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Gav’s Tae Kwon Do 5th Birthday

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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.

Low and behold, time got away from me and I rushed to get the invites to his class mates and some of our outside school friends.  I tell ya, I love me a Pinterest party.  You KNOW I love a Pinterest party! (See Gav’s construction birthday and Ro’s lumberjack bash)  But there is something very liberating about only doing a few details and just letting go of the rest.  So basically all I did was stick with a red and black color scheme, made some super simple black belt treat bags, and got creative with his cake topper.  (Want a custom cake topper for your little?  They’re available in my shop!)

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Gav had so much fun taking class with his friends and showing off his crazy awesome skills.  Just watching him smile made my heart happy.

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The kids had so much fun running around, as you can see in the pics, and the looks on their parents’ faces were priceless.  They said something to the effect of, “My kid is going to be so worn out….thank you!”

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But let’s not forget that he also got to be an honorary black belt for the day and cut his cake with a samurai sword. Yeah, you read that right, they gave my 5 year old a sword to hold. Highly supervised of course!

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out to make Gav’s 5th birthday one to remember!

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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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Gav’s Birthday Questions

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This is one of my favorite traditions for birthdays around here.  I love hearing his answers, even if it takes 15 minutes of “I don’t know”s until I get an answer.  He’s a stubborn little Mr. but he’s awfully cute!

See three year old Gav’s answers HERE.
XO, Kelly

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Last night I gave a bath, helped with a devotional, read a book and sang songs to a three year old.  Last night watched an almost four year old brush his teeth, pick out his jammies, and say his prayers.

This morning I woke up to a four year old where my three year old slept the night before.  I remember the moment they placed you in my arms as if it were yesterday but at the same time it seems so far away.  You are tenacious, smart, strong willed, independent, and imaginative.  You amaze me every day with what you say, what you do, and who you are.  I love our conversations, how you talk a mile a minute after school, and when you tell me all about your dreams in the morning.  I love playing Ninja Turtles with you and all of the guessing games you make up.  I also love your knock knock jokes, especially when the punchline is always the same.  (It’s the interrupting cow joke but sometimes he’ll sub out cow for tree or some other object.  More often than not, the object always interjects with “Moo!”) I love your big, bright, handsome smile when you see me pull up in car line at school and when I tell you you can have an extra treat after dinner.  I love watching you grow into the most amazing big brother Roman could ever hope for and I knew you could be.  You are sweet and strong and growing into the most amazing little boy.  You’re not a toddler anymore, you’re a kid!

Happy fourth birthday, Gavin! (aka Gav, Mr. G, Bug, Gav-a-lav)

I love more than all the stars in the sky!
XO, Mommy

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Gav’s Construction Birthday Party

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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!

So, once I new what our theme was, I created a Pinterest board to get all my ideas together and then narrowed them all down to fit in my budget.  Believe me, if I could have done everything on that board, I would have! Here’s how it turned out:

THE FOOD
THE GAMES
Wrecking Ball
Empty boxes, blocks, and permission to destroy something!  What’s not to love!  This is also a great outdoor activity for those warmer month birthdays.
Pin the Nail on the Hammer
This game was a gamble since I wasn’t too sure how 2/3 year olds would feel about being blindfolded.  I have to say, they didn’t do too bad!  They wanted to peek but when we helped hold it down and explained to them it had to stay like that, they didn’t hate it too much!
To create the hammer I traced the outline on a piece of poster board, painted it in, then cut it out.  The nails are cutout cardstock.
The Hammer Punch
I got this idea from a superhero themed party Mr. G attended last summer.  The kids get a little extra prize by picking a cup and punching through the paper.  All I did was add a hammer and set the game on the ground.  Here’s how to make it:
What You’ll Need: Foam Board, Paper Cups, Small Party Favors/Candy, Tissue Paper, Rubber Bands, Toy Hammer
Fill the paper cups with the favors and candy then glue them to the board.  Cut squares from the tissue paper and secure them to the cups with a rubber band.  Give party guests the hammer and let them smash away!
THE CAKE
My mom and my aunt worked together and really hit the nail on the head with this cake! (see what I did there?!) My mom saw this on Pinterest and really wowed our guests with the final product.  There weren’t any directions so she asked for some tips from a friend that does awesome cakes.  A couple great tips for this cake:
1. Cut out your number from paper and trace it with a tooth pick on the cake.
2. For the road, add melted butter to crushed Oreos to create a more tar like consistency and easier application.
THE FAVORS
Most of this was purchased from Oriental Trading Company.  The pebbles are just skittles in a small bag from the jewelry section of the craft store.  Smack a label on it and you’ve got a bag of pebbles!
And those lollipops!  I had to…I just had to!
THE LABELS AND SIGNS
Did you see all of the labels and signs in the pictures?  I made those with some free graphics from clker.com!
The tool box labels were printed on sticker sheets then cut out and placed on the boxes.  For the signs, I printed them out two to a page and cut into large rectangles, folded them, then wrote the messages.
Here’s to another wonderful year with our crazy, funny, amazing 3 YEAR OLD!
XO, Kelly

 

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