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Elementary My Dear Watson, Caden is 9!


My sweet “baby” boy turned 9 on Sunday!  Where has the time gone?  Here is a snapshot of Caden on his 9th birthday:

He still loves to cuddle with me (I’ll take it as long as I can get it!).  He is constantly wanting to curl up with me and read or just talk.

He is WISE beyond his years.  When I told him the other day that he was like a sponge, he said, “Yes, but when you squeeze my brain, all of the knowledge doesn’t come out.”  hehe.

He is constantly teaching me (and others) new things.  (Just ask EVERY teacher he has ever had :)

He has such a kind heart.  He is very empathetic.

To celebrate, Caden invited the sweet boys from his class to a detective party.  It was the most fun I have ever had planning a party…and having one!

First, the boys came to the door.IMG_0870 They were greeted by me,  Aaron, and Rylan (secret agents M.O.M.,  D.A.D, and B. R. O.) IMG_0818 dressed in all black and wearing shades.  They could only enter if their identities were cleared by “scanning” their thumbprints through an I-phone Ap (gotta love em!).  Immediately, they started their FBI training.  First, their pictures were taken for their ID badges.   Then they were takenCaden Holmes to the training/briefing room (where we had the TV and 3 laptops set up) and they received a notepad and pencil and magnifying glass.


They started their training with “I.D by interrogation”.  I put an index card with a name of a crime solver(s) on each of their back and they had to figure out who they were by asking yes or no questions to each other.  (They were Sherlock Holmes, The Boxcar Children, and Scooby Doo).

They then moved on to “Item Observation and Memorization” by looking at a tray of random items for 30 seconds and then writing down everything they saw.IMG_0820

They continued their training with some help from the FBI kids wesbite.


They then moved on to “In House Training by Senior Secret Agents” by watching our training video….Inspector Gadget.


Next on the agenda was learning to activate invisible ink (a message written in white crayon on white paper showed up when the boys rubbed over it with a q-tip dipped in colored water)….this would come in handy later.


Next was Message Decoding where they learned “Decoding 101″…A=1, Z=26, etc.

The most important part was next…time to put their training to use!  The presents had been stolen!!!  I quickly received a message through my headset from HQ who the suspects were and that they were sending their bios to the TV.  The pictures appeared as I read the bios to the boys.

IMG_0837IMG_0831Here are the subjects in question and their bios:

IMG_0807 Sir Schnoz Significante –the Chef



Professor Pharfensighten- the Tutor



Priscilla Prissybottoms- the Stingy Aunt


IMG_0783 I. Chihuahua-the Celebrity Dog



Bradford Bootler III– the Butler


They started off where the presents were…and found their first clue.  Each clue led to another place and eliminated a suspect.  IMG_0832 IMG_0836 IMG_0841

Eventually they solved the crime by comparing a found fingerprint with the one on the suspect bios and matched it to Priscilla Prissybottoms.  We “reported” to headquarters and they apprehended her.




The boys each got a goodie bag (the confidential briefing folder) filled with their FBI badge, a mystery book and workbook, a magnifying glass, their notebook and pencil, a disquise, and their official FunBirthdayInvestigation training certificate.

It was so fun to see the excitement on Caden’s face.  The time and energy spent planning it was sooooooooooo worth it to think this will be a forever memory for him…….and me :)!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Chrissy Pratt permalink
    02/03/2010 7:33 am

    What an AWESOME birthday party. REALLY!!!! Im not 9 and I would love to have one of those for my birthdays. You did an amazing job and you were very creative in planning it. I really think you deserve the best mommy award. REALLY!

  2. 02/03/2010 11:40 am

    Ok, that is just stinkin’ cute! You are so creative! What a fun party!
    Those boys are blessed to have you!

  3. Bylsma permalink
    02/03/2010 6:22 pm

    omgsh! that is so way far beyond awesome!! sounds like a blast!
    can you plan my party ; )

  4. Helen permalink
    02/07/2010 9:49 pm

    This is one of the cleverest birthday parties I’ve ever heard of. Way to go!

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