Sunday, April 27, 2008

Scenes from a Pirate Potty Party

We had a little party over the weekend to celebrate Dieter being "all the way potty trained." I got the idea from Soulemama's book. She said that it is nice to mark these rights of passage with a little celebration. I loved that idea and potty training really is a big advance forward for a young person. This party wasn't a reward for potty training--I didn't even tell Dieter about it until the day before--but just a celebration of what a delightful child he is becoming. The pirate theme just evolved. Pirates are one of his many passions, so I decided to buy and make a pirate costume for him as a gift. Ken thought of a game to go with the theme and told a wonderful story in his best pirate voice--it was fabulous and Dieter just loved it. We also bought him a pirate song off of i-tunes to add to the theme.
The eyepatch, hat, and hook are from Nova. I made him the vest and a pair of black pants (not shown here). He loves them. Now I'm itching to make him more dress up clothes--a cape, a crown. He's totally into pretend. I remember Jacob and Faith both getting tons of mileage out of the dress up clothes. Of course I didn't save anything, being a tosser as I am.


Oh yeah, and the bottle? He still loves it (another of his passions). One right of passage at a time!

13 comments:

tjoyy said...

this is a great idea and what a fantastic costume
- what a lovely weekend your family had!

Carrie said...

I love a good celebration - what fun!

Gift of Green said...

That last picture is priceless!! Even pirates need their bottles every one and a while!

Christy said...

I have to tell you what a wonderful, thoughtful mom you are.

Little confession about my parenting....when I have one child in some kind of crisis, I have occasionally not paid enough attention to the others.

I get fixated.

So I see you are not the same.

Despite Rainer's problems--although they are almost gone! Thank God!--you still knew to focus on Dieter, too.

I will try to learn from you.

Very inspirational. And FUN looking, too!!!!

Way to go, mom!

MamaBlogger said...

The little pirate passed out with his bottle picture is adorable! Cool party and congrats on the potty training!

MoziEsmé said...

What a great idea, and I love that last photo!

Julie said...

What a fun idea... and congratulations on the potty training! We're still working on training our third child who will be 4 this summer... he's strong-willed!

ames said...

I *love* that pirate costume!

Felicia said...

I just love that hook :)

Kelli said...

your funny, one thing at a time. hehe. Great job on the party and I see those apple cupcakes. Love that idea by the way.

melissa said...

I love the pirate potty party! What a funny event! I'm sure you all will get good laughs about this ten years from now!

Bronwyn, said...

I keep seeing pirates! It must be because I've been painting pirates, a pirate family actually. I haven't quite finished it yet. I'm still agonising over the fine details of the faces, trying to make them look like my nephew & his parents, for his bedroom wall!

It's lovely to read your blog and all the efforts you make to be a good mother, & towards giving your children happy childhood memories.

tiny morsels said...

that pirate costume ROCKS! aargh!