Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fifth Birthday Pirate Parrrty!

Can you believe that these three kiddos are turning FIVE in the next few days?

I took their first picture together when they were only one month old...

... and they had their first birthday party together.

And on Memorial Day, I got to throw their fifth birthday party!  This is the first time that Hadley and Leila chose their theme by themselves.  The only option, in their minds, was a pirate party.  They're big fans of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  So, away I went, on a pirate-themed mission.

Update: I forgot to include a picture of the invitation!  

Here's the beverage table!  The banner is an original of mine.  Melissa took the cake (again!) with her amazing pirate cake balls, and she also made eye patches for the kids to wear AND found that awesome pirate ship at a garage sale!  Friends of ours loaned us a fake cannon (not pictured) and a couple of treasure chests from their own pirate party.  If you look closely at the next few pictures, you can see that my mom turned the tablecloth into a treasure map, as well.  It was so fun to see her working with Hadley and Leila, turning their treasure map item suggestions into reality.

And here's the food table!  My mom amazed us even more by free-hand drawing the anchor chalkboard.  I made the anchor garland on the front of the table.  The red-striped table skirt was a random thrift store find.  It's actually a bed skirt that I cut into two pieces to use on both of the tables.  My favorite thing on the food table, by far, was the watermelon shark that Paula helped with.

Oh, and I was also pretty amused by the menu I came up with: peg legs (chicken drumsticks), salty sea dogs (hot dogs), watermelon shark with shark bait inside (fruit salad), cannonballs (grape tomatoes and black olives), Pirate's Booty, and hidden treasure cookies (cookies with Rolos baked inside).

And here are some of my favorite shots of the party.  Our parties are "family only", so all the cousins had a great time playing together.  We had a kids' treasure hunt and an adult treasure hunt.  The birthday kids got floor puzzles from Grandpa and Grandma and played with them all afternoon (they're laying down on them in the fourth picture down).

Five years already!  I love watching my girls grow.  I love being a part of this silly family.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things

Just a few of my favorite recent pictures and a few tidbits about my kids right now!

Marlowe is very close to being totally potty trained.  She takes herself to the potty, insists that she doesn't have to use the potty seat, and really loves her new "tanties" (panties).
She also ends words that end with "n" with "m" instead.  Like "greem" (green).

Hadley calls the coffee table, "coughing table".  I wonder why she thinks it has that name...
She also has a special dance that she calls the "mingo dance" (flamingo dance).  It's original and un-reproducible.
And speaking of flamingos, that's what she calls mangos.  "Mmm, flamingos, my favorite!"

Leila has started cleaning her room without being asked, and without telling me what she's doing.  That's always a pleasant surprise!
Almost every day, she asks if we can build a "flort" (fort).  "A fort?" we ask. "Yes, a flort!" she says.

Both of the twins have learned that fluttering their eyes at Daddy will get whatever they ask for.
They can act out entire scenes and songs from "Frozen".

Cecily is saying "da-da" ... Tony assures me that she knows what she's saying ...
She's got a big appetite for solids and rolls anywhere she wants to go.  Imagine rolling down a grassy hill -- that's how fast she can roll across the room.

With cousin Trinity at the Easter Egg Hunt

Leila's Wild Thing from school

Hadley's Wild Thing from school

First day of ballet ... actually, the teacher didn't show up, so the first real day is this week.

Here's the bottom line: life is good.  God is good.