Operation Escalones {#10} – Pull it Back Together

Operation Escalones {#10} – Pull it Back Together

Whew! I’m seriously exhausted.

This week was such a long week. I can’t believe all of the fun we crammed into last weekend!

We had my aunt and uncle in town, too! Extra fun!

Beware: This is a picture-full post…

Noah turned 5 this week. 

His basketball birthday party was a big success. There were kids and people everywhere (almost 60 people!!) and it was so fun! There was basketball all over the place. My boys are Timberwolves fans, so the Timberwolves were everywhere, too!

To be honest, as of today, I still had some of the decorations from the party up.

And a lot of leftover tacos….


…and leftover cake.

You know how much I love cake, right? 



That was what we started with. It was as big as Noah, and so cute!

This is what we still have left. I’ll have cake for a year in my freezer. Not that I’m complaining…


I had my birthday the next day. We went to lunch after church and went home to play with all of Noah’s new birthday toys — Hot Wheels, trains, and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.


Noah decided that the Potato Heads were going to a dress-up party, so they were making them costumes.

We went to a bowling/arcade place the next day, on Noah’s actual birthday since there was no school!

They had mini-bowling. Isn’t that so fun!


They had bumper cars, too — Noah loved ramming into Grandpa with all his might!


The boys loved the kid-sized air hockey with Uncle Blake.

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How cute are these guys?

This was not staged…I found them this way. All four with their arms crossed — even the same arm on top. Just the boys!


It turned into quite the celebration for Noah and me last weekend!

This is Noah at his Celebration of Life at school with his friends Ryan and Caison. He got dressed up for the occasion.


So today the big news is: the clean-up and decoration take-down is now complete.

As of today.

Noah was so sad that they had to come down, but I figured that 6 days was plenty.

We also had a weird drainage problem with our dishwasher this week. I wasn’t sure what the problem was, but there was water everywhere outside right behind the kitchen. I was afraid to use the sink and dishwasher until the plumber looked at it, so I still had some of the dishes from the party that I wasn’t able to wash.


Don’t worry, it wasn’t the smelly ones. It was more like the punch bowl and some of the bigger serving dishes.

But they were left on the counter nonetheless.

Now that the problem has been fixed, the dishes have been done!

I can’t believe it, but as of today, I have finally pulled it back together after the party.

The only evidence that is left that we had the party are the balloons that have now become volleyballs…for the whole family.


…and the big huge Timberwolves sign that my mother-in-law made for the garage door.


Yeah, she painted that.

That’s just migrated to the loft behind the basketball hoop. I’m going to have to figure out how to make it a permanent part of the playroom. The boys love it! Not to mention, it fits the theme of the loft perfectly. It even kind of matches the colors!

I smell a blog post coming about that sign….

What a relief to finally have my life pulled back together!

Is this how you throw birthday parties — with a week-long recovery? Do your kids beg you to keep your decorations up for a few days? 



about 6 years ago

That was so much fun! Did you mention your birthday was the day after Noah's? More fun!!!


Hayley Schraufnagel

about 6 years ago

I did! Very fun - thanks for being a part of it!


Carlie K

about 6 years ago

I get to come! Now you get to plan my birthday party for next month! ;) Finally get to take advantage of that.


Hayley Schraufnagel

about 6 years ago




about 6 years ago

I am so happy we were able to be a part of your wonderful birthday celebrations. You have a wonderful family.


Hayley Schraufnagel

about 6 years ago

So very glad to have you here! We all miss you too much...you should come back!


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