minute to win it

My nephew Michael turned 5, and we all gathered to celebrate. The theme this year? The Backyardigans. I'd explain more... but I don't have a clue. I'm sure all you parents out there are all familiar enough, and those without kids can appreciate the cuteness. And, speaking of cuteness... CHECK OUT THIS CAKE! My mother-in-law outdid herself once again, and made this cake for little Mikey. From scratch. Including all the Backyardigan figures. They are fondant sculptures. Go ahead and pick your jaw up off the floor... I'll wait. Oh, and check out that popcorn tree, too.

There were even placemats to match each of the characters' outfits. I'm on the right, showcasing my new style.

Besides the Backyardigans, there was plenty of "Minute to Win It" to go around. This is a tv show on NBC that I'd never heard of before, but I think that I've been missing out on something quite entertaining. We held our own versions of the games, with some VERY hilarious results. Not sure what this first game is officially called, but I have dubbed it "bobbing for donuts." It was simple: tie several powdered donuts to strings, and then tie those strings to someplace high. (We used an outdoor umbrella.) Set the timer for one minute. With your hands behind your back, see if you can capture the donut and take a bite. White powder EVERYWHERE.

Next was a game called "Noodling Around." The goal: in one minute, pick up five penne noodles placed around the perimeter of a table using only a piece of uncooked spaghetti in your mouth. Trust me, it is MUCH more difficult than it sounds. I played this one. I was terrible at it. It didn't help that I couldn't stop laughing, and dropped all the noodles to the floor. Several times.

Here is my husband, about to accept the challenge.

The next game was called "Separation Anxiety." The goal: In one minute, the player must separate a pile of multicolored candies (skittles) into 5 separate containers in a set color order. There were 5 bowls, which had been labeled with a color. The problem was that the color WRITTEN on the card was not the same color as the card itself. So your eye saw the color, but had to read a word of a different color, and go with THAT one. Yeah... it was as difficult as it sounds.

Cuteness break: I had to get a picture in of my newest nephew, Andrew. Here he is with my mother-in-law (his grandma).

Okay... game on! Not sure if this game had a name or not... but it was GREAT for my camera! Here's how it worked: Take one Oreo cookie apart, and stick the side with the filling ON the sliding glass door. (Yes, it was thoroughly cleaned beforehand and in-between each round.) The cookie will stick to the door. You have one minute to scrape the cookie off, using only your mouth, and eat it. Again, it's harder than it looks. (Yes, there are incriminating pictures of me doing this.) The best view of the game was from the other side of the door. Check it out...

Another cuteness break... I can't help it. The camera loves him!

...aaaaaand, we're back. Next up: "Face the Cookie." Put a (non-frosting) piece of Oreo cookie on your forehead. You have one minute to maneuver it to your mouth, using no hands.

She was sooooo adorable doing this. I wish I had a video, because she figured out a way to make it work by wiggling her nose like a bunny.

It was definitely an entertaining party for all of us!

Little Mikey, I hope you had a good day. I wish for nothing but wonderful things for you, and can't wait to see how you change & grow during your 5th year. Now make a wish, and blow out the candles. And I'll do everything I can to help that wish come true! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, little man!