Saturday, February 26, 2011

Indiana Jones Birthday Party

Greg is SIX!!  
How did this happen?  
He keeps telling me he will not get older on me and then he does!  
I.hate.it. 
Wahhhh.....
He was star student at school this week and excited to make a poster with me to take in and show everyone.
I also made these treat bags for him to hand out on his birthday in class.  Each one had a balloon, a ding dong and a silly band.
Greg has been anticipating his party for months.  He had grand plans of me building him a pyramid and everything.  
Um...NO.
But I am pretty proud of his cake.  I mean, how cool is that waterfall?!
 Seriously - it was so easy to do! 
Thank you Wal-Mart for selling candy rocks and having blue and green frosting gel when a girl needs them!
 I broke out the pirate party goods and "Indy-fied" it!  
Rats, lots of snakes and spiders.  Temple God statues, compasses and old passports completed the look!


 We broke out the Lego table and let the boys play while we waited for all the guests to arrive. I love that Greg dressed up as Indy for his party.  It was so cute to me.
We had Eyeball Soup (peeled grapes) and Monkey Brains (spaghetti) for the boys to dip their hands in and feel around.  
They thought this was SO COOL. 
We played "Where's Indy?" 
In Egypt, of course!!
 We used straws and Q-tips as our poison darts to defeat the enemies!  
Who cares which one was from which movie, the boys didn't! 
 They couldn't get enough of this!
Greg's great aim killed them all off!
 I made an Arc of the Covenant pinata out of a treasure chest one I found at Zurchers.  A little gold spray paint and voila!
 I wrote Greg's name in Egyptian hieroglyphics.   
I'm all about being authentic for six year olds.
Paper towel rolls cut in half and then hot glued on each corner.  I free handed the angels out of thick corrugated cardboard and hot glued those with supports on the top.  
I had planned a treasure hunt to find this but with the threat of snow, we opted to just let them start in on it instead. 
Sometimes I get jealous of people who have summer birthday children.  A party at the splash park would be VERY nice! 
I glued sections from the back of his invitation to brown paper sacks for the party favors.  Each of the boys got a bag of gold chocolate coins, a rubber snake, and all the candy they could get from the pinata.  
Simple. 
 It was a great party!  
They had cake and vine juice (7-Up I put a few green food coloring drops in) and I only had to raise my voice firmly to one child when he tried to "help me" carry the cake and almost made me drop it on his head!  They loved watching a few minutes of Temple of Doom while they ate.

Greg is such a darling boy and we are so lucky to live in an area where there are so many great little boys his age to play with!  
He loved having all his friends over and being the center of attention that comes rarely with being the 2nd boy. 
(Greg has to watch Graham do everything first and I know that's hard for him sometimes.
Happy Birthday Indiana Greg!  
I hope six is a great year for you!
Tip 
Junkie handmade projects

If anyone would like a copy of the invite I made for this party, please contact me.  I would be happy to email it to you knowing it might save you a bit of party planning time!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stitches, anyone?

 Graham was trying to roughhouse and play around at bedtime with Dan last night and he jumped from his bed and missed Dan, landing head first on the edge of his low dresser.  We spent a few hours at the hospital for observation (bump on his head) and some stitches, he tore up his ear really badly.  His head is all wrapped up like a cartoon character (he’s so embarrassed about it) 
   Poor little guy – Dan feels so badly, they were just having some fun and it wasn’t much fun for Graham at all!  

Of course this happened the night before Greg's birthday and I was then up until 2 a.m. or so getting his cake made, etc.
I've lived to tell about it (as has Graham) and will post all about the fun party tomorrow!

BOYS!! 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Valentine's Day

 I love Valentine's Day!
Cupid always visits us, sets our breakfast table with a special treat.  
Boys get their lunches wrapped with love.
Boxes for Valentine's go off to school
 As well as little tins full of taffy for the teachers...
 Cookies are frosted at class parties. 
We have a special dinner as a family.
And I get to tell Greg,
 Graham,
 LuLu and Dan how lucky I am to have them as my Valentines!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Whole Lotta Lovin Going On - 3rd Birthday Style!


 These were the little favors I made for LuLu's party.  
I think the fact that they were in berry baskets was totally lost on my guests, but I had fun making them.  
The boys got a little red Hot Wheels firetruck in theirs. 
 Quick tag printed out and do you know how much I love cellophane?  
I totally do.  It makes everything cute. 
 LuLu loves pancakes so that is what she got for her birthday breakfast!
 Showing us she is THREE!
 Taking a phone call from her Nanny Sally. 
 "Now closes yours eyes."
 (this is what she says...but this is her doing it
The boys helped Dan put together this little kitchen for her. 
 She was SO excited!
 We had Graham's last basketball game that day.  
He is NOT into competitive team sports.  He keeps begging me to play tennis so we are on the hunt for some private lessons for the boys.  He's got the So Cal genes in him from tennis champion Grandma Margaret!
Let me know if you know anyone around here!
 After Graham's team pizza party we headed over to Grandma's for cake and presents!  Lauren was so happy to wear her new outfit and birthday shoes we picked out earlier that day.  
It's a Fink girl tradition for your birthday!
 She loved getting Barbie dolls from the boys and a set of pots and pans for her kitchen from grandma and grandpa.   
 Blowing out her candles!

It was a whirlwind weekend only to turn around and get ready for Valentine's Day.  
How great that our weekend was full of pink, hearts and LOVE!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake Party

 I was just going to have a little family party for Lauren's 3rd birthday but she heard Greg going on and on about his (which is next week) so I caved.  She picked a Strawberry Ho-cake party.
(She seriously used to call it that.)
Now it's Strawberry Sho-cake...better.  
 I kept things really simple (for me.)  Streamers, balloons, strawberries and flowers on the table.  PINK!
 A few pictures out of when she was just a bitty thing.  And a bowl of taffy the boys couldn't keep their hands out of. 
 She was very, very excited for her friends to show up.  We just invited the kids from JoySchool and two of our neighbors.  She kept going around trying to give everyone a hug.  
The boys did not like this.  
Nor did they like playing hot potato with a Strawberry Shortcake doll.  Those two little boys would.not.touch.it!
 Mmmmm...cupcakes, Dibs and Cherry 7-Up.
 Miss P was my most polite girl there using a fork.  All the other kids had frosting everywhere.
 The cute group! 
 Little Miss P next to LuLu in the middle is her bestie.  She talks about her ALL the time.  They chat at church about their new shoes and what's new.  
Not kidding.  
It cracks me up. 
 LuLu was not being a lady and putting her legs down.  
 Who is her mother?
She had so much fun opening her presents!  Her favorite was an iron and ironing board and she has been ironing everything she can get her hands on. 
 Let's hope that excitement sticks, right?