Friday, February 26, 2016

{Happy half-birthday, Lilli!}

We don't really get into celebrating half-birthdays at our house, but we decided to change that this year with Lilli. Because her birthday is August 26th, she was bummed out that she doesn't get to bring in a birthday treat like her classmates who have birthdays during the school year. Today was her half-birthday, so we decided that this would be the perfect way for her to celebrate with her friends. We decided that we would send in a non-food treat for each kid and also a healthy snack. Lilli picked out some goodies at Party City with Grandma, and we worked on packing everything up last night:
 Look at this cute face:
Daddy then made a tag to include in the little snack-sized baggies. How cute are these?
Lilli then stuffed the bags with the tags as well. 

For a snack, we sent snack-sized bags of grapes and orange slices for each kiddo. Look how yummy these look:
Lilli was very excited about sharing her special (half) day with her friends. Now she won't feel so left out :) She said her friends really liked everything. 

I will try a little harder to keep you updated with what's going on? Did I mention Ryan and I went to Florida last weekend?

More later!
Barby

Monday, February 08, 2016

{Valentine's Prep 2016: Olaf and Pokemon...again!}

A year has passed, and the kiddos have requested the same themes for their Valentine's cards as last year. Like last year, I searched Pinterest for some ideas. I found this as an inspiration for Lilli's Olaf card and this one for Caden's Pokemon card. I was planning to simply print them right from each website, but I couldn't get the Olaf link to work. I ended up making my own. Here is what it looks like before adding the piece of chocolate:
 Too cute!

Caden still wanted Pokemon, so after looking at the inspiration one I made this one:
We added one Pokemon card and one little piece of chocolate in a little plastic candy favor bag I got at Hobby Lobby.

My goal for the kids was to have them start to work on signing some of the cards tonight so we wouldn't have to do them all in one night. They really got going, and they ended up finishing them all. Here they are hard at work:
We also made sure to double-check our lists tonight to include the Art teacher, Music teacher, Gym teacher, and the ladies in the front office. Everyone loves a little love at Valentine's Day :)

Here are the finished products:
Lilli's card:
Caden's card
Here are links to the cards if you want to use them, too. Feel free!
Until later!
Barby

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

{Snow Day: Sick Caden and a Valentine's Pig}

Snow Day! Snow Day! We are anticipating a big storm today, so all of the schools in the area are closed. It was nice going to bed last night knowing that an early morning did not await us :) Caden was home yesterday from school, so it is nice he has another day to rest. It all started early Saturday morning when he woke up with a bad stomach and was sick twice. We thought it was gone, because he was fine by Saturday night. He was fine Sunday, and he even went skiing. Monday he woke up, and his stomach really hurt again. He loves school, so there is no way it had anything to do with wanting to stay home. This morning he woke up again not feeling well :( Boo. Unfortunately, I have heard that whatever this bug is can hang on for two weeks and keep coming off an on. Let's hope that's not the case for Caden. I hate it when the kids are sick:
Daddy is at work (Don't worry, he will be home early), so Lilli and I have been hanging out while Caden has been sleeping. And yes, we are all still in our pajamas. (I think that is a written rule somewhere about Snow Days.) We have even chosen what Valentine we will make this year for her to give to her friends. It is super cute. It is really similar to last year's, because it again involves Olaf. I will share what we are doing later this week, because I want to start those so the kids have time to sign them a little bit at a time. Caden still needs to choose his design.

Another Valentine involved thing Lilli has loved lately is reading the book The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing
It is a cute little story about a class preparing for Valentine's Day. There is one page she really likes, where the kids have made a Valentine's pig:
She was very excited when I told her we could make our own this morning. I just grabbed some scrap paper from my supplies, and I cut out a bunch of hearts for her:
She then sorted them to match up with the picture in the book:
Lilli put the pieces together. We couldn't find our glue stick, so we mostly used double-sided tape:
We also decided our pig would have arms and legs. We added some extra tape to the back to make sure we wouldn't lose a limb:
Lilli added the details to the face with a Sharpie:
It is a very pig :)
This was super easy, and she had a great time:
We decided the living room needed some Valentine decor:
She looks pretty happy, right?

Happy Snow Day!
Barby