Archive for April, 2011

Hippity Hoppity

Happy Easter!

I love it… with no formal Easter plans Ava rocked her Easter dress and striped bear PJ duo all day!

The basket: a book, candy, more candy and a toothbrush!  The Easter bunny leaves a new toothbrush every year… candy is fun but healthy teeth are a must!  The Easter bunny also gifted Ava with a child size ergo carrier.  Her little sister has entered the carrier phase of life and now Ava’s BFF black cat can join her in ergo coziness!

The Easter basket paper grass and all are bedtime companions and we are finally coming off our sugar high!

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Family Fun!

“We are a family.” ~Ava

Ava had a BLAST during our last visit south to see the Fleckenstein side of the family. She adored every minute with her three cousins! “That is Sam, Eric and Lena.” She proudly told me the whole time!!!  There is no excuse, but until now I did not have a single picture of Ava with her cousins… After my week of snaps I swore that family photos would become much higher on my priority list.  So here they are the cousins… maybe Ella will make it to the next shoot!

It took a while but Ava finally got the jumping together!

Auntie Lisa and Ava!!!

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"A laugh is a smile that bursts."

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Freebee Fun: The Messy Game

I am always looking for new activities to do at home.  With Ella the task has become even more challenging as she needs my attention more than some activities provide.  The other day I ran across an impressive blog post on how to make colored soap puffy paint for the bath.  Impressive indeed also ridiculously time consuming.  It made me think however, how much my first graders LOVED cleaning their desks with shaving cream.  So I pulled out the shaving cream and let Ava go to town on our hallway mirror.  (A glass door would also work).  We call it the Messy Game and Ava had a blast.  We have done this many times since I have yet to food color the shaving cream although I think that is possible!  Easy to clean up, free and above all FUN!!!

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An Inspired Idea

It was so much fun to put three year olds in front of a canvas.  Endless possibilities… Right now Ava is in a mix all the colors together phase creating a lovely shade of brown.  Still I love her masterpiece.  I decided that it would a great idea to give her the same size square canvas every year on her birthday and document the artistic changes.  Plus I think they would make a wonderful wall display all put together someday!!!  I just love a good idea!

Age Three Masterpiece

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Impressive! The streamer wall stayed up until the last half hour of the party! As always it was just as much fun to pull down as to run through! Just look at these smiles!!! Love the streamer wall… best activity of the party!

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Three… I cannot believe Ava is Three!!!!  My birthday girl and her three friends!  Thank you Emma, Noah and Kaya for being a part of a very special day!!!

Daddys Girl

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What would a party be without fun activities.  Ava and I cooked homemade play dough in all the rainbow colors, covered a table in paper for coloring and each child painted a small canvas to take home.  It was Ava’s first experience with acrylic and my excuse to buy the soy rock crayons I had been eying for months!  If the smiles are a measure of success I think the party was a hit!

Love these paper placemats: Mealtime Masterpieces by Freds

Little Artists

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Well, my idea to plan a low key birthday failed… as always I ran wild with planning!  Months ago I started to plan Ava’s Art Party!!! Love this theme and could not wait to get started on all the fun details!  The colorful, fun and yummy ideas were endless but I narrowed it down with the birthday girls help.  She requested cupcakes instead of a layer cake and was my cooking and play dough making assistant.  She helped measure and cut the streamers and was patient as I sometimes had to sew painting aprons instead of playing.  I just LOVED how everything came together… I definitely think that party planning is my calling in my next lifetime!  You may find this scary but ideas are already circling for Birthday #4… I am thinking perhaps an Alice in Wonderland tea party??!!!

I cheated ordering aprons from Oriental Trading Co but spruced them up with custom ribbons and buttons!

Additional favors were a set of watercolors and brush

A color wheel of fruit and rainbow layered cupcakes

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Four Years Ago…

our Lola Bear was born! Despite the expense, walks in the rain and barking that at times has caused babies to wake I cannot imagine my life without her. Our bed would be too big, our home empty and are hearts missing a small unnamed piece! To my cuddly Lola Bear with her big brown nose, I love you and Happy Birthday!!!

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