Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend was cray.  Cray I tell you :)  
I had Friday off work, but I sent G and Mason to Miss Lisa's house so Luke and I could take care of all kinds of party prep.  I RARELY get to get Griffin dressed in the morning so I was LOVING Friday morning :)

I started baking EIGHT DOZEN CUPCAKES and Haha stopped by to cut out the mouths for our bean bag toss.  Luke stood on the bags of mulch (STILL unspread - ooops!) to observe.
Sidenote: Try not to be totally jealy of my rockin' minivan in the background .#momswag hahaha

Luke and I ran around all over the place.... we picked up a helium tank and made a Sams run where I realized I didn't have my Discover card OR debit card OR a check OR cash and I had to leave my cart at the service desk.  Awesome.  And the best part??? Turns out my Discover card WAS in my bag.... just not in my wallet.   Can you tell I was a little scattered on Friday???  We hit up the craft store, grocery store, office supply store and the country club to decorate.  We baked, colored and made lots of lists.  Thankfully I had a cute shirt to run around in :)

When we got home from crazy errand day, Luke played outside like a crazy person.  He was disgusting and so he wanted to take a bubble bath.  I was in the kitchen getting cupcakes ready and when I went to check on him I found this...

... Johnsons baby wash plus jetted tub equals giant bubbly mess.  I'm pretty sure there are STILL bubbles in my tub.

Saturday morning was NUTS! I was at the club from about 6:15 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. getting ready for and then having the kids monster party.  We got home, cleaned up and then all did this...

Saturday night we were sticky and sugary and gross which means BATH NIGHT!!! G doesn't like the bath at all.... can't you tell???

The boys broke into some presents...

... and once everyone was in bed I got their Easter surprises ready.

Mason could have cared less about everything we had for him... except for the shovels.  That kid jumped up and down, squealed and told his entire Sunday school class later that morning that he got new "shobels" for Easter. :)

I'm pretty sure that if you see Luke any time in the next seven months that he'll be sporting this Minecraft tee :)  And he's brought the book with him everywhere!!!

We got dressed and ready and I totally had a "moment" dressing Griffin (the girl I never thought I'd have) up in her first Easter dress :)

Easter is crazy for Dave and so he worked all day, but the kiddos and I coordinated for Church :)

After church I asked my dad to take a couple of pics and I at their house in our matching dresses.  Obviously my dad has missed his calling as a photographer.  I mean... look at these fabulous shots...

Considering I was trying to get our dresses in the pic he totally accomplished his task. #not  :)

Kisses for Gibi at church!

When we got home I tried to get a cute pic of these crazies...

Church in the middle of naptime means a grumpy Griffin :(

Good news about Church at 8:30??? Home and in my comfy linen pants by 10:15 a.m. :) hahaha

 G took a short morning nap and then was up and ready to snuggle her bunny.  I feel like she turned one and turned into a total big girl :(

Lunch, playtime, games and then afternoon naps for EVERYONE.  Bliss. :)  Griffin woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed adn her headband was giving her a fab little "bump" #texasgirl 

Mark, Diana and Gibi and Haha came over and the boys hunted eggs...

(sidenote.... Dave spread fertilizer a couple of weeks ago and so he hasn't cut it to allow it to thicken up.  It was perfect for the egg hunt. hahaha)

G and Aunt Di watching from the sidelines.  I'm sure next year she'll be right there with her brothers :)

It was a fantastic and fun filled weekend.  I can't believe Easter and birthdays have come and gone!

Hope y'all had a fun, family-filled weekend too!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monster of a Party

Saturday was the big day! The Monster of a Party is another one in the books and I am sad and super relieved at the same time :)

We did double sided invitations printed on pearl cardstock...

And the monsters from the invitation were the same monsters I carried throughout the party...

Every year I think about outsourcing the cupcakes, and every year I end up in the kitchen the night before the party :)  I made the cupcake holders out of scrapbook paper as well...

The toppers I made (I had them printed on photo paper, cut them out and taped them to toothpicks).

The boys one request was LOTS of sprinkles and I pulled through for them :)

I decorated the table with lots orange tulle, and lots of pics of the kids in colorful frames.

I like to use "layers" when I do tables (just like when I get dressed - hahaha), and think the more levels, textures and layers you can have the better.

I totally forgot about the banner until about 11:30 p.m. Friday night and threw it together (hence the staples) at the very last minute.  It wasn't as elaborate as I had planned, but it served it's purpose :)

Monsters totally have feathers, right????? :)

I put a gift table on the way into the room and marked the drop off spots with personalized plates on easels...

The giant balloons were so so fun!  They were tied with ribbon, and then I used boas to add another texture and mimic monster fur :)

Setting up and decorating and all the prep is lots of work...  but watching their little faces when they walk in the room always makes it worth it.

Doesn't G look so pumped about the party??? :)
They were ready to party!!!

Booty shaking??? :)

When kids came in I had them pick a monster (I drew them, copied them onto card stock and cut them out) and decorate it and then we attached it to their bag...

Pin the eye on the monster...

Bean bag toss!!!  Two pieces of wood from Lowes that I painted and then my dad cut the mouths out...

Griffin was looking super cute in the monster shirt I made, a Jameson Monroe custom headband and a monster necklace by Josie James Boutique

Josie James also made my matching bracelet! LOVE!!!

When kids came in they decorated monsters to put on their goody bags...

G and Gibi! :)

Lori... I'm cracking up over Carter's tongue in the pic below.  He must have been working hard! :)

 When I planned the party I didn't take the princesses nap schedule into account.  She was SOUND asleep and Dave had to wake her up to come so it took her a while to warm up.

Lori and Miss Ellisynn!

Cohen working hard on his monster!

Love me some Presley Dreffs!!!

Mason was super intrigued by Ellisynn and wanted to kiss her.  I was a little peeved considering he has a sister that we have to bribe him to kiss :) hahahaha

Luke and his BFF Lincoln.  These two are inseperable at school and the party was no exception :)

G showing Miss Rachel her walkin' skills...

No one should be surprised that this kid spent most of his time eating.... off his plates, his friends plates and the food table.

Sweet, sweet friends!!!

We read The Tickle Monster after the kids ate...

And Dave surprised the kiddos with the tickle monster gloves.  The pi below is TERRIBLE of me... but Carter's face was too priceless not to share. hahaha

Sarah.... I think someone may have a crush :)

After the story we made slime...

.... well.... I attempted to make slime :) hahaha  
My practice slime worked at home, but this batch never really "firmed up" and when it touched the table cloth it pretty much adhered to it instantly.  I had visions of every single kid leaving in ruined clothes so I had to let the kids touch it with one finger and then immediately trash the whole station.  I was bummed.... but it is what it is. Party must go on!

They played monster toss...

Pin the eye on the monster...

and then it was time for cupcakes!!!

G was READY!

Girlfriend knows how to handle a cupcake...

A few of the finished party bags ready to be filled up with goodies before the kids left!

After all our friends left, we got cleaned up...

And MALLORY stopped by to say Happy Birthday.  Totally better late than never :)

We love having Uncle Mark and Aunt Diana at our parties!

the boys soooooo wanted to take these GIANT balloons home, but we had no way to get them there....
Until Uncle Mark volunteered to take them to our house in his Mini :)

The above pic I took from Diana's instagram, but as I was going to take a pic of him driving down Stonebridge, the ribbons all snapped and the balloons were gone!

I can not believe that the party day has come and gone... I feel like I've been thinkign about it and planning for it literally for a year :)  So many fun memories with so many sweet friends.  We are blessed!!!

In case you're new and/or curious, here are links to a few of our past parties...

Hope y'all have a FABULOUS Monday.... I'll be back tomorrow with Easter fun (yes.... it was almost too much fun this weekend!) and on Wednesday I'll be highlighting one of my VERY favorite fashion staples... FANCY PANTS!!! :)