Theo’s 10th Birthday Party!


For Theo’s double-digit birthday celebration, we did something a little different than we have in years past. Since Theo’s birthday falls in the beginning of the school year, for several years we’ve thrown parties that invited his whole entering class, including the brand new kids. It’s been a nice “welcome back to school” party along with a birthday party, but Theo felt like it was getting too big and crazy with 20+ kids so he opted for a smaller party this year. He invited four of his school friends to our house for a sleepover party! It seems like such a big-kid party and really marked the 1-0 milestone.


The theme to the party was Super Mario/Nintendo since Theo is obsessed with his Nintendo Switch and the game Super Mario Odyssey. This was also the primary activity of his party — the boys played hours and hours of games on the Switch (we had four controllers so nearly everyone in the group could play simultaneously). But they also busied themselves with board games and a little craftiness in the form of Mario-themed Perler beads.

I admit I was a little wary about the sleepover aspect of the party. But we know these boys and they are all well-behaved, mild-mannered kids. They headed for bed around 10:00pm and woke up around 6:30am. Theo’s dad cooked a big breakfast for them (pancakes and bacon) and they got picked up at 11am. Theo had a great time and enjoyed being the host/birthday boy/boss of the party.


We devised a game where we hung “question boxes” from the ceiling and put some gold chocolate coins on top. The kids could run up and jump and break the box and the coins would come tumbling down. (Credit for this idea goes to my husband who is a kid at heart.)

We all had a great time with Theo’s favorite friends!

August on TV

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Here are the topics I mentioned on the show today:

  • Saturday, August 11
    Science of Invention Festival, Utah Museum of Natural History
  • 9am-12pm, Saturday, August 18
    Model Train Rides, Utah Railroad Historical Society in Saratoga Springs
  • 6pm, Friday, August 24
    Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series – The Wallflowers
    • Use special code for Adventures with Theo readers: Theo5 to get a two-for-one ticket discount!

You can watch the video here!

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Chris Blue Concert – Special Offer!

VOICE241 Chris Blue

Readers of this website are offered a special “2-4-1” offer on tickets to the Chris Blue concert in Park City on Monday, July 23. See the flyer above for information. I’ve been told that families who have attended concerts in this location earlier this summer loved the extra space on the field for their kids—as well as the playground overlooking the stage. There will also be food trucks!

July on TV

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Here are the topics I mentioned on the segment today:

UPDATE: Unfortunately, the video of the segment is not available due to technical issues on the KSL side. They have assured me that the problem has been fixed so we should be all set for the August segment!

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Red Butte Gardens Campout


Once again, we went on our annual Red Butte Gardens camping night in June. It seems to get easier every year that Theo gets older, and we have a nice tradition of going with our dear family friends. This was our 7th year and it was great!

This year, the Gardens have an exhibition called LEGO Connects, which places large structures of LEGOs among the nature in the garden. We took a scavenger hunt walk through the gardens and found them all. They were clever and intricate and we loved finding them amongst nature!

One of the activities was to create your family’s camp flag, and Theo designed a “B-i” that are the first letters of our last name, while also being the outline of the mountains and sky that we can see from our campsite.


This year I was determined to be as comfortable as possible and insisted on bringing a queen-sized double-height Aerobed. I even packed an extension cord so we could pump it up inside the tent. It was definitely much more comfortable than sleeping on our old cots and pads, but nothing beats home. Glad we could appreciate the outdoors as well as appreciate what we have indoors when we go home!


April on TV – with special guests!

Today was a special Spring Break edition of Adventures with Theo, when Theo himself got to come along to the TV studio with me! I also had a very special guest join me, my good friend Ita Tonga! We’ve been friends since she was in law school with my husband over 10 years ago. She’s the best and I asked her to be my “little kid” consultant to check out some activities that Theo has aged out of. Here are the topics we discussed on today’s segment:

You can watch the segment here!