Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Another awesome giveaway!

The Polka Dot Chair is giving away a $40 gift certificate to The Vintage Pearl! Stop by and check it out for yourself by clicking on the store name above. Good luck!

Free Coffee!

Chaotic Mommy is giving away a free gift basket from Community Coffee!

And really... who DOESN'T need a lil coffee now and again! For details on the giveaway, click on "Chaotic Mommy" above. To link to Community Coffee, click on their name above.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Leg-o my Lego birthday party!

Today was Jackson's seventh birthday, and we also held his party today.

There was no doubt which "theme" he'd want this year, as these kids have Legos coming out of their ears! And really, it made for a rather fun and inexpensive party.

I made 3 different flavors of cake in 3 different shapes - a rectangle (13x9), a square (not sure of the dimensions; it's the Wilton square pan; probably about 10"?), and a regular, 2-layer 8" circle. I made cupcakes, cut off the muffin tops, and sat them upside-down on top of each cake, then frosted. They were semi-easy, but a little time consuming... but I think they're pretty cute. And the kids loved that they could choose from white, chocolate, or strawberry cake.

I used inexpensive table covers on the two tables and bought matching round plates so the tables themselves would even look like Legos. I bought foam core poster board and Marc and I made Lego posters to put all over the house,

and I even sucessfully made a Lego-man cutout! (Though I was told by Logan that he's a little cross-eyed.)

We used a lot of the boys' Lego sets for decor, being sure to put them on shelves or in a cabinet if they were the intricate, don't-want-to-have-to-put-this-back-together kind. And of course we had plenty of loose Legos out for building.

The birthday boy was PLENTY excited,

so when his guests arrived, we got this party started! First, I set a timer for 3 minutes everyone tried to build the tallest freestanding Lego tower.

We did a two-team relay-type game, where each player took a turn trying to toss a Lego into a cup, and the team with the most Legos in the cup at the end won. Then we gave everyone 24 small brick Legos, a plastic cup, and a pair of chopsticks. Each player had to put one hand behind their back and try to be the first to get all their bricks in their cup.

Jacks had a great time opening his gifts from his friends,

and then it was time for lunch.

On the menu was:

Ham & turkey sandwiches, cut into squares and adorned with circles of cheese to make them resemble a Lego.

Blue jello minifigures (Lego men), cut with cookie cutters purchased from (sorry, no photo; it went too quickly!) and carrot sticks,

All kinds of fruit and cheese,

and individual koolaid bottles, amoung other little snacks.

It was then time to blow out the candles on Jackson's birthday cake,

then each guest received two minifigure cookies to frost (and eat) as they please.

After our guests went home for the night, it was time for Jackson to open his birthday gifts from Mom and Dad. I think we did alright with what we chose for him...

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. ~ Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Through the hoop

(Wow... feels weird not to begin the title with Project 365...)

Logan decided this year he'd like to play basketball, and so far he's loving it!

It's so much fun to watch these little guys play. And, I must admit, I'm really having a lot of fun trying to get some halfway decent action shots. It's a LOT harder than it looks, with the shoddy gymnasium lighting and all. Not to mention, I really don't have the proper "glass" for these conditions. But it's fun, nonetheless, so I'm sure you'll be seeing more of these guys.

Project 365, DAY.....365!!!!!!! (12/31/09) HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Continuing on with our tradition of throwing wild, hoppin' New Year's Eve parties, tonight we celebrated the upcoming year of 2010 with...

confetti poppers,

prize crackers,

Sparkling juice (and Moscato for us "big kids"),

a whole lotta junk food,

a tiny bit of healthy food,

and each other's company.

Couldn't have asked for anything more. :)

Thank you again to all of you who have put up with some, quite frankly, random and somewhat boring posts this year. I appreciate your support more than you know!

"New Year's Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time." ~ James Agate

Project 365, Day 364 (12/30/09) How times have changed

It used to be, when a friend wanted to give your kids something obnoxious, you ended up with "Sing Along Barney" or a 5 gallon bucket of Play Doh ground into your carpet. Nowadays, you get race cars that are driven on the walls!

Thanks, Tonia! :)

"I didn't get a toy train like the other kids. I got a toy subway instead. You couldn't see anything, but every now and then you'd hear this rumbling noise go by." ~ Steven Wright