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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wii Want you to Celebrate with Us


Daniel loves our Nintendo Wii! When we began planning his party, I suggested the Wii being the theme. Once I told Daniel a few of the ideas I had come up with as well as a few I found online, he was SOLD! I began designing the invitations and decorations immediately!

We started with designing the invitation. Daniel created the Mii's with an online Mii creator (mom did Mario and Luigi). I wanted the invitation to look like the Mii Plaza where the Mii's mingle.


Daniel dressed up as Luigi for Halloween, so I printed one of his pictures, placed it in a frame and used it on the table as a decoration! I also filled 3 apothecary jars with candy (Gumballs, Skittles, and Laffy Taffy...These were definitely a hit with 13 3rd graders)



The Goody Bags were pretty cute. I came across some Wii Remote Candy Dispensers at Walgreens. I put a little blue shredded paper in the bottom of a clear bag, put in the Wii Remote, added a few extra pieces of candy, and tied on the tag that featured the same Mario and Luigi from the invitation.

Now to my FAVORITE thing about planning his party...the cake....

I was so proud of how well my Mario cake turned out. I had never used fondant icing before, but this was the end result and Daniel was so excited when he saw it. The fondant helped it look very "Mario-ish". The little yellow ? box was a download I found online and was just able to print out and tape together. Several of these were scattered around the tables.

We planned 2 activities for the party. The main one was the Mario Kart Tournament. I started out a little ambitious thinking that we would do a Double Elimination....that didn't completely happen. I drew off a tournament bracket onto poster board and hung it on the wall. Once the children arrived I inserted names and we began playing until we had a winner.




Our Second activity was to Design a Mii. I printed off examples of hair, eyes, mouths, eyebrows, facial shapes, etc and scattered them around the table. I also had some paper and crayons on the tables. The kids drew their Mii and put their name on the back of the paper.
The winners were given a Certificate tied around a Rubix Cube.

At the end of the party Daniel came up to me and said, "Thanks Mom! It was my best birthday party yet!" That is what it is all about...making them feel special and them having the best time of their lives. I love you, Daniel!


A Special thanks to Melissa Lester for ideas I found on her blog... "A Little Loveliness"



Friday, November 12, 2010

Halloween

I always love Halloween time. It is so much fun to help (okay really persuade) the boys decide what they are going to be. I love when they agree on costumes that go together. This was also my very first Halloween having a little girl and I had to go all out with fluff! Here they are

Fairy Jaycee


Mario and Luigi

Daniel...AKA Luigi


Micah...AKA Mario

This was our first year in Murray and our first experience living in a neighborhood. We loaded Jaycee in the wagon and set out Trick or Treating. The kids LOVED being able to walk, skip, and run as we went from house to house through the neighborhood. Sure beats getting in and out of the car at every stop.

Pumpkin Patch

We love the fall time. Cooler temperatures, beautiful colors on the trees, mums, scarecrows, and pumpkins. The week before Halloween, we took the kids to Wurth Farms in Paducah to the Pumpkin Patch. It was such nice place and we all had a blast.


There is a hayride that takes you from the entrance to the pumpkin patch. One of the workers was nice enough to offer to take a few family pictures of us.


The have the place decorated to the hilt. Beautiful mums, pumpkins, corn stalks,
and everything Fall!


Micah in the pumpkin patch!

Daniel in the pumpkin patch!

Jaycee in the pumpkin patch!

We spent several hours at the patch. After choosing their pumpkins, we rode the hayride back up to the top. Where they had several activities for the kids. There was a place to get balloon animals, a petting zoo, pony rides, and bouncy things. It was a great family day together.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fall Break at Papa and Nanny's

The kids and I went to spend part of their Fall Break in Arkansas. They always enjoy their visit to Papa and Nanny's farm.

The kids posing for a picture with Nanny and Papa!

Jaycee's First Horse Ride


Micah petting Trigger, the baby mini pony.


Daniel hugging Poppy. She was born while we were there a couple of years ago and Daniel got to name her. He loves this horse!


Our friend Libby joined us on the trip.