Making Memories

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I love the part in movies when someone has “the montage” of their most fun/happy/sad/silly/heartbreaking/profound memories, I’m just a plain ole sucker for it.  When I learned that I was going to be a mommy I vowed that we would make lots and lots of memories.  Hopefully the bulk of them would be fun and silly because I’m kind of fun and silly and filled with love.  Sometimes I’m guilty of going through the motions…work, home, bed, repeat and I have to give myself a bitchslap like they do in the movies which is usually followed by someone telling someone to “snap out of it”.  I love dancing (mostly randomly in public) I LOVE music (also singing randomly outloud in public), I also love snapping my fingers (which literally irritates Mr. Grumps’ soul) so a couple nights ago in the midst of getting ready for bed we had an impromptu dance party.  In addition to making some fun memories (“I love dancing with you mommy”) I learned some pretty cool/scary things about my kid and about myself:

  1. Cakes’ hip moving game is way strong: What is it with these kids and their hip actions.  She was shaking it to the left, shaking it to the right.
  2. I’m outta shape: Never oh never did I think I’d see the day when I let a 4 year old out dance me (shit I’ve been known to cut a rug or 2 in my day) but the amount of asthma like breathing I had to partake in was a wake up call that I need to step my game up.
  3. Should I be concerned that when singing “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift she closes her eyes and puts her hand over her heart as if it she knows what’s she singing, singing it from her heart and she means that shit?????
  4. She’s serious about her music selection: I let her “DJ” and although they are songs I picked to have in my phone which means I like(d) the song at one point or another , the songs she picked to play and the point at which she transitioned from one song to the next had me giving her the side eye like this kid is kinda sorta pretty good at this.
  5. She just may have my love and appreciation of music.
  6. I love dancing with Cakes!

So yeah, she went to bed a lot later than she normally does and she was way more tired once she made it to bed but the amount of fun we had, the happiness that our impromptu dance party brought on and the bunch of funny videos Mr.Grumps took were well worth it.

Sometimes it’s the littlest things that mean the world!

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DIY PJ Masks Sleepover

In my previous post Ohhhhh It’s Party Time! I talked about how Cakes decided on a birthday theme that we loved but had no merchandise in stores yet.  PJ Masks is a Disney cartoon that came out I’d say about 4 months ago, there is only one season and there are no toys, no socks, no t shirts, no table clothes, no nothing produced yet.  So we took the bull by the horns and decided to make this a DIY project.  This was a sleepover with a twist, I decided that I wanted it to be an activities fueled party as to keep them from playing in the room and pulling out every single toy which would lead to me pulling out every single hair on my head.

***almost everything seen in these pictures were hand made by me, Mr. Grumps and my team (super special shout out to Auntie Punkin who helped me realize my DIY abilities and kept me focused in our own OCD’ish sorta way***.

We wizened up after the first 2 birthdays and instead of buying a big ole cake that we would end up putting in the freezer and forgetting about we started doing cupcakes.  So here’s our little cupcake/PJ Mask display setup.  My mom decorated her cupcake stand and made the “4” at the top with coffee filters.  Don’t ask me how that’s a little too advanced for me.  Also seen, our DIY PJ Mask table toppers, party favor boxes with our stickers and t shirts we made.  We thought that t shirts would be a cool way to reiterate the theme and a fun take away gift.

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My sissy found the perfect post on pinterest which was just what was needed for the activities portion of the sleepover.  You write down different activities on a little piece of paper, fold it and put it in a balloon, blow it up and then write a time on it.  The girls took turns popping the balloon with the corresponding time and that’s what activity they participated in.  Not only did the girls have a ball popping the balloons and seeing the surprise activity inside but we had hella fun assembling this task.

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Once the girls changed into their PJ Masks shirts and owlette masks we popped the first balloon which was photo shoot/tattoo time.  The cartoon’s slogan is “PJ Masks we’re on our way, into the night to save the day”.  So we created a photo booth with the PJ Masks characters patrolling the city.  This was super fun and the girls got to take lots of fun pictures all night long (confession: the photo booth is still up).  (Owlette masks were ordered from Etsy).  IMG_8767

 

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Since the sleepover was PJ Masks who are little superheros we kept with the superhero theme by having them design their own superhero masks.  May I just say for 4 & 5 year olds they made some impeccably designed masks.

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For our DIY ring toss game, you get a stack of paper plates, cut holes in the middle and there you have your rings.  The cardboard in the middle of the paper towel roll is the post.  The weekend before the sleepover we got the girls together and had them paint the plates.  They didn’t know what it was for, they just enjoyed painting the plates.  So when party time came around and they got to see their painted plates and what it was for they were super excited to see and claim their paintings.

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We had pin the badge on owlette:

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For our DIY cupcake holders all you need are 2 plastic cocktail cups, ribbon and a hole puncher.  These were perfect for a take away gift for the girlies to take home, so they could get pumped up with sugar and drive their parents crazy lol.

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Overall the party was a success, we got super big thank you hugs from Cakes and the whole gang said it was the best sleepover ever.  As stressful as it was and as many times as I just wanted to go to party city and get hello kitty stuff I would do it over and over again.  Yet another thing to add to my jane of all trades master of none title.

 

Ohhhhh It’s Party Time!

It’s that time of year again.  Birthday party time!  Last year I told myself there was no use trying to fight the pressure and anxiety, I would just succumb to the party planning madness.  Pop some Xanax and drink a couple bottles of wine each day and just remain in a constant state of euphoria….for the entire month.

Birthdays aren’t what they once were.  When I was a kid I remember having and attending a couple birthday parties at McDonalds, each location was a little different so it seemed like I was going someplace I’d never been and having the best party ever.  But now kids birthday parties are a big fucking deal.  Huge (Pretty Woman voice).  I blame these damn well to do people on reality shows, they throw these massively ridiciously outrageous parties for their kids and turned it into a whole thing.  People started realizing kids parties and play spaces were a gold mine and an untapped market, charge an arm, leg and a foot and voilá chaos ensues.  Yup!  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

We thought we were off the hook this year because Cakes is in school now and we could throw a simple 1,2,3 party in school.  That is until she started discussing party themes with us and set her mind on a theme that was completely appropriate, super cute and not yet merchandized.

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She wanted her theme to be of her current fav cartoon which is fairly new and therefore toys and the like haven’t started being produced just yet.  Of course we didn’t figure that out until after we gave Cakes the okay and got all hype.  Yeah we could jedi mind trick her into changing her mind but now I feel like this is a personal challenge and baby I gots something to prove.  I’m not a crafty person AT ALL, shit I bust a complete and total sweat at the mere thought of paper, scissors, tape or glue.  My mom on the other hand can see a picture, figure out the mechanics and produce an even better version of just about any and everything, I so envy her this very moment.  I guess craftiness is one of those things that skips a generation.  Womp wooooomp!

All I have to say is thank the good Lord for Etsy, Pinterest, Google and my sissies who are always willing to roll up their sleeves with me.  I’ve turned into a craftster, making t-shirts, stickers, cut outs, cupcake toppers, you name it we’re all over it.  The scary part is I’m really getting into this whole crafting thing and am excited thinking about all the finished products.  ME!  The girl who once rolled her eyes and would have multiple mini seizures just thinking about “making shit”.  I’m willing to deal with it all though, all for the love of Cakes!

Although she will have no idea what we went through to make this birthday happen or that we made most of the stuff on our own for that matter.  The fact that I know and the smile on her face will mean the world.  And so cheeers to making this crafty birthday my bitch!  😉

Cause a party ain’t a party til the crafts come through.