Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Fancy Party

It was my lovely gal's 10th birthday yesterday and although I'm worn out and still wanting to recuperate from it today, it was a lot of fun! We did a small friend party for Bethany this year--just six girls (and that includes herself, her sister and her cousin), it had been awhile since she had a friend party (I think she was five last time) and since she's at the age where I'm pretty much the worst mom ever (seriously, I just can't win with this child), I figured I would throw her a bone and also throw her a party while I was at it. ;)

We talked about a few different things, like going bowling or roller skating, but it was a little too expensive to take even just a few kids and, well to be honest, I'm cheap. So then I came up with this brilliant idea of doing a fancy lunch and doing fancy hair and makeup and painting fingernails and it would be like a tea party, spa day kind of thing. :) She was on board so we went with it. First up, was the invitations:

(HA! I just looked at this and realized I didn't actually have cupcakes! haha Oh well...)

And then, we got ready for the day! I asked my sister if she would come help, because I wasn't sure how well it would go if I was trying to do hair, and makeup and fingernails for six girls all by myself. ;) She very kindly agreed. I like her.

And we decorated.

And the girls came, so we ate.

And then we did all the fancy stuff, but I was busy then, so no pictures!

And then we opened presents.

It was a good time had by all (thats what I'm hoping at least), they were good girls and all very sweet, if all friend parties could be this nice I would do them more often (maybe). :)
(Don't they look waaaaaaay too grown up?! Yeesh! She's becoming a mini-teenager already!)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

2012 Is Just Swell

Okay, I KNOW. I was told today its been pretty much two months since I posted last and I KNOW. I suck. Christmas was pretty rough for me this year and I was so stressed out I thought I was going to burst a blood vessel in my brain or something. And now this last week I've spent basically doing nothing except trying to recuperate. So, the kids went back to school today and I guess I've had enough time to get my act together. But at this point I'm not even going to blog about the holidays, I am just going to do my annual "favorites" post and call it good for now. :)

Favorite Song:

honorable mention:
Anything by Fun. or Maroon 5

Favorite Movie:
Gonna have to be The Avengers because my boys were so obsessed with the cartoons and characters, we had so much fun with it this year! :)

honorable mention:
The Dark Knight Rises

Favorite TV Show:

We just got in to How I Met Your Mother this year, how have I not watched this before?! I'm a little obsessed...

honorable mention:
Once Upon a Time-- LOVE this show!

Favorite Book:
The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

honorable mention:
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Favorite Vacation:
Since the only real vacation I went on was with my sister-in-laws and mother-in-law to Oregon, I will choose that! ;)

Favorite Outfit:
uh, I guess my favorite outfit would be these turquoise jeans, with that button down jean shirt and the bubble necklace. :)

Favorite Project:
This wall:

Most Drastic Change:
We bought our first house!! Moved across town and the girls switched schools (without uniforms!)!

~My baby sister got married!

~My brother had his first baby!! Love her!!

~Got a guitar!

~Holiday fun:

~First drive in movie :)

~Summer fun:

~Did my first 5k


~Baby Ava!!

~Finally got our house! YES!

~New school for the girls!

~House projects:

~11 years of marriage!

~My niece was baptized, and the other one blessed in the same weekend! Nice!

~Nutcracker with friends :)

~Happy New Year!

~My Grandpa passed away, love and miss him so much!

~Crazy stressful year with the whole short sale process--waiting almost five months to get approved and into our house. Sheesh.

~Trying to deal with the holidays a few months after moving, gosh this Christmas was so stressful. Plus, procrastinating is bad.

Well, in a nutshell, that sums up our year! Truly its been a great year full of blessings and changes. Sometimes changes are scary and hard, its only after the fact that we see how grateful we are they happened. Much love to you and here's hoping 2013 brings much joy and happiness!