Posts Tagged ‘party’

My Week(188) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Caroline has 1 more week of school and Evan has 2 more weeks. They are signed up for absolutely no summer activities, which might be a huge mistake on my part but for now I’m looking forward to it – we have enough memberships and passes to keep us busy on boring days and I really don’t want to be forced out of the house on the days where I’m too pregnant to do anything besides watch Harry Potter movies.

Sunday:

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I don’t actually know what time she got up, but she was asleep by 11 am.

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My secret apple orchard

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Too lazy to grill our own food means 5 Guys takeout on the patio

Monday:

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Park playdate with her very best friend in the whole world (and some statues)

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Yogurt City for dinner

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Tuesday:

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She’s helping me pass my NST

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Cup thief (it’s just melted ice)

Wednesday:

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Field day for both kiddos!

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AND swim lessons! Busy day.

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I love my Target Starbucks but sometimes a girl just needs an Icee.

Thursday:

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Won’t stay inside even in the rain

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CUDDLES ALL THE CUDDLES

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A long week finally caught up with him

Friday:

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She’s obsessed with the rhododendrons

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Impulsive dinner out at Voodoo Grill and the best shrimp po’boy I have EVER eaten

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STOP SHOWING OFF, MYSTIC

Saturday:

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She wore this for most of the day.

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She looks really happy because…

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…BOUNCE HOUSE. We love birthday parties.

The whole weekend has been gorgeous, which means the house is trashed, the laundry is piling up and we’ll probably have ice cream for dinner again. It’s supposed to rain tomorrow, so I’ll catch up then. Or maybe Caroline and I will go to the aquarium and I’ll just ignore the mess. That seems like more fun.

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Evan is 5! A Pirate Birthday Party

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Evan choose a pirate birthday party for the big FIVE and it was super fun.

My dad pointed out (several times) that a pirate birthday party might not be the MOST appropriate theme for a bunch of 5 year olds. Murdering, robbing, raping and pillaging don’t really seem like good party games for kids, but based on the internet pirate is still a really popular theme.

“Popular theme” can mean two things – easy to find supplies is the good part. TOO MANY IDEAS is the bad part. I could have used an extra 6 months to plan the perfect pirate party but I’m sort of glad I didn’t give myself that time. This might actually have been my lowest-stress party to date (although it also might have been one of the most expensive – SO MUCH pirate stuff on the internet!)

OK, now for pictures because you’ve probably already skimmed this whole intro. Blah blah blah my kid is 5 blah blah so big blah blah blah some people came over. I’ll source stuff at the end, if I miss anything let me know and I can add it.

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I drew that chalkboard map with chalk pens. It is not impressive but I am very proud.

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She ate so much her belt didn’t fit anymore.

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Also, apparently tiny ginger pirates have pet lizards instead of parrots.

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Food:

Once again my parents and my in-laws came for the party, so I had a ton of help prepping food. There actually wasn’t TOO much to do this time, besides cutting ¬†fruit/veggies and making sandwiches. I made the cookies and cake and jello ahead of time and counted on my cute names to make boring food more exciting.

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The empty spot on the bottom right is “Catch of the day”, which was fish sticks (a bigger hit than I expected – they were all gone at the end!)

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E carved that watermelon with my instructions being “I dunno, like a ship”. It’s even better than the one on Pinterest.

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Really excited with how blue these came out – just blue jello!

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GONE at the end of the party

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Turkey, cheese and hummus in a spinach wrap

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One part weird blue raspberry sugar water that came in jugs at Walmart, one part Sprite Zero

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Bottle of pineapple soda, bottle of Sprite Zero, half a bottle of orange soda, bottle of orange/peach/mango juice from BJs

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Second try cake! I still hate frosting them myself but it looks adorable and was very, very tasty (I made lemon curd for the filling)

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Fun:

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All the kids got to hit the pinata and LOVED it.

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Eventually E hit it – first he broke the bat, then he smashed it open with a hockey stick.

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The stomp-rockets were the first gifts Evan opened and E wore all the kids out playing with them in the yard

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My Pinterest Inspiration Board – lots of the food ideas came from here
Plates, napkins, round banners, table cloth, straw, chocolate gold coins, pirate shower curtain (backdrop) – Target
Hats, swords, 5  balloon, pirate balloons, pirate flag, torn sail netting, pirate mugs, popcorn boxes, fake coins, treasure maps, pirate tattoos РOriental Trading Co
Sword toothpicks, flag toothpicks, pirate pennant banners, pinata, gummy sharks, pirate masks, skull shaped cookie cutter- Amazon
Pinata favor bags, buried treasure, candles – Walmart
Evan’s costume & Caroline’s tights – Costume Express
Caroline’s costume – made by my awesome friend Leah
Signs and watermelon ship sails – designed by my awesome friend Becca
Plank (board & cinder blocks), galvanized tub, sand, twine – Home Depot
Lots of fabric – JoAnn’s
Recipe for sand dollar cookies – Delicious Inspiration

Ta-da!! That really was a great time. SO glad the weather (mostly) cooperated (it wasn’t actually warm enough for Evan to be barefoot) and the kids all got to play outside. We had friends stay all afternoon and when they left my kids COLLAPSED into bed. I love parties.

I’ve got a BUNCH of hats left over, so if anyone is throwing a pirate party I’ll give you a great deal. Plus also masks, toothpicks, fabric, banners…yeah. Lots of stuff. Someone please have a pirate party.

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My Week(179) in iPhone Photos

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Forgive me, it was party week, so I am late. Basically everything between now and August will be late, although my only real excuse will be “pregnant” or “giving birth”. Those actually sound like better excuses than a 5 year old’s birthday though.

Sunday:

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Random 6 am barfing = morning bath

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Clearly she felt much better a few hours later

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This is not actually very good, but that did not stop me from eating it with a spoon

Monday:

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I HATE YOU SNOW

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TA-DA!

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Helping

Tuesday:

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Pirate Fairy Day. It was really all we did.

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Dancing to the pirate song

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Flip-flop weather!!

Wednesday:

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She accessorized.

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Swim class is their favorite

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Helping me make frosting is THE BEST THING EVAAAAAR

Thursday:

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We had houseguest coming, so I cleaned while the kids had a lazy day.

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Very, very lazy.

Friday:

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I found these two like this.

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Bump.

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Helping Bumpa clean our yard

Saturday:

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AHOY! BIRTHDAY AHEAD!!

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Front porch party mess

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Evan got TWO of these rockets for his birthday and they are both his favorite. Highly recommend for any kid.

Even for us, that week involved a lot of dress up. My laundry pile is sort of insane right now, but I HAVE TO FINISH MY TAXES. I HAVE TO. RIGHT NOW. NOTHING ELSE IS BEING DONE UNTIL I FINISH THEM.

I figure if I type that enough times I might actually do it. Anyone want to barter tax prep services for a photo shoot next year? Or you can come punch me repeatedly in the face. Or how about a kid? I will give you this next baby if you agree to do my taxes forever. (Not really, but it’s tempting. I’m really, really overwhelmed.)

p.s. It is supposed to be 65 degrees tomorrow and I will probably take the kids to the beach. Because that’s how we roll in New England.

p.p.s. My birthday is Thursday. I’m getting my teeth cleaned.

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My Week(176) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

I spent 3 hours and $900 on my minivan today, and if anyone had ever told me that would be my life 10 years ago I would have died.

Sunday:

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Chalk markers changed my life.

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She will literally sleep on any flat surface.

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Bunk bed building buddies

Monday:

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Good bye, see ya, I’m done here.

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Matching princesses

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My goal for Monday was to clean the new shared room. This was after THREE HOURS. We own too. Much. Stuff.

Tuesday:

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Everyday I’m scooterin’

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SO CLOSE TO SPRING. WE WERE SO CLOSE.

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Peek-a-boo princess

Wednesday:

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Hugging a beach ball

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Hugging a different beach ball

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Learning to dive is his MISSION IN LIFE

Thursday:

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Go $#%& yourself, Winter

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Birthday balloon update: Still mostly floating after 3 months.

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Thursdays are exhausting

Friday:

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Dress up and glitter slime playdate

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Showing off the muscles he grew when he ate his whole sandwich

Saturday:

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Warm up moves

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She thinks having a blue tongue is the most AMAZING thing ever

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Handsome

ONCE nice day this week and I’m ruined. I’ve lost my ability to handle the cold at all. I’m like a snake that shed its winter skin and all I can do is think about how nice and warm I would be if I lived in Florida or California or Hawaii.

Although right now I will accept 2 more weeks of cold as long as we can have beautiful, warm, sunny weather for Evan’s 5th birthday. The world of “these are your friends because I like their moms” and “these are my friends because I go to school with them” collided, and my guest list is a little out of control. Mostly that’s exciting, since this might be the first party Evan REALLY remembers and it’s going to be super fun. But also having all those people trapped in my house instead of using the porch/patio is going to be…well, horrible. It would be horrible.

Fingers crossed.

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My Week(162) in iPhone Photos

Monday, December 9th, 2013

This week was actually way more interesting than it looks in iPhone photos. I just spent nearly all my free minutes with my headphones plugged into my phone listening to podcasts while I tried to get the disaster that is my house under control. I’m happy to report about a 50% improvement. It would be closer to 100 if there weren’t two small people who make more messes literally SECONDS after I clean them up.

Sunday:

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I promise we did lots of things, but the only picture I have is the gingers helping me pick fabric at Joann’s.

Monday:

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Princesses love iPads

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Princesses also love paint dots

Tuesday:

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Morning person

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Practicing his long jump

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Hugging her dog-brother

Wednesday:

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This might not impress you, but that’s 50 cents less than the actual price, thanks to Stop & Shop points.

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If they made the salted caramel kind I would be the happiest person EVER.

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Mystic

Thursday:

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This girl loves school, except for the days she doesn’t, in which case OMG THE SCREAMING.

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Waiting very patiently for her brother.

Friday:

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Princesses want their quesadilla RIGHT NOW.

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I’m trying to decide if this stuff will look ridiculous in our slightly-smaller-scale dollhouse

Saturday:

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THE EXTRA COUCH IS GONE AND MY LIVING ROOM LOOKS LIKE A LIVING ROOM!!

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Finally started decorating – one week to go!

This week I am going to finish 90% of my Christmas shopping, bake a zillion things, decorate for Caroline’s birthday AND Christmas, have a coffee date with a friend, clean the house for my parents and my in-laws (yaaaaaaah!) and possibly dye my hair rose gold.

Today Evan’s school is canceled so we have the morning to decorate the Christmas tree the kids and I chopped down and brought home and got in the house ALL OUR OWN SELVES. Or really, my own self. The kids weren’t very good with the hand saw.

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