Archive for May, 2013

Mom’s Birthday!

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Jen and I planned a fun birthday weekend for Mom’s 70th Birthday!  We started off with a dinner and movie night.  We saw Admission, a fun movie, and enjoyed Mexican food at Chuy’s.  The food was good, but they spilled a whole tray of drinks on J and Tiffany.  At least they got shirts out of it!  Eric, meanwhile, was babysitting ALL THE CHILDREN!!  They had so much fun together.  Brayden and Serenity declared themselves “Best Cousins.” Even Braley was in town from Texas to join the fun!

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Dress Up Fun and mattresses all over the floor for jumping.  Entertainment, check!

Dress Up Fun and mattresses all over the floor for jumping. Entertainment, check!

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Evidently Braley and Donovan were buddies =)  They went straight to zooming around on the pillow racers.

Evidently Braley and Donovan were buddies =) They went straight to zooming around on the pillow racers.

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Saturday morning we went to Pinot’s Palette to make a painting together!  This was SUCH fun!  We are all talking about doing it again already.  I was so glad everyone enjoyed it, even the kids!  And Raegan made such a cool painting!

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Lunch was supposed to be a picnic in the park, but due to a little rain we held a carpet picnic at Mom’s house.  It cleared up enough for us to play the backyard games we had planned, like croquet and cornhole toss.  Jennifer went crazy over the food, as usual.  I’m not sure we can allow her to feed us two meals in a row again, as we were all ready to explode!  She made three desserts in jelly jars for this meal, strawberry shortcake, lemon coconut cake, and german chocolate cake.  And I had to try them all of course!  And this was after the best salad I’ve ever eaten.  No joke.  She sent out the recipe though and I just laughed.  It had like ten steps.  I’ll have to wait until she takes pity on me and makes it again. =)  My contribution was the picnic blanket edged in gingham, and the banners.  Mom loved them, and we’ve saved them for future fun.

Carpet picnic =)

Carpet picnic =)

Picnic lunches for the kids and amazing salads for adults!  She even made gluten free goldfish for Carson!

Picnic lunches for the kids and amazing salads for adults! She even made gluten free goldfish for Carson!

Jelly Jar Desserts.  So pretty and tasty!

Jelly Jar Desserts. So pretty and tasty!

A handprint craft with prints from all the cousins at the sleepover.  In the party colors of course =)

A handprint craft with prints from all the cousins at the sleepover. In the party colors of course =)

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Dinner was at Jen’s house.  Delicious barbecue, and more insanely good desserts.  chocolate sheet cake, Jen’s amazing cheesecake, and peach cobbler!  I had to stop after cobbler and a little cheesecake.  Oh my goodness.  I used muslin tablecloths with burlap runners, little flower arrangements in jelly jars, and my banners again.  Oh, and I printed huge family pictures at staples and hung them up as well.  And I made shirts for the grandkids, which led to some cute photos =)

Burlap and Fabric banner

Burlap and Fabric banner

Photo prints from staples... 3 dollars only!

Photo prints from staples… 3 dollars only!

I think it turned out pretty =)

I think it turned out pretty =)

Loving on Raegan =)

Loving on Raegan =)

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hugs for Aunt Jen!

hugs for Aunt Jen!

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Our whole family had a blast.  I just love when we can all get together, and having the party over the whole weekend meant everyone made it for a little bit at least.

 

Serenity in April

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

I have about five posts to do today!  Here’s to catching up =)  First I’ll do a photo montage for Serenity in April.

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Yesterday Serenity and I finished our first Magic Tree House book.  We were all curled up together in her bed, surrounded by her crazy fort castle.  We loved it!  I had plans to go to the store and visit Mom, but Serenity asked me to please stay so we could finish our book.  How could I resist that?  I enjoyed the story just as much as she did, and it was full of all kinds of interesting things to talk about!  We read Blizzard in a Blue Moon.  It had New York City, unicorns, and riddles!  Loved it, and I love that she loves stories too.

 

We continued the play date fun this month, enjoying a visit by Harper and her brother Max.  The girls dressed up as Periwinkle and Tinker Bell and pretended to be sisters.  Adorable!  Max and Donovan even played well together!  I love seeing them playing with other children, and talking with an adult is wonderful fun too!  Lorelai and Liezel came to play also, and this time the girls pretended to be mermaids.  Serenity told me that Mondays are friendship days with Lorelai, and also that she loves Lorelai like crazy.  =)

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This is a craft we did after finishing her first Magic Tree House, Blizzard in the Blue Moon. In that book they described some beautiful tapestries with a unicorn on them. So we made our own weavings and drew pictures on it! Serenity loved this story, which included a magical unicorn named Dianthus. She named my beanie baby unicorn after this story. =)

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Serenity tells me this is her “Surprised Ballerina” face. If her lips look really shiny, it’s because whenever she gets ahold of chapstick, it doesn’t just stay on her lips. =)

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Ann came for a visit! We were all thrilled! Serenity called her “sister” the whole time and barely gave her a minute to herself. =)

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Eric organized a soccer match for the whole family! We had a blast. Well, I was just spectating since my ankle was sprained at the time, but everyone enjoyed it so much we have another one scheduled!