Friday, December 28, 2012

Monster High Birthday Bash

My oldest child, Isabelle, turned 5 recently and requested a Monster High themed birthday party. It has been so funny to see what she wants each year. At 3, she wanted and Iron Man party. Last year, was Barbie. Luckily, this Monster High thing is very popular right now and I was able to find lots of cute things.

I ordered the cake and cupcakes from the bakery at WalMart and found some cookies there too.


I found a Monster High printable party pack online, which we had personalized with her name and age. I printed, cut out, and attached all the signage, and added some of Isabelle's Monster High dolls for decorations { Thanks to my brother aka uncle Jake for taking the time to painstakingly dress each one}

We had the party at 2 o'clock on a Sunday afternoon, so we had snack foods that I tried to scare up a bit.

Mummy dogs

Besides lemonade to drink, I found this awesome coffin drink cooler online, clearanced off, after Halloween. It went well with our theme and held the sodas and our water with bottle labels.

We covered all the tables in either pink, aqua, or black, and placed a couple tins of snack mix on each one, along with color coordinated wrapped silverware.

My favorite part

The kids had a great time playing together and we were lucky to have warmer weather, which meant shipping them all outside.

Papaw Myers and all of his grandchildren playing, minus Jude

After some snacking and playing it was time for presents!

So happy her daddy got her stompys


After presents, it was cake time! Isabelle doesn't like loud noises or singing so EVERY year on her birthday she covers her ears. I have photo and video proof of this for the past 4 years.

Time to dig in!

My 2 handsome nephews

After all the fun, Isabelle got to play with her cousins and friends before calling it a night. I think it was overall, a success!

Isabelle and her best friend Emerald

My big 5 year old was a happy camper and that was all I needed. Happy Birthday to my special baby girl :)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Miss Mouse and Christmas Parade

Isabelle, Jude, Cousin Leighton

Every year at Christmas time, a local philanthropic sorority, Tri Kappa, hosts an event called Miss Mouse. Both my mother in law and sister in law are members and were participating in the event so I packed up my kiddos and my sweet little nephew and took them all last Saturday morning, but not before a quick photo shoot. Don't they clean up nice?

My Christmas Angels

Our first activity was writing letters to Santa.

After decorating their letters and depositing them into Santa's mailbox, we were off to decorate cookies.

Best friends, they are almost exactly one year apart

Leightons on left, Isabelles on the right

Since Jude is to small and wiggly for most activities, we dropped him off with Mamaw to listen to a story read by my, getting way to old to fast niece, Anna.{I remember when she was the one listening to the stories...sniff sniff}

Once they were finished decorating, they sat down to enjoy the fruits of the labor and listen to some more Christmas stories, this time read my mamaw herself.

Mamaw's ducks, sitting in a row

After snapping a group shot of the kids with Miss Mouse {I was busy making faces for smiles and didn't get my own shot :( } the kids were getting antsy and ready to go...mostly Jude

Door greeter
The next afternoon was the Christmas parade! I haven't been to the Washington Christmas parade in YEARS!! I was very excited to take the kids since there was a stretch of about 6-7 years where I was in the parade every year. Lucky for us, our house is only a couple blocks from main street and it was warm so we loaded up the stroller and walked downtown.

We ran into my sister in law and crew while we were there, so it was nice spending some time with them.


When is this thing going to start?

Here comes the parade...

Whats next?

Surprisingly, he loved all the sirens

Aunt Teresa..Keeping the kids out of the street haha


Isabelle was very excited to see the dogs from the animal shelter

Whats a parade without a band?

Me and my boy

another band

The Big Guy

Waving to Santa