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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Valentine's Dress Up Dinner

I spend a lot of time and energy doing things to bring my family together.  Sometimes it's silly little things.  Other times we have a day to remember.  This Valentine's Day was one of those days to remember.

When my kids woke up on Valentine's Day they found a note and some treats on the ground.  This is what the note said...

When 4:00 rolled around I did the girls' hair.  They love being pampered.  After their hair was done I sent them to their room to wait for their dates.

Daddy came to the girls' door all dressed up in his suit.  He gave them each some pink roses.  Look at those faces!  They were ecstatic!

I gave my handsome little date a stuffed puppy.

They came down the "grand staircase" for dinner at Dastrup Delicasies.

Mommy and daddy were the waitress/waiter.  We gave them pink waffles topped with blueberries and whipped cream.

So delicious!

We escorted our dates to the Blissful Ballroom.  The kids loved the lights I strung across the ceiling.

Daddy danced with each girl.

They had a great time talking and dancing.

Pure joy!  The feeling of love in our home this Valentine's Day was palpable.  I will never forget it.

Just a couple more pictures:

My forever Valentine.

What are your Valentine's Day traditions?

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pajama Spa Party

If you're like me, sometimes you feel like throwing a small party for no reason.  (Trust me, your kids won't mind.)  Bestie and I decided to have a little spa day with our girls.

Here is our little party agenda:

  • Breakfast
  • Nails
  • Hair

We ate an oh-so-healthy *cough! cough!* doughnut breakfast.  The girls were in heaven.

After we had thoroughly washed the chocolate off of three sticky children, we started painting fingers and toes.

They each wanted something different.

Princess wanted pink and purple nails with green hearts and little gem stickers.

I am not great at fancy nails, but I must have done alright.  Look how happy she is.

Goofy wanted red nails and yellow hearts.

Here's Goofy being...well...goofy.  She wouldn't stop laughing.

Finally, we have Brownie's cute little red nails.

Another happy girl.

Next, it was on to hair.  I got to do all of the hair, which was super fun for me.  Again, I'm no fancy hair expert, but the girls all loved the way their hair turned out.

Here's the view from the back.

This is yet another example that you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time.

What are some of your favorite, inexpensive activities?

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Monday, May 4, 2015

New Years Eve 2015

It's time to share some New Year's Eve countdown activities.  Unlike last year's countdown we had a small, family countdown.

I set the clock back 2 hours (I started this tradition in 2013) to trick the kids into thinking they are staying up until midnight when it's only 10:00.  They have no idea I do this and I'm going to milk it as long as I can.


Princess started us off by opening up the 6:00 bag.  Inside was a sticky note that read "decorate the tree."  I had taken all of the Christmas ornaments off a few days earlier, but was too lazy to take down the tree.  My kids all love to decorate, so I knew this would be a hit.

Putting up a gold bead garland.  (P.S. buying Christmas decorations before New Years is a steal!)

Can I do this one?

Bud loved these ornaments.  They were blue and shaped like a ball.  Ornament heaven for a little boy.

Here is the completed tree.  They could only reach the bottom 2/3 of the tree  It was quite a talking point when guests came to visit.


My kids love making lots of noise on New Year's Eve (I'm sure the neighbors love it too).  I decided to let them make their own noise makers.

We filled either paper cups or plates with a few corn kernels and taped them shut.  If you do paper plates you can also staple them closed.

Naturally, when they're done, you have to let the kids run wild around the house making as much noise as they can.  You won't see bigger smiles anywhere!


The next activity was to have a special dinner.  We have had Fire-y French Toast and Lucky Coin Pitas in the past years.  This time I decided to make crepes. I could have put a lucky coin in the crepes, but I forgot.

All ready to dig in.

I stuffed and topped them with whatever the kids wanted.  They were so excited to try their creations.

I love crepes!  Mine was filled with cherries and drizzled with caramel.  Mm!

If you have little ones, just mental prepare yourself for the sticky fingers that follow.


On New Years we always pull out a game of some sort.  For Christmas we were given the game Fibber and decided to try it.  Look at those ridiculous glasses!  We laughed and laughed!


Whose kids don't love taking pictures with mom/dad's phone?  I pulled out the 'ol cell phone and we snapped picture after picture.  I love those faces!  Too bad dad was busy working and couldn't join in the fun.  Maybe next year.


Making a New Year's toast is a tradition that I have done for many years now.  Sometimes I line the rim of the cup with chocolate and dip it in sprinkles.

This year I let the kids have Sparkling Cider.  They were very excited to try it.

My kids love shouting "DING!" as loud as they can.


Finally, the moment of truth arrived.  As is tradition in my family since I was a little girl, we went to the front of the house and banged on pots and pans as loudly as we could shouting, "HAPPY NEW YEAR!"

My two little munchkins wanted to use noisemakers rather than pots and pans.  Whatever works right?

We gathered at the table after the kids were done making noise for a New Year's "kiss."  Yum!  Hershey's kisses!

New Year's Eve has quickly become one of my kids' favorite holidays.

What do you do on New Year's Eve?

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