Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah (Means I love you)

For their birthday parties, we brainstorm with our kids to determine what the theme of the party will be. We’ve done little mermaids, transforming robots, race cars, [insert Disney marketing machine madness here], etc. But this year, I suggested to Zoë a space/martian princess idea after something Malakai said about Mars one night during dinner. She loved it. She started planning out which dress/costume she’d wear and she wanted to have purple hair. The following image is the base I used for her invitations that she handed out to all her classmates and sent to our family members via not-email.

Martian Princess Zoë Star

Martian Princess, Zoë Star

This picture represents about 5 hours of image editing with Fireworks; the better part of a Saturday constructing the rocket (seen in the background) out of cardboard boxes, construction paper, and tape; figuring out how to turn our sofa into an alien landscape; and a Sunday afternoon mini photo shoot with the kids to get the raw image data. Malakai is really inside the rocket… what you see in the picture is not his face pasted in there.

When Malakai saw this image, he asked me what the big round thing was in the sky behind the rocket. I answered with, “A planet.” To which he immediately responded with approval, explaining that it can’t possibly be a moon because Mars does not have any moons.

Zoë is now six years old. We had our family celebration on her birthday; however, since her birthday falls in the tail end of Christmas break from school, her party is not for another week and a half. And… yes, I meant Christmas break and not “winter” break or whatever political or anti-religious phooey is more socially acceptable. All we need to do now is figure out how to turn our living room into a galactic castle for the party. Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah!

1 Response to “Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah (Means I love you)”


  • You did such and AMAZING job on this!

    I wish I would have known about the whole this-is-Mars-and-Mars-has-no-moons dilemna because when Kai asked me about the “round thing” I said it was a moon. To which, I got a verbal smackdown galactic lesson on how Mars does.not. have any moons! I learned real quick… ;)

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