Saturday, May 9, 2015

"Hammers and Nails" the twins turn FOUR!

It's been a while since I posted, simply because I have SOOO much to post. So many amazing memories, thoughts, pictures that it is so overwhelming where to even start that I just don't do it. In fact I honestly forgot how to post a new blog for a second.
However, it is birthday time and I am quite proud of the birthday party we just threw for Sean and Liv, who turned four. Yes, four. Not sure how that happened since they were JUST born.
There was a lot of interest in the party theme we chose for them this year as it is unique and we came up with it completely on our own. I knew I wanted to do a party at The Home Depot because it was different, but I just didn't know how to incorporate a girly theme for my sweet Liv. I discussed a few ideas with my husband ....hammers and bows, tools and crowns, He came up with Hammer and Nails, as in fingernails. Winner! Was very proud of his creative moment. Now, leave the rest up to me....

First I had to order the outfits and do the birthday photos. I immediately went to my niece who owns and operates Pickle Fish and she came up with the idea for the shirts.
I ordered tool belts from Amazon, the are the born tough brand.
Plastic hats from Amazon as well.

We recently moved to our new wonderful, awesome home, and I no longer have the wooden fence we use as a backdrop, so I found this cute little cabin at a retirement home minutes from our house. I love it even better!
I loved how it all turned out.

I used the wonderful ladies at my work  to do my design and printing again. We have these all on file, Leave a comment if you are interested in ordering any of these customized materials.
I did the usual, invitation, banner, water bottle labels and thank you tags.

The Home Depot was fantastic to work with. They normally only host these parties for 12 kids as it is a small room but with double the birthday comes double the guests. The did their best to accommodate 24 kids!
When you book a party with them and purchase the package it comes with all the paperware, balloons, building kits, paints, stickers, and they set it all up.
This was the less stressful, most fun birthday party to plan yet!

We welcomed each kid with their own Home Depot apron

The kids all began with building their kits with the help of adults and then painting them. We choose the toolbox kit since it went best with our theme. They have a few to choose from. It was chaos and noise at it's best. 24 hammers all banging down at once. It was awesome!

We had a nail painting station set up and my sister gave all the girls manicures. The girls loved it!

We then had some snacks. It was a morning birthday so we did fruit, pretzel sticks and doughnut holes. Easy. Yummy.

Time for happy birthday singing and cake time! Yesterday, I asked the twins if they each wanted their own birthday song and they said in unison "No, we want our names together". Can they stay like this forever? My heart melted, so sweet.
I opted for cake pops because I knew it was going to be a tight squeeze and lots going on. Minimizing the mess was definitely a priority. Another mom at my daughter's school made the cake pops and even went the extra mile and set them up in a tool box. It was perfect and they were delicious!!
We got them each their own doughnut for the candles. This was after I lost count how many doughnut holes they had eaten.

Time for presents. They went all in, opening left and right, paper flying, toys opening, chaos. They had so much fun! I have no idea who got what but that is OK, I just hope everyone knows how much we appreciate every single gift. They really got some great stuff, we are so thankful

Every birthday my sister makes them a keepsake number. They spent the last two days guessing what theirs would be!

We handed out some simple goody bags to add to their tool boxes they got to take home. Some squishy hammers, annies crackers and annies gummies and then the girls got a lil something extra...nail polish and emory board.

It appears all of the kids had a fantastic time but most importantly Sean and Liv had a blast celebrating with their friends.
Happy Birthday my miracle babies!!

How did we get here?
Twins birth story
Twins turn ONE (raggedy ann and andy)
Twins turn TWO (dora and diego)
Twins turn THREE (princesses and dragons) - no link, I just realized I never blogged this one. Whoops!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

hairbows: win or fail?

It seems the new trend is posting blogs and articles about what not to be. Don't be the mom that coordinates their kids clothes, tries hard at school projects, makes goody bags for birthday parties. The underlying tone that I feel this is giving off is "if you try to hard, you are selfish and materialistic".  I have seen numerous friends post stuff. I will read it and think, "oh crap, that is me" and then the guilt sets in.  Some of these articles are quite funny and humorous, like the mom who posts about the last month of school.  I first read this and thought, yeah...that will be me when my kids start school.  But it wasn't. My first year as a mother of a public school kid was awesome and I loved every minute of it. In fact, I gave it my all until the last day of school. Yeah...I am sure that will change as all three kids go through school and the years go on and on. I am probably still in the honeymoon phase of elementary.

SCREEEEECHHH. Wait a second. Why am I feeling guilty?

Yeah, why am I feeling guilty?

I am going to admit something. Not everything I do as far as the "cutesy" stuff for my kids is for them. They could care less if their clothes coordinate in the family picture. I care. But not to the point that it makes me self involved, narcissistic, materialistic, and a bunch of other negative words. I care, because it is pleasing to my eyes. MY eyes. I like it. It's cute. It's fun. Just because I like to do that doesn't mean it is the most important thing in the world, or that I spent unreasonable amounts of time and money on it.

My children are groomed, dressed nicely and the girls always have their hair done and are presentable most of the time. This doesn't mean I am raising spoiled, high maintenance children. I spend MORE time teaching them what beauty really is than worrying about what they are wearing.  You can ask my three year old daughter what makes you pretty, and she will say "when you are nice to people".  Now some days, she will say my princess crowns, but I am working hard to keep the the true meaning of beauty as a priority in my family.
Manners are very important in our family. How you treat and respect one another are the most important thing. My husband and I pick this battle, daily.

I know plenty of people that let their kids dress themselves in mismatched clothes, don't do the matching outfits for family vacations, coordinating outfits for family photos, themed birthday parties, the dreaded goody bags, etc.  And this is great!! I don't for a second judge them or look at them and think "oh my, they don't even match". No way!!! In return, I would hope that people don't look at my kids in their matching 4th of July clothes on the beach and think "she is trying too hard, she doesn't know what is important in life".

I would like to think we all have the same thing in common and the same love our kids unconditionally!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lake Winnie

February 13th Remembering Lake Winne

I haven't been to Lake Winnie since like, the 10th grade? That was *&#@!*& years ago. Alot of years ago. I never really thought about going with the kids, because I honestly, I forgot about Lake Winnie. Yeah, I hear about people going but just either didn't think my kids were old enough or the amusement park was fun enough.
A wonderful person I go to church with had some free tickets and offered them to our family. We were so grateful!!! We even had enough to invite some friends, so Greg, Alexis and Alana joined us. We had soooo much fun and it will definitely be an annual trip.

The park hasn't changed much, but they did add on a water park! We went the week after the water park closed for the season (beginning of September), which was actually nice. It wasn't very busy and there were hardly any lines to wait in.

Liv REALLY enjoyed her ice cream

The cooling off sprinklers turned into a water park for Sean

Hated it...Hated it....Loved it.....

Only awesomely handsome daddy's can pull off a green turtle hanging on their back

Right after Greg and Alexis came off this ride, I was in line to get on. As I was walking towards my seat, a giant lightening bolt and thunder came out of the sky. We ran for cover and then the downpour came. One strong thunderstorm rolled through. It passed pretty quickly and cooled things down. It got scary for a minute!
We rode the indoor fun house ride a couple more times, then called it a day. Six hours at the park was just enough for everyone!

Oh what fun. Can't wait for this year!
(on a side note, just got the call that school is out tomorrow too. This winter won't go away!!!!!!!! I am just going to lose myself in blogging all the warm and fun days we have had)