November 6, 2015

Pumpkin Picking: Take One

We headed to Gull Meadow Farms again this year, this time for pumpkin picking. I wanted to wait until it cooled down a little bit, and actually felt like Fall! Well, I definitely got my wish. In fact, it was a little too chilly and drizzly. We ended up getting hot cider and donuts and calling it a night, promising to head back on a warmer day.


September 25, 2015

A Quilt for Mystery Baby

I've always been eager to find out what gender my babies were; Mollie because she was our first, DeDe because I had learned to sew and was so excited to get started on sewing baby projects, and Lincoln because we had to know if we were finally having a boy!
Now that we are expecting our 4th and have everything we need, whether girl or boy, we've decided to let it be a surprise. Well, I decided that I didn't want to know. Stu planned on finding out and keeping it a secret, but he reluctantly agreed to wait with me :D 
I've always enjoyed crafting things for my babies during pregnancy, and it's been a fun challenge to pick out unisex colors and styles. I've had my eye on this fabric for a long time, and thought it would be perfect. I bought it from this Etsy shop, but you can see the whole collection here. It's called Hello, Bear by Art Gallery Fabrics.   


September 1, 2015

Indian Summer

*Someone* in the family is into all things Native American Indian right now, and wanted fringe boots for her school shoes, so that is the theme I went with for their first day of school outfits. We made the headbands out of leather, feathers, and beads from JoAnn's, and had fun taking some pictures at the "river playground" after taking the traditional first day of school pictures. I'm glad they're not too cool for my crazy ideas :D


August 31, 2015

Baby Dede Loves Her Big Sister - a blog post by Dede

*Dede's first day, in her own words*
Baby Dede had fun with her big sister. Baby Dede loved her big sister. Mollie had fun with her little sister. Dede had fun with her big sister, and Mollie loved her little sister. Mollie named her little sister Dede. Dada liked it. We loved to draw.

I didn't want Dada to hold me! I only wanted my Mama to hold me. And then I started to cry when Grammie held me. And when I was first born, Mollie got to hold me. When I did love that I hugged her. I only wanted Mollie to hold me, and Mama.

I loved Dada.

When I was born in the hospital, Mama was surprised. That was so fun! And I loved that too. Dada loved the name Dede.

Mollie got to hold me when I was first born, and look at me. Dada was surprised.

August 27, 2015

Lincoln's Circus Birthday Party

Lincoln's 2nd birthday party was last weekend, and I had a lot of fun planning his circus party! A few years ago I was given some fabric, one of which was the circus train fabric you see on the table as a table runner. Ever since I saw that fabric, I knew I had to throw a circus party some day. Now was the perfect time, before Lincoln can start suggesting his own party themes :D
The stuffed lion made a perfect decoration, and is really special, too. Stu's mom bought it for Lincoln in the hospital gift shop right after he was born. The carnival signs are from Hobby Lobby, and circus tent cupcake holders from Amazon.

We had a gourmet popcorn bar, with popcorn made at a local shop, Wirtz Family Popcorn. It was tough to choose just a few flavors, but I settled on Cheddar Cheese, Butter, Cinnamon Sugar, and Circus blend (blue raspberry, grape, and cherry).

I bought these personalized stickers from this shop on Etsy. The popcorn boxes can be found all over Etsy, but I found the best price on Amazon!

For centerpieces on each table, I used these larger popcorn boxes from Hobby Lobby, filled them with peanuts, and some paper decorations that I made with this scrapbook paper. Here are two of them, I guess I forgot to get a picture of the third, oops!

I also used the scrapbook paper to make these framed prints, in frames leftover from Lincoln's party last year.
On the dessert table, are more popcorn boxes filled with mini caramel apple pops (apple balls made with a melon baller, dipped in caramel flavored candy melts, and rolled in chopped nuts)...

...and mini cotton candy on a stick!

For dinner, we had a gourmet hot dog bar full of all kinds of toppings and condiments. I printed up out some ideas and used washi tape to hang it over this sign I made for Mollie's birthday party

I made the char-broiled corn dog, mmmm!

Since we were at a park, I didn't plan any games or activities (although there's no shortage of carnival/circus game ideas on Pinterest), so for the rest of the party we just enjoyed the food and time with family.

Lincoln had a great time, and I could tell he was happy to be around everyone.

His birthday crown was from this Etsy shop. He loooves to wear hats, so I knew he'd love having a special crown to wear.

He wasn't a fan of opening presents on his actual birthday, he hated the attention! I guess it was a good warm-up though, because it wasn't a problem at his party :)