Sunday, April 01, 2012

Chani's Hip Hop Recital Costume

Some random pictures that Chani's teacher sent to me.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! Just waiting for the little one to wake up. She is stirring around but hopefully will sleep for another hour or so. I'm so excited for her. Being four is such a good age for Santa. Had to scramble for stocking stuffers for Matt and myself. Don't know how I forgot that this year but I was able to find some things. The tree is full and shining brightly. It's a beautiful sight. Matt's Mom sent home some homemade cinnamon rolls so we'll munch on those for breakfast while opening presents. Even with just the three of us, it looks like we have a family of six or nine even. I hope Santa was good to all of you and he granted all of your wishes. I know he has mine. Thank you everyone who sent gifts, cards, phone calls and emails. I LOVE hearing from everyone and seeing new pictures. I'll try to post a picture of our tree later. Kathy

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

First Day of Jr. Kindergarten

Chani's day started out normally except that we had to be ready for school about 30 minutes earlier. She wanted to wear the formal uniform for her first day. We had some breakfast and then all three of us headed out the door. We arrived at the school about 15-20 minutes early so we could take some pictures. The car pool line had already started but we decided that we would rather walk her in the first day. After pictures, we walked around to the side entrance because they have the front locked. We said our goodbyes and she very casually walked into the building. Nothing major, no tears, no fear. I was fine too.

We arrived a little early for pick up as well. We put her number into the keypad and there was a woman there verifying the number with them inside. Pulled around to the other side and had to wait until they let them out. She came out in order and she was all smiles when she saw us. Even gave a little laugh. Got in the car but she was soooo tired. She fought sleep and told us about her day. She made a friend, Taylor. They went outside 3-4 times. Her favorite class is Spanish. She ate a bite of a chicken sandwich, a bite of salad with no dressing and a bag of chips. She didn't seem really all that hungry though. That was basically all we could get out of her.

She then went to bed at 7:30 and slept until about 6:30. I had to wake her this morning, which is very unusual. Matt took her to school and did the drop off in the car pool line. I will pick her up after school.

That was her first day.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

This year for Chani's 4th birthday, I spent every free moment for about a month getting ready. Then, two full days setting it all up with help from a couple of friends. After all of that, I still wasn't ready but the show went on.

All of these pictures were taken by either Lisa S , Lisa F , or Matt. Both Lisas have posted wonderful blogs about the party and I can't thank each of them enough for all the fabulous photos. That was one of the things that I didn't have time to do before everyone started to come.

As the guests entered, they signed a Disney autograph book, which we took afterwards on our trip to Disney World so we could get the character's autographs as well. They then grabbed some mouse ears, a blowout and a necklace and headed inside.

I made this Mickey shape out of cut up strips of fabric. I used the same fabrics throughout the decorations.

The next area I had set up a photo booth picnic area in one room where everyone was able to get their picture taken with Mickey and Minnie. I think there were 23 kids there if I counted correctly. Thanks so much to Frank for helping with the photos!

These next photos were taken of the room.

The kid tables had a mouse glove plate, a mickey shaped cookie on a stick, a cupcake with mouse pick on a cupcake holder and their goodie bags which included some tattoos and a small photo album. Each table had a bowl with a stuffed character and some balloons. I also had buckets with vinyl dots that held the wrapped silverware. On the table were black tablecloths and red tulle on the top of them.

The cake table had the mouse arch which Matt made, Chani's mouse head cake with candles, extra cupcakes/cookies and a topiary, her name in wooden letters, the Jim Shore Mickey figurine and a Minnie light.

This table held the mouse cups that I monogrammed with their names. It also had the ginormous tub of cheese balls that Matt picked up at the last minute. I made the birthday banner on the wall and the water bottle labels.

The Buffet table had hot dogs with all the fixings, twice baked potatoes, macaroni and cheese, a fruit bowl with dip, some Mickey candy, another mouse topiary and the chocolate fountain with strawberries, graham crackers, marshmallows and pretzels.

The pizza table had Mickey shaped pizzas that the kids could add their own ingredients of sauce, mini pepperoni, ground turkey and cheese. I also had picks that they could write their names on to keep the pizza straight as they were cooked by Sarah. The "S" and "C" were part of the Ispy game.

This counter had the slush drink and adult plates, cups, some cake balls and another mouse I made with flowers.

I had one balloon walker of Mickey and one of Minnie. For some reason, the kids tore these apart. First the head came off and then limbs too. They didn't last very long but the kids sure did have a lot of fun with them. I also made Chani's outfit. It was a store bought shirt but I applied the applique. I also made her hat, both her skirts, her bloomers and added the fringe to her socks.

In another corner, I had a more quiet spot where the kids could color a picture and then hang them on the wall.

On to the party.

For games, we did a cake walk where kids were elimiated. Note to self {have consolation prizes!} We also did "pass the parcel" where each kid was able to unwrap a layer of gift wrap. The last kid was then able to kept the prize. Another game where consolation prizes would have been great. Then the Ispy game. I held up a shape, and the kids had to find the matching one on the wall. I handed out stickers to the ones who saw it first. This was the best game and the kids loved it.

This started as a piece of paper in a kit that Chani colored and we sent it off to be made into the plate. It arrived just in time for her party.

I made the cake to look like a Mickey. Everyone sang and she made a wish and blew out the candles. It took her a few tries but she finally managed.

These are the images that were hung on the walls. The Daisy and Donald were hung on the bathroom doors while Chip and Dale were hung on the closet. The others were randomly around the room. These took me awhile to make.

Matt and Chani put together this puzzle just in time for the party.

This is the bean bag toss game that we ran out of time to play.

These are the toparies that I had made that were scattered throughout the rooms.

And, I know you all wanted to see her bow.

Sunday, after Matt finished cleaning up the clubhouse, we headed out for lunch. On our way home, or so thought Chani, she fell asleep for a couple of hours. About three hours into our drive, Chani woke up and asked why it was taking so long to get home. We then asked her if she wanted to spend the night in a hotel. She always LOVES to do this so she was all too happy. Once we hit Disney the next day, she was like oh, are we at Disney? Not too much excitement but she was happy about it. Those pics to follow.

I finally, I want to thank Sarah, Rachel, Heidi and Cat for helping with the decorating and prep work. I honestly couldn't have done it without your help. My next post will be just random pictures of the party.