Thursday, November 26, 2015

Gratitude board...

Our gratitude board continues to grow - we are grateful for much.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"All that glitters" party...

Hallie was up for a birthday party this year and she was ready. Her birthday fell right before Halloween and my mom's visit so we pushed it off just a little bit. As we talked about different ideas for her party I quickly realized she's still young and she's our only girl so it only made sense to make everything glitter.

Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party

We made glitter playdough that we used to play sculpterades (from the game Cranium) as teams - and then the girls just enjoyed playing with it.
Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party

They decorated sparkly cookies.

And sparkly letters! I bought a paper mache letter for every girl at Hobby Lobby that they were able to decorate with glitter, sparkles, washi tape and other decorations. There was glitter everywhere!
Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party
Glitter Birthday Party

In the end, they spent time giving each other manicures with nothing less than...glitter polish.

Glitter Birthday Party

And they went home with little goodie bags that sparkled. Plain white bags from Joanns that I made polka dot with glue and added glitter.
Glitter Birthday Party

They sparkled from their heads to their toes by the time they were finished. I'm just glad that the party was outside because even then - I'm still finding glitter throughout the house!

Navy Tablecloths - Amazon
Table runner - Target holiday line
Plates and Napkins - Target
Scrap garland - made from 1" fabric strips from Joanns
Drinking jars - dollar section Target (tied with glitter tulle)
Paper Mache Letters - Hobby Lobby
Glitter Playdough - made from this website

Monday, November 23, 2015

Childhood in realtime...

Sometimes it's the most simple of toys that make a child happy. This particular stick horse was made by Bennett's preschool teacher last year. It's been used for games of stick pole, limbo and hockey. Not to mention its most common use - a sort of weapon to hit people with.

Cannon has finally figured out how a stick horse should really be used. And he gallops around like a regular cowboy.
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Childhood is short.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekend shenanigans...

We had one of those weekends that you're sitting on the couch late Sunday evening in exhaustion wishing you had another weekend to recover from your weekend.

It started with Hallie's birthday party on Friday (more pictures to come) which landed me on the couch asleep at 8:45 Friday night for a quick three hour power nap - I forget my pregnancy energy isn't the same as my normal energy.
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Saturday morning we were up first thing for a service project as a neighborhood to assist the widows in the area with some yard work. Not that my young children were the most useful workers - but they were there and they worked. No picture of the yard work but we made sure to get a donut picture!
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We left straight from the service project to meet up with family and watch our nephew play football. He killed it and had the best cheering section out of everyone - strength in numbers.

We rushed home from the game so Steve and I could go to the last ASU football game of the season. It was a great game and the company was fun. (Steve's brother and brother-in-law) Not to mention the weather was beautiful, just the type of weather you want to see on a beautiful fall afternoon watching college football. It helps that we ended with a win.
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By the time we picked up the kids at the neighbors and got home we were spent.

Today was spent enjoying the kids primary program at church in which each of our children proudly recited the parts they had memorized and Bennett provided entertainment for the congregation - he was so proud of himself after saying his part he waved to the audience as he stepped down from the podium and in all his 4 year old excitement hugged his friend and planted a kiss on his friend's cheek.

We spent the afternoon cooking and baking for a family gathering this afternoon which lasted a couple hours and took us to bedtime.

And here I sit thinking - I don't want to wake up tomorrow. I'm not ready to face the week, I need more time. All the things we did were great and I wouldn't trade a single thing but now is when a three day weekend would really come in handy!
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