Friday, September 30, 2011

Confession Friday 9-30!

Holy moly, it's the last day of September! Yep. Let's get started.

I confess that this is late, because I got a total of three hours of sleep last night thanks to a mix of insomnia, sore throat, and waking babies. And none of those hours came before 4:30 am. It's gonna be a long day.

Evie's dress up picture for the week:



Daddy's dress socks and old tennis shoes. What a nut!

I confess that I can tell which of my kids needs a diaper change from the next room by the smell of their poop. True story.

I confess that Eric FINALLY tracked down the elusive ice cream costume last night, and it's even cuter in a bigger size. I LOVE it! I made Evelyn parade around the house last night with the hat on so I could follow her around and laugh my butt off.

I confess that Evelyn has entered into the stage of irrational fears, and I have no idea what to do about it. She claws and screams to get out of the bathtub because she's afraid of the drain (and practically chokes her sister trying to pull her out with her.) She's terrified of shadows at night. She still runs from the vacuum. HELP. ME.

I confess that the advice I keep reading from the "professionals" is to comfort her and not make her face her fears, because "would you like it if someone did that do you?" So what am I supposed to do - bathe my kid in baby wipes and never vacuum the floor? Sorry, but there's gotta be another way....

I confess that I've had a dull headache for like a month now...and I'm starting to wonder if there's something seriously wrong with me. I have no desire to find out.

I confess that I practice telling annoying people off while I'm doing housework so I don't actually do it to their face. It's how I keep my smile. :D

I confess that I've been missing my college friends a lot this week. Just out of the blue...it hit me. It's been almost five years since I've seen most of them!

I especially miss these people:


And these people:



And these people. <-- Website looks awesome, guys!

All my people. I miss you, dudes and dudettes. :)

I confess that I can't believe more of you don't burn your marshmallows. :) Don't you know the deliciousness that lies beneath that blackened exterior?? Haha. Makes the best s'mores ever!

I confess that I hope Grace starts walking in the next couple of weeks so I can see her toddle around the pumpkin patch. :) I don't know if it's gonna happen...she's an awesome stander but a timid stepper. Come on, Grace!

I confess that I am SO happy that Evie no longer finds it amusing to splash in the toilet. Too bad little sister is stepping right up to take her place. 

I confess that I just counted my confessions to see if I had a sufficient number. I do. My mushy brain is struggling this morning. I'd be drinking a lot of coffee right now...if I drank coffee. But I don't. So this is the end.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

10 Things Your Kid Should NOT Be For Halloween


I was perusing TLC's website yesterday to catch up on a show that I had missed, when I ran across this little article: "10 Things Your Kid Should NOT Be For Halloween." I was a little scared as my finger hovered over the mouse...should I click it or not? Do I want to know someone else's opinion about what is appropriate and what's not on this sometimes-touchy holiday? Why, yes. Yes, I do. :)

Little did I know that my slight tremors would soon be replaced with complete fits of laughter. As I scrolled through the list, I laughed harder and harder with every suggestion. I mean...seriously. Some of these are so over-the-top obvious that it's both hilarious and sad that someone needs to write an article to "remind" us not to be these things. (Although, I couldn't believe as I was reading the comments that there were parents defending some of these costumes...they had already chosen them for their kids to be this year. To use my favorite word of the week - that's just whackadoodle.)

Let's get ramblin.'

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10. Fidel Castro


"The green fatigues and huge cigar are big tip-offs that your kid is dressed like Fidel Castro...."

Hahaha...I lost it one sentence in. I knew I was going to be in trouble. Best not to dress our children as foreign dictators...check!

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9. Paris Hilton

If someone dresses their six year old daughter up like Paris Hilton to go collect candy...well...they need more help than the gentle advice that this article can offer them.

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8. Michael Jackson

This one made me giggle before I even started reading the reasoning behind it. Though I have to say, Mr. Thriller himself is one of the tamer choices of the bunch. I'm aware of all of the accusations against him, but in my opinion, there are just two words for this costume: Too soon. ;)

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7. Dexter


Um, yuck.  Let's just move on here....

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6. Sex Workers
Sorry, Julia. Had to do it. :)

Really? I mean. Really?? No explanation required. Bahahaha....

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5. Zombies and Vampires

While I don't personally like them, these costumes have been around forever. I'm surprised they made the list considering the other options on the table. :D But I think the point they were making here was to not make things too scary for the littlest ones who will be running around trick-or-treating. And that makes sense to me.

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4. Religious Icons

What, I can't dress my kid up like Jesus? Guess I need to rethink that whole manger scene thing we do at Christmas. I kid! I agree here...I think it would be a little odd to find tiny Christ's running around carrying glow-in-the-dark pumpkins. It would step on people's toes...so it's best to set that one down and walk away slowly....

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3. Suicide Bombers
I highly recommend that you NOT Google suicide bombers...unless you want to see a lot of real detached body parts blown to smithereens. *shudder*

Can I laugh here? Is that okay? (Because I am.) Please, parents. Don't dress your kids as suicide bombers. Duh.

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2. Black Face


As in...the racial degradation of African Americans. In other words, if you happen to be Caucasian and were dead-set on dressing your child as pre-surgery Michael Jackson this year (double whammy), stick to the white gloves and ditch the face paint. It's insulting. ;)

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And the cherry on top:

1. Ku Klux Klan

Do you WANT your child to get beat up? Ay yi yi. Sometimes I forget that these turds still exist. But they do. So let's keep the white hoods and mob mentaility at home. And have a great day.


Whew! I'm so glad I stumbled across this article. We still haven't tracked down Evie's ice cream cone costume in the right size, and I was seriously considering dressing her up as Lindsay Lohan instead. Now I know that "naughty women who use their notoriety for personal gain without any respect for the fact that they're role models for a whole generation of young girls" are completely off limits. Thank you, TLC. Thank you.

If you'd like to see the article for yourself and the full explanations behind each of these choices, check it out right here. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Doo dee doo doo...

...doo dee doo doo. That's the Twilight Zone theme if you didn't get it. Haha.

Something is amiss in blogland. If I'm actually able to post this and you're reading it, it's a miracle! Somehow all of my settings got changed to another language, and I have no idea HOW that happened. I don't even know what language I'm looking at! Also, my blog reader isn't working properly and I'm not able to see everyone's blogs when they're posted. This has always been an issue for a few blogs I read, but now it's affecting even more. PLUS, I've been getting several comments lately here and other places that several of you are not able to comment on this blog even when you can comment on others, or that you have to comment anonymously.

I might have to switch over to the *other* way of commenting...because that seems to be the issue for some of you. However, I can't really do anything about it until I can figure out how all of my buttons get turned back to ENGLISH. I'm having a glass half full kind of morning, so I'm finding this whole situation completely hilarious. :)

But can you do me a favor? If you're able to comment the normal way can you just say "Hey" so I know you can? And if you can't, just hit the "like" or "huh" button so I know how many of YOU there are. I'll try to fix things to accommodate the most people. Sometimes blogger really leaves me scratching my head....

I'll leave you with a little peek at some fun things I've been working on. I've been going NUTS with cardboard lately, and having way too much fun for my own good doing it. :)


Hmm...what could it be? I bet you can't guess. Ha. :D

Happy hump day, my friends. Mine's a little out of sorts, but here's hoping there's order in your world. (I seriously think this might be Russian...but there are characters and letters I have never seen before! You have no idea how long I had to look at the buttons to figure out how to post that darn picture....)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Crafting with Kids!

I don't know what it is about Fall, but cooler temps make me want to get my craft on. :) And I've been waiting for quite a while for the day that I can share in some crafting fun with one of my kids. You know, the kind that requires more than just taking paints and going all willy nilly. That day was yesterday!

I got an idea to "build" a scarecrow with Evelyn out of construction paper - an activity I was convinced she would love, and I thought it would be a great way to talk about shapes and body parts at the same time. I set out to cut out different parts of our scarecrow...head, shirt, shoes...all the way to his little triangle nose. The plan was to spread all of the pieces out on the kitchen table and then ask Evie questions like, "Which shape do you think would make a good head for our scarecrow?" "Do you see a shape that looks like shoes?" You know, stuff like that.



Excuse my child's lack of clothing once again. We just had an oreo cookie snack, and she covered herself in it! (Anyone else think oreos are the messiest cookie on the planet?)


But wouldn't you know that my little smarty pants is way too observant for her own good, and she was so much more ahead of the game than I had anticipated. She watched carefully as I cut along the lines I had drawn on pieces of construction paper, and before I could even finish cutting she would shout out "Those are hands, mama!" "Look at those pants!" Well whaddya know? She figured it out all on her own!


When it came time to assemble our little paper dude, she was grabbing shapes before I could even ask her for them. She knew precisely what should come next every step of the way. Then I handed her a crayon and asked her to draw on a pair of eyes. I had no idea if she would actually know what to do, having never asked her to draw a pair of eyes before. I assumed that she would know about where they should go, but I was shocked when she took that blue color and drew little scribbled circles right where the eyes should be.

See - grubby cookie hands. 

I nearly cried. I'm not kidding. It was a proud moment for this mama. :) I knew she wouldn't draw a proper mouth, and I giggled as she scribbled on an unidentifiable shape under the scarecrow's triangle nose. I was just excited that she put it in the right place!


Evelyn had a BLAST doing this. And her favorite part was getting to hang her creation up on the refrigerator. I made such a fuss about it that I'm pretty sure hanging things on the refrigerator is going to be her new "thing."


I asked Evie to turn around and let me take a picture of her with her new scarecrow friend. She was in the middle of talking to him and wasn't pleased that I interrupted her conversation:


Haha.

I asked Evelyn if I could show my friends her scarecrow, and she whole heartedly said, "Yes!" :)

After we made our craft I decided to share a fun short story with the girls that I loved when I was in school, and I bet your kids would get a kick out of it, too! Maybe you remember it. It's about a little witch who needed to find a home for winter. Yes? No? Well, whether you know it or not, I'm about to tell you. :) You'll need an orange piece of paper and a pair of scissors to tell this story, and you'll be cutting shapes out of the paper as the story goes along.

The Little Orange House
I found this version at www.atozteacherstuff.com

Once upon a time a very small which was walking in the woods. The cold wind was blowing the dry leaves all around her. The little witch was frantically searching for a house for the winter, but she couldn't find one! Suddenly a piece of orange paper, blown by the wind, landed at her feet. She picked it up.



The little witch looked closely at the paper and then she said, "I shall make myself a little house from this piece of orange paper." She folded the paper in half. Then she took her scissors, which she always carried in her pocket, and cut off two corners to make a roof.


"This will do just fine," she said as she looked at her new house. "But I will need a door." With her scissors she cut a door. Since witches always wear pointed hats, she cut a special door just for her. 


The little witch walked through the door and into the little orange house. It was very dark inside. She quickly hurried back out. "I will need to make windows to let in the light," said the little witch. She cut a front and back window.


Oh, it was a very fine looking house. Her very own little house with a roof, a door, and windows was all finished. But just as the little witch started to go inside for the winter, she saw a tiny ghost floating down the wind swept path. As the tiny ghost came to a stop near the house, the little witch saw that she was crying. "Why are you crying?" asked the little witch. The tiny ghost stopped crying and answered, "It is cold and windy. It is getting dark. And I have no place to spend the winter." 

"You may spend the winter with me in my new house," said the kind little witch. 

"Oh, thank you!" the happy tiny ghost said as she peeked in through the window. "This is a very nice house."

"First," said the witch, "I will need to make you a little door of your very own." She took her scissors again and began to cut. She cut a very tiny door in the middle of the house.


The two happy new friends went inside. The tiny ghost went in the very little door, and the little witch went through her own special door. All winter long they lived happily together inside the little orange house. If you want to see inside their little orange house, just open your piece of paper and Surprise! 



The kids love to see that the house is really a jack o lantern! Have extra paper ready, because older kids will want to see it again. :)

I wish I could have captured the look on Evie's face when I opened the paper and she saw that pumpkin face staring back at her. And guess what she did as soon as I let her have it?


Right on the refrigerator! Yep, definitely her new thing. 

We had lots of fun yesterday with construction paper and a little bit of imagination. Both of these activities are definitely Evelyn approved! They're super easy and fun, so try them out with the kiddos in your life sometime. Have a great Fall day! :D

Monday, September 26, 2011

More did's and didn'ts :)

So I'm not saying this is something I'm going to do every single week, but this did's and didn'ts thing works really well when you don't know what else to say! So once again, here are a few things we did and didn't do this weekend. :)


We did go to the homecoming football game on Friday night, and we had a lot of fun! The Musketeers kicked some major booty, too. :)

Evelyn didn't wan't to stay in one spot...as predicted.

But she did insist on calling the middle aged woman standing next to us "grandma" over and over again at the top of her voice. Middle aged woman was not too thrilled about this. I thought it was hilarious. :D

I didn't cook a single meal the entire weekend until Sunday night - score!

I did get to go on a fun shopping excursion with the hubs on Saturday. I can not even begin to express how grateful we are to have parents who give us frequent nights off on the weekends. Now that I think about it, Saturday nights may be the only time all week that I spend more than 5 minutes apart from the girls, other than the hour that they might spend in the church nursery on Sunday morning.  Love my kids, but getting a break is lovely.

I didn't buy every single item in the Target dollar spot - but I wanted to. Oh, how I wanted to! I'm a big fat sucker for holiday decor. And if it glitters...watch out.

I did pick up a few things for Grace's birthday party, though. And we scored a few Christmas gifts while we were out and about. We used coupons for everything. I don't think it's possible for me to buy something without a coupon anymore. It is not well with my soul.

I didn't get the caramel apple I was craving until almost the end of the weekend. And I kid you not, I'm 99% sure there *was* a worm inside. Let's just say there was a hole, and a mushy middle, and a not so pleasant bite of something which involuntarily made it's way back out of my mouth....

I did still eat the caramel and nuts off of the outside before I threw it away. Mmmm.... ;)

I didn't hang up any Fall decor. I really don't know what's wrong with me this year.

But I did get some birthday decorations made...love, love, love! I think this is my favorite theme yet.

Poopy iPhone photo. :) 

Eric didn't know he was going to be asked to teach our Sunday school class yesterday morning. We scurried around to get out of the door on time, only to discover that we were the only ones who showed up for our class this week, haha.

I did still make Eric "teach" me the lesson. He thought I was a goober. We love each other.

I didn't completely hyperventilate when it was announced in church that our annual fish fry is on the SAME date and at the SAME time that I had planned for Grace's party. But I was close. Seriously. I haven't ever gotten to plan a party when there wasn't 674869 other things going on. It doesn't matter how early I set the date, someone else picks the same darn day to do a huge event. So Heather, looks like our party is NOT going to be on the 22nd after all!

This does mean that I have to pick a new date, and I need your opinions please. I still need Grace's birthday party to be the weekend of the 22nd, but would you be more likely to attend a kid's birthday party on a Friday night or Sunday night? Eric and I have differing opinions, so I need help! I have to make up invitations soon.

I didn't change my pants all weekend. Jeans are meant to be worn over and over...right?

I did spend way too much time on the disboards learning which restaurant in Disney World has the best hamburger. Because you never know when the urge for a gourmet burger will strike after riding Dumbo for the umpteenth time. ;)

I didn't fall asleep super early last night, so I finally had time to make a new blog header. Fall has arrived on blogger.


And finally...I did watch our girls turn into even better friends this weekend. Evie and Grace are interacting with each other in different ways all the time, and it is the most fun thing to watch. Even Eric noticed. I can't believe that by the end of this season I'll have two babies running around the house. Running...like on two feet. And one quite possibly out of diapers. What will I do with myself when I don't have double diaper duty or a baby to lug around on my hip all day?

So what about you, friends? Anything you meant to do and didn't? Something you did do that you weren't expecting? And seriously, help a girl out on the birthday party thing. I'll have a mental breakdown if I have to change the date one more time. :D

Friday, September 23, 2011

Confession Friday - Happy Fall, Ya'll!

We made it!! See ya, Summer...I'm going to miss you in two months, but for now here's a big "Sianara Sucka!" I'm excited to spend the OFFICIAL first day of Autumn with my babies having fun and doing Fallish sorts of things. :) Hope you're able to get out and enjoy this day, too.



I confess that I'm raising two little actresses. BOTH of my kids are fakers - fake coughers, sneezers, burpers, sleepers....If one does something, the other will copy just to hear an "excuse you." Goofy girls. :)

I confess that I didn't think it was possible to burn something in the crock pot. Leave it to me.

I confess that I discovered yesterday while laying on my back that my stomach looks like the Grand stinkin' Canyon. There is a HUGE gap between my stomach muscles, and it looks SICK. I guess that will happen to a lady when she has two babies in two years, but it's definitley not a good thing, and after doing a little reading I've discovered the culprit for all of the lower back pain I've been having. Looks like lots and lots (and lots) of crunches and sit ups are in my future. Ugh.

I confess that I can't wait until nap time today so I can welcome Fall with a delicious caramel apple. :) I gave one to Evie yesterday, and I'm fairly certain she became the caramel apple. Never again. Not for a long, long time.

Evie picks out her own clothes during the week. :)

I confess that Evelyn has learned her parent's first names, and while I never want her to call us by them, I think it's hilarious to hear her say "daddy Airwick" and "mommy Aidweein."

I confess that today is debt-free Friday and I'm depressed. I don't think we're EVER going to get these darn student loans out of our house! We should just name them and make them part of the family.

I confess that I only care about being debt-free soon so that we can finally take our trip to Disney World. :)

I confess that it is NOT funny when your kid is playing hide-and-seek and you're not. I almost had a heart attack this morning until Evie popped out of her closet and said "I see you!"

I confess that our celebration arch arrived yesterday, and when I saw the box I thought "Whoa, this thing must be huge!"


Someone at the packing plant needs to be fired.

I confess that nothing aggravates me more than when the UPS man shows up in the middle of the day and rings the bell 50 times in a row while my kids are taking a nap. Once is fine, bro. Once is fine.

I confess that I have been so unmotivated to do housework this week. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I'm afraid my zeal for doing laundry is being flushed down the toilet. And if you think having a zeal for laundry is weird...so did I. But I wasn't complaining. :)

I confess that Confession Friday has been interrupted a million times this morning by my darling children. The last time was Evie informing me that she had to use the bathroom - and she did it! Woot! She actually told me before she went in her diaper. The end of diaper days are very near. Hallelujah!

And that's all I got. I cannot believe it took me three hours to type this. Three hours. I'm d.o.n.e. :) Hope you have a great weekend, and maybe we'll bump into some of you at the game tonight!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stars and Powder Puffs

One of the most interesting classes I have ever taken was one called "Planets and Stars" where we tracked constellations on star charts and learned all about things like solstices and waning gibbouses and what makes the tides. My professor had this super awesome laser light that could reach all the way up to the night sky, and she could circle constellations with a little red beam of light as if she were simply pointing out something on the blackboard. (For real, it was the coolest thing ever and I want one of those things! Only problem was, she wasn't able to use it if there was a plane overhead, haha.) And in this class I feel I was taught a little bit of misinformation...because I am almost positive...I mean, I remember doing homework and answering this question...that the Fall equinox (the first day of Fall - when the sun will be directly parallel with the Earth's equator) is on September 22 every year. Apparently that is a big fat FALSE, because today is that day and it's not Fall just yet. Apparently it sometimes falls on the 23rd of the month.

So all week long I've been looking forward to today, and now I'm being denied. In fact, I was all ready to hop on here and wish you all a "Happy first day of Autumn!" Good thing I double checked! So instead I'll wish you a happy last day of summer. Go out and do one last summerish thing. :)

So yeah, sorry for being MIA yesterday. I had begun a short blog with pictures of my favorite kiddos at the park, sharing my favorite scriptures of the blessings of children and that kind of stuff. Unfortunately my knobby fingers hit "publish" instead of "preview" well before I was done arranging and making sense out of a jumbled mess...and somewhere in the process of quickly rectifying my mistake I deleted the whole thing. Even I can't get it back. And I was having a pretty poopy morning anyway, so I said fuhgetaboutit. Nothing like wasting an hour of my life to start the day!

And now that I've handed in my excuse note, we can move on to more interesting things. Like the fact that we live in a teeny tiny town that's barely a blip on the map and it happens to be Homecoming week. Translation for those city folks reading today: The hub of activity on any given evening is all around the high school, and if you're related to a high school student that pretty much means that's where you'll be on any given evening. :) I have two siblings in high school at the moment, so guess where we were last night?


It was the homecoming parade and powder-puff football game - two long-standing traditions of our alma mater. My little sister was playing in the game for the Junior class, so we decided to pack up the girls and head out for an evening of family fun on a cool almost-Autumn Eve.




I have no clue why, but I always forget that they throw candy out at the parade. Um...hello? So of course we didn't bring a bag for Evelyn, and instead we shoved sticky treats into every nook and cranny of the stroller that we could possibly find, haha.


Gracie slept the entire time. :)

The parade was short and sweet as usual...but the real fun was heralded in with hotdogs and chili and a 12 minute game of girly football later that night.


We knew how much Evelyn loved the electric atmosphere of a high school football game from many Friday nights last year, but we had no clue that her adoration for the game could grow even larger than it had been before. To say that Evie had a blast would be a huge understatement. I've never seen my kid so happy to run around like a wild banshee shouting "Go team!"

My sister - # 77

(iPhone photos ahead. Sorry for the quality - we forgot the flash on our camera!)




It was the cutest thing ever to watch her have so much fun...until it was time to go. Eric swooped her up from a group of kids and informed our oldest that we were getting in the stroller to leave, and that's when her bright smile contorted into a fit of rage. And I'm not joking. I mean RAGE. Eric and I were dumbstruck as she screamed, "NO! Never ever ever ever!!!" From the pit of her stomach, with every fiber of her being, she yelled. And we may have laughed for a brief second before we realized what had just happened. It was super shocking to hear her scream like that. I never (ever ever ever) want to hear her that upset again. And after talking her ear off about it afterwards in total Full House style, I'm pretty sure she never wants to be that upset again either. :) Baha. Our kids are doomed.

All over a football game. And not even a real football game! My husband and I were not prepared to rear a child who cared one iota about sports or sporting events, and apparently sports fans mean business. Even pint sized ones.

Even though we learned that within our two year old lies a roaring lion, I would call the majority of the evening a complete success. The weather was perfect, with that essential football season nip in the air...everyone laughed and had a good time...we saw lots of people we knew, including the lovely Melissa...and my sister won her game. (Too bad her class was playing against my little brother's class. Sorry, Justin. But I know you don't care anyway. Haha.) I could have done without the pukey effects of too many hot dogs and tootsie rolls that struck hours later...but we'll just shove that part out of memory. :)

This Friday night is the BIG game - the Homecoming game...and I can only imagine how nutso Evelyn is going to be. I apologize in advance to any of you that we happen to see tomorrow evening. I more than likely will not get to stop and chat for long, because I will be keeping my child from running onto the football field. Haha. What a great way to welcome Fall - with a good old fashioned night of high school football. Here's hoping that the incoming season is kind to you and yours. And as for "Planets and Stars" I think I need to be refunded a few bucks. What a tease! :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Less than a month from now....

My BABY will be ONE. I mean....what?? It literally feels like just a few months ago that I was blogging in the hospital, preparing to welcome little Gracie girl into our family. I remember sitting in no pain, happy as a clam, watching all of the nurses come in and out and gushing at the "Welcome to Our Family" sign that we had made for her. Now she's going to be ONE. Ack!

I woke up in panic mode this morning thinking that I had almost exactly one month to finish up all of the preparations for Grace's birthday party, and to be honest...I've barely just begun! I blame it on my body. Usually I stay up super late working on birthday decor while the girls sleep - it's the only time that I can get out the Cricut machine without two little ones whining at my ankles and screaming for me to hold them. But for the last several weeks I've been accidentally falling asleep while putting Evelyn to bed, only to wake up the next morning kicking myself for slipping off to slumberland. I don't know what's up, because I am an night owl by trade and have been my whole life...and now suddenly when I NEED to stay up I can't. I think I'm getting old. :)

So I'm making a pact with myself to get some birthday stuff done today. During the day. While the sun is up, high in the sky. I don't know if it's going to work...but I'm going to try. Because the night time thing just doesn't seem to be working out for me. And since I should be showing you birthday updates right now, I've decided to show you some birthday "stuff" that I'm buying. It's the slackers birthday update. :)

I'm going to be reconfiguring our living space for Gracie's Enchanted Forest Birthday and using a completely different table for gifts than I usually do. And over the table is going to be this:

A celebration arch!

I know, I know...it doesn't look like much. But imagine it wrapped in green foresty leaves and intertwined with twinkle lights. In my head it's super cute! I'm actually really excited about this, because it can be reused in other ways for other parties, so we'll definitely be getting our money's worth. (It's only $15, so I sure hope so!) You can find these all over the internet, but I've found the best price is right here.

I always get nerdily excited over what little favors I'm going to have for the girls and boys that come to our parties. For Evie's Under the Sea party we had some head gear - tropical flowers for the girls and pirate masks for the boys, and I decided to follow the same head gear trend for Grace's shindig. It's a fun alternative to birthday hats!

The girls will wear fairy halos:


With ribbons hanging down! I'm still deciding on a color, but I think I'll end up going with the classic pink halo. 

And the boys will be...are you ready for this?


...little gnomes! Someone pinch me - I love these things!

So we'll have a bunch of little fairies and gnomes running around in our enchanted forest. Hehe, I can't wait!

I had planned to make my own glowing lanterns with mason jars and led tealights, but I have since changed my mind slightly on how I'm going to make them. Instead of having just plain old white lights glowing from glass jars, I've picked up lots of these from the dollar store:


They come in two packs for $1 at Dollar Tree. :)

I bought the traditional yellow, but also pink and green to go with our party colors. I just think these will be much cuter and an even cheaper alternative to the tealights. No batteries required. Score! I'm just picturing glowing green and pink lanterns and I'm in l.o.v.e. One day while at my parent's house I randomly asked if my mom had any extra jars lying around. Why yes...yes, she did. She sent me home with a whole box full of mason jars that very day. I love my mom. :)

Adorning table tops with be some of this stuff:


It's tissue paper grass. :)

This grass will serve as filler and help give the illusion of the forest floor. I plan to use it on the table tops around food and cake and all that good junk. I was torn on what to use to give this illusion, and when I saw this grass on Shindgiz.com I knew it had to be mine! (I still have yet to order it...they're out of stock until tomorrow!)

I've picked up some other stuff here and there, too...but I can't give it ALL away can I? :) Today I'm going to try to get some signs cut out. One to point guests to the outdoor fire and s'mores station (hope it's not raining or too cold!) and one to go above the party favors for our little fairies and gnomes. We'll see if I can get that accomplished today. I'm already beginning to have my doubts...Evie is being extra clingy this morning.

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Hope you all have a great Tuesday!



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