Monday, June 9, 2014

a jumpy animal 2nd birthday party

A jumpy animal 2nd birthday party... that's a mouthful, huh?  When I was brainstorming a theme for Lola's party I just tried to think of what she likes the most.  Well, it's jumping- on our bed, on Max's bed, in her bed, at the gym, in the pool, etc.  And it's animals.  She brings her stuffed animals everywhere and talks about the zoo all the time, "Go to the city, see monkeys".  So the theme of the party, and since she was turning 2, was Lola's 2 favorite things.

I wrote a little birthday poem and had this super talented lady create the hand written invites- which were sent with multicolored confetti of course.

The gift bags were really easy- animal crackers, animal finger puppets from IKEA and bouncy balls (not shown).

I have circle punches and went a little punch crazy with the neon paper to create the garlands and Lola's birthday banner.  Super easy to just sew on the machine, but it took a while, so I was meticulous- storing them on an empty paper towel roll so they would be easy to hang.  Well, one little tug and it all fell off the roll into a 20 foot long tangle.  Swear word, swear word.  I ended up cutting it apart at the tangles and taping them together.  You couldn't really see it.

I love those animal balloons!  Super cheap from Amazon.  And you can't really see it, but I bought a queen size flat sheet and scalloped the long edges.  Another really inexpensive way to make a tablecloth.  However, they only get wider as they get bigger, not longer... so it was just a teeny bit too short for my crazy long party table.

But my absolute favorite were Lola's Schleich animals with party hats on.  Out of everything, that was the easiest, and most fun, project!

And no party is complete without temporary tattoos.

Lola did not want one.

There were some other good sports.  I love this picture!  So serious...

Yeah, that's more like it.

Cute masks for the taking.

My little monkey girl!

That decorating and stuff is all well and good, but the fun part was the jumpy house.  For shiz.

She loves reading her Year Book.  

We had a bit of brunch since it was still technically morning.  Yes, mimosas at a 2 year olds birthday party.  What?

I made these yummy eggs and homemade bagels, because I could pretty much make both in advance minus the cooking.

All was great, but the cake- not.  I tried to make this and really it should have landed me on this list.  It was like the leaning tower of shredded box cake.  My mother-in-law kindly commented that cool whip covers everything.  Well, it did!  But she helped me.  Cake decorating is just not one of my talents.  Cupcakes- or I'm going to need to pay the professionals from here on out.  But the animals made it cuter.

Confetti cake to match the theme, but she wanted chocolate too.

Isn't her dress just too cute?  The back is the best.

We just love this girl to pieces, can you tell?  She is amazing to me.  So strong.  Unafraid.  Silly.  Smart (seriously people, I'm talking baby genius here).  Challenging, funny, snuggly, loud, loving, bold and just plain beautiful from the top of her golden curls to her teeny toe nails.  I love her.

And then the family pictures that kids are seriously never willing to put up with.

My girl napping after the festivities have died down.  I know it's blurry, but so, so sweet.

Monday, February 24, 2014

family rules

So, this is something I probably should have done a lot earlier... rules.  Max is a good boy, but it's hard to know how to act in public if your parents don't teach you the basics.   Duh, I guess.  It's probably pretty common, at least I hope so, that as a parent you get so involved in the day to day tasks that the big lessons are sometimes forgotten.  Anyhoo- it was apparent recently that I needed to create some house rules.  Just the biggies.  I brainstormed with Max and then typed them up, reviewed with him, and slapped those bad boys on the fridge.

Lola lost interest...

Look at his face!!  Ah, this picture cracks me up.  Not necessarily happy about this...

Friday, February 14, 2014

valentine's 2014

We have been doing a lot of kid-involved crafts around here preparing for Valentine's Day.  That means we have a ton of good memories... as well as a house that looks like a tornado ripped through it and a frazzled mommy.  But first of all, how cute are my valentines?

No handmade valentines for the kids like last year, but they didn't mind.  I had these out when they woke up and they each had a breakfast candy and pink milk.  The best part of Christmas is the look on the kids faces when they come downstairs first thing in the morning.  I decided every holiday should be like that.

They helped me cut out and then decorate sugar cookies (thank you Trader Joe's pre-made kit).

I found this tutorial on making boxes and it's so easy I don't think I'll ever buy another gift box.  Seriously.  I know these look a little wonky, but it's only because I made them in 5 minutes.

So this is what everyone's presents looked like.

Some little gifts for daddy, beef jerky chocolate and a turkish coffee maker.  Random?

We gave all of these away before I remembered to take a picture, but I would write things or draw pictures in white crayon and have the kids watercolor over it.  Then they (Max) wrote messages on the back.  I so wish I would have taken a picture of the card he wrote to his teacher.  He literally wrote out, "Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Max".  He's incredible.  I barely have to show him examples of any of the letters anymore.

Last, but if time has anything to do with it, certainly not least... superhero valentines for Max's class.  I shamelessly copied these and found some more superhero logos here.  Max was so happy about them and excited to give them to classmates.  There was a rule that we weren't allowed to write kids names on them.  I get it, if you forget a kid that would be sad.  But because of that, I totally blanked on including a To and From.  It wasn't until Max got home from school and showed me all his valentines did I realize I didn't write "From Max" on any of them!  Epic Fail!  Now no one knows who they were from... I'm sad.  I feel like writing the school, but I think that gets filed under "crazy mommy".

Happy Valentine's Day!
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