While the girls don’t have friend birthday parties every year – we always have birthday parties with our families. As the first born, Norah has had several but (other than first birthdays) she is the only one. Lucy has been asking to have a party for several months now, so we decided to have a birthday party for her this year. I threw out some theme ideas – tea party, Pinkalicious, camping, etc. She didn’t like any of those ideas – I should have known she already had her own idea. Lucy wanted a rainbow party. At first I wasn’t sure how I would make that work – but after some encouragement from facebook friends and some ideas on Pinterest, I knew a rainbow party could be really fun. The only problem – I couldn’t do all the cute ideas – which ones do I try to recreate. I started by asking my friend, Sara, to do the birthday invitation. She did a great job!! (Seriously, people, if you need birthday invites, Christmas cards, birth announcements, etc, check out her great designs!!!)
The Balloon Garland came from here.
I saw this ribbon decoration here.
I loved it and knew Lucy would too!
The rainbow cupcakes came from here.
I was just experimenting when I made the frosting. I prefer the cupcakes with more white icing and just a little bit of color, but as I got to the end of my bag of frosting, the color came out thicker.
I debated over drinks for the girls. I saw several ideas about getting different colored drinks, but with only 12 girls, I didn’t want all the sugary drink leftover. I ended up buying sugar free packets of kool-aid. I mixed up each color and poured them in ice cube trays. I made lemonade, too. I thought is was really fun to see the girls faces light up when they saw the colored ice cubes – and as their lemonade changed colors.
Here’s the birthday girl!! I can’t believe she is going to be 6 this week!!!! AHHH!
While this week was CRAZY with soccer and Boot Camp Challenge and this weekend is CRAZY with more soccer and more Boot Camp Challenge, I knew today was the best day to fit in her party. The girls seemed to enjoy themselves and Lucy was THRILLED to finally have a friend party!! Her actual birthday is Tuesday – I will post more about Lucy then!!
Below you will find 2 pictures. . . 2 very different pictures. One shelf belongs to Lucy and one belongs to Norah. Based on the types of books, you would know that the first picture is Lucy’s and the second is Norah’s.
This gives you a little clue about their personalities. I don’t know if it is a first born thing or not, but Norah prefers to keep things straightened up and organized. Lucy, as evidenced in the picture, is the EXACT opposite. You will find her shoes and socks all over the house – she leaves them wherever she drops them. If she is writing/drawing with markers – she will leave everything out in the exact same spot until she is told to put it away. When she does her school work, she leaves everything out all over the place.
Looking at the shelf makes me chuckle – well, drives me a little bit crazy, but also makes me chuckle. Why? She is so much like me. Most of you who have regular contact with me and see my house may not believe it. I try very hard to to keeps things organized and clean. . . but the inner slob of my childhood is often fighting to come out. My parents and certain friends from high school will remember what my bedroom looked like. . . my friend, Janelle, often came over and helped me clean my room so I could actually go out for the evening.
I still leave my shoes all over the house. If I am at the table and I kick my shoes off, I will leave them right there until I need them again. If I am in the basement doing school with the kids and I take them off, I leave them right there. All this to say, while Lucy has always favored Kevin in looks and actions – this one thing, I can claim because Kevin is more like Norah.
I will help Lucy fix the shelf, but it won’t stay straightened and I will continue to get a kick out of it every time I walk by it.
I don’t have a lot of pictures from Easter this year. The girls were not super cooperative at the same time – or at all. I am so glad that Easter is not about dresses, shoes, or pictures. I am thankful for the day set aside to celebrate the resurrection of my Savior.
Several months ago, we bought a groupon to the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. It was about to expire (March 26th, I think) so we decided to use it on Norah’s birthday. Kevin took the afternoon off and we met him there after a quick lunch at home.
The weather wasn’t great, but it only actually rained for a couple of minutes while we were there. The rain/hail basically held off until we were on our way home. Then is just down poured. I have never seen so much hail in my life. It was like driving through snow – and the roads were slick!! Daphne slept through the whole thing – which I can’t believe because it was so loud!!