Friday, May 6, 2016

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!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The kid is 8

It's that time of the year where I ask MK her "birthday" questions. She looks forward to them as much as I do. I like to see how her answer change from year to year.  You can read her 7 year old questions here and all the other years are linked on the bottom of this post.

What is your favorite color?  Black
what is your favorite toy? xbox 360
What is your favorite fruit? bananas
what is your favorite TV show? Disney show
What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Lunchables
What is your favorite games? Mind Craft
What is your favorite thing to wear? school uniforms
what is your favorite snack? Gummies
what is your favorite animal? fox
what is your favorite song? FireBall
favorite book? Harry Potter series
 best friend? Hailee
eat for breakfast? Reese's Puffs cereal
thing to do outside?  play with my friends
favorite drink? chocolate milk
favorite holiday?  I don't have a favorite holiday as long as i get to spend time with family.
take to bed with with you? Madyson Bear and Ice Cold
what do you want to be when you grow upA Vet and a waitress
where is your favorite place to go? school
What is something Mommy always says? how many times have i repeated myself. 
What is something Daddy always says? I miss you too
What's your favorite thing about second grade? that i get to learn new things with a new teacher and i made new friends
Anything else you want people to know?  As an 8 year old i want to take on responsibilities more independently with less help. i want to do learn to do different things. i want to try to find my own way of doing things. I'm a big fat brain and I love school.

Other things that happened this year--
- we got a dog, Shadow!
- MK is still a dancing fool and takes 5 different kinds of dance.
- despite not making the competition team at dance, she still supports her friends that did.
- she's crazy smart
- she missed her first day of school in her entire life, last week because she was sick
- she likes Beanie Boos and Shopkins
- she is a techie like her Daddy. She likes playing video games and playing on her phone or the computer.
- she often gets in trouble for ready when she is supposed to be doing other task.
- she is still the slowest person I know and does things in her time

Here is MK's year in review in pictures.

she danced... a lot!
She made her own tutus for her Halloween costumes
she found a new friend that has become a best friend
she had a lot of new adventures during vacation in NC
she hung out with old friends on Uncle Jay's boat
hiking in NC
horseback riding in NC
hiked to Stone Mountain
she hosted a holiday Ornament party
she hung out with cousins
she became Luna Lovegood
she went to her first concert
and her first overnight camping trip
she played some soccer but took a season off too
she danced as a mouse in the Nutcracker
and danced some more at home with Anna
she was Student of the Month for CARING!
we went to American Girl Store and M&M Store during Spring Break
and we got a dog!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Life and Death

I always seem to blog this time of year. I've been wanting to do a DIY post about MK's birthday invitations, but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe next week.

Sometimes Maddy's birthday is a sad day, today it was a good day. Until an hour or so ago when I read my friend Stephanie lost her battle with cancer. F Caner! you suck!! She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer last year. She had to have double mastectomy surgery and several lymph nodes removed that were cancerous. Since that time the cancer has gone to her lungs, brain, bones and liver. She has gone through several chemo and radiation treatments. Her ribs were broken and she had fluid in her lungs. She went to the hospital less than a week ago and was in ICU. From what I've read on Facebook, she was surrounded by family and friends.

We met Stephanie through Wes' work almost 10 years ago. Actually, he was suppose to start right after Maddy was born and they held the job for him while we figure out what was going on with Maddy. Wes met Steph right after he started and they connected right away. I first met Steph on the side of the road as we were traveling to Universal Studios for my sister's graduation trip. We hung out that time we were in Orlando but really became friends through playing Rock Band/Guitar Hero against each other or together. I can't hear Heart-shaped Box without thinking about her.

We didn't hang out often, but it was always a fun time when we did. I'm so glad we stopped to see you and hang out for a bit when we were home over Thanksgiving.

So many thoughts but no words.

Bye Friend (cause we didn't really use names, we just called each other friend).

Sunday, August 23, 2015

North Carolina 2015

We took our first real vacation as a family recently. Hopefully I haven't waited too long to blog about it and I am able to remember the details.

Friday (8/7) we drove to just outside of Atlanta and stayed with my Aunt Pam, Ginger and Emma. We got there later than we planned but that didn't stop the girls from playing well into the night. They woke up early and did some serious playing!

Trampoline in costumes

results of their fun

Saturday (8/8) after the girls got done having fun, we loaded back up and headed to North Carolina. We were told get there before dark because you don't want to drive up the mountain in the dark. Good thing we know how to follow directions! We definitely didn't want to drive those crazy roads in the dark. this is what we drove up to

We got settled and joined the Kissel's at the fire. Such an amazing view!

Sunday (8/9) we went canoeing. It was Madelyn's first time canoeing. She ditched Wes and I and rode in the boat with Jo Ann and Katie. No one tipped, so that is a plus.

Monday (8/10) we went for a hike and I can't remember what else. I consulted Jo Ann and she thinks it is the day it rained and we had a jungle party in the basement hosted by MK and Katie. After consulting facebook, we also went gem mining that day.

There was an intense game of Wits and Wagers where Jo Ann and I were on the same team. We lost, but I think the girls team had less points than us.

Tuesday (8/11) we hiked near the cabin over to a Christmas tree farm. We stopped along the way at a porch area. Jo Ann said that the people that own the land have a daughter that recently got married. They didn't have time to build a house, so they just built the porch. It was an amazing view! Later in the day we went horseback riding. We requested that they have someone lead MK and Katie. We all get on our horses and Katie and her lead head out. My horse falls in line with no instructions and we get ahead of the group. I later found out that Wes' horse kept stopping to eat. The person leading MK's horse had to help Wes. She asked Wes if it was okay to let MK try it on her own. He said yes and she rode alone most of the trail. We rode about an hour through a different Christmas tree farm. We went through a creek and back through the trees.


Photo bomb. This is one of my favorite pictures of the trip.

the kids playing Marco Polo in the trees

MK riding alone

Wednesday (8/12) we went white water rafting. It was several hours away. To break the trip up, we stopped at Linville Caverns. It was a fun side trip. We saw caverns that were over a hundred years old. According to the guide, they are on a fault line and you could see the plates overlapping. White water rafting was a blast. We had to split into two boats because we had 7 people and only 6 were allowed per boat. We rafted the French Broad River. It was level 3 and 4 rapids. We bought the CD of pictures at the end, but they didn't put our pictures on it. supposedly they are mailing us our pictures. I was able to steal screen shots from their website but they are very poor quality.

Wes and MK on row 2 and I am on row 3 behind Wes

Linville Cavern. Wes took a lot of pictures of the caverns
Thursday (8/13) we went to Stone Mountain. You can actually see it from the Kissel's cabin. We played golf first. It was Madelyn's first time playing. She did okay for her first time golfing. I really liked golfing in the mountains. it was so different from the flat golfing in Florida. I'm not very good at golf and until Stone Mountain had only played 2 courses. We played the back 9. After the girls teed of on 17, I went to get ready and had to wait for a momma dear and her two fawns to pass through. After golf, we headed to Stone Mountain State Park for a short hike to the stone. To cool off after our hike we went to another waterfall. This one was different than the 1st one we saw because you could slide down the waterfall. The kids had a blast. Ryan and Katie have learned over the years that you go faster when you wear a trash bag. Another part of the fall has a small cave behind it. The kids walked over to it and climbed in. About the time we got there, a giant cloud came and covered the sky. they water was already cold, so it became freezing. I decided my feet were enough to get wet. Wes did explore and slide down the waterfall.

MK's first time teeing off

The girls having fun on Stone Mountain

Other random pictures that I don't know what day they came from

We had fires most nights. Ryan roasted a banana one night. We had s'mores too

Friday (8/14) we headed home. While we were gone, my Brother and SIL welcomed this sweet girl into the world. My Mom and aunt drove down to meet her and hang out. Saturday and Sunday we hung out with family.

Summer has come to an end. School starts Tuesday!