peyton and her cousin, sophie who are the same age and so special to one another!
4th birthday (vintage barbie.)
morning of her 6th birthday...
an excited little girl did a little happy dance for me before she left for kindergarten!
"mommy, are you coming to my school today? are you bringing me cupcakes? are you going to stay with me?"
yes, yes, yes! i am pretty sure she was excited!
so i nursed my sick self with hot tea, honey, and sinutab and was able to stand long enough to make these little cupcakes in honor of my little rockstar...
this cupcake idea came from my new favorite cupcake book. it was easy, time consuming and i was covered in silver sugar, but it was worth it. (even if i was too sick to go to class for the party...daddy & beckham went instead. rumor has it that my little beckham handed out the cupcakes to each and every student!
happy birthday sweet girl. we love you. so. much. we are so lucky that we have you in our lives because you teach us, make us laugh, and drive us crazy...hey, i'm being honest! we love it that way. we hope all your wishes come true! we are so proud of the sweet hearted, sensitive little girl you are.
next, we began preparing for the joint birthday party. an ARTIST Party! we decided to do a joint party this year. the economy forcing us to make concessions, and you know what? i love it. forces me to be creative and make my dollar count. so to save time and money, we tried to keep it simple with homemade details, but when you are working with color...everything looks good!
we made a paper chain. a pack of primary colored card stock, a pair of scissors, and a stapler and...bam, a festive touch for only...$4.99- the cost of the paper! this was one of my favorite details. change colors with your theme!
we made tablecloths out of painter's cloth!
we hung from ladders, splattered a kaleidoscope of colors on painter's cloth (two for $10 at home depot), and decorated the driveway with messages and artwork to welcome our party guests...
some of us...painted our limbs...
we entertained the neighbors with our flips and ate chex mix off the sidewalk...but, it was a fun day!
oh, and i about made out with the ups guy for delivering my big box of party goods just in time for the celebration. (that was a joke)
in between, my procrastination nature took over. do you ever have like a gazillion things to do and in between getting those done, you find some new task to start without completing the prior jobs? and i'm not talking about doing some little task, like feeding the dog (no, we don't own a dog), making a sandwich for your starving and neglected children. no, those are easy and quick.
i decided to go through 6 years of photos and sort them into little piles on my living room rug beneath unsticky post-its.
there is something wrong with me. seriously. at one point a friend who knew what i was doing finally said, "what the hell are you doing? you are crazy! do that later."
but i didn't.
guess that's why i was behind on saturday morning, huh?
thank goodness for a husband that is a pro at honey-do lists and a look-a-like who doesn't (very much) when i boss her around in a controlling, manic-detail oriented way. i swear, i should name the person i become about two hours before a party...
maybe monica. yes, monica gellar from friends. i'm pretty sure she rocked it out in the same manner. okay, i was monica for a couple hours. i apologize for her behavior, but come on...she wanted her lavendar tinted fronting be in fact, lavendar. not orangey purple...
moving on to the good stuff.
if love is in the details...then there was a lotta love goin' on saturday afternoon. i am not only speaking of the kaleidoscope of colors that was our home, but our family and friends that came to be with us for peyton and beckham's birthday.
the house was filled with kids, babies, noise, music, art, food...life. it was perfect! quaint and lovely. i would have loved to invite everyone we knew, but we kept it small and it was still full of energy!
we cut art palettes out of clean cardboard and i mixed up different colors of tinted frosting and used a round tip and a ziploc bag to create the look of tubed paint. added a paintbrush and the kids created a tasty work of art!(smocks)
add a few different color and shape of sugar and decorating sprinkles because the kids love that!
we painted faces...with the wrong paint (acrylic vs face) therefore we had to scrub off exactly one layer of skin off of each kid...but they did look cute.
we crafted on big letters..the first letter in each child's name:
we drew big letters on paper and asked the kids to decorate them with buttons, paint, glitter, pom poms, feathers...i attached my kids' letters to their bedroom door...P for peyton and B beckham!
we celebrated and the kids ran wild and crazy and fun!
we laughed a lot...but mostly at jeff and heather...
my crazy irish jig dancing sister. it's tradition with heather and i to do this dance for my grandpa...in the middle of the street...in front of anyone who may be watching. you see, he lives in a senior home on the 4th floor. and when we leave, he opens his window and sticks his head out and waits for us to do this dance.
many times a group of people have watched us jig our dance in the snow. once a fire truck full of fireman, drove by and beeped the horn...for us to get out of the street. seriously?!
anyway, it's for my gramps but heather and jeff did it for the family at a random moment during dinner and it was hilarious...
heather checking on the girls. making sure they didn't do a jig of their own.
beckham having a convo with 'ice cream!' he loves his nella bean.
we made our cupcakes look like little works of art!
marble painting that we didn't get to as the kids kept themselves busy with the other two crafts and each other.
my kids adore auntie hi-o and so do i.
okay...not sure what my face is about at all. oh my goodness...laughing. i think that was when i was taking credit for gifts i didn't buy. ha.
going home gifts were put together in these plastic paint cans that i found at ac moore for a buck each!!! regular price at michaels and joann is $4.99, i just got lucky. jenn, thanks for this awesome idea!
oh, and we ate! i will be posting the entire menu and it's recipes on the next post! a fall inspired menu!
happy birthday to my babies! beckham is not yet four...but he is begging to be, so soon enough i'll have a 4 and 6 year old running the house.
i can't believe it.
enjoy the sleepless nights, the midnight feedings, the lack of 'me' time, the smelly milk bottles, and the grocery store tantrums...because with it you get baby breath, baby cuddles, unlimited kisses and love, and the firsts that come with a new baby...
and so much more.
it's true. time flies when you are having fun.
love in the moment. i'm working on that because amazing clarity comes while watching your kids grow up.
the next day the kids played with their new toys. all of them. it was a lazy, tv-less day filled with installing batteries, building tracks, and getting barbie fitted for her new wedding gown. it was a perfect day.
(kelle and heather, thanks for grabbing the camera and taking many of these photos. love yous)
and to our family and friends for making a special day even more so by just being here.