Saturday, April 04, 2015

Happy Birthday, Pumpkin!

On Pumpkin's actual birthday we celebrated as a family.  
She woke up to her favorite, MONKEY BREAD!

The day before her birthday, she decided out of the blue that she wanted her hair cut so she went into her sixth year with the cutest bob!  NO MORE SNARLS!

Of all the places to go in our town, she chose Golden Corral for her birthday supper.  We love her so much, so we went.  :-) I mean, who can resist a place that has cotton candy on the buffet?

We went back home for presents. 

She was a tad bit happy about these gifts as if you can't tell from her grin!

We are now safe because we have an in-house superhero!  

 Love these girls so much!

Here is Pumpkin's 6th Birthday Interview:

What is your favorite food?  Macaroni and Cheese

What is your favorite thing to do?  Go to Jumpin’ Joeys

What is your favorite toy? Barbies

What is your favorite song?  Calling All the Monsters

What is your favorite book?  Rapunzel

What is your favorite color?  Purple and Pink

What is your favorite season?  Christmas cause you get presents.

What is your favorite TV show or movie?  Peppa Pig/Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

Who is your best friend?  Evie and Madeline

What are you good at?  Cartwheels, Make people laugh, Art

What makes you happy?  That God is always with us.

What makes you sad?  When I get scrapes.

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Vet

What is your favorite thing about Daddy?  That he will go on a date with me.

What is your favorite thing about Mommy?  That she plays with me.

What is your favorite thing about Peanut?  That she plays with me.

What does Jesus mean to you?  That when He was having his thing with his friends, he said the bread was part of his skin and the wine was his blood.  The bread means that he took off some of his skin for God and the wine means that a lot of his blood fell out for God.  He did that for me.
(We did this interview today.  Last night we went to our church's Good Friday service where the girls did communion and we talked about what it means so this was fresh in her mind.  I love this so much!)

Pumpkin's 6th Birthday

Pumpkin LOVES playing with Barbie dolls.  She has quite a collection of Barbie paraphernalia filling up the girls' bedroom.  She will spend an hour playing Barbie by herself.  She loves to dress them and do their hair.  I usually find the jar of hair ties and bows dumped out and mixed up with all of the Barbie stuff.  One day when we were playing together, she said, "Mommy, do you know why I love Barbie so much?  Because I love fashion!"  

So when we saw that Mattel was introducing a new Barbie superhero doll, we knew what Pumpkin's upcoming birthday theme would be....SUPER HEROES!  I had quite a bit of fun scouring Pinterest for ideas for her party.  It came together well and quickly.  I like that!

Following are the decorations that I made for the party.

Peanut made the white sign to hang also.  I love that it says, "Sooper Millie!"  If you look closely you will see that her superhero has long dangly earrings too.  

Again I made the birthday cake.  This alway is my way of bringing Mimi's spirit to my girls' birthday.  She always made my birthday cakes when I was a little girl and decorated cakes for many others.  I remember cakes all over our kitchen while they cooled and she decorated away!  

Every superhero needs a cape and I wavered back and forth on making capes.  I didn't want to get into a huge project then I stumbled on this new, cheap fabric at Hobby Lobby and for the life of me I can't remember what it was called.  It's very similar to what the new fabric shopping bags are made out of.  I was able to just cut out cape shapes and not have to worry about it fraying.  I cut the lightning bolts and initials out of felt and glued them on.  The only issue that we had was using stick-on velcro.  I should have hot glued the velcro on or sewed it on.  I could have made those pieces longer and just let the kids tie the cape on too.  I am so happy I went ahead and made the capes.  They were so cute!

When the kiddos arrived, they decorated their own cardstock superhero mask that we tied elastic onto so they could wear them.  I happened on these from a friend who was getting rid of them.  They were PERFECT!

We play pin the mask on Super Amelia.

We also played Stoneface because superheroes need to keep a stone face when they are up against the villains.  This was just like "Honey, If You Love Me, You'll Smile."  I wasn't sure how well it would go over, but they had so much fun playing it!
For our snack we had Kryptonite Jello, Veggies for Super Human Strength, Fruit for X-ray Vision, "POP!"corn, and "Wonder"ade to drink.  

We had so much fun celebrating with these awesome kids!  
Pumpkin is blessed with some great friends!

Friday, April 03, 2015

Spring Break

 Spring break was a couple of weeks ago for us.  Daddy had just been hired and had to start his new position at IU that week so the girls and I went on a quick road trip to Gigi's house.  We hadn't been up since early fall so it was much needed.  We caught up with a few friends and family.  I always wish I could see more people but there just isn't time.  We had a really good stay though  

The girls made a birdhouse with Gigi.  Peanut had started making a chair for her dolls the last time we were at Gigi's.  She seems to have a thing for woodworking.

We had to join Gigi for his weekly visit to Meijer to have coffee and donuts with friends.  The girls always want to ride the penny horse!  

We spent some time looking through Mimi's jewelery box which made the girls' day.  They had fun playing with Mimi's clip-on earrings and chose some to bring back home.  I'm sure Mimi was smiling from Heaven!

 We had lunch with a very dear friend and her precious daughter one afternoon.  The girls LOVED hanging out with this little girl and I think the feeling was mutual.  

 We headed back home on Thursday because I had to spend some time at work on Friday catching up for the upcoming week.  I did sneak the girls off to see the new Cinderella movie though.  They dressed up in their princess clothes which was a hit for everyone else.  The movie was fantastic, so beautiful!
Spring break flew by as it always does but we made good memories and had a lot of fun!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Self Portrait

Pumpkin has been learning how to draw self portraits in her school.  
This is what she drew for her project.

Turning 40!

So, I turned 40 this year and you know what it really was awesome.  I wasn't upset about being 40.  I had more trouble turning 30.  I saw some big stuff happen this past year and if I can walk that road and make it, then 40 will be a piece of cake.  I have two incredible daughters and a husband that loves me even at my ugliest moments.  I love what I do.  I got this!

 Now if only my hair would cooperate and stop trying to age me so fast.  

Daddy took me to see Unbroken on my birthday.  I have read the book twice and was so incredibly moved by this man's story of survival through down right torturous events.  If you haven't read the book, you need to read it.  There is much more to the story than what is shared in the movie.  It is such a powerful story of forgiveness and the redeeming grace of Jesus.  
Later that night the girls wanted to take me to Bub's for supper.  I think they knew they would score my bowl of free birthday ice cream.  This was the day that we had found out something was wrong with Kev but didn't know what it was.  That was weighing heavy on our minds but we put on our happy faces for the girls.

THEN....later in the week I was taken out by this amazing group of women.  I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!  These gals are my people.  They have supported me through some really hard times.  They have loved the girls as their own when I had to be with Daddy.  They are amazing women with such a strong faith.  I am grown by them each and every time I am with them and they aren't a bad looking group of gals, are they?

 After supper at my favorite Bloomington restaurant, I was whisked away to a special home that was filled with more people I love dearly from our church for a SURPRISE party.  It was THE BEST!  Daddy and one of my friend's coordinated all of the plans and put it into action.  I felt so loved by all of this!  Thanks Ladies and Hubbies!

Christmas 2014

Christmas this past season was so busy and crazy as we were in the thick of driving an hour to the hospital and an hour home everyday so Daddy's levels could be checked.  He was always in need of some kind of IV fluid so our mornings and afternoons were at the hospital. 

Fred, our elf was so gracious though and came back.  This little elf gave the girls so many giggles and fun mornings to see what he had done overnight.  He's a pretty silly elf!

We went to a fun Holiday Farmer's Market.  The girls met up with some friends and met three very special people...wait two special people, Anna and Elsa from Frozen and their snowman friend, Olaf.

We had to do our annual Polar Express.  It seemed like every night after  Thanksgiving the girls would ask, "Is this the night we'll go to bed, then you'll come wake us up to go look at Christmas lights with hot cocoa?"  It has become part of our tradition and they love it.

We went to the annual Pajamborie downtown and met Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.  I'm pretty sure they are the real deal, myself!

I took the girls to their first Nutcracker.  We got all dressed up and enjoyed every minute of it.  It was just beautiful!

The lighting of downtown has also become an annual tradition.

The girls and I at church for our Christmas service.  Daddy wasn't able to come to church for many weeks as he was at high risk for getting sick.  He had to stay away from large crowds.

Christmas Eve

On Christmas morning, this is what we came down the stairs to find!  There were squeals of delight and joyous laughter.

Daddy got a cool pour over coffee maker that he was obviously very excited about.

And that's that!  What a delightful mess full of many fun things to do.

Queen Elsa came to help me make Christmas dinner.
We had some very special guests come visit us on Christmas Day.  They were rather tired from their journey.  We were so glad they came to spend the day with us!

We had a wonderful Christmas with much to be thankful for!