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Back to School Family Night 2012

17 Aug

 Instead of hauling the kids to the store, I bring the store to our very own living room.

 First we had our “school lunch” for dinner. And some homework

 The girls had to find the letters to spell their names out of sugar cookies.

 Let the shopping begin…to start the fashion show!

Flamingo Birthday Party

16 Aug

Melania’s 6th Birthday. Inspiration: hot pink, feathers, and flamingos.

 The invites- made with a flamingo stamp and a hot pink feather

 The food was easy. Grape skewers & shrimp cocktail.

 hot pink, mini cupcakes with feathers

 Shave ice

 Canon ball!

 The party crew.

 The flamingo piñata. Yes, I did make this.  🙂 Post to follow

 Everyone got a turn, youngest to oldest.

 Once the string broke, the big kids got what was left of my hard work, pitched to them. They loved it!

 Jackpot!

 Party bags to collect their treasure.

 Make a wish!

Back to School Family Night 2011

31 Aug

 Our annual Back to school Family Night. The girls decorated their binder paper T shirts and ate packed lunches for dinner.

 We gave them each a bag to do their back to school shopping. (in our Living Room)

 Filling their bags with cute new things is such a blast.

 Especially when it was something they saw in a store and had begged for. Surprise!

 some new shoes

 One benefit of shopping this way, is you we get the deals all year and pack them away for our special night. My mom, otherwise known as Maama, provides a large quantity of back to school items. I have told her many times that she has a problem. But, I am happy to benefit from her issues of over buying 🙂

 There were many poses

 the night was ended with homework and brownies.

DIY Back To School T-shirts

23 Aug

Notebook Paper T-shirts

This is an idea I found, loved, and tweaked bit for my taste from here

 Start with a plain white t-shirt. I used a Target boys undershirt. I cut at the neck around the existing neckline to girl it up a bit. (optional)

 Then using my yardstick and some sharpies, I made a horizontal red line on the left hand side of shirt. Then I made vertical lines from top to bottom in blue to look like notebook paper. (dont forget to put a piece of cardboard on the inside of the shirt to avoid bleeding through)

 Then I gave my girls a variety of colors in sharpies and let them go to town.

 and viola, there you have it!

 They turned out really cute and they had fun creating their own look. It was easy for me to let them loose, since it was a doodling kind of project. (a helpful hint: do not use fine point sharpies. they do hold up in the wash. The regular point looks great)

“Rainy Day” Family Night

29 Mar

First we decorated umbrellas for our drinks

Posing under our rain clouds

Our rainy day treat

We attempted playing “heads up, 7up”

We threw on our rain boots for a walk and had them close their eyes for their surprise…

Yay for umbrellas!

(and for Old Navy clearance! I’ve been holding on to these for a rainy day.  ha, ha!)

We had some fun then went inside. The girls got their jammies on, when all of a sudden, the rain really started coming down. “Get your boots back on!”

What are you all doing out there to have a fun time with your families?

Would  love to hear about it!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

23 Mar

Vienna turned 2!

She is in love with Minnie, so there was really no other option for her party theme. Here are the invites

Each child received minnie or mickey ears to wear.

The kids colored Minnie pictures.

We served waffles, sausage, tater tots and berry cups. And my mom still had that Mickey waffle iron after all these years! I found a tasty way to make egg/dairy free waffles, that everyone would want to eat. And made way too many, my freezer is packed!

The bean bag toss

Vienna did more of a drop in than a toss.

Here are some other minnie details…

Thanks for the board inspiration H! wish you were there!

It was such a fun and simple party

I love you Vienna! Can’t believe you’re 2!

Halloween Family Night

26 Oct

Our dinner was mummy dogs,with spider web dip, sweet potato jack o lanterns, and apple fangs.

While dinner was cooking Kiara and Melania were in their room getting dressed for the event. I assumed the would come out in some costumes. Melania wore a dress and said she was a princess.

Kiara wore her bathrobe and said she was a Vetrinarian. Any excuse to wear her robe! She loves that thing.

Vienna was happy eating her mummy dog

We made foam jack o lanterns

I don’t know any other kid that can make this good of a grumpy face. I think I need to a whole post dedicated to that…

Spider web cupcakes for dessert.