Friday, September 19, 2008

flashback at skate world

nani turned 7 in march of this year and for some reason we never had a party for her. last year we didn't have a party for her either (i know we sound like lame parents!). so, when we found out that we were for sure moving, and the girls would be leaving all of their friends behind, we decided that nani needed to have a birthday party. but what do you do when you are leaving before her next birthday?

 

well, we celebrate with a half birthday party, of course! i looked it up online and her actual 1/2 birthday is this sunday, september 21st. what perfect timing!

 

so, tonight we had a little skate party for the half birthday girl! and when i say a skate party, all you have to do is imagine the skate center you used to go to as a child! seriously, we walked into this place and all of the adults were taken back to their youth. the first thing mitch said was, "this looks exactly like the place i skated at as a child back in albuquerque!" from the disco ball, to the carpet, to the paint on the walls, not to mention the 80's music and the smell. i am positive it is all original! yuck, don't even talk to me about how dirty the place must have been! but all that aside, the kids had a blast!!

 

nani and lala

check out the color of the walls!

 

uh oh lala

uh-oh lala! it took a little time for her to get her skate legs. look at that carpet! ugh!

 

unfortunately, it was too dark on the skate rink to get any photos out there. all of what i got was in the bright green and yellow and red painted party room.

nani and friends

 

stephanie, an amazingly talented cake decorator made nani's cake and it turned out adorable!

skate cake 

nani with cake

nani blow candles

 

once everyone left and we packed up the car to leave nani said, "this was the best birthday party i've ever had!" music to a parents ears!

nani and kawena

one party down, one to go! (that's kawena "smiling" for the camera!)

20 comments:

Stephanie said...

Thanks for letting me be part of her half birthday celebration!

Sarah said...

How fun! I remember doing that.

jessica said...

Oh....how I loved my roller skating days!

I think this party proves that you are NOT a lame parent.

Darilyn said...

What a fun party. Looks like everyone had a great time.

Elizabeth said...

That was so fun! Thanks for letting me skate down the path of my youth! :-)

I love the pictures, and yes, the carpet was scary, but it didn't matter when you see the smiles on the kids' faces!

Brewer Bunch said...

What a fun idea! It looks like everyone had a blast! Hey, what kind of camera do you have? I LOVE your pictures - they are amazing!
Jen

Ilene said...

I'm glad children still get to experience the glamour of brown rental skate shoes!

Becca said...

Is that at skate world in Hillsboro? If so, yes, the carpet is original but I think that's a new paint job. Sounds like y'all had a great time. When do you leave for NM anyway?

hoalawman said...

Just remember that the more yuck they ingest now the better inoculated they are for the rest of their lives. Our motto has always been to feed em dirt! Peace, Rich

Tonya said...

Scary colors! My girls have been there for birthday parties and loved it. Matt and I went there on a date a long time ago. We're crazy, I know. Fun times for all ages! Happy half birthday to Nani:)

Mahina said...

jen:

i have a nikon d200 digital slr. it is an awesome camera!

Katie said...

Rolling skating is so much fun! About the VW thing... I totally remember your mom's car... and I always loved it. I dreamed of getting one- and we live in Utah... so now- where is your cute family?

go boo boo said...

Mahina! So I am on the phone with Katie who is just telling me she ran into Kristen Madsen in SLC and then tells me you were on her "blogroll" now and right then I was going through my Google Reader (multi-tasking) and I see your message...It was awesomely spooky. Love the skate place...memories of Irvine Lanes & the skate place next door? Hope all is well. Your girls are beautiful and you look fantastic!

Chelle said...

Such awakward teenage years spent there when we were all dropped off by our parents. Do they still have the lights at the end that make you glow? They've got to make enough to change the carpet!

Lauren in GA said...

Oh my gosh! That DID totally take me back! Even the cake did...it makes me remember when roller skating ruled the day....ahhhhhh

Bridget said...

I'm bummed I am so lame and was so stressed and missed it. Looks like a fabulous time. Glad Nani had her best party ever! We will miss you guys. :(

Danielle said...

The half-birthday idea was very smart. And I grew up going to skate world when I was her age--and the carpet is completely recognizable. It was kind of gross then--I can't imagine it now.

Amanda D said...

It's official: You are the coolest mom ever. It looks like so much fun! I would have been taken right back in time too.

Heidi said...

Thanks for letting us be part of the fun! I too was taken back and knew that Connor was experiencing his first skate with cute girls. How fun for him. And your glow stick pics are amazing! Love it.

tutu lady said...

Wow, Nani looks soooo TALL! What a fun 1/2 birthday. Happy Day to you Nani! Love you!