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Let’s PARTY.

Since THIS describes my life right now:

You KNOW that Parker’s 7th birthday party theme had to be this:

I have to say, I was a little worried about having the party at home, especially when it started pouring down rain 45 minutes before party time… of course it was AFTER I had sprayed the yard for mosquitoes and hung tons of paper streamers all over our deck (FYI – soggy streamers don’t look very festive).  Luckily the rain stopped just in time for me to drag out all of the tables again right before the boys arrived.  It wasn’t quite as easy as renting one of the popular places around town, but it sure was so much fun!  I think Parker enjoyed it even more because it was at our house.   The boys bounced on our old blow-up jumper, splashed around in Parker’s water table, played Lego Bingo (I printed it out for free… ask me if you want details), and got a huge kick out of the donut game.

And a quick game of Twister before the grandparents left the next morning was very entertaining, especially from my vantage point.  :)

Susan - July 14, 2011 - 5:34 am

You can now add party planner and food photographer (from your previous post) to your list of many talents. The party looked like so much fun. My boys aren’t into legos yet (unless you count putting them in your mouth as playing with legos) but I will tuck this idea away for when they get a little older.

Dessert Island.

I am good at a lot of things, but cooking is not one of them.  In fact, I have a whole pantry shelf full of various cookbooks that have never been used.  Good news… I think I’ve finally found some recipes that are easy enough for even me to follow.  Forget Southern Living and Cooking Light… my new favorite recipes come from my 8-year-old’s American Girl magazine.

This recipe had ingredients that I had actually heard of.  So hang on, because Torin and I are about to go all Pioneer Woman on you and share the recipe to create your own pudding paradise.  This is what you’ll need:

Step 1: Crush graham crackers with a rolling pin.

Step 2: Pour the crushed graham crackers on top of the pudding.

Step 3: Place a cookie stick in the cup. 

Step 4: Pay attention.  This is the tricky part.  You’re supposed to cut leaves out of green taffy, but we used red fruit roll-ups  Use a small amount of icing (or a great big blob, whatever you feel like) to attach the leaves to the top of the cookie stick.

Step 5: Place two chocolate candies in the “sand” for “coconuts.”

Finally, you can either be nice and share with a friend, or be like some people (I won’t name names) and totally renege on your promise to give your mama a bite.

Happy Birthday, Daddy!

I know the official day isn’t until tomorrow, but I’m working tomorrow, so we celebrated this evening.  Another year, another cinnamon roll!  :)

Doug in the Desert - June 25, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Such a little cake for such a big man! Happy Bday Dave.

Jadie - June 25, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Haha! You know what would happen if we got a big cake. MAMA would end up eating all of it.

Lego Heaven.

There is a summer camp for everything.  And this summer, we discovered the camp of our dreams.  Parker has been at Lego Camp all week and has loved every minute.  Personally, I think that building Legos for three hours straight would be torture, but for him, it’s just a good start.  He has a slight obsession/addiction for Legos, and since they are somewhat educational, I generally let him build as long as he wants (or until I step on a mini-fig).  Here are a few highlights from his awesome week…

Adventures in Babysitting.

The four of us got to hone our babysitting skills this afternoon, and I have to say, we run a pretty top-notch operation.  In all of the times that we have gotten to babysit Sabrina, she has never fallen off the bed…

or poked an eye out…

or choked on a grape.

She always learns the latest dance moves.

She has been taught which pony is Twilight Sparkle, which one is Rainbow Dash, and which one is Fluttershy.

And while we occasionally watch cable…

She has never been exposed to anything containing violence or adult content.

And finally, she always receives proper Jedi training in skill, dexterity, and attunement to the Force.

Our photo session.

Several weeks ago (before it got blazing hot), we had the privilege of being photographed by Angela Crutcher.  She was running a fabulous spring special, and I jumped on it immediately.  I have admired her work for a long time, and it’s  nice  to switch sides occasionally and experience the  process as a client instead of a photographer.  I knew she could get shots of our family that I could never get using the tripod/self-timer method, and I thought maybe my kids would be less goofy with a total stranger than with me (I was wrong about that part, but it turned out okay).  The coolest part was traveling to her parents’ field up in Robertson County.  I was sooo jealous of her location!  (If my parents really loved me, they would buy a super cool field for me to shoot in like Angela’s… hint, hint.)