A Disney Frozen Birthday Party

We went to see the Disney movie Frozen right when it came out.  It was every bit as good as I had heard it would be.  So it only made sense to have a Frozen themed birthday party my almost 6 year old. 

The most time intensive part of the party was making snowballs.  I bought a five pound bag of cotton used to stuff pillows.  I made hundreds of snowballs.  After getting them in shape, I sprayed each one with spray adhesive and let them dry.  This allowed them to keep their shape and we could throw them around like real snowballs. 

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I took some of the snowballs and strung them up on invisible thread and hung them from the ceiling to create the look of falling snow. 

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I used the leftover cotton to decorate the table for the cake.  I made it look like a snow covered mountain.  I used some blue clear rocks around the bottom of the mountain to make it look like a stream.  The cake went on the top of the mountain.

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I bought a printable download off Etsy that included the invites and all the other labels and things I needed.  I also found this great link to some free printable downloads.

The food kept with the theme of the movie.  I dipped strawberries in vanilla almond bark and sprinkled with white glitter sprinkles to make Frozen hearts.

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Carrots and ranch were labeled as Olaf’s noses.

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Blue jello was called Kristoff’s ice.

Large marshmallows dipped in white almond bark and sprinkled with white glitter sprinkles made great snowballs.

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Cheese balls made great Sven’s snacks.  This really had nothing to do with the movie, but I thought Sven looked like the kind of reindeer that would eat cheese balls and I thought the kids would like it.

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We had bottle water that I labeled as melted snowman. 

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I made the cake with a blue raspberry cake mix so it would be blue on the inside.  I used two mixes.  I made a sheet cake and then used mini cake pans to make the platforms for Elsa and Anna.  The trees are ice cream cones dipped in white almond bark and sprinkled with the white sprinkles.  I bought the figures at Target.  The blue icing was bought in a can that also came with different tips to use.  It was super easy to use. 

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We played pin the nose on Olaf.  I printed out free coloring sheets of Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff.  I bought lots of jewels and flowers and decorations to decorate bags that I bought 3 for $1 at the Dollar Tree.  I also found some door hangers to decorate. 

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I planned for a treasure hunt, and throw the snowball in the buckets for points, but the kids enjoyed being outside playing with the horse, playing chasing games, and coloring with sidewalk chalk.  Since they were having a good time, I just nixed the other activities.

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It was so much fun!  I think I enjoyed it as much as my daughter! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Fancy Dinner in PJs

We had a candlelight dinner with sparkling apple juice for our drink.  The kids were impressed with the fancy plastic champagne glasses!

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After dinner, we turned on some soft music so we could dance.  Gabby danced with daddy.  She and I also practiced our princess dances so we will be prepared if we ever visit royalty.

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I taught the boys how to dance with girls.  Natie was a sweet dance partner. Image

 Jay had a hard time keeping a straight face, but I think deep down he liked it!ImageIt was a great Valentine’s Day.  I hope the kids will remember it.  I know I will. 

 

Good Enough

When I was growing up, school always came easily for me. I was very book smart. I thought my grades defined me. I was smart. Being smart was where my self-worth came from. From an early age, I dreamed of being powerful, rich, successful. I grew up in a lower-middle class family. We always had everything we needed, but there was this underlying belief that if we were rich, we would be happier. Life would be easier. I saw getting an education as my way to get out of the middle class struggle. I strived to make the best grades. I took the hardest classes. All with the goal of being successful. So I could have money. Because that would make my life easier.

I earned a degree in Chemistry. I believed if I took the hardest classes, I would make the most money. When I got my first job as a chemist, I realized that was not the case. I could barely afford my bills. I enjoyed my job, but I knew I would never be truly successful there. I went back to school to earn an MBA. MBA graduates get great jobs or at least that what I had heard. I may have gone back to school to get a better job, but I found that I loved my classes. I had only taken science and math classes before, and business classes were so different. I graduated with my MBA just months after the bubble burst of 2000. I didn’t get any job offers and went back to my old job with a better title and better pay. It wasn’t a bad gig, but I was disappointed because I wanted to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company not just a chemistry lab manager.

I stayed with this company many years and worked up through many titles. I knew it wasn’t where I wanted to be, but it was also very comfortable. But when our division went through some big changes and I was not sure where I would end up, I decided to quit. It was a huge leap of faith. I had been taking up photography as a hobby since my kids were born. I had even taken quite a few classes. But I didn’t really know how I was going to make a business out of it when I quit my secure job as a financial manager. I was very excited about it though. I felt like I was finally taking a risk. My family thought I was crazy. They couldn’t believe I had gone to school for so long and had been so smart to end up taking pictures. I thought it was cool.

I imagined a hugely successful photography business. But it ended up more of a part-time job. I was always humbled by the compliments and repeat clients I had, but it was still hard to make it into a full-time gig. Because of this, I began to see myself as a failure. To see myself as not good enough. If I was more inventive, I would figure out how to make more money. If I was more outgoing, I would have more clients. If I wasn’t so scared, I would make more cold calls and visits. If I was more determined, I would be more successful. I knew it was my fault that I wasn’t successful, but I couldn’t figure out how to fix it.

I felt so useless. I felt like I wasn’t listening to God. He wanted me to thrive. Why couldn’t I understand what he wanted me to do?

But what I didn’t know at the time was that God had me exactly where he wanted me to be. And he would leave me there for five years. Five years of struggling to pay the bills. Five years of feeling like not enough. Five years of being uncomfortable.

I didn’t understand at the time that God was teaching me that I was worthy and good enough just the way I am. I didn’t need a prestigious job to get the love I need. I didn’t need to do anything. But it would take me five years of soul-searching to start to understand it. God was teaching me that everything I needed was inside of me. I had to realize that nothing I did would make me good enough. No actions were required to be good enough. I am born worthy. The only obstacle was to convince myself.

There were many times that I felt like I wasn’t listening to God. I felt that if I listened more, He would provide a way out of my problems. I looked for job openings. Jobs that would satisfy my need for validation, but not my need to follow my heart. I got close to taking a few of those jobs. But something always got in the way. None of them panned out. I would spend days being disappointed about not getting a certain job that would be the answer to our financial problems. I would wonder what I did wrong. Until I finally settled down enough to hear God’s gentle voice saying, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25).

I had to learn to give up my idea for my life in order to accept God’s way. I needed to release my firm grasp on who I though I was in order to become the person that God wanted me to be. And what he wanted most was for me to know that I am good enough. I am wonderful just the way I am. I always have been. Always will be. I am a child of God. We all are.

DC Comics Halloween

I have no idea who is DC and who is Marvel, but my husband does. I have told him he may not want to be so proud of his knowledge of comic book characters. I wanted to have a theme for Halloween this year. Knowing that I had a Batman costume and Gabby wanted to be Wonder Woman, I decided on a super hero theme. My boys were pleased. My husband was beside himself with happiness. Except that he was adamant that we had to all be DC Comic characters. We could not be a mix of DC and Marvel because that would be weird. Ummm, OK.

I made Gabby’s Wonder Woman costume. I have a picture of me when I was her age dressed as Wonder Woman for Halloween. I LOVED Wonder Woman when I was little. Gabby doesn’t really know much except that she liked her outfit. Nate has been Batman for at least two previous years. I try to get him to pick out something different, but he wants to stick with Batman. Of course, this year I wanted him to be Batman but didn’t realize the Batman costume would be a little snug on my Natie. An hour before we left for our Halloween festivities, we had to change his costume to a ninja.

I was Cat Woman. Mainly because it was easy. Dress in black and wear some cat ears. My husband was the Riddler. And Jay was Green Lantern.

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

Mad Scientist Birthday Party

For my son’s 11th birthday, we planned a Mad Scientist birthday party. I thought we could do fun experiments and make a big mess. I think we succeeded at having fun. I know we succeeded in making a mess!

It took two days beforehand to make these “naked” eggs. They are eggs soaked in vinegar until the shell falls off, but the egg membrane stays intact. I found the instructions here.

Naked Eggs

Naked Eggs

After the kids examined the naked eggs, we let them throw them around outside. They are pretty fragile and burst when thrown.

I bought some clay and small plastic cups (like the ones you would use to rinse mouth out. I molded the clay around the cups to make volcanoes. The guests each had a container of baking soda to add to volcano. Then they each poured vinegar into the volcano to watch it erupt.

Erupting Volcanoes

Erupting Volcanoes

We made goo out of glue, borax and water. Here is a link to the directions.

Making goo

Making goo


Green Slime

Green Slime

I bought a printable download for signs and labels. I used Hugs drinks and added hazard labels for drinks.

Hazardous Labels and Signs

Hazardous Labels and Signs

I bought petri dishes and filled with yellow jello and a couple of gummy worms.

Petri dish

Petri dish

The candy favor bags were simply white paper bags with “Chemical Candies” label from the Etsy kit.

Chemical Candies

Chemical Candies

I kept the party simple. Simple snacks and decorations. The experiments were easy, but messy and fun for the kids. The prep work was pretty simple for the experiments. I would recommend a Mad Scientist party if you are looking something simple, but loads of fun!

Just Plain Funny

Totally copied from www.notquitewhatihadplanned.com.  But I don’t feel too bad since she copied it too!

Dear Noah,
We could have sworn you said the ark wasn’t leaving till 5.
Sincerely,
Unicorns

Dear Twilight fans,
Please realize that because vampires are dead and have no blood pumping
through them, they can never get an erection.
Enjoy fantasizing about that.
Sincerely,
Logic

Dear Icebergs,
Sorry to hear about the global warming. Karma’s a b*tch.
Sincerely,
The Titanic

Dear America,
You produced Miley Cyrus. Bieber is your punishment.
Sincerely,
Canada

Dear Yahoo,
I’ve never heard anyone say, “I don’t know, let’s Yahoo! it…” just
saying…
Sincerely,
Google

Dear 2011,
So I hear the best rapper is white and the president is black? WTF
happened?!
Sincerely,
1985

Dear girls who have been dumped,
There are plenty of fish in the sea… Just kidding! They’re all dead.
Sincerely,
BP

Dear Saturn,
I liked it, so I put a ring on it.
Sincerely,
God

Dear jf;ldsfa/kvsmmklnn,
Please lknvfdmv.xvn.
Sincerely, Stevie Wonder

Dear Skin-Colored Band Aids,
Please make one for every skin color.
Sincerely, Black people

Dear Scissors,
I feel your pain…..no one wants to run with me either.
Sincerely, Sarah Palin

Dear World of Warcraft,
Thank you for ensuring my son’s virginity.
Sincerely, Parents Everywhere

Dear Batman,
What was your power again?
Sincerely, Superman

Dear Customers,
Yes, we ARE making fun of you in Vietnamese.
Sincerely, Nail Salon Ladies

Dear Ugly People,
You’re welcome.
Sincerely,
Alcohol

Dear World,
Please stop freaking out about 2012. Our calendars end there because some
Spanish d-bags invaded our country and we got a little busy ok?
Sincerely,
The Mayans

Dear White People,
Don’t you just hate immigrants?
Sincerely,
Native Americans

Dear iPhone,
Please stop spell checking all of my rude words into nice words. You piece
of shut.
Sincerely,
Every iPhone User

Dear Trash,
At least you get picked up…
Sincerely,
The Girls of Jersey Shore

Dear Man,
It’s cute, but can you pick up peanuts with it?
Sincerely,
Elephant

Oxidized Headlights and Paxil

My 6-year-old son just stopped me as I was pulling out of the driveway to tell me I have “oxidized headlights”. 

My 8-year-old son sat me down the other day to ask me a “serious question”.  I sat down with him and he calmly asked me if I had taken Paxil while I was pregnant with Gabby.  If so, I need to contact xxxx law firm to see if I’m eligible for compensation.

I think my kids watch too much TV.