Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving, a Pinterest Sunday, anmd Randomness

 Thanksgiving came and went so fast. I had my parents in town, as well as my little brother. Did I get any pictures? Not a one. My camera did not even come out once. LOSER!

We also did not go around and say what we are thankful for. My kids think it is silly, and always say something like "apple pie". Here is what I would have said I am thankful for:
*my kids who make me proud, every single day
*my husband who works hard to support us and make a better life for us
*my family for all their support and unconditional love
*my mom for telling me my kids are great and that she loves being with us
*apple pie

And we are now 2 for 2 on Thanksgiving breaks. Literally two breaks in two years, last year with Celeste's ankle break, and this year Sophie broke her arm/wrist! She hurt it playing flag football in PE the last day of school. It did not get better all weekend, so xrays on Monday confirmed a break!

 Also, my mom has liked reading about the fun things we do on Pinterest and wanted to have a Pinterest Sunday with us. She would have preferred a craft of some sort, but we did not want to make a run to the store so...Cupcakes it was!!! We settled on Raspberry Lemonade cupcakes due to it's simplicity and lack of exotic ingredients.

 These pictures do not do them justice, the were really pretty. Light pink frosting and lighter red berries, but oh well!
 I think they earned a "B" across the board. They were light and tasty, but did not have quite enough flavor.

And just because, a picture of some fried goat cheese, another Pinterest recipe. Celeste said, "I don't know if I will like it.." I replied, "it's cheese and it's fried, what's not to like?"...

Monday, November 14, 2011

Happy 14th Birthday Celeste!

Celeste had not had a real birthday party for 3 years, so we figured we better go big for this one! We decide on Airworx a super fun indoor trampoline center. On Friday nights they have a DJ, so Friday 11-11-11 was going to be it!
We settled on a "theme" of neon, inspired by our highlighter t-shirt idea.
 Our attempt at "highlighter" colored decor
and cake...

 The goodies for each guest, white t-shirt, highlighter, and glow sticks.

We set up our own photo booth with props, and thanks to Alexa, got pictures of Celeste with each of her guests. The kids were all so willing to humor me in that. Here are just a few:

 I am never sure with this age group what kids will find fun and what they will think is silly, but they LOVED the shirts. It was a frenzy of nearly 30 kids all over the room signing each others shirts.
Just outside our party room were the black-lights, and the shirts TOTALLY glowed. It worked so well some of the boys drew funny things on themselves with the highlighters! It was fun to see them all out there jumping and having fun with their matching white/glowing shirts.
Group shot, we may have missed a few....

And the birthday girl:
 Happy 14th birthday Celeste!