Tuesday, March 27, 2012

brown bear, brown bear, what do you see??????

I see Noah turning THREE!

Around the time that Noah really started "understanding" books we  read, he was hooked on one book in particular.  "Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?"  It has been his all time favorite for some time now.  So.... what better idea than to base his third birthday on his favorite book?!

And, thus, the "Brown Bear" party was created!

So much fun to "create" a party that really isn't "out there" on the party circuit.  I love a challenge!

An idea I had months ago really started the whole process.  I knew I wanted a book or accordion style invite with wording mimicking the book itself.  I contacted someone I knew might also feel up to a challenge, Donna Baxman of MonkeyMooMoo. She has helped me many times with previous invites.  Lucky for me, she agreed to help!

Voila, the invite!

The day I received these in the mailed I literally jumped with excitement!  It's the little things as a mom, you know?!

Then the planning began!   Guest list, cake, cupcakes, snacks, favors, balloons, colored straws, a craft activity, and so on.   One of my other favorite details of the party were the cupcakes.   I found an Etsy vendor, the 'Lil Details  that I felt could do a wonderful job creating three dimensional fondant cupcake toppers to represent each animal in the book.   Jennifer was super easy to work with and although she wasn't even familiar with the book, she did an amazing job with each animal!  The detail on each of these little fondant cuties was perfect.  My favorite one ended up being the black sheep.  It had actual "twirly" shaped "wool" on it!   Super cute!

Then came the cake planning... my personal fav!   I found a cake on Pinterest and I knew I wanted to use it for this party.  Since the cupcakes would have each animal on them, I did not want the cake to have animals too.  This cake was the perfect design to balance out the busy cupcakes and represent the colors in the book, ie... brown bear, red bird, purple horse, etc.  I contacted Jackie Treschl, a local cake designer I have used numerous times in the past, and she worked her magic!   And, the "3" was made out of chocolate just for the birthday boy!  Genius!

A few more snacks arranged in coordinating colored single serve cups - green frogs, gold fish, and brown bears!  

The craft activity!  Noah's older brother read "Brown Bear" to all of the kids outside.  Just to refresh their memory!   Then, I had printed out each animal on cardstock.  I collected different "things" they could use to decorate the animal, like red feathers for the red bird and black pom pom balls for the black sheep.  The idea was to have each child decorate each animal and create their very own handmade version of the book.  I have to say, there are nine animals in the book, and when dealing with little ones, they are easily tempted by the sand box and playset nearby.  So, some of them only did a couple of animals.  But, as long as they had fun, it did not matter!   I tied the pages with ribbon when finished so they could take them home after the party.

And, finally, party time!  Time for singing to the birthday boy, blowing out candles, and enjoying the goodies and friends!  We gave Noah his choice of a cupcake to actually blow candles out with.  (He had been a little sick a few days before his party and we did not want to take any chances with our friends!)

The party favors!   Wanted something a bit different to "hold" the favors.   So, I found these little berry baskets on Etsy and decided to try them.  They worked out perfect for an alternative to the traditional goodie bag.  Hot glued a little brown ribbon along the top and  filled it with a green frog (squeaky bath toy), a yellow duck (another squeaky bath toy) and Teddy graham (brown bears) snacks in a cello bag tied with my other favorite detail of the day.  The little thank you tags that Donna did.  LOVED what she put on them!  

Happy 3rd Birthday my little Noah!  We love you very much!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

the ten

How can it be that we have a baby, blink our eyes, and they are not babies anymore??!!  How can that happen?

My baby Noah turned three about a week ago.  (Yes, so late on posting!)  We had a very quiet family night the day of his birthday because the pediatrician told us the day before that they suspected he had mono!   Mono?!  Did not see that coming when I took him in on a Monday morning for what I thought might be strep throat.

Anyway, his "big celebration day" was a few days after when he feeling all better!   Photos to come on that. What fun!

I wanted to share my "top ten things I love about my Noah right now" in honor of his third birthday!

  • his smile.   can light up my heart on even the WORST of days
  • watching him take in all that his older brothers do and trying so hard to copy all of it
  • the way he RUNS to me and jumps into my arms when I pick him up at preschool!  ( I will so miss these days soon!)
  • the way his sleepy little voice sounds when he repeats "sweet dreams" to me after I whisper it in his ear at bedtime
  • the fact that he will still come to me every once and while after his bath and want me to "make him a princess!" (Don't judge!)  It's where we take his towel and tie it around under his arms so it stays on on the way to his room.  One day he said it was "like a princess."  (I have no idea!)
  • the look in his baby blue eyes when we watch "Little Einsteins" for the 68th time in a row.  It's like he is watching for the very first time, every time.
  • the way his baby blue eyes look when the sunlight catches them just right.  They are piercing, gorgeous ocean blue!
  • the way he will ask if he can watch a movie in the car (as soon as the car doors close!) and tell me "he is ready, he has the MOTE!"
  • the fact that he can READ TO ME "Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?"
  • the fact that no matter what has happened to him or hurt him, chocolate can solve it all for him!

Happy Birthday my baby Noah!   Hard to believe you are already three!

how much is that doggie in the window?

Oh, and I will take the little boys too!


About two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to accompany Cameron's 5th grade class on an overnight field trip to Washington, DC.  It was a whirl wind trip, to say the least, but so much fun for the kids!

Upon arrival we (after leaving school on a "motor coach" at 6am!!!!!!!), we headed straight for the Smithsonian.  Although I have been to DC twice, I do not remember doing the particular parts of the Smithsonian that we did.  And, this was Cameron's very first trip to DC ever!  So much fun to watch things through the eyes of curious 5th graders!

Cameron and I were a little disappointed to find out we could not see the ruby red slippers from the Wizard.  They were out of the museum until next month.  (The Wizard of Oz is a favorite of ours!)
But, we did get to see the scarecrow's shoes and hat!

Obviously, the architecture in Washington DC is breathtaking and what makes the city what it is.  There are not many other cities you can name immediately simply by looking at the skyline!

We were able to see parts of the Smithsonian, the Vietnam memorial, Korean War Memorial, WWII Memorial, Jefferson memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, a tour of the Capitol, photo op outside the White House,  and Arlington National all in less than 48 hours!

Honeycutt's "Heroes" Fifth grade class of 2012!