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Friday, June 10, 2011

Room #1 - The Princess Suite

Jerry and I had a lot of fun dreaming up the decoration for the girls' room and making our vision come to life!  Both girls are very much into princesses, especially Rapunzel and Cinderella.  (most likely because the villains in those movies are not as scary as some of the others) Here's the transformation. 

 This is the before photo.  We don't have a true "before" pic because we had already taken down the princess and flower wall stickers and all the frames, etc.  I took down the castle sticker last because it was my favorite. :)  We used it as a backdrop for photos at Bella's 4th birthday party last year.
First step: Base coat.  Since we did a princess theme, we chose Disney colors, of course!  This color is called "Posies for Pooh".  The next step was to pencil in the design we wanted.  We used a computer and projector (thanks, big bro!) as our "stencils".  In the pic above you can faintly see the glowing square.  That's from the projector.

 Jerry and I took turns doing the detail painting.  He did the castle, tower, horses and carriage.  I painted the cameos above the girls' beds. The lighter color that is on the bottom is called "One Enchanted Evening".  Let's hope we have many, many more than that!
All done! 

Cameo of Bella
Cameo of Delaney

 Jerry added some lanterns coming from the castle.  It must be Rapunzel's birthday!
 I added some magical golden hair coming from Rapunzel's tower.  Looks like Maximus is considering going to find Flynn Rider!
The piece de resistance: a chandelier we picked up off of Craig's List.  What a perfect finishing touch for a room fit for two princesses!  
The girls love their new room, and Bella immediately started making up a story about Rapunzel moving all around her room.  Imaginations have been jump started. We're ready for summer!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Laney's First Haircut

 Many people take their babies to get their first haircut within the first year of life.  Even 18 months, 2 years... Delaney was 2 years, 9 months and 6 days when she had hers.  It takes so long for my kiddos to GET hair, that I'm not too excited to cut it off until absolutely necessary.  I wouldn't even say that Laney was in NEED of a haircut yet, but Bella needed one desperately, and Laney wanted to do what big sis was doing.  So... the first haircut came to be. 

 She started getting a little worried when the hairdresser put the smock on her, but once the scissors came out, the worry grew.  She never did cry, but I know she was concerned.

Even through the worry, she followed directions like a champ.  She put her head down, to the side - everything she was told to do.  Way to go, Laney! Looking great!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


They have been FOUND!  The computer gods are smiling down at me right now.  I'm crazy excited.  Here's some more pics of the decorations, and a few of my smiling 5-year-old! I didn't include any pics of the party-goers, because this is a public blog, and I don't want to show pics of babies who aren't mine.

 The food table was fun and festive.  I stole some of my ideas from other blogging mommies, and others I did all on my own.  Since you are reading this blog, I know you CAN read, so I'll let you read the food labels yourself.  :)

 I'm a crazy woman with my computer and my scrapbooking supplies.  I made these labels out of leftover baby shower thank you notes.  Not planning on using THOSE again!

The cupcakes rocked my world.  I ordered them from Suplise It's a Party!  The lady had never heard of The Fresh Beat Band before, but thanks to Google, she was able to create a yummy replica of Kiki's guitar!  I'd say it was "kickin'!"

 I bought colorful cups from Oriental Trading and decorated them with pics of the FBB and each child's name on the back.  We used them for our Groovy Smoothies, of course!
 Since this was a music themed party, I got out all of our instruments, and borrowed a few from Parents as Teachers - one of the perks of my job!  The kids played instruments along with our party soundtrack (see party favors from last blog post) as they came in.
 As each child entered, they received a VIP backstage pass to see the Fresh Beat Band.  Bella dressed as Kiki, Delaney was Marina, Luke was Shout, and Jerry was Twist.  I was Miss Piccolo - lucky me, she was off duty, so she was wearing regular clothes instead of the stuffy suits she wears on the show! We also played some games - "Loco Legs Sack Race" and "Musical Dots" (just like musical chairs, but with dots on the floor - once they were out, they went upstairs for their Groovy Smoothie.)  They also made a keychain/zipper pull craft that I picked up at Michaels.

My big girl is FIVE!  I can hardly believe it.  She'll be going to kindergarten in the fall, and that completely blows my mind!  I'm so proud of her.  As she went to bed that night, she thanked me for the "best party ever."  Now you see why I go to so much work.  She's totally worth it.

Bella's Fresh Beat Band Party

My first baby turned 5 in April.  I'm just now getting around to organizing pictures for the past few months.  I completely missed the 12 on the 12th for April and for May, but I'll try to do better for the rest of the year.  Instead, I'm going to post some pics of the party decor.  One of the reasons for my lack of posts has been the fact that my computer likes to turn itself off at random times.  Not so pleasant when you're in the middle of a long blog - WITH pictures. :(  Bummer.  Also, because of this problem with my POS 'puter, I LOST all the pics of the party itself.  Which means I can't scrapbook it, which breaks my heart. :(
Without further ado, here are some pics of Bella's party decorations:

 The shoes are the ones Bella wore.  She dressed as Kiki from the FBB.  She absolutely loves that show.  I made this centerpiece for the front hall table out of the centerpiece from Luke's monkey-themed party.  I just cut orange paper out to cover the monkey, and printed a pic of the group along with some words.  Voila - a FREE centerpiece! Yay!

 I always try to make the favor bags cute since I put them in the front hall.  That way, people are less likely to forget them on their way out.  I filled them with a mix CD of Bella's favorite songs, some jelly bracelets, tattoos, a blow up guitar, silly bands, and a guitar pick necklace.

I used the Nick Jr. website for a lot of printables, and backed them with colorful paper to make instant posters.  I bought music notes to line the front entryway with, and put some on our living room windows as well.  The colorful paper lanterns were one of my favorite decorations.  They achieve the look of balloons, but are classier and last a lot longer!  We'll be using those again very soon!

Now I'm off to see if I can salvage some 5th birthday pics off of this silly machine!