Nothing starts off the day quite like these
This idea was found in the October issue of Parents magazine.
Celebrations for your birthday began a week ago when your Grandma and Pa (who you love so very much) visited from Australia.
I’m no expert cake baker (or decorator) but the kids thought their cake was magnificent. That’s all that matters.
Celebrations continued with a party at school with your new friends. Party favors can be viewed here
Then yesterday on your big day you couldn’t have been happier. This was the first year that you really understood that it was YOUR birthday. You ripped into your presents, you asked for candles to blow out and you loved every moment of your special day.
Then the celebrations continued into the evening with dinner at Bubba Gump. You ate mac & cheese until your bellies were full and the staff sang happy birthday to you and gave you sundaes.
Of course the evening wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to the Nestle Cafe for cookies and chocolate milk.
Although you really were too full to eat your cakes and after 1 little nibble you were done. Thank goodness we had visitors come to stay that night, because we sure did enjoy your cupcakes … but don’t worry we left you a couple.
These cards are absolutely gorgeous. So much detail goes into them. It may be hard to tell in the photos that I have taken of them, but they are 3D and the middle section moves/swings. I found a shop where they are sold when I was shopping in Carmel one afternoon … having arrived for dinner with friends 2 hours before I was supposed to. What a shame that was, you know, cause what else is a girl to do but go shopping. Alone. All alone.
I picked up these two cards for the twins birthday.
The twins absolutely love them. Marisol swings the girl on her swing and Flynn spins the Ferris wheel around and around.
I won’t pretend that they are cheap though. They are roughly $7 a card, but considering they are not just the ‘average’ card, I was more than happy to pay that.
Check out the other Swing Cards you can purchase.
Seeing as we have just recently moved to a new town and don’t know too many people, I didn’t organize a big birthday bash for the twins this year.
Yes, those who know me personally are gasping in horror right now.
That doesn’t mean that we won’t be celebrating. After all, we had a last week while my parents were visiting from Australia and we will have another one tomorrow on their actual birthday.
Instead I arranged for the kids to have a celebration in their classroom at school.
In keeping with the ‘school’ theme I sent along bags of organic fruit (oranges, apples, pears and peaches) that the teachers cut up after lunch and I made educational gift bags for all of the children in the class to take home.
Each gift bag contained:
And all of this for a little under $2 per gift bag.
On each chipboard book I hand-stamped “My Book” on the cover and then using the twins play-doh cutters as stencils I cut out assorted characters that the children could glue into their book.
Each book kit was put into a lunch bag.
I hope all of the children in their class enjoy the extra art activity that we sent home with them today.
When I first felt this yarn I knew I had to make something for Marisol.
Something soft that she could snuggle up to.
So while we were on our road trip from San Diego to Monterey in June I started knitting a cushion cover. Yes I dragged bags of yarn, needles and even 3 cushion inserts that I’d purchased from Ikea for a couple of dollars mere days before our trip around with us.
Yes I only just finished the first cushion.
Marisol thinks it is the softest cushion she has ever put her head on. She rubs her cheek on it like she is in pure heaven.
The back is knitted with Caron Christmas Glitter in white and silver and has a green velvet ribbon threaded through.
I had a little ‘heaven’ left over so when she wasn’t looking I knitted her a scarf too.
and then with even more yarn left, I decided to knit matching scarves for her 2 favorite dolls (who barely ever leave her side).
Shhhh though, please don’t tell her, because I’ve stashed all 3 scarves away to give to her on her birthday later in the week.