Party Recap - Tea Time

Those of you who know me know I LOVE planning parties!! I thought I'd start sharing them here.  (Seeing as to how "blogging" was a goal for the year and we see how well that's going....)  :)

The most recent one was my sweet baby girl's fifth birthday!! I have NO idea how she's 5 already, but it happened.  And we celebrated.  She wanted a tea party for her and her school friends.  We had the party outside at our "farm" and it was lovely.  Well, except for the crazy wind and tornado warnings (which kept a few friends home), but I suppose that's a chance you take with an outdoor party in Oklahoma in the middle of Spring! The only downside, is I didn't get near as many pictures as I wanted, but enjoy the ones I have!!  

 We had SO much food!  I wanted it to have the feel of a true tea party, so I made all sorts of yummies! Nutella & Green Apples sandwiches, Blackberry Scones with Cream, Mini Fruit Tarts, Veggies & Dip, Peanut Butter Cups, Sugar Cookies, Fruit Salad, an amazing Chocolate Bundt Cake, and the Birthday Cake.  We made all of it ourselves, except for the sugar cookies.  There were from 1 Smart Cookie in Bethany and were fantastic!  

 I love the chandelier Big Lovie hung in the trees for the party!! 
 We had a highchair for each of the guests dolly's as well as a tea set for each.  The girls place settings included a vintage cup & saucer, gold tea spoon, pink gloves, and a hanky for napkin.  

 It was an all girl party, with the exception of Little Man. He didn't mind, he showed the girls how to play croquet and happily joined them for tea with Thunder Dog since we had a few last minute cancelations. :)

 One of the crafts we had planned on was making our fancy tea time hats.  Thanks to the wind though, it was impossible to let the flowers and feathers dry before they would blow off!  It was a good thought at least...

 Madeline wanted to wear her birthday crown from our trip to the American Girl store in Dallas earlier that week.  Love my girl SO much!!
 Sweet giggles between best friends!
 The sugar cubes were the hit of the party.  They all loved mixing them in their tea!
 This cake was made by my mom.  It not only looked incredible, it tasted amazing too!  I couldn't have gotten it all done without her!  SOOO thankful for Gaga!  

I think it's safe to say the giggles and smiles were aplenty.  :)  Happy 5th Birthday my sweet princess!!



A new year, a new start at blogging. Again.  I spend so much time reading other blogs, that I thought why don't I start writing on my own again?  So, here we go.  :)

New Year Goals: (in no particular order)

1.  Blog :)
2. Spend more time reading the Word to the kids.  We LOVE our Jesus Story Bible that we read at bedtime, but I want to incorporate Scripture all day long, not just at bedtime.
3. Lose this weight.  Ugh.  I am however, SO pumped to start the Barre3 Core Challenge tomorrow morning!  Hoping it helps me get back on track.
4. Less facebook, pintrest, blog, phone time and more craft, singing, playing, pretending time.
5. Pay off all debt.
6. Pay for our trip to Disney with Stella & Dot
7. Learn to sew
8. Read a book a month.  (Kid books do not count.)
9. Grow closer to God.  This past month has been beyond incredible in seeing His hand on our family.  I pray I don't forget and let my own self get in His way.
10. Have a regular date night with my man.  It's easy to take each other for granted, especially with a 3 & 4 year old.  :)

I think ten is good for now.  I know the list will grow and change, but that's a good start.  I can't wait to see what amazing things 2012 has in store for us!


Half My Life Ago

Today we remember the horrible tragedy that happened in downtown Oklahoma City.   I was 15 at the time,  I'm 30 now.  It literally was half my life ago.  Wow.  Isn't weird how sometimes, no matter how long ago it's been, you can remember every detail of that day?

I was in 9th grade at Christian Heritage Academy in Del City.  I remember I was wearing a black pleated skirt with a black turtleneck and a red and grey argyle sweater over it.  I was so excited because my mom was checking me out of school early so I could go get my braces off.  I was in Mrs. Wigley's typing class (ha! typing class, like as in, typewriters, not computers.)  I remember hearing the bomb go off and one of my classmates, Paul Owens, making some comment about not knowing it was going to rain (we thought it was loud thunder.)  We were having a special week of chapel that week (missionaries or something) and I remember on the way they had us all go to our homeroom class instead.  A few kids were called to the office, I remember Jon Echols was one of them.  His mom worked downtown.  Then, a little bit later they came over the intercom and told us what had happened.   We still didn't know the magnitude of the bombing, but we knew it was something awful.  I remember being in chapel and our office secretary, Mrs. Young, coming and pulling me out.  I saw my mom standing behind the chapel doors and thought she had just decided to come get me earlier than planned.  Once we were out in the hall I realized she was crying.  Her cousin's wife, Ellen, worked in the Murrah building.  Miraculously, she survived.  The woman training right beside her did not.  I remember going to see Ellen in the hospital.  Her black hair was gray from all the debris.  There were tubes in her throat helping her breathe and everytime she'd breathe, debris would come out.  It was one of the saddest things I've ever seen. 

As we mark the 15th anniversary of the bombing I hope everyone takes time to stop and remember those who's lives were lost and celebrate those who survived. 

Pink, Candy, & a 3 Year Old (part 2)

The birthday girl posed in her new pretty pink dress Gaga bought her while we were on our "Gaga's Great Adventure" earlier that week.  (That's a whole other post waiting to happen!)  I love that 3 year old!!

Little Man was the greeter.  He loved standing at the door watching people come in!
Then he decided he needed to be in a few more pictures. :)
Madeline and her one of her great-grandma's Nana
After her friends arrived, we had two craft tables going - one was decorating "lollipops'.  I cut out pink circles and glued them to lollipop sticks.  Then there was all kinds of markers, glitter, stickers, etc. for the kids to decorate their lollipops with.  They loved it!

The next craft table was making "candy necklaces."  I had fruit loops, chocolate Cheerios, and strawberry yogurt Cheerios for them to string on elastic.  

After they finished their crafts, we attempted to play musical chairs.  It ended up being quite comical when we started though because most of them had never played before.  A couple got upset when someone took their chair!!  Plus, the song ("I want candy") was almost impossible to hear.  We got a good laugh if nothing else!  The winner took home the game Candyland!

After the game, we went back into the front room, sang Happy Birthday, and filled our plates with PINK CANDY!! Madeline opened all her gifts while everyone enjoyed the sugar.

One of her gifts was a gift card to Peach Wave Frozen Yogurt.  She LOVES going there so Uncle Jason and Aunt Heather hooked her up!!

The sweet Gassid boys gave her her first Webkin!  Jantzen was so cute while he explained it all to us!  They are such a sweet family!  (Jett is the other cutie in the family...how adorable are they!?!  Totally makes me want a baby.)

Madeline and her other great-grandma Nanny

Mimi & Madeline

Pretty Princesses in Pink! 

Inside each favor bag was a singing Veggie Tales toothbrush.  I figured it was the least I could do since I was sending them all home with a bag full of candy. :)

We had a great time!  Thank you everyone who came and made my baby girl's day so sweet!! 

Pink, Candy, & A 3 Year Old.

I love a party.  More than the party itself though, I love planning it.  Call me crazy.  So a few months ago I asked Madeline what kind of party she wanted for her 3rd birthday.  "Mommy, I want a pink candy party."  Granted I know my girl loves candy and the color pink is a sure-fire favorite, I wasn't expecting it to be the theme.  But, the girl knows what she wants and I was up for the challenge.

I started out researching pink candy and found www.candywarehouse.com and www.ohnuts.com to be the best.  I also did tons of "research" (reading loads of blogs and surfing the web) and before long, the ideas started to flow.  I asked an old friend from high school to do the invitations and labels.  (check her out here rachel's blog).  Finally, my soon-to-be sister-in-law Aunt Heather took the pictures for me.  She's awesome. :) There are a million pics to go through still, but I wanted to share a glimpse of the sugary sweet time we had!

The front of the invitation - under her name it says "Pure Sweetness since 2007"

The back of the invitations was a pink polka dot with all the info.  I loved how perfect they turned out!  Totally set the tone for the party!!

This was on our porch along with some pink polka dot balloons and a gorgeous arrangment of flowers on the door.  (I have to find a picture with the whole set up!)

On our entry table, I had the favor bags (white bags with labels that said "Pure Sweetness" on pink polka dot paper tied w/pink ribbon) The bags all had singing Veggie Tale toothbrushes inside then the kiddos loaded them up with candy to take home.  The topiary is made from mini cupcakes.  Brodie made it for the party the night before.  What a great daddy!!  The frame beside it had 3 pictures of Madeline - one from each of her birthdays!!  She's growing up way too fast!!

I used the tutorial from Martha Stewart to make these paper flowers...so easy!!  I hung them above the candy table and above the beverage bar.  Love them.  Speaking of the candy table, check it out!

My sweet neighbor, Aislinn, helped me make the banner with her Cricket machine.  Pretty sure I need one now. :)  Madeline's eyes lit up when she woke up and saw the table that morning.  Totally worth it all!  Speaking of the candy table, we had...

Pink swirled salt water taffy

Strawberry cupcakes from Sweet Memories

"Pink Princess" cupcakes from Ruth's Sweet Justice

Homemade Merigune Cookies
They were super easy and they tasted just like cotton candy.  However, they do not like humidity.  But, it all worked out and they were a hit.  I'll have to post the recipe soon.

Bubblegum Jelly Beans

Strawberry Cheesecake Jelly Beans

 Pink M&M's 

 Cherry Rock Candy
(There was Bubblegum Rock Candy too, but we didn't get a close up)

Giant Marshmallows
(Which, by the way, make killer rice crispy treats the next day.)
Pink Gumballs
Strawberry & Creme Malted Milk Balls

and finally, Strawberry Gummy Bears!!
For drinks, we had Strawberry Milk, Chocolate Milk, Plain Milk, & Pink Lemonade.  I wanted to use old milk jugs for their drinks, but couldn't find them in my price range.  When at the grocery store one day, I noticed the Frappachino bottles were similar in size and shape so I stocked up and voila!  Milk bottles!! Pink straws and polka dot name tags attached and they were complete!
All in all the party was a hit!  I'll do another post tomorrow with pictures of the activites, the guests, and of course, the birthday girl!!