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a birthday party :: two at the zoo

thursday, my baby turned 2. TWO! i can’t believe that i don’t have any kids under the age of 2 at this point. that hasn’t happened in 5 years, ya’ll. anyway, we celebrated our wonderful big boy with lots of parties and still have one to go tomorrow.

i’ll focus mostly on his friend party that we had here. i like to have a theme for any party that i’m throwing, so for this one, i went with the “two at the zoo” theme. i wish that we could’ve gone to the zoo to celebrate sammy, but it just didn’t happen this year. oh well. maybe next time. 

Image the big two year old. he’s one of the cheesingest boys i know.

Image with the brothers. of course, someone had to be dressed in superhero/transformer form

Image the spread for the party. the banner was made from these martha stewart animals. then, we had hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie straws, trail mix, carrots, apples, and animal crackers, along with chocolate cupcakes.

Image party animals. i made the hats out of scrapbook paper and twine. maybe i’ll post a how to soon.

Image giraffe food (carrots), bat food (apples), and bear food (trail mix)

Image “snake juice” (strawberry kiwi kool-aid and other drinks for the adults.) 

Image party elephant. i just can’t help but love this.

Image this was the best pic i got with him all day. oh well!

Image happy birthday to you, sammy!

ImageImage i think he likes it

Image party giraffe


Imagetwo of the littles playing with the party animals. 

thanks everyone for loving on my family so much!! we love you, sammy! you bring so much joy to daddy and my life. 


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this past week was thanksgiving. it has been a full, busy week. my husband works for a magazine in memphis, and they were in their busy time, but my family was in from out of town, so it kinda made everything better and easier. the cousins got to play together and everyone knows that my mom’s cookin is the best! 

last thanksgiving, we began the tradition of the thankful tree. about 2 weeks before halloween, my oldest started asking about the thankful tree and if we were going to do it again. that made me so happy and i hope to do this every year. usually we write down whatever it is the boys say, which makes it pretty fun to read through, because you have things like “hawks” and “the elmo basket” and “medicine”. ha! all i did was find some sticks that looked good together, cut out leaves and punched holes in them (from scrapbook paper), and gathered lots of little pumpkins for my vase. then, each night, we all took a turn saying what we were thankful for. i think daddy won the prize of people being thankful for him the most. i know i am!!



i also got to help out at the boys school with their thanksgiving party. this party is so cute because they sing a few songs and dress up like pilgrims and indians. i was in charge of pumpkins, the thankful tree, and a take home treat. i ended up making these cornucopias for all the kids (tutorial coming up next!). then, i found some printables that said “gobble till you wobble” which i thought was hilarious.  Image



the table scape for the party. we had popcorn, pilgrim’s hats with apples in them, chex mix, pumpkin muffins, donut hole acorns, cheese cubes, and cute little orange water that looked like pumpkins.Image

one mom made this paper bag turkey that was so fun, then we used our thankful tree and various pumpkins.Image




2012 has definitely had it’s moments, but i couldn’t be more thankful for these three amazing kids and their amazing husband. life is good.

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a superhero party

my two older boys’ birthdays are 2 1/2 weeks apart. they are in turn 11 1/2 months apart 😉 we always get a good laugh from people when we tell them that. especially when they’ve just met us or when they’ve just met the boys. it’s one of those things where people go “oh, wow! a surprise? huh?!” and then, we’re like, well, yeah. kinda. but, i do have to say that i wouldn’t trade it for the world. they are the best of friends. neither one remembers life without the other. they’ve always shared a room, they’re starting to share clothes and shoes, they share friends, and i have a feeling in about 10 or 12 years, they’ll be sharing a car (or our minivan). 

anyway, they’re birthdays are from thanksgiving to the second week of december, and mine is the week in between theirs. so this year, i decided to have their birthday party at the beginning of november. this way, it spreads out the gift giving from Christmas (we’ll still do donuts and presents on their birthdays) and it makes me a little more sane. maybe i’ll get to go out for dinner for my birthday or something. 

they are all about superheroes this year. they LIVE in their dash, spiderman, ironman, batman, and bumblebee (the transformer) costumes. so, what better way to celebrate my big 4 and 5 year old than with a superhero party? i do hate to say that i was not as good at taking pictures of the process as i normally am, but the day of the party was captured really well. 


the birthday boys!


what happens when you bring together a dozen boys all under the age of 5? a LOT of fun!!!



the table. superhero signs painted with acrylic paint and old pizza boxes.



superhero capes as party favors for all the little dudes with their initials on them



they sprayed villains with silly string. this was the best game for sure. 


superhero sugar cookies and “crime fighting kool-aid”Image 

up-close of sugar cookies. ironman, captain america, and spiderman. i used these cookie cutters and royal icing to decorate them. 


power fighting go-gurt and POP corn


 first game: walking over lava.


putting the kryptonite where it belongs


spraying the villains with silly string


working hard!


happy birthday!!



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fall fun :: a pumpkin baby shower

do ya’ll love fall as much as i do? fall is so new, just like spring, to me. i want to change all my decor, play outside more, buy new clothes, and make new recipes. we’ve already had fun at a pumpkin patch and a pumpkin baby shower.

the fall baby shower happened to be on the first day of autumn and it was a great fall day. the mom to be is a friend of mine who we go to church with. she’s expecting her first, a boy! i’m so thankful for this family and pray that God blesses them beyond what they could imagine. here’s the showdown.

the mantle was decorated with a bulap banner with fabric spelling baby, and a big letter “c” covered in fabric

the spread: apple cake, veggies in mini ball jars, mini pumpkin chocolate cheesecakes, sausage balls, and cheese ball with crackers
veggies were set on stumps, and the centerpiece was pumpkins and gourds with sticks coming out.

apple cider and water station


some of the ladies at the shower


the new mom to be listening to the blessing given by a dear friend


sweet baby jones. isn’t he a doll!?


a tutorial :: easy dessert

have you ever invited people for dinner, then realized you don’t have dessert covered?

what about invited people over for a birthday dinner and you realized you didn’t have everything you need to make that special cake?

well, you are not alone! i go to the store so much, and it makes me so mad when i’m missing that one ingredient. well, i had a brilliant idea.

remember when the ice cream man used to come to your neighborhood? (sorry i’m asking so many questions!) i always wanted the cookie ice cream sandwich. not just the plain ice cream sandwich, but the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich.

so, for my mother-in-law’s birthday celebration, i decided to do just that (because i didn’t have that one item i needed to make a cake!). it was so nice and easy, and we had exactly how many we needed.

all you need to do is make your favorite chocolate chip cookie (tollhouse or pillsbury in a big tub are perfect!), get a tub of your favorite ice cream (we used reece’s peanut butter cup), then put a scoop of ice cream in between two cookies. put all the “pies” in a pyrex dish and cover with seran wrap. freeze for at least 30 minutes, but up to 2 days. bring out and enjoy!!

i’m so sad i didn’t get a picture of my mother-in-law enjoying it. let’s just say that all was inhaled!!

favorite chocolate chip cookies

plus scoop of ice cream

put in freezer


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homemade cupcakes

Imagefor my parents’ anniversary party, i made homemade oreo and homemade blueberry cupcakes. i was scared out of my mind, but they really just took a little love and patience, and some great help from my friend, lisa.

i ordered these great cupcake liners from pickyourplum.com. if you don’t “plum”, you totally should, especially if you’re crafty. they are bakeable, and make it that much more festive. i used this recipe for the oreo cupcakes, except i did a cream cheese frosting with a mini oreo on top. for the blueberry ones, i used this recipe. it turned out so cute and i was able to get some baking skills on. now, i feel really confident for birthday parties 😉

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