September 30, 2014

fall in the Northbest (Northwest)...


Fall in the great Northwest is amazing, and officially here.  I love autumn and although some people may not love the rain, clouds, cool breezes, and constant drizzle, I look forward to it.  I would much rather stay in snuggled with a good book or a movie than anything else in the world, and now I have the perfect excuse to.  "Bad weather, so sorry!"  :)

I found some great pics that just shouted out to me "Fall in the Northwest" so I had to share.  The last few weeks have been kind of rough, and I am looking forward to falling into my favorite season and letting all my troubles float away.  Football, changing leaves, hot cocoa, brisk walks, and Halloween are ahead, and I can't wait!



September 18, 2014

Frozen party!...

Paetyn had her 8th birthday party on Friday night and she decided to have a two-fold theme:  A sleepover and Frozen!  P has never wanted a "Disney" party before, so we decided to let her go for it since it was probably her last "theme" party.  She invited 8 girls (and let Maddux invite a pal) so Friday night was all sorts of crazy! 

I had a lot of fun doing Pinterest research and ideas for the party.  Here is what we came up with:
  • "Arendelle Punch", Blue Hawaiian punch, Pineapple juice, and Sprite
  • "Do You Want to Build a Snowman Mix", Pretzel sticks, candy corn, mini chocolate chips, and marshmallows
  • "Forever Winter Snowflakes", great snowflake cookies from Beaverton Bakery
  • "Snow-covered pretzels", pretzel rods dipped in blue-dyed white chocolate and crystal sprinkles
  • "Olaf Noses", Large puff Cheetos
  • "Snowballs", baby-blue colored Sixlets
  • The cake was from Albertsons with smooth cream and we topped it with some characters from a play set (from Target online)
I assembled the gift bags with a blue/white striped pattern and paper lunch bags.  They included:
  • Frozen tattoos
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Jewelry
  • Clothe gloves
  • Frozen fruit snacks
  • Blue and white jelly beans
  • Glow in the dark bracelets and balloons (yes, they sell balloons that glow!!!)
  • Bouncy balls (blue, of course) :)
I took the 2 bags and folded them at the top and punched a hole through both of them.  Then a took the hot pink place cards I had left over (wrote the guests name on them) and tied them all together with some striped twine.  It turned out pretty easy, especially when Paetyn, Maddux, and I started an assembly line to make them!  The only boy, Conner, got a green bag instead of baby-blue. :)

We also did a few activities to keep all the crazy gals busy.  We made towers with mini marshmallows and toothpicks.  That was a real hit actually!  We also did "Pin the Nose on the Olaf" which we bought from PartyCity.

It was a real fun party and we survived the sleepover, although by Saturday morning after pancakes we were ready to go back to bed again :)

September 17, 2014

a circus and 1st day of school...

Hi there!  A few weeks ago we hit the "greatest show on earth" (although the kids practically fell asleep) :)  We hit the circus on Sunday afternoon and this is the first time the kiddos have gone to the circus, and they were not easily impressed.  No clowns.  No clown cars.  No ballerinas with umbrellas.  Notta. 

But, they had some other entertaining things, but overall it was kinda a bust :( 

Also, we had another cutie to show off:

Our little man had his first day of Kinder!  He rides the bus with P in the morning and they always sit together :)  It's pretty cute, I have to say.  He likes his teacher and is overall happy although he fell asleep today at 3pm from the exhaustion of it all.  Its hard work being 5.

Hope all is well with you all!

September 13, 2014

weeks (months) in pictures...

I am soooooooo far behind on blogging.  Like, seriously.  Maddux started Kindergarten last week and I haven't even uploaded the pictures yet!  Ugh.  Paetyn's birthday party was last night and we hosted a nice little sleepover for some 8-year-old so this exhausted mama cannot fathom anything more than uploading a few pictures from the last few weeks.  Hope to be back in the swing of things by next week. :)

September 3, 2014

mama fail...

Notice something wrong with Paetyn's board this year?  Whoops.  Last year it read: "When I grow up I want to work on a farm with my family."  So, I basically screwed up and didn't notice until AFTER her first day of school had come and gone.  Oops.  In my defense, Paetyn didn't notice either :)

Not the best grammar example to set for my kiddo.  Epic mama fail.

August 31, 2014

family pictures...

Hello on this fine holiday weekend!  Hope you are having a nice time wherever you may be :)  We got our family pictures back from 'A Fist Full of Bolts Photography' already and we are pleased as punch!  We just took the pics 1 week ago, so that's pretty awesome to get them back already.  Sean and Melanie were amazing to work with and were SO good with the kiddos. We met them at Cannon Beach, and although they normally do weddings, they did great with the whole family.  I will admit whole-heartedly that my kiddos are WAY harder to photograph than any bride or groom :)  We highly recommend them and we had a great time with them last Sunday.

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