Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Avengers Family Costumes

Halloween 2015 is in the books.  It was successful and we finished in time and even had a special guest appearance.   We decided on The Avengers and of course Stan Lee had to make his cameo appearance.  

From L-R we have Dennis as Hawkeye, me as Black Widow, WP as Captain America, Q as Thor, Mr. C as Stan Lee and Miss B as Scarlet Witch.

For costumes, we mostly gathered things we had, found a few things at thrift stores and bought a couple of useful items that would be needed like Dennis' black jeans and my black pants.  We only had to make a few things.  I painted WP's shirt with a metallic craft paint.  I just taped off the design and let it dry in between.  I also made Dennis' jacket out of an old karate uniform.  I added a zipper to the front and cut and hemmed the sleeves.  It turned out great and I was super proud of my efforts!  Miss B made Thor's entire costume (other than the hammer which I made out of foam, tape and spray paint).  She also made Cap's shield out of a frisbee and foam.  We attached elastic straps to it so he could wear it strapped to his back all night.  It was the cutest ever.  I used simple red hair spray for my red hair and actually kind of loved it...other than the super crunchy factor.

I also may or may not have (accidentally) super glued part of Mr. C's mustache to his poor face.  I was trying to keep his mustache attached to the sticky part and some super glue got away from me. Eeeeek!  He says he's done with mustaches for awhile.


Annnnnd in earth-shattering news...we got dad to dress up with us too, as Tony Stark!  Usually he is super shy about the whole thing, but he did it just for us.  It was a last minute decision and it was super fun! I LOVED it.   Hope you had a Happy Halloween.  I've been sick for four days because of too much candy around these parts.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sweet Sixteen

Happy Birthday Doll.  Where did the time go?  I know I am hard on you at times, but really you are a joy and super fun to talk to (most of the time).  You are beautiful and very mature and wise for your age.  Also you are one of the most sarcastic, sassy pants I've ever come across.  I am proud to call you mine.  Although driving with you still scares me silly.  Maybe we should wait until you are 20ish to have you drive or  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Missing Minnesota

I had the chance to visit one of my greatest friends a few weeks ago in Minnesota.  We had such a grand time visiting old favorites, chatting and playing with babies.  She has a baby boy just older than my babe and five kids just like me so we always have lots of ideas to share and woes and questions.  I love talking to her and getting away for a bit and I LOVE Minnesota...especially in the fall.  

We went to Como Zoo and Conservatory (I have some very fond memories of taking young Miss B and Mr. C here, especially during the winter months), a beautiful apple orchard where I took loads of photos, and Minnesota's Largest Candy Store...which was awesome and completely overwhelming.  It is also a puzzle store...a big one.  There are puzzles hidden in every single nook and cranny.  We also hit up some great restaurants and got the most beautiful and delightful mango passion-fruit macaron.  Seriously I am still dreaming about it.  We also went on a few glorious walks in beautiful weather and gathered a nice collection of acorns to bring home because we are lacking in giant acorns in the desert.  It was dreamy.  Her kids are so fun and played with WP for hours.  It was just what I needed.  And reality hit like a ton of bricks when I got home.  Sigh.  

Friday, October 23, 2015

Simple Art Birthday Party

Q turned seven years old.  He is an art fanatic so we thought it only fitting to put together a simple art shindig.  It turned out swell.  And was super simple.

For the "cake", I made an edible artist palette.  I bought store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough and cooked it on a circle pizza pan.  Then I cut out a hole for the artist palette handle and put different colored frosting as paint around the edges.  It was sooooo easy and impressive. I wish (kinda) that I had made homemade cookie dough as it would have been a bit thicker, buuuut it came together so quickly that I don't feel too bad about it.

We had a few different activities including:

1.  I lined the table with brown kraft paper and let them color while we waited for everyone to arrive.  Easiest activity ever and they LOVED it.  They could have colored for a lot longer, but I stopped them after about ten minutes to continue with the next thing. 

2.  Next we painted mini canvases on tiny easels.  We put each kid's initial on a tiny canvas and let them paint around it and then peeled off the sticker when they were finished.  

3.  Painting rocks was a hit...especially the googly eyes.  I love seeing the kids' individual creativity.

4.  We decorated cupcakes with sprinkles, different color frosting and gold glitter candy.

5.  The funnest activity was probably blowing watery paint all over a paper with straws.  Each design turned out so different and the kids loved it.

For favors, I sent the kids home with a mustache (for the inner artist in them), a paint set and a colorful sucker.  Easy and simple from start to finish...and now my boy's growing up.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Baby Boy Fashion

I have been contributing to Fly Little Guy (an all-boys fashion blog) for almost two years now.  I've had a blast dressing all of my boys.  Currently, the babe has stolen the show.  Here are some of his pictures from the last few of my posts from 7-10 months approximately.  He is still so much fun for all of us, although he is beginning to unload cupboards and climb on things...we may be in for some trouble.  

At ten months, he has six teeth, does NOT care for eggs in any way shape or form.  I am about 87% sure he can say more, dog, mama and dada. He says uh oh with perfect clarity. It's adorable.  He loves baths and water and outside.  He will stand at the sliding glass door and stare at the dog on the other side and they will both shine at each other because they desperately want to trade places.  He is not as great of a sleeper as he was when he was a newborn, which is we are working on that.  I think it has something to do with the new teeth.  He is an excellent plane traveler and just falls asleep for the whole thing.  He's been on five planes and done just that each time. Which endears him to the entire plane for obvious reasons.  And he is still very happy and good-natured for the most part.  Babies are the most magical thing ever invented.

I made a quick knotted beanie out of an old shirt for this one...and he was supremely tired for the photoshoot....but look at those cheeks!  Kissable.

Modeling bibs is good times...

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