Monday, November 14, 2011

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your Hair.....

and let's PARTY!!
This Friday was Katelynn's and Ryan's 3rd and 6th Birthday Party!!

Katelynn wanted to have a Tangled theme and Ryan was kind enough to let us.
We had a combo Knight/Tangled Princess party and it was a good time.

I really enjoy sharing the party with Ryan (and my cousin Tami) because I get to spend time with family and that is what I love. But I think this may be the last year. Ryan was a champ, but you could see he was questioning all the Tangled decorations. OK, OK, so I went overboard as usual!! =)
Here are a few pictures from the party.

We made a long braid for the front door. This set the mood for the Tangled-ness that was about to explode in your face. Yep, Ryan, you're right. Nothing here that says a 6 year old boy's party. Sorry.......again.

Tami made up a cute table for the cupcakes and the food. She had Knight Shields and Swords for the guests.

I made the cupcakes and found some adorable cupcakes toppers by sweetenyourday an Etsy shop. They were fairytale books, and then, of course, Tangled toppers. There was a frying pan, a braid, a crown, a paintbrush and Paschal. He was definitely the favorite!!

I also made some jello cups that represented when Eugene and Rapunzel were out on the water waiting for the lanterns to be released. This seemed to be a pretty big hit at the party. Who knew that everyone still loves jello!!

We also served some of the sides in frying pans, Rapunzel's weapon of choice. But I forgot to take pictures of that.
Tami and Thomas supplied a banquet, literally, of hotdogs, beans, chips, queso...I could go on and on.

It was a lot of fun!

And also our prayers were answered and it was warm enough for the Bounce House to be set up in the backyard! I think the kids really enjoyed this.

"Look Mom!! I'm flying....."

Thomas also went above and beyond in decorating the backyard. Everything was perfect!!!
My pictures did not turn out because of the flash but he put white lights all over the play fort in the backyard. It was so nice.

I think both Ryan and Katelynn enjoyed their party.
I don't know, maybe they are wishing for a joint Birthday party again next year.
Ryan, it's your choice next. I promise!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Leading Up to Halloween...

I love the Fall. I love it when the seasons change, the weather cools down and it gets dark earlier. I don't know why, but I have always loved this time of year.

I love the idea of slowing down with a cup of apple cider, a good book and a chill in the air.
In reality, this is the craziest time of the year. Halloween, Birthdays, Christmas....
But it seems this is the time of the year my creative juices flow and I want to do things with my girls that I hope they remember. this is the time of year I want to start "traditions"!!

Last year Katelynn painted her first pumpkin and she loved it! So, it's a no brainer.....TRADITION!!

So we picked out pumpkins for both girls this year and it was a bit chilly on the day we decided to paint the pumpkins. No big deal, I just stripped the girls down, laid out some paper on the kitchen table and they painted. Both of them.

Katelynn took her time this year. It was clear that she had a vision of exactly what she wanted her pumpkin to look like.

Look at the concentration. And I don't know about you, but I can actually make out a bit of a jack-o-lantern face on her pumpkin.

Finished product. She really liked the neon paint colors this year.

Aubrey had a good time painting the pumpkin, and her face, and her hair, and her hand. Oh well.

I knew she would do this so I picked out Tempura paints. I knew they would be easily washed off little bodies. And it was easy to get all the paint off.
We then put the pumpkins out on the front porch where they welcomed all our visitors. That is until it rained. And guess what! All the paint washed off. I didn't think about that.
Katleynn was very excited though. Although her masterpiece was gone, she had a clean slate and is still asking me when she gets to re-paint her pumpkin.

Halloween was an event this year. Katelynn is starting to understand it a bit more than last year. She actually picked out her own costume this year. She even picked out Aubrey's.

We have been talking about Halloween for quite a while at our house.
We even would put on the hat portion of Aubrey's outfit to try and get her used to it.
We had a trial make-up day for Katelynn since she thinks that make-up is a very important part of the costume. This might not have been my best idea.

One Sunday afternoon, daddy was watching football and I took a bit of a cat nap while Katelynn was coloring her wooden doll. This is what I woke up to......

I know she was trying to replicate her Halloween make-up because I gave her "cats eyes" with the eyeliner and you can see on her left eye that she tried to do just that!

But I have NO idea what she was doing here. She also "painted" her fingernails and toenails with marker. Luckily it washed off with face soap.

Didn't I say earlier I was working on making memories? Well, I think we made a few.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Twick or Tweet!!

Hope that everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween.

Our little Bumble Bee and Lamb had a wonderful night full of bouncy castles, games and prizes.
More to come later.