Ever since her birthday, Hannah has been asking to have a party, and with summer approaching, she began asking for a summer party. We made a "summer bucket list" and this was at the top of our list. I printed out the tags, laminated them and attached magnet tape to the back, then wrote out the different activities...it was fun hearing the things that they want to do this summer!
Hannah cracks me up about parties, she wants to have a party for everything, I think her ideal job will be a party planner! Since I agreed that a summer party would be fun and it was at the top of our "summer bucket list", we invited over some friends, made some cupcakes and filled up the kiddie-pool. I used some of the decorations from Hannah's birthday along with a few fun summer-y things and called it good.
Hannah and David were very excited to have friends over, and of course excited to have cupcakes! I made the same tye-dyed cupcakes that I made for Hannah's birthday, but this time I remembered to take pictures!
This is what they look like before you bake (camera phone pic)
And after you bake them
I think these are so fun and the camera pics don't do them justice! I used this recipe and they are delicious and incredibly moist! (I obviously didn't layer the batter, but put it in the tins randomly for a tye-dyed effect)
The kids played on the swing-set and sprinklers but I loved how they all crowded into the little pool! ; ) My kids love going to the big pool and this was the first time we got the kiddie pool out this season and I think David was a little disappointed...until his friends came over, then it was the best ever! After a couple of hours outside we moved the party inside for a "picnic" lunch on the living room floor, then the kiddos played while the mamas got to talk. A little band formed and you know it's a good party when there's dancing on the tables!
We celebrated Hannah's 5th birthday with an art party! Hannah loves to paint, color, anything artsy so this was the perfect party for her! It was a lot of fun watching all of her sweet little friends paint. I was planning on having our baby-sitter to help out, but she couldn't come at the last minute so I was a little frantic trying to make sure that all of our guests had aprons, canvases, etc. so I didn't get very many pictures of the kids in all of their painting glory, but I did get a few of some of their masterpieces.
I had an apron for each guest and fabric markers for decorating while everyone was arriving. Then each child painted a canvas- and boy do these kids love to paint! My precious parents ended up taking the canvases to our bathroom to help them dry with the hair-dryer! The bottom picture is the marble painting- Hannah LOVES to do this, so we had to do it at her party and Mike helped all of the kids with this. We also had water-colors and crayons out, but I didn't get any pictures. : (
We did a fruit "rainbow" and Chick-Fil-A trays, for snacks. Hannah asked me to make her cake, so we made tie-dyed cupcakes and a rainbow layer cake. I didn't get any pictures of the cupcakes, but they were so cool! I think we'll make them again soon, so hopefully I'll get some pictures! I was really nervous about how the cake would turn out, but in the end, I was happy with it and Hannah loved it, so that is all that matters to me.
Opening presents- Hannah loves Lalaloopsy and had been asking for the mermaid! Thanks Paige!
For favors I just tied tags around water colors, with their aprons, canvases and various paintings, everyone's hands were full when they left! I am a believer that favors should be either consumable or useful! It was a great afternoon and we had a blast celebrating with friends and family. I can't believe that my little girl is five!!
Somebody turned three last month, and it just blows my mind how quickly my kids are growing up! Here is the little birthday boy on his actual birthday:
Just a hint of mischief! ; )
He was sooo excited to blow out his candles- he had been practicing! This was such a fun birthday because it was his first birthday that he really "got" it and was so excited about everything!
We had his party at Little Gym and this year it was a dinosaur party. David is so into dinosaurs and I found some really cute, colorful dinosaur things and I was really happy with everything!
I cannot beleive how fast this year is flying by! January was a blur of rotating sickness Christmas clean up, getting back to a routine and party prep, February was busy celebrating Mike and David's birthdays, Valentines, starting up working out, and the beginnings of a deep spring clean/ de-clutter. So far March, ehhh. Hannah was sick last week and we had a little scare last week when a man was trying to evade police in our neighborhood, and later this afternoon I'm taking the little man to the Dr. because I suspect he has pink eye. (and if you know me, then you know that pink eye ranks really high on my freak-out-o-meter) We have had a lot of fun over the past couple of months and I am going to try to share some stories/pictures (I have been informed by my Mom that she is completely over the lack of updates/ pics of the grandkids!) but things have been so busy and I LOVE what Sarah over at Memories On Clover Lane said, "Sometimes it's a matter of staying caught up in life, or caught up in blogging, and life feels better to be caught up in." (Do you read her? I just love her perspectives on motherhood- she is a favorite read for me!) Every time I think things are going to settle down and I'll have more time for blogging, it just doesn't happen, but I really miss having posts to look back on, so again I am going to try to find a balance. We have had really nice weather (minus the crazy wind) and I am just itching for spring and summer! I have been srting through the kids clothes and putting away the heavy winter things and pulling out warm weather clothes (yay!) and have also been trying to get a plan for spring break/ summer together. So things around here have been busy, but (mainly!) good.
And because my Mom has been missing pictures, here is a completely random one of David, he is all about carrying around radom things, and he has formed an attachment to Portrait of a Lady that he nabbed off of my night-stand. He carries it around, sleeps with it, and "reads" it. He will sit and look/ turn the pages. This kid cracks me up!
Hannah LOVES parties! I think she may grow up to be a party planner because she is just into parties, themes, etc. For the last couple of years she has asked to have a Valentine party, and I always say no since it is so close to David's birthday, and planning one party at a time is enough for this Mama! ; ) Well, this year when Hannah asked, I finally gave in. We invited a few of Hannah's sweet friends over to make Valentines, and it was such a fun, sweet little party!
Girlfriend loves a theme, so we picked zebra, pink and red, this was a great theme because I had lots of things on hand to work with. I set up the coffee table in our living room with Valentine- making supplies and bags for each girl.
I tried to keep this party simple- we had cupcakes and milk. I also had kisses scattered on the table, and Hannah gobbled them up! I had a little heart-charm necklace as a favor for each girl (that's what's in the zebra "purse")
This little man was happy to have a house full of girls!
The girls were so sweet making Valentines! This was the perfect age- they made their cards and the mamas got to chat!
It was a fun party and I hope it becomes a tradition!
One of the reasons I have been a little scarce around here lately, is that David is now paci-free! He has done pretty well, although we have had a few late nights and apparently no paci= no nap! So between no naps and the holidays, my free time has been non-existent! The paci fairy brought David some neat dinosaur stuff and we made a specail trip to Build-A-Bear to celebrate our big boy. David picked out a Snoopy (he loves Snoopy!) and found the cutest Woody costume for him to wear. Hannah was very sweet, saying "Oh David, I'm so proud of you!" she picked out a pink Hello Kitty with (of course) a pink princess dress. The kids had such a good time, and I am happy that my little guy is 100% paci-free!
We have had so much fun this holiday season! We enjoyed Magglio and all of his antics and this year we added a fun advent calendar and had so much fun with different activities/ projects each night!
I really hope that Hannah and David grow up with great memories, and I hope that the holidays are a particularly special time for them. I want them to enjoy the fun of the season, but my deepest wish is for them to embrace the love of Christ.
This year's advent activities (not in order) so I can remember next year!
1. Add a new ornament to the tree (this year we added a ballerina and a Woody)
2. "Elf" the neighbors
3. Write a list for Santa
4. Go to the Christmas Train
5. Watch It's A Meaningful Life
6. Make Oliver and Sophie holiday treats
7. Go look at Christmas lights
8. Decorate a gingerbread house
9. Pick out a gift for Daddy
10. Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and pop popcorn
11. Pick out gifts for a needy family from our church
12. "Rudolph" Daddy's car
13. Christmas craft (foam Christmas trees)
14. Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
15. Make Christmas cookies
16. Pick out Jesus' birthday cake
17. Read the Christmas Story and play with nativity puppets
18. Open and read a new Christmas book
19. Give a gift to Ms. Meggie (our babysitter)
20. Go see The Nutcracker and add a nutcracker to our collection
21. Have Christmas ice cream for dessert (peppermint chocolate chip- they didn't like it!)
22. Do a good deed for someone (without them knowing)
23. Open gifts from each other (they were so sweet picking out gifts for each other)
24. Shop for groceries for a family in need
I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas!!
The Christmas Train!
We took a little trip to ride the Christmas Train- it is so neat! It was our first year to do this and I hope it becomes a family tradition. It is an amazing Christmas village with all kinds of activities, we took a carriage ride, rode the mini train, rode the carousel, visted Santa, had dinner, rode the big Christmas train, and had so much fun! There were carolers and lights every where, so the ambiance was amazing. The best thing is that the Christmas train tells the story of Jesus, the real meaning of Christmas.
On the mini-train- they had so much fun, David was so excited to ride the "chugga chugga choo choo". Their sweet little faces were lit up the entire night, and it was such a great family night. I took a ton of pictures, but this was one of those nights that I hardly got any with them both looking at the camera without having a goofy look. Evidence of said goofy looks:
Yeah....he was very excited! We had so much fun and they are both still talking about it and I hope we will be able to get tickets next year!
Last weekend our Elf, Magglio came to our house. He comes when the Christmas decorations are put up- we think it's because the decorations make him feel a little more at home. ; ) I saw the cutest idea for a breakfast here and knew that I had to do a version of it. Her breakfast was adorable and I LOVED her letters, (googly eyes?!? LOVE!) so of course I had to steal borrow the idea. Here was our "North Pole Breakfast"
Hannah loved it and was super excited that Magglio brought them their very own snow globes that they could touch as much as they wanted. (because there is no touching Mommy's)He also brought some coloring books, stampers, and stickers and little reindeer notebooks to put their stickers in. (David had his eyes closed in EVERY shot I got, so no pictures of my little man, but he was very excited). This was a really fun way to welcome Magglio, and I think it will become a fun tradition.
Magglio has been up to some new tricks this year. The last 2 years he has just moved around from spot to spot, but this year (thank you pinterest) he is stepping out of his shell. One night he dyed the milk his favorite color...
Hannah thought this was great and loved it even more when we got home later in the day and he had moved out of the fridge (too cold) and onto his favorite spot at the top of the tree.
Last night he had a little tea with Woody and Heidi:
They both thought this was fun, and Hannah was especially excited because he used her "good dishes" that are put away and only brought down when David isn't around. Magglio doesn't do something this elaborate every night, but he has a few fun things planned that he will do every few nights. What about you? Do you have an elf that visits your house?