Saturday, February 23, 2013

Spy Game

For their bdays, my 2 oldest got these awesome spy glasses and some walkie talkies from my super cool bro and sis. Since then, we have been going on lots of secret missions, and doing lots of training. 

So when it was my turn to pick the activity for FHE, I chose to put them through a spy agility test. Using crepe paper, I made a laser beam obstacle. 

(I cant tell if she is touching her lips, or picking her nose....)

They had a blast, and have been asking to do it again, ever since. 

We had to get the babe in on the spy action too! The closest thing spy-ish for a baby that we had was these sunglasses. What a cool dude.

My kids are awesome.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Day of Love

 Well, its only been a week since V-day, so I'm proud of myself for doing a post already!
We've been dealing with a baby who has pneumonia, so our V-day plans weren't as elaborate as I had originally planned, but it was still a great day. We stayed at home and enjoyed being together. 

Sick of the chalkboards yet? Sorry! I'm not, so you're gonna have to get used to 'em. 

My oldest drew this pic of me and my hubs. We got shot with a love arrow. Notice the bun on top of my head? Yeah, thats the only way I wear my hair these days. He think's I'm pretty!

I made this little banner using a piece of scrapbook paper I've had for years. I bought it in Germany forever and a day ago. It was all one big piece, but I cut apart the rectangles to look like stamps, then just hot glued them to a piece of bakers twine. 

I love the owl one! As my son was reading what each one said he came across one that said, "True Love". He was all grossed out, and put his hand over that one while he read the rest of them. Boys are funny. And its funny how all of them talk about love, but the only one he didn't like was that one.  

Borrowed the rosette ball from my girls room.

While the kids were outside playing, (yes, its been nice enough to play outside again!) I set the table and they were ecstatic when they came in. We had breakfast for dinner, which is always a hit. Oven (some call them german) pancakes cut into heart shapes, with strawberries and whipped cream. And no V-day is complete without some sparkling cider in fancy glasses and candlelight. Guess what? No spills this time! I love that kids like dressing in valentines colors. I'm guessing one day not too far off, my son will be too cool for that, so I'm enjoying it while it lasts. 

After we were done eating, the kids each read (or we read to them) the jars that my husband and I put together for them. My hope is to continue this tradition through the years. You should have seen their faces light up when we were all focused on what we love about each of them. 

I was gonna add a link to where I found this printable, but I can't find it on any of my Pinterest boards. 

Of course I had to coordinate the paper inside too.

The rice krispies were such a hit at the Fairy party, the kids requested them again for a Valentines dessert. Don't worry, we ate our veggies at lunch time, so all the sweets are ok. 

The previous Friday night, hubs and I went out on a hot date. First one since baby was born! Well, we went out for our anniversary, but baby was only a month old, so he came with us. Not exactly the same as it is with no kids in attendance. It was super fun, great to re-connect, and was complete with delicious cheesecake at the end. My valentine surprised me with some more of said cheesecake when he came home on V-day, that we saved til after the kids went down. 
Awesome day, I'm grateful for all my loved ones!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A 4 year olds Fairy Party

Here's the last of the 3 parties we had last month. My oldest girl turned 4! 
She is nothing if not girly and dainty, so a fairy party was a perfect theme for her.

Another one falls victim to the chalkboard craze! She had so much fun making a board on her own.

She's good right?

I'm no photographer and couldn't get a good pic of the fairy lights. This is the best I could do.

Bonus- this project costs me nothing! Well, at some point I paid for the supplies, but you know what I mean. I already had some vellum in my stash to make the flowers to go over the lights, the tulle to tie around, and just borrowed a string of lights from the Christmas box. 

There was glitter EVERYWHERE!!!  Weeks later, we are still sweeping it up in the kitchen.

As each of the party guests arrived, they were given a fairy wand. (another "free" project, using all supplies I already had!)

The original plan was to start with face painting, but as soon as the girls saw the little personal cups (leftover from the shower) filled with beads, they jumped right in.  

I was impressed with the focus they had!

Then we moved on to the face painting. I had visions of beautiful, elaborate, glittery fairy faces, but then reality set in. These are 3 and 4 year old we are talking about. I'll be lucky if I get a good 5 minutes per face. So we stuck with hearts, flowers and butterflies. And they were happy as can be about it.

When not being painted, the little fairies played "Tinker, Tinker, Bell". (duck, duck, goose) This was my husbands idea, and at first mention I wasn't convinced they would like it. But they had so much fun! 

While we set out the food, we turned on some fairy music and the fairies danced around with their wands and balloons. I love how easy to please little girls are!

We found these adorable little cupcake toppers at TJMaxx, she fell in love with them as soon as she laid eyes on them. Of course the cupcakes had to be frosted pink with pink sprinkles.
You guys, these cupcakes might have been the best I've ever made. And they weren't even chocolate. I got the recipe from Martha's cupcake book, and the stars aligned perfectly, and they were amazing. Baked just the right amount of time, the perfect density and fluffiness(?). So dang good. Whats weird is that I used the same recipe for the cake part as the space party, but these turned out much better.

She still hasn't told us what she wished for! Still hoping it will come true!

Pink lemonade per bday girls request. We used the cupcake liners from the fairy set to top the Mason jars. Not only do these look a whole lot cuter than the pink dollar store cups I had originally planned on, but they prevented spills too!  

I also made some pink heart shaped rice krispie treats, but before I realized that I didn't get a pic yet, they had vanished! Had to add in some "fairy fruit" to balance out the treats.

Lots of fairy gifts from sweet friends! I was amazed at the difference of boys and girls. The sheer noise volume difference of the 2 parties was incredible! The girls were so much quieter! Even when giggling and running around, it was hardly noisy.

Oh yeah, heres a pic from that morning- If you couldn't tell, she was very excited to open Tangled. Thanks mom and dad!

I'm so happy we were able to have a day just to celebrate Jadie Lady. She is the sweetest thing in world, who is always a peacemaker, can often be heard saying, "I really love Jesus", and freely gives hugs and kisses to us. Happy Birthday sweetie girl, we love you!

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

A 6 year olds space party

I got 2 posts done in 1 weekend! Reason being, my littlest guy is sick, so I've been at home with him, while hubs takes the 3 big ones to Costco, bball games, church etc. And since he's under the weather, his naps are a little longer. So I've got a quiet house for a few hours at a time, it's so weird! Anyway...

Holy cow, time flies. My little guy is already 6? My kids birthdays are so bittersweet. I LOVE that they are growing up, but I also HATE that they are growing up! Makes sense right? 
So anyway, this kid is a major Lego fanatic. (I'm starting to become a big fan myself, they are super fun).
A few days prior to his bday, he got a package in the mail from Nana and Pa. It came in SpongeBob wrapping paper. I happen to think that S.B.S.P. is the stupidest show on the face of the planet. But his aunt and uncles like it, and since we don't let him watch it, he has to wait until he's at my parents house to watch it. And its the grandparents right to buy grandkids presents that their parents wouldn't normally buy right? (case in point- the Moon Sand from 2 years ago. The kids LOVED it. Me and hubs, not so much. We were finding that stuff all over the house for months. Thanks mom and dad!) 
As soon as you get a package in the mail, you have to shake it right? A Lego master knows the sound of Legos when he hears it. So needless to say, he was quite excited to open that one. As soon as he woke up on his party day, he had to open it. 

As you can tell, he was thrilled, and ripped into that baby ASAP. He had the whole set built in no time. Then he played with it until we had to MAKE him eat bfast at like 10:30. (for the record, I'm pretty sure that I've never been so involved in something that someone had to make me eat!)

So on to the party deets. We were originally planning on having a Lego party, naturally. We started  making lots of plans and were getting excited about it. But then for Christmas my little brother bought us a family pass to the Adventure Science Center. (thanks again Trav!) And we had so much fun, he changed his mind and wanted to have the party there instead. That tells you how fun that place is! With our pass we can take 6 guests. So birthday boy invited 4 friends and my uncle (who is my age, and the dad of 2 of those friends) went with my husband for an all boys adventure. And because there is a big space/astronaut exhibit there, we went with a space theme. This was the easiest party to plan, because we just had cake, ice cream and presents before they took off! My big boy helped with all the decorations, and learned first hand how much fun making chalkboard art is.

Pretty good right? We learned all about space and planets in the weeks leading up to the party and made the big chalkboards for art class one day. (told you you'd see those boards again!)

He wanted to pull out every toy we had that was space related to decorate with. (which was not too many apparently!)

He painted the globe and moon himself! That globby white stuff is glow paint, it's pretty sweet.

I cut out those blue rocket ships with my handy dandy Silhouette and just used scotch tape to attach them to the toothpicks. Cupcake toppers in a flash! We chose foil wrappers and silver sugar sprinkles to make it look "spacey". 

These planets also glow in the dark! And yes, they are in the correct order, he wouldn't have it any other way.

We gave out these rockets as a party favor. Rolo's with these cute free printables from -Amanda's Parties To Go taped on. I was so happy to have found those!

We got a bunch of punch balloons from the dollar store to hand out to friends as they came in, to play with 'til everyone arrived. We actually bought them with the intent of making paper mache planets. 
Well, we made one. It took like an hour and half with the 2 of us working on it, and I kid you not, just as I was putting THE LAST strip on, we started hearing air leaking out. The balloon had somehow gotten a hole in it and deflated completely within 15 minutes, leaving a soggy, gooey, pile of newspaper. So needless to say, we didn't attempt to make the remaining 9 (we were making the sun first, and we do still count Pluto) and went to Toys R Us and decided the $8 for the glow in the dark planets was totally worth it. Even though they didn't include Pluto. Jerks. 
The boys first started to jump off the couch trying to land on the punch balloon, thinking they would bounce way up high. But then we told them your story, Kurt. They decided it was better to just jump WITH them instead of onto them. No one was interested in wearing casts on their legs. 

Legos, Legos, and more Legos! 

Yep, he did open presents BEFORE cake and ice cream. We were getting the ice cream out and turned around to find the kids circled around Isaac, already in the midst of present opening. "You said I could open them at the party!" He's right, I did say that. 

Ready to blast off!

After they ate, we loaded em up, and they were off!

2 little girls were not happy to be left behind. What you can't see in the below picture, is the 2 of them crying at my feet as the boys drove off. Don't worry, we had a very girly party the following weekend, so after I reminded them what was coming, they calmed down a bit.

As soon as my boys walked through the door a few hours later, (after dropping friends off)  he went straight back to Lego building. 

Here he is the next morning as we are trying to tell him to get in the car for church- bet you can't guess what is in his hands! You got it, more Legos. 

Love my big boy!

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