Saturday, November 27, 2010

thanksgiving with friends

we did something completely different for thanksgiving this year. my whole family went to my friend rebecca's house. she was so sweet and hosted a huge party with almost thirty people. it was very fun. she is really like a sister to me. when we were teenagers she lived at my house for a while and we shared a room. ever since then we have always been close. she is a lot of fun.

it was a bit chaotic at her house with all the people talking and the game on in the background. the only real bummer for me was that her house is not at all baby proofed and so i could not put connor down for one minute. he would crawl right over to a burning candle or glass object. yikes. i did get to pass him on to miles for a little while but it was hard to always entertain him. he is squirmy. he does not like to sit still at all. there was lots of good wine though so there really isn't much to complain about. dinner was delicious and we were very thankful to spend the holiday surrounded by so many loving friends and family. happy thanksgiving to everyone.

Monday, November 22, 2010

dahlia is three

today is dahlia's real birthday. she is three. she is 38.5 inches tall and weighs 30 pounds. she is so tall. i adore her. she is very independent and wants to do everything by herself. completely opposite from mason who would prefer to have me do everything for him. she loves her mommy and goes everywhere with me. i like to have her along most of the time. she is fun to shop with.

she is the easiest of the three kids. i don't know if that is saying much because the other two are a handful. she is super girly and loves to dress up. i think that is her favorite play activity. she has a bag of dress up clothes that she loves to take out and try on. she also loves to play cooking with her new stove.

we didn't do much for her birthday today since her party was yesterday. her granny stayed the night last night so we all hung out together. she opened up all her toys and played. she showed granny all her new fairy dolls and cooking sets. it was a fun relaxing day. happy birthday baby girl. i love you tons.

pixie party

we had dahlia's pixie party this weekend. yay. she loved it. everything was super girly. of course i didn't get any sleep the night before the party. i was baking cupcakes, cleaning, finishing decorations. things were much more organized for this party compared to the others though. in fact, i think this was my favorite party of the three. don't tell the boys. it was a much smaller party so i wasn't stressed with trying to entertain. i could just relax and have fun. plus everything was just so darn cute.

jen was a big help to me again. she made these adorable tissue paper flowers. they are so pretty i want to leave them up all the time. she also helped me make star wand sugar cookies that we used as a centerpiece, and little bird nests out of chocolate and shredded wheat to hold snacks. we filled them with yogurt covered raisins, pretzel sticks, sunflower seeds and banana chips.

we had wings and wands for all the girls and peter pan hats for the boys. everyone loved the wings. even bodhi wore them. mason and some of the older boys were running around avoiding all the "fairy stuff" so i don't think anybody wore the peter pan hats. i could have just skipped those.

for food we had little dinner roll sandwiches and salads. i made tea sandwiches for the kids and cut them out with butterfly and flower cookie cutters. they were filled with cream cheese and cucumber, and strawberry jam. for dessert i made chocolate cupcakes with pink cream cheese frosting that i sprinkled with edible glitter and topped with a paper fairy. i also baked a six inch round white cake with whip cream frosting for dahlia. so cute.

after eating lunch the kids had fun decorating their "fairy houses" with glitter and stickers. some of the boys even joined in for this. that was a fun project. that was the only organized activity i had for the kids. for most of the party we just let them run around and play. dahlia looked so cute dressed up as tinkerbell. tinkerbell is her favorite fairy.

i thought the party was super fun and just adorable. hurray. now i am done with the kid parties. whew. mommy needs sleep.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

painting pixie houses

we have been in full party mode over here. i am going a little crazy with three parties in a row. too many. i am sure people are getting sick of coming over here to party with us. next year i am going to have to do a combo party for the boys and then one for dahlia. i don't think i am going to do this again. whew. too much work.

dahlia has been having lots of fun helping me get stuff ready for her pixie party. yesterday and today we painted fairy houses that the kids will get to decorate with fairy dust (glitter) and stickers. jen and i found the cute little houses at michaels. we originally thought we would have the kids paint them, but i didn't want the kids to ruin their party clothes so i figured glitter would be a better idea.

dahlia is so excited about her party. i can't believe how big she is. she is going to be three. that is just crazy. my little girl. all grown up.

Monday, November 15, 2010

animal party

we took the kids to a friends birthday party this weekend. it was a very fun party held at the brand library. they rented one of the art rooms and had a lady come with lots of reptiles for the kids to look at and touch. that was such a cool idea. most of the kids loved it. mason was a little timid with touching the animals. dahlia was very brave and even touched the snakes. eewww. the lady brought lizards, snakes, turtles, toads, and a tarantula that she put on the kids head. thankfully my kids declined that little trick. yucky.

i think mason had more fun over at the lego build table. after the lady left the kids got to play with legos. they had a table full of legos where the kids could build something and then take it home with them. all the little boys were in heaven. i thought it was a perfect party for a six year old boy. we were so happy to be invited. happy birthday logan!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

party invitaion

miles made this adorable invitation for dahlia's birthday party. the invites were emailed today. it was too late to print them. bring on party number three!