I my twin boys, Michael and Peter's Eleventh birthday was so much fun I want to tell you all about it.
They are both runners and are very fast. Every year they always win gold medals in the track events at their school's Olympics that are held at the end of every year. It is their dream to someday compete in the real Olympics. So, for their birthday the boys wanted to have their own Olympic games.
The cover of the invitations the boys made had a drawing of the five Olympic rings. Inside was a picture of a gold medal. Underneath the medal was written, "Wear your running clothes and be ready to go for the gold. You are invited to the 1st annual Smith Olympics." Below were the details of location, date and time. Grandma Smith had a ranch just outside of town with a large grassy yard perfect for our party.
The maintenance man from the local high school was friends with grandma and mowed the lawn for her. He outlined 1/8th mile track in chalk instead of a 1/4 mile one, since our competitors were only eleven year olds. In the center of the track he drew a line for the long jump. Except for the medals we were all set.
We went to a craft store and bought, red, white and blue ribbon for the custom made medallions we had made. The boys and their dad, John, painted them gold, silver and bronze. We wanted every boy would get one even if we had to make up a new event.
The day of the party everyone was pretty excited. Even Grandma was sat on her back porch drinking some California wine and watched the competition.
The first event was the hundred yard dash. All of the boys competed in this event. Peter won that one with Michael in a close second. Their friend Alex was third. We had a mini ceremony where the boys received their medals. The other boys were clapping and cheered. John interviewed the boys like a reporter with his video camera. We made copies of the tape and sent it to all the boys.
The games continued until all the boys had at least one medal, Michael and Peter each had two. By the end of the games all of them had worked up an appetite.
John had set up a few picnic tables and barbecued us some burgers, steaks and chicken. We had corn on the cob, baked beans and grandma's special potato salad. Everything was delicious. Grandma also made some of her special raspberry lemonade, and sun tea. The boys gobbled everything up, practically licking their plates. There was cake and ice-cream for dessert. John had frosted on the five colored rings and trimmed the cake with red white and blue stripes. It looked so fantastic I had to take a photo of it.
After the meal the boys opened their presents. Then they played in the backyard. They had a great time.
Michael and Peter hung their medals their wall as inspiration for the future.