Happy Birthday Emily!!

My baby girl is 4 today.  I can’t believe how fast it has gone.  We surprised her with a trip to Lowry Park Zoo about an hour and a half away yesterday.  We had a blast!  Then today, her class just happened to be celebrating summer birthdays.  She had a pinata, goodie bags, brownies, and lots of fun.  Of course I told her that was all for her! 😉  Her Daddy showed up in the middle of the party to bring her a single rose.  She was so excited!  Finally, tonight her request was to go to dinner at McDonald’s so that’s where we will be.



We love you Emily, more than you know!

Emily’s Picture

My youngest daughter Emily has become very interested in drawing and writing in the past week.  Every night after I read her a story she wants to draw on her white board that is in her room.  Here is a picture she drew tonight.


I am the big headed one and she is the little one.  In the picture she said she is trying on my high heeled shoes.  She wrote her name and Mommy too!  Not bad for just turning 3. 

Emily’s Ladybug Party- Part 2

I wanted to show and share some of the crafts we did at the Ladybug party in case your little one wants one some day.   

I bought some cute bug boxes from Oriental Trading Company for $1.00 each and had the kids decorate them.  They had ladybugs or bumble bees to choose from.  We were supposed to go on a bug hunt to find adorable plastic bugs that I found at Wal Mart, but that didn’t happen due to the “hurricane” going on outside.  Instead I just let the kids pick 4 bugs to take home in their bug jars. 


Then they made ladybugs out of black paper plates.  These were cute and super easy, thanks Ame!  We cut a red circle in half and then stapled them to the black plate.  I had the kids decorate the wings using dot markers and then had them draw a face for their ladybug on a smaller red circle.  They got to choose from either black or red pipecleaners for it’s antennae. 


After all the crafts we played pin the spot on the ladybug.  This was Emily’s favorite.  We drew a big ladybug on red poster board and then left some of the spots uncolored.  Whoever got their black spot clsoer to the ladybug’s spot won.  I found big bug bubble wands at Target for the prizes. I didn’t have a blindfold so my friend Ame came to the rescue again.  She made two small ladybug out of paper and taped them to her sunglasses, the kids loved this! 


Last but not least…we ate ladybug cupcakes.  I’m not a baker so I was pretty excited with how they turned out.  The kids loved them!



Emily’s Ladybug Party- Part 1

Emily let me know 8 months ago that she wanted a ladybug, park birthday party when she turned 3.  What can I say? The girl knows what she wants. 

So, I reserved a pavilion.  Then it started to rain.  It rained all week and the forecast called for rain on Saturday, the day of the party.  My husband & I decided to switch dates to the next Saturday to avoid any weather problems.  We called the park & e-mailed all the guests.  As it turned out only a few guests could come the next week, so we changed it back.  Afterall, as my husband said, “What are the chances of it raining at 10:00 in the morning?” I was so embarrased to call the park back I made my him do it.

Friday night, my friend Ame & I worked until 1:30am getting activities together just in case it rained.

When Saturday morning rolled around, it was bright & sunny outside.  We drove over to the park, set up all the decorations, dried off the playground equipment and got the grill ready for hot dogs.  Party time…10:00 and the guests start showing up.  Fifteen minutes later, we were in the storm of the century.  I guess the chances of it raining at 10:00 were pretty good.  Now we have nearly all the guests under a pavilion 100 yards from their cars, and lightning was literally striking at the park.  It was crazy!!! So much so I started to cry and I never cry.

I wanted to just call it quits and send everyone home, but my awesome friends had other ideas.  Several of them braved the storm, drove to my house, and had it cleaned before I got there.  We ended up doing most of the crafts & games from the comfort of my family room.  We have such a great community.