Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Monster Truck Party

Another catch-up post:

Ever since going to watch a monster truck show 2 summers ago in Oregon, Mr. T has been talking about having a monster truck birthday party.  Well, we were in Fresno over his birthday and did other things to celebrate instead.  So once we got back to Alaska and got settled into the school routine, we decided to put together a monster truck party for him; but just a party celebrating his love of monster trucks (not a birthday party) since his real birthday was long since past.  This took away a lot of the craziness that often comes with birthday parties and presents etc. and we just invited a BUNCH of kids for a fun time at the church.  Of course the whole party was structured around rides given to the kids by our very own "monster truck" drivers Darby and Charles, two local friends who own HUGE trucks.  This was actually Mr. T's idea, since he is convinced that Darby's truck is really a monster truck.  Darby had the great idea to invite Charles and his huge truck to come along for the fun so that all the kids could ride at once.  They did an amazing job, really playing up the engine revving and all that.  It was a day that Mr. T still talks about.

Even though it wasn't a birthday party, we still decided to make a "mud" cake and put some monster truck scenes, made by each boy.

Mr. T's monster truck scene

When the party kids arrived, they each got to choose and color their own monster truck.  Then they cut it out and glued it on the long banner, which Mr. T had hanging in his room for months afterward.

And then came the big event: MONSTER TRUCK RIDES.
You can tell there is a little bit of excitement going on here!

Some cool dudes riding in the monster truck

The party boy was having an absolute blast!

This started as an obstacle course for all the party-goers to drive monster trucks on but quickly turning into a wrestle-fest!

While the kids ate cake we showed them on the big screen at church a bunch of youtube videos of real monster trucks crashing and smashing each other.
The monster truck crew!

In this video you can really get a taste of the engine revving fun these guys provided for the kids.

And it was inevitable that Charles would attempt the berm.  After all, he was driving a monster truck!

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