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Gav’s Construction Birthday Party

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*Featured in September 2017 issue of Parents magazine

We had so much fun last week celebrating Mr. G’s birthday with our friends and family.  This year we went with a construction theme since that’s one of his favorite things in the world.  He knows just about all of the names of the vehicles and will, no doubt, correct you if you’re wrong. Also, as an added bonus, the street behind our house, a major road that we travel daily, is undergoing massive construction.  I mean, like this won’t be done for a few years so there are construction vehicles working on the shoulders everyday.  Mr. G is in hog heaven!Continue reading

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Space Party Photo Booth

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Space themed party photo booth

Welcome to part two of Ro’s second birthday party, the photo booth!  I love photo booths.  Call them cliche, call them basic, I don’t care because they are so much fun.  Whether they’re full of props or just a place to document who was there, I think a photo booth is a always great idea.

The hardest part of all of this was definitely getting the little ones to cooperate.  But you do the best you can with what you’ve got which is why the picture of both my boys is Gav with a helmet on from bike riding and Ro trying desperately to get the sunglasses to go on his face.  For my props, I found a few things round the house (i.e. the gold frame and left over party favor glasses).Continue reading

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Gav’s Tae Kwon Do 5th Birthday

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Tae Kwon Do Birthday Party - Gav + Ro

This past Saturday was our precious firstborn’s birthday.  The last time his birthday fell on a Saturday was his actual BIRTH day.  The day he came out!  You can read all about that HERE.  What was the theme this year?  Why only one of his favorite things to do, tae kwon do!  Gav started taking tae kwon do last summer and immediately loved it.  His masters are so encouraging yet firm and he thrives under that sort of discipline.  This practice has been so good for him and lucky us, they throw birthday parties!  We knew this would be perfect.  We literally had this party booked in November.Continue reading

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Mr. G’s Train Birthday

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We had so much fun celebrating our little guy’s birthday this past weekend.  I know Mr. G had a blast too because there were plenty of Thomas the Train details!  He’s probably never said “Thomas!” so much in his life.  We had the party at my parent’s house since our apartment is a war zone.  Ok, its just in boxes, but my OCD mind sees it differently!Continue reading

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I Sent An Evite

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Well…I did the unthinkable.  I sent an evite for Gavin’s birthday party this past weekend.

Ok, ok.  I kid.  (No really, please don’t think I’m THIS dramatic.)

But, as one of “those” moms, those “Pinterest” moms, I enjoy doing all the bells and whistles for birthdays.  Yes, I ACTUALLY ENJOY doing all the crazy labels and renaming food and decor and anything else I can do for a theme.  Yes, I realize that it’s mainly just for me and my children will have no recollection of said party.  It’s just who I am.  However, as kids get older and my house continues to stay the same size, there’s less and less space to have the parties at the house.  This means jumpy places and specialty parties and those places cost the money that I would normally spend.Continue reading

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Ten Little Things #140

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1. My mom had surgery and it went very well!
2. And it was her birthday!
3. First birthday party prepping
4. Gav got another stripe on his Tae Kwon Do belt which makes him one step closer to testing for his yellow belt!
5. My new favorite app for healthy living (stay tuned!)
6. Finishing up projects
7. Photo session with a baby on my back
8. Hubby cleaned the house!
9. Mani/Pedi time with my mom and grandfather
10. Having an amazing time serving in highichool ministry.

What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments.
XO, Kelly

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Ten Little Things #134

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1. Delicious new recipes
2. Pudgy baby feet
3. Looking through pictures from our vacation
4. Brother selfies
5. A long overdue play date
6. New choreography
7. More time with my boys
8. A fabulous birthday party
9. A solo shopping trip to Michaels
10. Gav helping me fold laundry (I had to refold it but he was so sweet just helping without be asked!)

What brought YOU joy this past week?
XO, Kelly

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Ten Little Things #120

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1. Monday morning motivation
2. Watching Gav and his class lead prose and worship at preschool
3. Sleepy Ro in the Tula
4. A wonderful spring concert, picnic, and egg hunt at preschool
5. A pretty good turnout for the ready to ship sale (psst! There are still a few hoops available!)
6. A sweet reminder
7.  An amazing birthday party with gorgeous details
8. Gav’s excitement and joy when he came home from church to see Easter goodies
9. Cookie making with Gav
10. EASTER!  He is risen!

What brought YOU joy this past week?
XO, Kelly

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I Like Being “The Pinterest Mom”

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It may not come as a surprise but I LOVE Pinterest.  Everything about it from the inspiration to the recipes, even to the gorgeous wedding pics and boards.  I may be married but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate all of the pretty inspiration photos!  But in my mommy world, the kind of parties I’m looking to plan are of the kiddo variety.

There are probably double the number of pins as there are children in the world for every type of party you can imagine.  And you can best believe I already had a full board of pins for Gav’s first birthday before he turned 6 months old.  (Ok…ok…Roman too!)  I can’t help myself and I’m not even doing it for the “wow” factor of party guests.  It’s for me!  I absolutely love all of the themed food, games, and favors.  As a crafter since birth and perpetual DIYer, it’s fun for me!

But this year, for Gav’s 4th birthday, well…I didn’t.  I had a really hard time with it at first.  There was just no way I could have as many kids as we were inviting in my house.  If Gav had a summer birthday, maybe, but with a January birthday, outdoor activities aren’t an option.  So we booked a party at a jumpy place and I began the mourning process of my Pinterest board.  But then the more I started to think about how I wouldn’t have any clean up, no worries about where to put the cat, no millions of cars on my lawn, and minimal expenses, the better this party was sounding.

Then, after looking at my board, I realized that there were a few elements that I could still do, like pizza box favors and TMNT balloons.   I was going to get to do some of my favorite parts and not have to worry about the rest which, even before I had two kids, can get stressful.  Don’t get me wrong, the stress is beyond worth it, but this time around, I was willing to let the board go.  Plus, I still have a few years of Pinterest parties left with Ro!

I was feeling so relieved as we pulled in to the parking lot with only balloons in my backseat but the best part was once we were inside, Gav looked around the play area and, jumping up and down, he said, “I’m so excited!  It’s my party!”  That right there was the most perfect moment.  To make it even better, my aunt over heard my sweet boy with two of his friends saying, “Isn’t this amazing?!”

Sadly, I left my DSLR at home in the rush to get out the door, but thank goodness for cellphones!

My mom and my aunt even bought matching TMNT shirts!  

XO, Kelly

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