#931 - He's 4!

I Can't Believe He's 4!

It's hard to believe we've gone from this...

to this in 4 years!

Up until this point, we haven't had a "typical" birthday party for Riley (a theme, friends, party favors, games, etc). We've always just done family parties. For some reason, this year I really felt like we should have a party, and I'm thankful we did! It was so much fun!

Riley loves all things sports, but especially football, so it didn't take long to figure out the theme for the party! When I mentioned it to my mother-in-law, she started telling me about all of the decorations she had left over from a work event that was football-themed. With all that she had, I only had to order/buy a few extra items. We could not have decorated the way we did without her huge contribution! Thank you so much, Beckie!!

Riley LOVES the Hughes Springs Mustangs, so red and black was everywhere!

Favors table - red pom poms and goodie bags with fun football toys inside

This inflatable field is one of the decorations my m-i-l provided. Isn't it perfect?? Daniel and I made a pull-apart cupcake football cake. And then there were lots of 'players' surrounding it.

The healthy table :)

The table decorations...thanks to a friend whose husband is a football coach, we were able to borrow some helmets for the centerpieces.
On Pinterest I saw the idea to have all of the party guests sign a football as a keepsake for the birthday boy. I'm excited that he'll have this ball for years to come and be able to look back on how loved he was on his 4th birthday! We also provided eye black for all of the kiddos to wear. Instead of presents, we asked everyone to donate to an orphanage we're supporting. Our big boy has PLENTY of toys and 'stuff,' so we wanted to help other children on his birthday.

There's the birthday boy in his football gear!

 And his cheerleader sister :)

Riley and some of his friends (and Ya Ya!) running through the maze of cones


 There was also a football toss

Bean bag toss

And field goal ring toss

Ella with one of her favorites, Lena

Early on in the planning I thought how neat it would be if a few of the actual Mustang football players could show up at the party. These three awesome guys agreed to it, and actually seemed excited about it! Chad McKinney (on the left) is Riley's idol favorite player, and then there's Austin Calcote in the middle and Blake Smith on the right. They were so gracious to get up on a Saturday morning and come play with 3 and 4 year olds!

Miss Cheerleader had to take a goldfish break :)

Riley had to wave the finger while we sang "Happy Birthday" to him.

Blowing out the candles

I know one little boy who was READY to dig into that cupcake!

Not only Ya Ya, but GiGi was able to be at the party, too!

Playing football toss with THE Chad McKinney :)

Some more adorable cheerleaders!

A little post-party fun as we were cleaning up

So proud to call this 4-year-old my son!

We love you SO much, Riley, and we thank God for the 1,460 days He's given us with you so far!

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