Seriously? Four days behind? How did you guys let that happen? (I actually wrote this last night – Day 28! – but it was nearly midnight by the time I was done so I decided to call it a night and go for Day 29.)


A few months ago, we embarked on a new parenting/childhood social scene. The Birthday Party. More specifically, The Birthday Party for one of HIS friends rather than for the CHILD of one of OUR friends. Important distinction.

The good news is Colt’s friends have excellent taste in birthday party venues.

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That is the main stage at the Walton Arts Center. It has held touring Broadway shows, distinguished speakers and world-class musicians. And now – it has held the Polyglot Theatre’s We Built This City.

A public construction extravaganza. Using nothing but thousands of big cardboard boxes and the energy and ingenuity of kids and families.

Says their website. I couldn’t have said it better. It was essentially a big free-for-all with empty cardboard boxes, taped “roads” on the stage so there was SOME order to the chaos (and room to walk), and upbeat music to top it all off. The kids could build bridges, walls, towers – anything. And if when it all came tumbling down, no one was hurt and they just built it all again.

It was SO fun. And PERFECT for a kiddo’s birthday party. They attacked.

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These sweet boys and their teamwork.

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That’s Tucker – The Birthday Boy! – in the stripes. Colt stuck pretty close to Tucker and the rest of his friends the whole time we were there, but at one point we got separated from them in all the chaos. As far as I could tell, Colt was on a quest for THE perfect box and once he found it he wasn’t about to let it go. This video should also give you a good idea of the entire scene.

We Built This City from Sarah Hood on Vimeo.

CLICK HERE if you don’t see a video.

If you listen closely you can hear him calling, “Tucker! Tucker!” as he protects his perfect box through the city and back to his fellow Worker Bees.

After they had their fill of the construction (truth be told I had to drag Colt out of there when it was time to go…) it was time to head across the street for cake – but not before “posing” for a group picture.


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Then! Food served on frisbees!

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And cake!

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And here is the kicker. Opening presents.

Do you know how hard it is for three and four year olds to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around them and their constantly changing preferences and demands? Do you know how hard it is for them to understand that when the three or four year old next to them is opening cool presents they don’t get to play with and take home?


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All the kids actually did pretty well – I was impressed. There was a lot of, “No honey, it’s Tucker’s birthday,” around the room, but everybody kept it together.

Maybe one of these days we’ll have a real live birthday party for our own little monkey.


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