Hello everyone! This past weekend was jam-packed full of celebrations – with field trips, a 90th birthday party, the opening season of softball and t-ball, our school’s annual Family Fun Fair (I was the main organizer), a little holiday called Mother’s Day, and company at our house for 4 nights – but all of the celebrating began with Noah’s 5th birthday last Thursday.
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A couple of weeks ago when we celebrated Anika’s birthday, I knew I wanted to do something a little special for her. Normally we’ll throw a party for each of the kids, and then Wayne and I will get the kids cards and take the birthday kid out to lunch all by themselves at the restaurant of their choice. It’s a tradition that I’m glad we started because it’s become a highly anticipated part of their birthday celebration.
I decided that after lunch I was going to have a big girl afternoon with my eleven-year-old and take her clothes shopping followed by a pedicure.
our meal off with their Bruchetta which was topped with garlic, Roma tomatoes,
shallots, basil, and balsamic. I always order this. I decided to be adventurous and order a rosemary lemon drop. I like rosemary and I love lemon drops, and you know what? The combination was surprisingly good!
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Last weekend we had Noah’s birthday party at the McMinnville Aquatic Center. Naturally, since we were playing in the water – and it’s our school’s mascot – we added a little pirate theme to the party and made it extra fun with TWIX® Bites.
It’s always slightly more challenging hosting a birthday party at a venue – set up time is really nonexistent, and while the kids are playing you find yourself rushing to clean everything back up. There are a few upsides though – it is short and sweet, meaning you don’t have to entertain people for a long period of time at your house, plus you don’t have to clean your entire house either. 😉
Today was Emma’s 6th birthday.
It’s hard to believe.
Time flies by faster and faster every year.
She woke up to presents and flowers on the kitchen table, and daddy made her favorite breakfast.
At school, I brought cupcakes and Capri Suns into her classroom and she was smiling so big with her birthday crown on and all of the kids singing her Happy Birthday.
Then Wayne and I took her out to lunch all by herself – she wanted Chinese Food because she loves the shrimp. And eat she did.
We will be celebrating her birthday this weekend at Scotty’s Playhouse, but we always try to make sure we do a little something the day of as well.
Happy Birthday Emma,
Ten years ago today I was one scared lonely girl who grew up quickly as I became a mom a month earlier than expected.
I never left Anika’s side at OHSU until she was healthy enough to go home with me.
Without her, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.
We’ve been through many ups and downs and life events together, but looking back I wouldn’t change anything.
Happy Birthday, Anika, we all love you!!!
Anika celebrated her 10th birthday a week early this year, doing what she’s been dreaming of for a year and a half now – a birthday party sleepover in a hotel.
After weighing the pros vs. cons I proposed a deal with her. One night stay in a hotel with her two best friends instead of a party and presents. Of course, she said yes.
We arrived at check-in and the girls were in awe – a one-bedroom suite with a jacuzzi tub. They staked their claim on the ‘spaces’ and quickly changed into their swimming suits for the pool.
Three years ago today I had my last baby.
It’s hard to believe he’s going into preschool this fall. I can’t imagine my life without a little boy to make our family complete.
We had a blast at his party last Sunday, with 85 degree weather I made nearly 300 water balloons for the kids, and then somehow water guns and super soakers got brought out and everyone had a water war. 🙂 Noah was having so much fun he didn’t even want to do cupcakes, ice cream sundaes and presents!
Noah wanted a Team Umizoomi party, all blue and orange, so that’s what I attempted to create. It seems like when you are the one preparing the party, not as many good pictures get taken. At least I got a few. Someday, someday, I’ll get a better camera. Until then, these will have to do.
Happy birthday little man.