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)
Fun pics and simple frosting!
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!
They were so cute, and had so much fun! When it was time for everyone to go home, we sent our friends home with their very own "bucket list" kit.
The buckets are from Hobby Lobby and the adorable print-ables can be found here and here. We had so much fun and I think this may become 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 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!
Just a little late! Hannah and David were both pilgrims for their school programs this year and they were precious! I think I ended up with more video than photos, which is kind of a shame since I am terrible with the video camera! Here are a couple of pictures of my little pilgrims:
We also started a new tradition this year- I saw it years ago on a blog and knew that when Hannah and David were big enough I wanted to do it... A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! We love the Charlie Brown movies at our house and the "feast" that Snoopy prepares is right up Hannah's alley!
I put the popcorn inside the paper-bag turkey, and Snoopy wore David's pilgrim hat. : )
Daddy "carving" the turkey
Hannah LOVED this, she thought it was so much fun! We actuallly got her to try a few jelly beans, she wasn't too crazy about them, but at least she gave them a try! (Yes, her pickiness even spreads into "treats")
David loved having dinner with Snoopy and I think this will be a fun night-before Thanksgiving tradition!
David is drinking "green juice" - Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness or Naked Juice Green Machine are our favorites- thought I'd add this in, otherwise I know I'll get questions asking what in the world is in his cup! ; )
The Charlie Brown feast is popcorn, jelly beans, toast and pretzels if you've never seen the show
My kids are huge fans of Yo Gabba Gabba- I know that it is a show that you either love or hate, and Gabba love is goin' on at our house. So when Yo Gabba Gabba Live came to town, we were excited to go! Hannah got a new Foofa dress, and David loved his Plex shirt!
Hannah and David LOVED it and I have to say it was a really good show. David burst into tears when it was over, he was so sad to say good-bye. If your kids are fans of the show, and you get a chance to go- you absolutely should!
The last couple of weeks have been a blur of activities! Before Halloween is completly irrelevant here are some fun pics from that weekend:
David participates in a little gym class, and the gym had a carnival. Hannah and David had so much fun- they had a balloon artist and he made David "Rex" and Hannah a flower bracelet. They had fun playing, making crafts, getting their faces painted and having snacks.
After David's gym carnival, we went to a local church's festival. They had lots of games and inflatables and my kids had a blast!!
During fall break we were lucky enough to get away to the lake with my parents. Hannah and David were giddy with excitement and were on cloud 9 the entire weekend! Going for a hike with Grammy:
David was so exciting to go fishing and had his hands on his Cars rod whenever he could. Getting a lesson on casting from PaPa
He loved pushing the button and reeling it in, he did this over and over and over!
Hannah fishing with PaPa- she was so cute! The first time she was reeling her line in, she said "Ewwww, I caught a worm!" Ha!
First fish! (It's little and in the shadows, but Hannah was so excited!)
David's first fish! He had so much fun- they were getting to where they were catching fish after fish! It was so fun that they had such good luck their first time fishing! I am so thankful that my parents were there and got to see them catch their first fish- my Dad has macular degeneration and his vision has really been going down hill in the last few months, and I am grateful he got to see this special first.