Last year of single digits

[Warning- this is a long post! If you make it all the way to the bottom, leave a comment so we know you celebrated with us!!]

Where have the years gone?

We've had a great week celebrating Madelyn turning 9. Sunday we went for pedicures with Mama Jenn and started working on decorations.
1st Pedicure

 Monday we celebrated at Girl Scouts with Aahna, whose birthday was the 14.

Wednesday I took cookies to school and the class started by singing Happy Birthday and eating cookies!

Then Wednesday night, we went to see Smurfs: The Lost Village with Ali and Lori.

Friday night was her annual birthday sleep over. We had it the night before her party this year since the day after was Easter. I probably won't do that again since they didn't want to sleep! They did their own "Zombie" make up. One more joined us before the night was out.

Saturday was the big day! We woke up and had "World famous" pancakes.

Then the girls went with Melissa to a Easter egg hunt and I headed to Jenn's to decorate.

When you don't like cake.....

We ended the night dying Easter eggs. I didn't get any pictures of that but got MK posing.

We continued the party on Sunday celebrating Easter. The Easter bunny made several stops for MK this year.
Easter at home

Easter from Mama Jenn and Gma Sally

 We ended the birthday celebrating by completing her annual birthday questions. Some of her answers are defintely whats on her mind right now and she didn't put any thought into them! I type exactly how she answers.

What is your favorite color?  Maroon/burgundy
what is your favorite toy? my Zoomer Meowzie
What is your favorite fruit? chocolate covered strawberries
what is your favorite TV show? Little Big Shots
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  chicken
What is your favorite games? Warrior Cats Untold Tales
What is your favorite thing to wear?  my flower jumper
what is your favorite snack? star crunch
what is your favorite animal? any type of cat
what is your favorite song? Frost by Blixemi
favorite book? The Warriors Saga
 best friend? Hollie and Mahli
eat for breakfast? cereal
thing to do outside? play soccer
favorite drink? Fanta
favorite holiday?  Easter
take to bed with with you? Madyson Bear and Ice Cold
what do you want to be when you grow upa Professional dancer
where is your favorite place to go? Elsa Pardo Dance Center
What is something Mommy always says? don't ask again or the answer is no
What is something Daddy always says? love you
What's your favorite thing about 3rd grade? you have 2 teachers and they are both very kind
Anything else you want people to know? my favorite thing to do in my free time is dance. my favorite video games are minecraft and roblox. i have lots of stuffed animals most of which are cats. my favorite holiday is easter because it is so close to my birthday and it means spring is here, which i love. my favorite thing about being 9 so far is I'm a year closer to 10.

Other things about MK from the last year.
She won her grade Science Fair and got to compete in the district competition.
She is an alternate on the competitive dance team and her love for dance has grown.
She loves Shadow more than anything.
Her favorite thing to do is watch YouTube videos. she wants Minecraft tutorials, DIY or anything else she can.
She has become quite obsessed with the Warriors Car series. She has read 3 series of 6 books in the last year. She draws Warriors all the time. She plays role play games centered around Warriors.
She took the Florida State Assessment (FSA) for the 1st time and finished it so early she slept more than half the time allotted.

This is already a really long post, but I'm going to end it with birthdays through the years.
1st Birthday - Sandcastles at the beach

2nd Birthday -- Cupcakes at the park

3rd Birthday - Dr. Seuss at the park

4th Birthday -- DISNEY! (she also had a party with friends)

5th Birthday - party was a a craft party at Jo Ann's Fabrics

6th Birthday -- Pump It Up!

7th Birthday -- Pajamas and Pancakes

8th Birthday -- Harry Potter

9th Birthday -- Luau (this was her sleepover pre Luau)

Who would you be now?

Eleven. It really doesn't seem like it has been 11 years since you made me a mommy. Eleven is a big birthday in our house. You would have gotten your Hogwarts letter today! What house would you be sorted into?

It's been a good day! Birthdays are for celebrating, not being sad! I woke up to lots of Facebook memories and everyone wishing you a Happy Birthday. You are still so loved by so many. You continue to have such a huge impact on so many people.

MK and I spent the day getting ready for her Luau. She requested a pedicure and then we went to Mama Jenn's to make decorations for the luau. It was good to be busy so that I didn't get sad missing you. I always go through your scrapbook and other pictures around your birthday. Today I found some I don't think have been shared in a long time, so I'm going to share them for everyone to see.

Happy Birthday my Princess Angel Butterfly! 

It Takes a Village

It truly does take a village to raise a child. I wanted to do a blog as a special shout out to all the DADs that have had a hand in raising me and Madelyn.

Let's start with my Daddy/Pops

We don't see him often, but when we do, he jumps right in to play and make sure the kids have fun. He hasn't missed sending a card for birthday or Christmas since MK was born.

I wouldn't be the person I am today if it were not for the influence of Paw Paw (aka Dee Wee). He stepped in when he didn't have to. He has always considered me, Brother and Lulu as one of his. Our kids see him as Paw Paw and look forward to hanging out with him. He makes the best pancakes and would give his shirt to someone in need.

When Wes is gone, I could not do it without my Brother (and Nat!). He and MK have always been close. When MK was barely talking, he convinced her to call him Uncle Awesome and he called her Princess. All these years later, it still comes up.

I would be doing a disservice to do a post about DADs in our life without talking about Big Poppa! MK loves to play with his beard and give him cuddles. He accepts everyone for who they are and doesn't judge others- every! He is the most accepting person I know. He is a great example of who to be and how to treat people.

My favorite DAD is the best dad I know. He sacrifices and misses so much to ensure we have what we need. We miss him so much and dread March-July because we know everything we do will be without him. MK is so much like him but yet so different. I am blessed to have him as my partner in this crazy thing called life!

There are so many more I haven't listed. Daddy Dave, Ed, Jim Smittle, all our HAMS Dads, our EPDC Dads.

Thank You to all the wonderful men that played a role in shaping who I am and to those currently helping shape the person MK is becoming! 

Harry Potter Party

MK decided in October or November that she wanted a Harry Potter birthday party. I know April is always a busy month because we do a huge fundraiser for MK's school, so I started planning early.

Pictures are really the best way to show what fun it was. Thanks to Pinterest I was able to make most of it. The pictures aren't in any logical order and blogger wouldn't let me re-arrange or rotate them. I tried to link the sites I got all my ideas from. The owls were a combination of several sites and I can't find any of them!! I might do a separate blog on how to make them.. maybe

Owl invitations

Up close of invitations

Owl Post with the delivered birthday cards in front of the Forbidden Forrest

not sure why i can't turn it... Potions Shelf

Harry Potter glasses for favors

more sideways stuff... Honeydukes
 I used the tutorial found here and altered it to use trash bags instead of table cloths.
Robes made from trash bags

I made wands for everyone
I used this tutorial to make the wands. They were a big hit. Charlo left hers here and asked me about it the next time I saw her. She needed her wand! After all, the wand chooses the wizard!

MK modeling the robes under the flying keys

the buttons we gave as they were sorted and house eggs

Ollivander's and Madam Malkin

Food table with Patronus... i forgot to put out half the food
 The deer, I bought on clearance after Christmas at Target. It was gold. I painted it white then added some light blue to make it look more patronus like.
Sorting ceremony
 Thanks to Carol for the sorting hat!
up close of potions

more potions
 Thanks to Jo Ann for the house banners!
house banners

Transfiguration was a photo booth with fun costumes. Matias was a super hero

MK was a cat

Potions class we made bubbling truth serum.
 I used the truth serum recipe found here. it was really cool and the kids loved it. i wish we had gotten a picture of the end product.
Occulanency they played 20 questions to guess what was on their back

Care of Magical Creatures they played a capture the flag type came with their house dragon eggs. Gryffindor won

She wanted a treacle tart instead of a cake
 Thanks to Monica for the tart!
invitation i printed

then soaked in tea and baked
then inked to make it look old.

We also had a Whomping Willow in the front yard, a flying car rescuing Harry in the front window, a Death Eater hanging outside the garage and Harry Potter playing on the tv. There were a couple golden Snitches lying around and Moaning Myrtle is still on MK's bathroom mirror. I had a 9 3/4 Platform sign that Jo Ann gave me but I forgot to hang it up. Oops!

I made Polyjuice Potion and Butter Beer thanks to recipes I found on Pinterest! There are tons of Butter Beer recipes, but I went with this one because it looked the easiest.

I think everyone had a great time. I know MK had a blast and enjoyed everyone celebrating with her! She had 5 girls spend the night. They stayed up way to late and got up way to early!

Thanks everyone who came to celebrate with us!