Birthdays, Hunter, HUNTER, CARTER & CHLOE HUNTER’S 6TH BIRTHDAY 25 January 2017

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Hunter turns 6 years old today!

This year, he was very specific on how and where he wanted to celebrate his birthday, as well as the kids he wanted to invite. So I just went with the flow and followed his direction – much easier than trying to go up against a willful six year old 😉

 

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He un-creatively decided on Amped Trampoline Park, the same location as his party last year. And it was a pretty good choice, considering it keeps the kids occupied for a good hour!

He’s recently been into watching Lion Guard, so that was his theme. There are pretty much zero Lion Guard themed party supplies in Singapore, so online it was!

 

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The setup was pretty simple (I was feeling really ill on the day), but it worked.

 



A cool slow-motion of 4 year old Carter in action!

 

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Best of all, Hunter decided on something really meaningful – and special – for his birthday gifts.

Instead of receiving lots of gifts from everyone, we were going to try a new concept…. We worked with Gift-It-Forward to set up a wishing well, where 50% of his monetary gifts would go toward ONE gift of his choice, and 50% to the charity of his choice – SPCA.

I can’t even begin to explain how difficult it is for a 6 year old to understand the concept of monetary gifts, and giving half of it away… and receiving just ONE gift. But he listened carefully, was really earnest about helping out animals and charity, made his decision, and most importantly – stuck by it!
 

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And this is his little charity certificate he received for his big heart 🙂 I’m just so proud of him! You can check him – and other wonderful, big-hearted kids – over at the SUPERSTARS page.

What I found most amazing was – after the party, he told me he was surprised he got his Nintendo 3DS (his choice of the one gift). He hadn’t realised that he would get anything, and thought he was would be giving away ALL his birthday gifts to charity!

And yet, he had willingly done so with no regrets.

My heart melted.

Most importantly for us, it was really nice to see our kid recognise that there’s more to a birthday party than ripping open tons of presents, and to have the desire to help others less fortunate. I’m really proud of him.
 

This is the little speech he gave to everyone, after singing Happy Birthday 🙂
 

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Immediate opening of his Nintendo 3DS, which he’s absolutely stoked with.
 

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A lovely group shot of (almost) all the kids!
 

 


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27 Comments

  • Amanda Ang-Phan on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Love how Hunter put his arm around Elliot in the family shot! ❤

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  • Christine Knight Thomas on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Great idea – I’m going to try it with E this year as well.

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    • Beverly's Net: family food fashion on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Yay for you! It’s such a wonderful idea.. especially for kids that are already blessed with lots of stuff. Nice way for them to learn to give back 🙂

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    • Christine Knight Thomas on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Beverly’s Net: family food fashion I’ve wanted to do it for a while but didn’t think she was old enough to understand. Hoping this year is the year!

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  • Theresa Chan Evanoff on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    What an amazing little boy and so happy we got to be a part of it!

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  • Mary Rizkalla on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Well done hunter:) happy birthday sweetie xxx

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  • Candice Yang Tay on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    aw, good on ya Hunter!! I asked Thad if I could ask his guests to do donations instead of gifts but he still wanted the presents…

    Happy birthday, not-so-little man!!

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    • Beverly's Net: family food fashion on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Aw haha the cutie!! But yeah it takes a lot of explanation for a lil kid to willingly give up his gifts and donate… We explained for awhile 😬

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    • Theresa Chan Evanoff on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Candice, he’d get a bigger, better gift of his choice (instead of many small ones)!

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    • Candice Yang Tay on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Theresa Chan Evanoff I told him he can choose a charity he likes – to help dogs or other children. He wanted to help them but wanted his presents as well. 😐 more educating on this needed!

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    • Theresa Chan Evanoff on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      Oh he gets to do both though! Only a portion goes to charity and a portion for his dream gift! 😉 I think I need to make this clearer too!

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    • Beverly's Net: family food fashion on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      I think it’s hard for a 5/6 yr old to understand half goes to a gift of his choice, for some reason!

      I thought Hunter understood.. but on the day, he was SHOCKED he got his Nintendo. He genuinely thought 100% would go to charity which meant he would get… nothing 😛

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    • Theresa Chan Evanoff on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      That’s what makes it even more amazing that he was willing to do it anyway! What a big heart for a little guy! Glad he was thrilled to get his gift!! ☺

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  • Ashley Poh on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Sweet n generous of him. Happy birthday!

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  • Sue Burgess on Facebook posted on January 25, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Happy birthday to our gorgeous grandson.

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  • Angie Foong on Facebook posted on January 26, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Such a great idea Beverly Burgess. happy cny to you and the family!

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  • Andrea Braeckevelt on Facebook posted on January 26, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Gift it forward is a really great idea! I just need to find a way to explain it to Michaela. And was she sulking at a corner when the group pic was taken??

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