13th Birthday Treasure Hunt!

August 30, 2007 at 10:46 am (Uncategorized)

Yesterday was my oldest sons 13th Birthday!  He got his real birthday present a month early I still really wanted him to have something to open on his actual birthday….So I figured why not come up with 13 things!  LOL  Then I realized if you have 13 gifts you might as well have a treasure hunt to find them!

The 1st clue was found on the dining room table when he came down for breakfast… (This is what those T.P Tubes were for!)

Here he is finding out he is going to be going on a treasure hunt!
1.     Today is your birthday!  So what shall we do?  A TREASURE HUNT is what I have planned for you!  Here’s your 1st prize and your 1st clue.  Look under a couch to find clue number two!

Looking under the couch was harder than it sounded.  We have 3 couches and it took him awhile to realize I was talking about the one upstairs in the school room! hehehe…

He did find a plastic sword he had been looking for hidden under the cushions of the family room couch!  LOL

Whew, finally the right couch!

2.     You found it, well done!  Now what’s the next word?  Look near the aquarium for the clue that’s your third!

3.     Hooray, you are good!  You found number three!  Want to find more?  Look under “the big bed” to find number four!

4.     Now isn’t this fun? Do you need to revive?  If not look near the Dictionary for clue number five!

5.     Your doing so well!  What’s your next pick?  Look under the stairs for clue number six!
This one was fun because they knew it had to be in the toy closet under the stairs…but the looked and looked and could not find it!

See it on the shelf there over his head? Walked right by it when he went into the room!  LOL

Finally…he looked UP!

6.     Your almost half done your in treasure hunt heaven!  Look in Your sister’s closet for clue number seven!

This one got him too!  For some reason he read closet, but heard play room?  LOL 

Finally he realizes closet…means closet!

7.     Here’s your next clue…to keep you going straight.  Look on Mom’s desk for clue number 8! (His sister had already seen this one first thing when she got up, so she led him right to it!!!)

8.     Eight down you are awesome!  Your doing quite fine, look behind the treadmill for clue number nine.

9.     You’re quite a pro! You make this look quite “zen”….Near Mom’s recliner is clue number ten!

It’s not underneath…

Where is it?

He’s almost touching it! LOL  Look under his hand! (I am a good hider apparently!  LOL)

10. You make this look easy, so let’s make this clue HARD….Eleven is near where Mom’s keeps her keys to the car! (This one could have been hard because my keys end up in one of 3 places…He guessed the right one 1st!)

11. Very good!  Keep going,  you are almost done, I hope that you are having fun!  The 12th clue is sitting where you can plainly see, it’s on a bookcase near a picture of ME!

12. This is your last clue, the hunt must come to an end….For the 13th clue…ask your friend! (His best friend had slept over for his birthday. This was the 1st he realized his friend was in on all this!  He told him to go check the top of the fridge...)


Here he is with his gifts all found!

What was inside?

1.  13 pennies
2.  13 nickels
3.  13 dimes
4.  13 quarters
5.  13 dollars!
6.  13 pieces of gum
7.  13 coupons for 13 extra minutes on the computer
8.  13 sugar daddy’s
9.  1 coupon for 13 minutes help with chores from Mom
10. Card with 13 things we love about you written inside
11.  13 coupons for stay up 13 minutes late
12.  Album of messages from friends and family saying Happy Birthday.
13.  Photo album of the first 12 years of his life!

Our little Superhero uses his best patience as he waits for the gift to be opened.

Lots of goodies to open!

FINALLY he gets to help open one!

What is it?

It is his album of Birthday Messages from friends and family! (I will post more about the albums later.)


Giving his baby brother a hug after reading the message from him…
Here is what my 3 year old dictated to me for the album….

"You are a nice brother , you are a good brother, you are a fun brother.  You are a big boy and I love you!"

The final gift is the photo album.

Pictures from the day he was born & his birth announcement!

Ahhh…Memories.. Four pictures from each year of his life! 

Here he is with his bounty of gifts!

Me and my gang….

This was very fun day I think he will remember for a very long time! Now my other kids are requesting treasure hunts for their birthdays!  LOL  Looks like we have a new tradition!

I asked him later if he had thought it was just going to be a normal day since he had already gotten his BIG gift…He replied.  "Mom, no day with you could ever be called normal!"  I love that kid!  LOL



  1. Anonymous said,

    What a wonderful hunt he had! And such great treasures, too LOL! This would be perfect for my daughter's 10th next year … thanks for the neat idea.


  2. msack said,

    You gave me a ton of ideas! My son will be 13 in december and I want to do something like this for him! Looks like a great time was had by all. And looks like he even shared with his sugar daddy candy šŸ˜‰

    Happy Birthday Jamin's son!

  3. Diane said,

    That made me so misty eyed! Happy Birthday, such a loving family.

  4. kellieann said,

    Awww…that looks fun! I have a #11 for one of mine, and I may try that. Thanks for sharing!

  5. homeschoolingmommaof4 said,

    What a great birthday surprise! My boys always love doing treasure hunts.

    Have a blessed day!

  6. tn3jcarter said,

    What fun!!

  7. picluvinmom said,

    there is never a normal day with you mom..

  8. writmm said,

    Jamin, I have been reading your blog for about 18 months now and I have been continuously amazed with your creativity. Your children are so very lucky and I have just one question…will you adopt me?

    Have a great day! I know your son had a fantastic birthday!

  9. jmccumbers said,

    How in the world do you come up with all this stuff?! That sounds like so much fun. We do treasure hunts at Christmas time. When I was a kid, my parents did them with us, so I'm just passing the tradition on. It's always a blast. I read your blog at least once a week just to get your great ideas. You're kids are truly blessed to have a Mom as fun as you are.

  10. Anonymous said,

    Thanks for all the ideas. Now that is having fun and spending little money but having great memories!!
    Jamin' you are the best mom!!

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