Monday, April 28, 2014

a pearl party

We had another crazy weekend. On Friday evening we went to a wonderful performance of "The Wizard of Oz, on Saturday we celebrated my mom's 80th birthday and on Sunday my son had Opening Day for Tball! I wish I could say that things were going to slow down, but this weekend is my birthday and my daughters first communion, on the same day! I can't complain for even one second, because we have been celebrating such fun and special people and occasions.
My dad (who will be 90 in July) organized a very small, low key birthday for my mom at their lake house. I am talking fried chicken on paper plates, which was just what my mom wanted, but I couldn't let the day get away from me without adding a few personal details. I brought a salad and some desserts (coconut cupcakes and tiny almond sugar cookies in the shape of "80's.") I also made some favors, which were shimmery white chocolates that resembled pearls. I put them in some pretty ring boxes and tied them with ribbon. For her gift, we organized some "pearls of wisdom" or advice she had given to friends and family. My mother, the most modest woman on the face of the earth was a little embarrassed by the gesture, but I can't tell you how much we have all enjoyed reading them. Maybe this was more a gift for me than for her. We also got her a Mikimoto Pearl bracelet! You only turn 80 once, right? It was a lovely day spent with her immediate family, just as she wanted.  Hope you all had a lovely weekend too!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

that's a wrap

From snowflakes, to bunnies to BIRTHDAY'S!!! My lovely mom is celebrating her 80th on Saturday. We are getting her some fancy pearls because she loves jewelry and to go with them I asked friends and family to share some of mom's "pearls of wisdom" with us. I printed them on some fancy paper and placed them in a beautiful mother of pearl jewelry box! I attached the quote "Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare- and precious as a pearl!"  She has requested a small family picnic at their lake house for her special day, but we are hoping to surprise with a few special gifts and memories as well.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

happy easter

I feel like we went from snowflakes to bunnies in a week! The children were off from school the entire week leading up to Easter which made it a little challenging trying to get everything ready, but we managed to get it all done. On Friday, the children colored eggs and had a fun Easter themed lunch. On Saturday, they participated in two egg hunts, one in town and one at my parents lake house. Then we hosted my parents and brother and his family for a delicious lamb dinner and the cousins all watched "Hop" before heading to bed. On Easter Sunday the kids found their baskets and we had a leisurely breakfast. Hope you all have a lovely weekend too.



(I folded the napkins into bunnies)
(I did a pink/green table with a variety of pink flowers in green mason jars.)

(Jellybean wine and bunny pretzels)

(Every year my mom makes an adorable lamb cake!)

(Special popcorn for watching "Hop!")


(She was excited to get bunny bucks!)
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

that's a wrap

Here are some Easter baskets I made for some old friends we will be vising with on Friday. For the 8 year old girl, I filled her basket with a book, a notebook, some stickers, crayons and gumballs among other things. And for the mom I went with a navy/anchor theme and included a bottle of wine called "Jelly Bean" that I thought was fitting for the occasion. These were really fun to put together and I am already looking forward to our morning together.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

mrs. cottontail

I just wanted to introduce you to the newest member of our family! She is a mini lop ear bunny, named Mrs. Cottontail. We are all completely smitten with her, in fact I often find myself snuggling with her long after the children are in bed. She is so quiet and very low maintenance, which is the perfect pet for us. I am having a blast thinking of new places to photograph her. Below is one in my daughters Easter basket and the other with a ceramic carrot. We are thrilled to have our very own Easter bunny this year!


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

ready, set, let it go

My daughter had a lovely birthday on Friday! She started the day with her traditional m&m pancake, breakfast in bed. That was followed by opening her eight gifts and taking a few pictures before she headed off to school. I dropped off  a special lunch for her at school and she ended the day with a pizza, pajama, and movie party with friends!

My daughter decided early on that she wanted a "Frozen" party. So we made some snowflake and glitter invitations and put them in clear envelopes. I think it set the perfect tone for her party. As I mentioned in my last post, we asked that in lieu of gifts her friends bring donations for the pajama project.

As anyone who throws a party at home knows, a lot of work goes into it. So I took a lot of pictures to remember all of the details. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed creating them.



As the girls arrived we had coloring pages and bracelets to assemble.

Since everyone we know has seen the movie "Frozen" at least a dozen times, I thought it would be fun for the girls to play a game of bingo while they watched. They used jelly beans as the markers.

In the basement I set up a snack bar with candy, popcorn, snow cones, pretzels and cotton candy ice cream cones!

For favors we gave out flip flops, nail polish, and files and little bags with a picture of Olaf on them that said "Keep calm and think of summer!"


To end the party, the girls sang happy birthday to my special girl and enjoyed a cupcake push up pop.

It was a wonderful day, filled with great memories. I'm going to spend the rest of the day taking down the snow and putting up the bunnies and start to get ready for Easter this weekend!
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

that's a wrap

Tomorrow is my daughter's eighth birthday!!!  She wanted a "Frozen" themed party, so instead of my house being decorated with bunnies and chicks for Easter, it's decorated with snowflakes and white feather trees! 

My daughter really wants a pet bunny for her birthday which we are hopefully picking out this weekend. So, for her big day tomorrow, I thought it would be fun for her to open 8 small gifts. I put them all in white boxes and wrapped them differently, but in the same color scheme and I love how they came out!  She has ordered m&m pancakes for breakfast, a tradition on her birthday. Tomorrow evening a small group of friends are coming over to view the movie and eat some pizza in their pajamas. We asked her friends not to bring gifts, but instead to bring a donation of pajamas or books for the Pajama Program.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

that's a wrap

I picked up all of these fun wrapping papers on a recent trip to Michael's! They are small rolls which I actually find easier to wrap presents with and they only cost $1.50. I used them to wrap gifts for some upcoming parties. I used ribbon for the top gift, but thought some washi tape would be fun for the bottom one. I love the versatility of the paper with different color and pattern combinations.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

april fools

I played a few April Fool's jokes on the kids today. I didn't tell them that today was April Fool's day so they wouldn't be expecting any tricks. My first trick was to serve them yogurt and apricot eggs! I made real eggs for my husbands breakfast so that it would smell like I had made eggs for them. My 5 year old son was totally fooled. he looked at me and said "you know I don't like eggs." He wouldn't go near it. So funny!

I packed them a tiny lunch for school and told them I hoped that they were really hungry! Of course, I packed their real lunches in their lunchboxes and tucked them inside their backpacks.

For dinner I made the children "taco salad" ice cream sundaes! They loved it. I also made real beef tacos which we ate for dessert. It was a fun day all around. I hope your day was just as fun and filled with a few laughs and maybe something sweet.

All of these ideas were found on Pinterest! You can follow my board here. I've already thought of a few I'm going to save for next year!
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