Luke 10:41-42

"But the Lord answered her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.'"

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Dino-mite Birthday

We celebrated Bubba's birthday last weekend!  We were blessed with perfect weather.  Thanks to inspiration from Pinterest I was able to put together a nice dinosaur themed party with not a lot of effor or money.

I cut out some tracks leading up to the front door.  See the pumpkin we never carved from Halloween?

My wonderfully creative friend took care of the cake.  I made 2 chocolate round cakes. She used chocolate frosting and crushed chocolate chip cookies.  I bought the dinosaurs from Dollar Tree.
My sweet sister-in-law made cupcakes and we added dino tracks to them.
Lime sherbet and 7up for the Prehistoric Punch.

I bought dino-shaped chicken nuggets and the Bugles were a big hit!
The herbivores had a veggie tray.

My husband's aunt used the Cricut to make the dinosaurs and my friend drew the landscape..  About a year ago we took down the mirror that was in dining room and covered the area with chalkboard paint.

I used free dino themed printables.

It was the perfect day to play outside.  Poppa kept the kiddos entertained. 

Store-bought sugar cookies.  Right after I took them out of the oven Big Sis used a toy dinosaur to make fossil cookies for the treat bags.

Instead of gifts we asked for donations of diapers that we donated to a ministry for women in crisis pregnancies.  Our friends and family were very generous.  The best gift was being together to celebrate our sweet boy!  Next post will be an update on all the fun things the kiddos are learning.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Three years and four months

These kiddos are growing so fast.  Here's what they've been doing lately:

First the munchkin-
Through a friend's post on Instagram, I've discovered the term threenager.  That is the perfect word for her.  Check out this blog for a description.  There are times every day when the hubby look at each other, shake our heads, and ask each other, "Where on earth did she learn that?" We still have the occasional accident, usually overnight, but I feel safe in saying she's potty trained.

Current loves-
Strawberry Shortcake (Is the Daniel Tiger phase over?)
Riding her tricycle
Reading books in bed
Wearing her dressup high heels around the house and her Spiderman boots everywhere else
Kissing her baby brother
Stalling going to sleep
Art projects
Playing with her doctor kit
Goldfish crackers

She weighs about 35 pounds but is still on the short side for length.  Her confidence makes up for her size!

Now for bubba!  He has been just the best addition to our family, full of smiles, and getting bigger by the minute. He's in a pretty consistent routine of eat, play, and sleep and generally easy to please. Not really interested in rolling yet but he can sit in his Bumbo well.

Current loves-
Milk-bottle or nursing, formula or breastmilk, he drinks it all
Snuggling-he always sleeps longer when he's held
Being swaddled at night
Watching his sister
Putting things in his mouth-paci, fingers, toys
Playing in the bouncer

At his last checkup he was just under 16 pounds and in the 99%ile for length.  We just did a big reorganization of clothes and he's can already wear some size 6 and 9 months, especially with the cloth diapers.  He's paying attention when we eat, and given his appetite, solids are coming soon.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


We celebrated the munchkin's third birthday recently. She has been obsessed with Daniel Tiger for the last 9 months so when I asked her what kind of cake she wanted, she said a tiger cake. For her first birthday the weather was cool & damp; last year it was sunny and 70.  We decided to take a chance and have the party at a nearby park. But it rained most of the day so we had to cram about 45 people in our house. It was crowded and chaotic but everyone had fun, and it forced us to clean our house...twice.

Here is the cake my wonderful friend decorated.  I made 2 round cakes and 2 cupcakes and she did the rest.  It was chocolate with cream cheese frosting and crushed Butterfingers between the layers.

The treat bags were "tiger tails"-Cheetos in a zebra print bag.  I got the tag from this blog. I've finally learned the lesson to make enough bags for each family that attends, not each guest.  I did not want extras in the house!

My amazing sister-in-law made tiger striped cupcakes.

Because we were planning on having the party at park I wasn't going to do much for decorations.  I got printables from the pbs website and the balloons were from Party City for like $5. I also used the site for her invitations and thank you cards.  I used the images and iron transfer paper to make shirts for the kids-Katerina for munchkin and Daniel Tiger for baby brother.

Because the girl has more than enough toys we suggested guests to help us build a collection of board games.  I think she's set for awhile.

Because of the new baby and working full time I had to scale back my party planning more than I would like but she had a great time, and that's what matters.