Sunday, June 19, 2016

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! 

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!