Minute to Win it birthday party

Payton turned 7 in June. I’m not sure how she got to be so old…..

I love that she’s petite for her age, so I can pretend she’s still little, but there’s no denying it….that girl is growing up!

For her birthday party she chose to do a Minute to Win It themed party.  We’ve watched it on TV or on Youtube several times, and they thought it would be fun to have a party with those types of challenges.

And as they ALWAYS tell me when I say something looks hard: “That’s easy for me! We could do it! Kids can do that stuff!”  So I researched the hardest-kid-friendly games they have on that show to prove to them that they will NOT excel at EVERYTHING!  And quite honestly, I don’t think anyone’s goal is to excel at everything, but definitely everyone’s goal to beat me. Well, I wasn’t going to make it easy for them. No ma’am.


We did a day of practice runs. I wanted to make sure there were no unintentional injuries related to playing these games. So I put my own children through the ringer. No ER visits this day, so I figured we were safe.

First order of business….find old tights from when they were 2-3 years old.

Put them on their arms…..

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Put them on their heads…..
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And laugh as “miss-know-it-all-of-course-I’m-better-than-you-because-I’m-younger-I’m-smarter-and-I’m-more-agile” Harper almost suffocates by getting a panty stuck on her head!

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The stocking challenge proved to be a little too difficult (Hellooooooo Harper!!!!), so we axed that one for the actual party.
But they were super stoked to “practice” the oreo eating contest. They needed to move the oreo from their forehead into their mouth without touching it. Once in their mouth, they would be allowed to eat it.

I didn’t account for all the dropped cookies.

“OOPS! that cookie found a way into my mouth after it hit the ground, so I ate it! Your rules mom!  Give me another one please!”

So half a bag later, with full tummies and an incredible sugar high, they hadn’t successfully mastered the challenge, but they were ready to move on to the next one.

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Fast forward to the day of the party.

Happy Birthday Little Payts!

She had all her best buddies there….

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And somehow, because she’s lucky, and Payton is nice, Harper was allowed to invite her best buddies too!

So we had an older vs younger contest.

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The stockings resurfaced….head only this time though.

No suffocation risk.

See Tom back there? If I hadn’t cut his head off you’d see how crazy stressed out he is.

I told him we were breaking into 2 groups and he’d have to “run” one of the groups.

He said fine.

He didn’t know what that meant.

As soon as he found out, he started acting like a crazy person. Luckily I gave him the older girls, so Harper tried to help him through it.

That’s not to say that the frantic searches for me to ask ridiculous (obvious?) questions didn’t stop. They didn’t. And when he sensed I was sick of the questions he stopped asking and started to do things his way. Which upset Harper, because (good girl) she knew mommy’s always right.

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Either way, we all survived the rule changes that Tom initiated. And we all had fun.

This is one of my favorite photo sequences…

3 legged race.

Payton and Karina look like they are off to a rocky start.  Caleigh and Madison? They’ve GOT this!
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For sure my prediction was right.

Karina is not supposed to have her mouth open that wide. She should look more confident than this.

Can they recover?

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Nope. This is the end.  Minute to Win It Fail.
And by the way, the 3 legged race is not an official Minute To Win It game…as most of you probably already guessed.  But 7 and 8 year olds don’t know, and didn’t want to hear the truth, because they loved it.

What I especially like about this last photo? How Caleigh and Madison (black and pink) seem to feel comfortable enough in their position of winning that they can take a little Tortoise and the Hare moment to stop racing and watch the impending annihilation of their competitors.


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On to the next Minute To Win It (real) game!

Trying to shake pink pong balls out of a Kleenex box attached to your booty.

I can’t decide if I’m worried about Payton that she is bending that way and is about to break something, or if I’m jealous that she is ABLE to bend that way (without breaking anything).

Well I certainly will not ask Harper, because without a doubt the answer will involve words like “We can do that because we’re younger, we’re more flexible, we’re better at gymnastics, and we can do everything that you think no one should be able to do.”

Tell me how much younger you are one more time kid, and I’ll make sure you never DO get to find out what it’s like to get old!
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More games with m&m’s….

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The favorite oreo game returns, of course.
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And then hey! Surprise! Something  healthy!!  Of COURSE this party is not all about candy and oreos and sugar!! I also threw in some healthy apples (covered in the saliva of 11 little girls!)  I think only 1 of the 11 was too freaked out to bob for apples. What’s up girl? You live in a plastic bubble? Get your face down in there and suck up some spit juice! This is a PARTY for God’s sake! If y’all get sick, so be it! An extra party favor I didn’t realize I was handing out!

(uhhh….sorry to all the moms who actually did have sick kids the next day.)
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From here, general mayhem ensues. There are no words. The pictures speak for themselves.

But I would like to point out 2 things.

First, apparently even her friends agree that Payton is still little. They took turns carrying her around, and then the big kids tried carrying everyone around. Good strong backs those girls have!
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And lastly, poor, poor Tom….

He must think a maidens work is never done.

Of course this picture of him is capturing him cleaning up.

He is an anal, crazed, neat freak. And he prides himself on protecting his stuff.  A party at his house with 11 little girls is only a step above a party at his house with 11 little boys. He watched destruction enfold (his grass, his outdoor cushions, his hardwoods, his  indoor couch, his dining room table) and I saw a little bit of his soul get extinguished that day.

The funniest thing I saw that day is when Tom was brining his group indoors to partake in some games inside. My group was already outdoors, waiting for them to clear out. He was leading his group in a line like baby ducks following their mother, when he spotted a pretzel on the ground, that (God forbid) would have been crushed if he hadn’t picked it up. So he stopped abruptly, to bend down to pick it up, and suddenly there was a line of 5 girls all backed up into each other with the first girl running right into Tom’s butt.

Oh Tom…..poor, clean, Tom.
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Happy Minute To Win It Birthday Payty!!

And to all the moms…if your child didn’t come home with an illness or with a sugar high, then I didn’t do my job.

And if that’s the case, there’s always next year…..
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  • Caroline DavisLMAO at the final Tom & pretzel image!!!!! hilarious!!!ReplyCancel

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