Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lillie's Wizard of Oz Party

Our Lillie turned 10 way back in early January of this year.  When you turn 10 in our house, you get to have a "big" party.  Lillie wanted to have a Wizard of Oz party and she wanted to have it at  The Land of Oz in Beech Mountain, NC.  
Due to the fact that parties in Beech Mountain in winter are impossible, we had the party on June 15, 2015.  
In our family, we have a love for the Wizard of Oz.  
We even dressed as the characters one Halloween.  
Nana sewed costumes for us and Ken and I made a scepter and crown and added accessories.  
Lillie as The Lullaby League, Allie as Dorothy, Brady as The Lollipop Guild and Maggie as Glinda The Good Witch.

I knew planning this party was going to be loads of fun.
Lillie chose these invitations from Envelope 327.  She also made a banner for me. I didn't get a picture ( that I can find) of Lillie's invites so this is picture from Etsy.   
Wizard of Oz Inspired Birthday Invitation

Lillie's banner.  Hate that it is  far away. Had to be to the whole thing.

Having the party at the Land of Oz was amazing. The wizard led us up to Dorothy's house.  And handed out parts to the story of The Wizard of Oz to be played by our guests.    
Then we all called for Dorothy, who came bounding out of the house.  

The tornado was coming so she invited us into her house to get away.
Suddenly, we were in the tornado and afterwards came out onto the yellow brick road.
Where our guests played the parts of munchkins, the scarecrow, the tin man and the rest of the characters.
Hubby as the Cowardly Lion.

We finally made it to OZ and it was time to celebrate Lillie.  

Since the party would happen mostly outside and all the food needed to be easily portable, I decided to do picnic foods.  We had gingham straws and mason jars for everyone to drink out of. We had cookies, cupcakes, a small cake just for looks and for the family to eat later as I didn't want to have to carry a big knife to cut the cake.  
The cake and cupcakes were made by our friends at Cyntucci's.  The Emerald City is made of sugar, the yellow brick road and ruby slippers of fondant and the red sparkles represented the poppies. 

They also made red velvet red bomb cupcakes as well as Wicked Witch cupcakes.
They were both beautiful.  The heat and humidity had taken their toll by the time I got this picture.

We had gingham table clothes made by Nana LeeAnne, flower arrangements by Grammy, cheese shaped like a yellow brick road, rainbow veggie dippers, Scarecrow's apples to dip in caramel and (Hershey kiss) Tin Man Hats.
I put red glitter tulle along the front of the table. 
I wish it had been fuller. (next time I use tulle, I will remember I need more).

We had two small bouquets on the other table.  
Aren't the flowers so pretty?
Mini green roses, green button mums, red carnations, queen anne's lace and blue hydrangeas (because I couldn't find poppies and they were too expensive to order!)  These bouquets were placed in red distressed mason jars that my mom made.

The little stuffed people are Itty Bittys from Hallmark.
I think they are too cute!  They now reside in Lillie's room as a reminder of her party.

The large thing of flowers was supposed to be a hot air balloon.
But, we ran out of time to get the balloon part and couldn't figure out how to make it and transport it.
Bummer. But they still looked gorgeous!

Hubs also made the Wicked Witch of the East's legs to stick out from under the table.

The Birthday girl blowing out her candles.

 My sweet birthday girl with Dorothy! 

 After food was shared, gifts were opened and partying was done, Lillie's guests took home a goody bag that included Wizard of Oz pins, lollipops, lions and tigers and bears (oh, my!) and a special Wizard of Oz bookmark by Deb's Treasures on Etsy. 

The bags had this bit of wisdom  from Dorothy Gale attached.
"If  I ever go looking for my heart's desire again, I won't look further than my own backyard. Because if it isn't there, I never lost it to begin with.  There's no place like home!"

It was a wonderful party and truly an amazing memory for Lillie's 10th Birthday celebration.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back To School 2015

Today was the day.  Back to School day.
It's always sad but a little exciting at the same time.

Brady is now in the 1st grade.

Lillie is now in 5th grade.
She is very excited to be changing classes this year. 

Maggie is now in 7th grade. Around here, that equals Middle School.

Allie is in 8th grade this year.  

Looking at this picture, I can't believe how grown up they all look.

 Time just goes so fast.
I am excited for all that they will learn this year.

Here's to great school year.

Now, if you'll excuse me --
I have to get back to the 4 stacks of papers that I have to fill out before tomorrow.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Stop The Madness

I finally got some time to sit down and blog.
I was going to catch up on my Project 365 Moments from each day.  
The trouble is that while I have been faithfully taking a shot of something each day, I wasn't so great at remembering what picture goes with which day.  
It has been six weeks since I had time to sit down and blog.  
So, I'm giving up on my project 365.
Hoping to just be able to get back to blogging now and again so my family can see pictures of my kids and see what we have been up to.

Maybe one day, I will really turn this blog into a scrapbook of our lives.
I hope.

So today, I give you the "highlight" reel of our last six weeks.
Here goes.
Our lives have been quite busy.  Just take a look at my calendar....

Allie was inducted into the Jr. Beta Club. 
We are so proud of this girl!  She works hard at school and does so well!

We made a trip to Gatlinburg to celebrate our friend Olivia's birthday.
Dollywood was on the agenda. We had so much fun!

Great couple days with our friends!

Then it was Mother's Day.
My family treated me well.
These two decided to bake me a sweet treat.  
The brownies they made turned out wonderfully.
I was worried.
I kept hearing questions like "How much is two ounces?" and 
"What are egg whites?"

Lillie built her lighthouse project with a little help from her Daddy.

I  sent three girls off to Camp for the weekend.
They had a wonderful time.

and I spent one day that weekend working out in the community with several local youth groups.

Allie had her final band concert.
I am so impressed by how much she has learned in band this year.
The 7th grade band was good!

Maggie and her friends built a volcano for their final school project.

And, we had an "Amazing Race" and lock-in with our Bridge Group at church.

We went to see several friends in a local production of Aladdin.

I got to go spend one night and day with some friends and we celebrated Jenny's birthday.

There were many  tball games....

We finished up another bible study.

I got serious about planning a party ( that will be next week!)

These two attended a school dance and had so much fun!

Lillie had her second piano recital and performed "The Can- Can" , A Sonata and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" flawlessly!

I did a LOT of work, including cleaning out the supply closet with this help of my friend Heather!

Last weekend I had my big fundraiser that I had been tirelessly working on for weeks.  
It was a huge success and loads of fun.
We had a Parade of Tables and a Silent Auction.
So pleased with how it turned out.

And then came time to all of our end of the year stuff.
EOG's for the girls.

A Kindergarten Graduate.

Miss Maggie's 6th Grade Bridging Ceremony.
She is off to the middles school and 7th grade next year.

And Allie and Lillie both had awards ceremonies today.

We celebrated the last day of school tonight as a family with their favorite restaurant (Chili's) and dessert.

Time isn't going to slow down for another month or so, but that is okay.
For now, we are grateful that the these last six hectic weeks were fun and successful ones and that we had fun throughout.  
We are looking forward to lots more fun this summer.

I guess the madness will stop sometime.
But not today.
And not in our near future.
We will just hang on and enjoy the ride.
Thanking Jesus along the way for His presence, His guidance and His blessings of one another. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Moments {A Month of Sundays.......4.10.15 and 4.17.15; 4.24.15 and 5.1.15}

It has literally been a month of Sunday's since I have had time to sit and write a post about what is happening in our crazy, busy lives.
It has indeed been full and nonstop.
So, without a lot of words and with a TON of pictures, here is what our last month has looked like.

 Saturday, April 4, 2015--

The day before Easter.
These girls spent a lot of time making sure their nails matched their dresses. 

and finally, right before bedtime, we got to dye Easter Eggs.
It is a tradition. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015 --
After Sunrise service, breakfast and Easter Worship, we went to my in-laws home for lunch.

94/365...... the best picture I got of all four of them in their Easter outfits.

Nana had made a wonderful Easter lunch for us.  We had a great time visiting.
While Nana made lunch, Grandpap and Diana ( a family friend) had hid eggs for the kids to fine AND had made a scavenger hunt for each one of them.  It was so fun.
I am hoping to write a post about this all on it's own.
The kids had a blast.

Monday, April 6, 2015 --

On Monday, the kids and I headed to Georgia to visit my family.
Wet weather is never fun when traveling.
Especially through the gorges.

95/365...... we stopped for supper with Papa, so we finally made it to my Mom's at this time.
We were definitely tired and travel weary.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 --

My nephews were at my Mom's house, too.
On Tuesday, we went to one of our favorite local pizza places for lunch.

and then played at the park afterwards.
It was a great day with Grammy and Granddaddy.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 --

Papa was headed out of town, so on Wednesday we all spent the day with him.
And I got to experience what it might be like to have 6 kids.  HA.
This is my favorite picture I got at the Chattanooga Aquarium.
Sweet cousins.

My fav from my 'real' camera.
They all loved the aquarium.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 --
On Thursday, my step-sister, Lauren, came up to see up and visit with her sweet kiddos.

98/365.....We rode in the wagon

and did a lot of chalk art.

Friday, April 10, 2015 --
On Friday, we went with Grammy and Granddaddy to the Huntsville Space Museum.
The kids had a great time!

Standing in front of the mini shuttle.....

Saturday, April 11, 2015 --
On Saturday, we were to head home.
But first we went for a visit with my grandparents.  

100/365...... My Pa has had dementia for several years now and hasn't known any of his grandchildren for a while.  On this day, it seemed like he was working hard to put it together that his daughter ( My Mom- who he recognized) was my Mom.   It was a sweet visit.
If I had known it was going to be my last visit with him, I would've stayed longer.

The perfect song as we started home....

Sunday, April 12, 2015 --
Busy Sunday.
Fun youth meeting.  One of our youth led our devotion and she had us hold mints in our mouth without sucking on them as an object lesson.
It was not easy. 

time to take down the Easter decorations......

But I left them up for two more weeks. 

Monday, April 13, 2015 --

He had to go get a cavity filled.
Which he did without any "sleepy juice".
So, we celebrated afterwards with a muffin.

she makes her lunch for school every day.
Every. stinkin. day.
Suddenly, the food is inedible....

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 --

So, my instagram picture for this day wasn't taken by me.  It was posted by my cousin.
We got word in the middle of the day on Tuesday that my grandfather ( the one from above) had passed away.  He was 92.
He had a good long life and this is him and my grandmother on the day they got married.
I was so very thankful that I had visited with him just three days earlier.  

103/365.....I love this magazine. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 --
We rushed around and traveled back to Georgia for my grandfather's funeral.
We left after our church obligations for the night.
We ended up driving through some nasty rain

104/365...... Because we didn't want to arrive at my Mom's at 2am, we stopped in a hotel for the night.
We were all thankful to get inside out of the rain.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 --
The next morning we drove on to my Mom's house.
We had visitation that evening.

105/365..... a quote from one of the pictures someone sent for my grandfather.

The sky as we left the funeral home that night. 

Friday, April 16, 2015 --

We celebrated the life of my grandfather on Friday.  Some of my sweet friends drove a long way to support me.
So thankful for them and what they mean to my family.

106/365.... As we got ready for bed that evening, this boy made me laugh.
He said he looked like an old man.
And he refused to smile.
Not sure why.

Saturday, April 18, 2015--
My family and I drove back home on Saturday from Georgia for the second time in two weeks.

107/365.... flowers from the ones that were sent for my grandfather.
Brought home to dry.

We stopped at one of our favorites (Fat Buddies - the best ribs ever)
for lunch on the way home.

Sunday, April 19,2015
Our youth went to our local UMAR home on this Sunday afternoon.
We had a blast with the residents.
We painted, had ice cream sundaes and sang songs.
108/365....wonderful afternoon.

Then Ken and I rushed off to go to see Potted Potter at the neatest little theatre downtown in Charlotte.
It had stained glass windows!
Potted Potter was HILARIOUS.

Monday, April 20, 2015 --
Back to the swing of things with school and work.  

109/365....I grabbed this shot of the view from my front porch in the late afternoon.

Me and my people. 
Love them.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 --
My mother in law gave me gift cards from Crate and Barrell for Christmas.
I finally used them and got this awesome lantern.
I love it!

110/365..... I took this picture to prove that I can grow plants.
Even though Ken says I can't.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 --
For the first time ever, I made stuffed peppers for supper.
They were so good and remind me of my childhood. My mom used to make them.

111/365......  This poor girl ended up with a stomach bug on this evening.

Thursday, April 23, 2015  --

Accidental selfie....

112/365....  Maggie was feeling much better by the next afternoon.
She was helping him with his homework.
Love when they are good to each other.

Friday, April 24, 2015 --
On Friday of this week, Lillie and I, along with three other classmates of her and their mom's made a trip to Raleigh to see the Capital Building , the Legislative Building and other museums.
This was in the History Museum.

All four of the kids.
By this point in the day, they weren't really up for smiling.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 --
The next day, we had our annual God's Green Earth Day Event at church.
Even though it was cold and rainy, it was a great event.
Can't wait for next year.

114/365....  It was also prom day for my senior high peeps.
These girls stopped by the church to see me.
They looked beautiful and I am honored that they took time to come and let me see them all dressed up for their fun night!

Sunday, April 26, 2015 --

This was on my timewarp feed for this day.
My Grandfather and Brady one year ago to date.

The youth group had another outing to serve the residents at Holy Angels and then we went out ot supper. 
115/365..... great group of kids!

Monday, April 27, 2015  --

It was book club night but I didn't finish the book.  :/

116/365....  My new old chairs that we got from Ken's grandmother.
They need to be re-done, but I love the shape of them.
And if I can find a hounds-tooth fabric that I like ( that isn't green -- this one is) I will be getting it!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 --
I love when packages arrive with goodies in them that I love!

117/365.... first t-ball game of the season!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015  --
This was Ken and my 15th wedding anniversary.
Maggie made us a lot of goodies.
The one on top has three hearts with maps inside of where we met, married and now live.  SO sweet.

118/365......  I love small groups with our youth each week.
This was our 9th/10th grade group this week.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 --

Made one of my favorite suppers on this night. Tacos or taco salad!

119/365.....I love when my family had time to eat supper and enjoy laughing and talking with one another.

Friday, May 1, 2015 --
 Date day with Ken.
We drove down to Davidson and walked around.
We then had lunch at a little place that made it's own bread.
SO good.

120/365...... finally started changing the mantle from the Easter decorations.
Trouble is, this is as far as it has gone so far.

Life has been extremely busy.
Here is hoping I get to post again before another month passes.