalk outline and a suspect's mugshot photo booth.

I have an amazing sister in law, who likes to collect a lot of interesting things, and family heirlooms. She lent me a lot of the decorations that were on the food table. The party wouldn't have looked nearly as authentic if it wasn't for her help.

Our mugshots photo booth was pretty popular. We had a lot of suspects!

Emilia took some of the mugshots with her new camera.

These are Emilia's favorites now that she is 11 years old.  I love seeing how his answers change from year to year.

1. What is your favorite color: yellow
2. What is your favorite toy? my bike
3. What is your favorite fruit? persimmons
4. What is your favorite TV show? Miraculous Lady Bug
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? PB&J Uncrustables
6. What is your favorite outfit? Jeans and tshirt and denim vest 
7. What is your favorite game? Dodge ball
8. What is your favorite snack? chips and green chili dip
9. What is your favorite animal? zebra
10. What is your favorite song? I'm blue by Eiffle 65
11. What is your favorite book? The lightning thief (1st Percy Jackson series)
12. What is your favorite subject at school? Science
13. What is your favorite sport? soccer
14. What is your favorite thing to have for breakfast? Scrambled eggs made by me!
15. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
16. What is your favorite drink? milk
17. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween
18. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My stuffed animals
19. What is your favorite thing to have for dinner? Ravioli with sweet sauce
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? a scientist