I have amazing friends.
For example, there’s the Hallberg family, Doug and Laurel, who have three kids (Tyson, Siena, and Corbet). All three kids have birthdays within 2 weeks of each other. Instead of having separate parties, the family has one giant party for all three of them.
Each year, in lieu of gifts, the kids ask for a donation to Make a Wish, selecting a local Make a Wish recipient. The impact of their generosity is felt at a local level and that makes it even more special. They raise THOUSANDS of dollars for Make a Wish every year, and it keeps growing.
But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill birthday party. It is an EPIC event. They commandeer neighboring properties, and spread out “game stations” (each year following the theme of the party) so guests can have some friendly competition. After games, we all gather around the kids and sing Happy Birthday.
Then, kids go to the front of the house for their group picture (see gallery). The mom, Laurel, is amazing at organizing this. I just stand there with my camera but get all the credit. While we are doing this, dad (Doug) and all the guys are busy putting buckets of water balloons all over the lawn. I mean, like, thousands of them. Doug starts making them in January, I think. Once they’re ready, we all head to the backyard to have the biggest water balloon fight anyone has ever seen.
It is a wonderful time for our entire community, and we all feel good about ourselves for giving back a little. Thank you, Hallberg Family, for the opportunity to be a part of something so special.