If I Say Hello, Will It Echo In Here?

Hey ya’ll. Remember how I was doing better about posting back around the beginning of the year? And then this happened:

….and I went into a 4-month-long ¬†nausea-and-exhaustion-induced hibernation. Or something like that.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done this and turns out pregnancy is even more miserable when you’re almost 40 than it is when you’re not quite 30. Who would have guessed? But we’re super happy and can’t wait to have another baby in the house. He’s due in October. so just a few more months to go.

Between the constant nausea and ridiculous exhaustion (so much worse than I remember from the girls) I didn’t accomplish a whole lot other than survival during the spring months, but I thought I’d give a quick update on what we’ve been up to anyway.

Mad turned 8 in March and I threw her the lamest birthday party ever, in which I did almost nothing except bake a cake and took zero photos. Thankfully she’s a very forgiving person because I just couldn’t handle life at that point.She asked for a new journaling Bible and has been happily creating ever since. ūüėÄ

In April (armed with nausea meds from my dr, thank goodness) we took a trip through west Texas, which has been on Jerm’s bucket list for years. We drove to Big Bend for a few days, then headed to Balmorhea to see the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. We drove through the Guadalupe Mountains, stayed in El Paso, almost ended up in Mexico thanks to a faulty GPS, and detoured to Carlsbad to see the caverns. It was a fun trip, and we’re glad we did it..once. Probably don’t ever need to see all that again, though. Talk about your desolate, desert-y, middle-of-nowhere wastelands. I can definitely see why there aren’t many people living in most of those places.


 

We’ve had lots of family in town visiting. Ang, mom, and Heidi/Anthony/Malachai have all made trips down here this year and Jerm’s had lots of cousins, great-uncles, and aunt/uncles, etc. visit. It’s been fun to see everybody, but I didn’t get many photos, sadly. Here’s a super cute one of my newest nephew that almost makes up for the lack of evidence from everybody else.

Susannah celebrated her 10th birthday with a unicorn-themed party. I love that she still likes all things girly and frilly and sparkly.

Let’s see, what else has been happening…

Our floors flooded AGAIN while we were out of town so we’re once again replacing flooring. Going with tile this time and it’s suuuuper gorgeous, so I’ll be sure to share a photo when it’s down.

I’m actually making progress on my to-be-read shelves this year, largely due to my hermit status and refusal to leave the house unless it’s an absolute necessity. I’ve cleared probably 15 books so far and am plugging away steadily at several more. I’ll have to post a separate book update soon.

That’s pretty much our spring in a few paragraphs – what have yall been up to?

March Happenings

Peoples, March has been insane. It kind of makes me sad that we’re down to the last few days because I love March in Texas. There’s bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush and wisteria everywhere and it’s¬†super¬†green and the sun isn’t set to “scorch everything in sight” quite yet, but it’s warm enough to go out and do whatever for however long you want without being either too cold or hot. BUT I’m also kind of glad it’s almost over because I AM TIRED. April probably won’t be any better, but I’m not gonna think about that.

So here’s a quick(ish) rundown of the insanity that was our March.

#1 – We roadtrip to Missouri to get the girls a dog.

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We can’t help it. We’re dorks and perfectly fine with it.

So here’s the thing. I adore road trips. I will not turn a road trip down. I want to take a million different road trips.

Just no more for at least two or three months. (Although if Jerm suggested one, you know I’d be in the car two minutes ago…) We’ve traveled every month this year so far and it’s beginning to take it’s toll. (Plus school is hard when you only have three days every week to work with.)

The trip was fun, we got to hang with Jerms aunt, uncle, and cousins, several of which I’d not met yet. It was cool getting to know them a little, plus they lived on an honest-to-goodness farm, which Mad LOVED. I swear, she ran out to check the henhouse for eggs at least twenty or thirty times every day. So stinkin cute.

Unfortunately she also had the worst athsma attack ever while we were up there, which was scary and led to another round of doctor appointments when we got home. I think she’s finally getting the meds she needs now, though, so that’s good.

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And we are now dog owners. Meet Blossom (the girls named her, of course). ¬†I am so NOT an animal person, but I’ve got to admit that I’m kind of attached to her already. Not enough to like, roll around on the ground with her like Madeline does, but enough to pet her and walk her and stuff. So long as I don’t see any ticks on her I think we’ll be great friends.

#2 – We throw a pirate party

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We were actually in Missouri on Mad’s birthday so we celebrated a few days after we got home. This year she requested a pirate party, which was surprisingly easy to throw together, especially with the help of the wonderfulness that is Hobby Lobby and Amazon. I didn’t have the time to do much handmade this year, but she was happy with her party anyway. And all prejudices aside, I think she makes a pretty cute little pirate. ūüėČ

#3 – We host our friends from North Carolina for a long-awaited girls weekend (minus the weekend part)

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My friend Amber brought her little daughter to Texas for a visit and we had a wonderful time together. The time went by too fast, but we’re so grateful for the days we had together. Susannah and Harley have been pen pals for a year or two now and it was so fun watching them get to know each other face to face. We shopped and took them to the Rainforest Cafe¬†for lunch (which, to be honest, we enjoyed even more than the kids did I think) ¬†and had an impromptu tea party and laughed and talked and watched Mockingjay (where’s Lanae and a creepy theater when we need them?!) and laughed and talked some more. Mad cried when they left and I don’t blame her one bit. Come back to see us again, Amber/Harley!

There were so many other things crammed into this month, too, but I think I’ll stop here. I sadly did not get any Easter dresses made for the girls this year. In fact, I didn’t get any Easter pictures either (total honesty here – we haven’t even had our egg hunt yet…put it off until this week). Susannah’s been begging me to sew her something, so maybe I’ll make them April dresses instead. But I’m not holding my breath on that.

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Under the Sea Party

Susannah’s under-the-sea theme was so much fun. Probably my favorite party so far. I can’t believe the girl is 8 already.

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I think the octopus (jellyfish?) cupcakes were my favorite part. I mean, I wouldn’t have eaten one for $20 (marshmallows…blech), but they were so dang cute. Under the Sea Party 1

Jerm especially enjoyed eating the claws off of the lobster candies. Under the Sea Party 2 Under the Sea Party 3 Under the Sea Party 6

Susannah loved the hanging jellyfish so much that she had me hang them up in the playroom after the party.  Under the Sea Party 7 Under the Sea Party 8

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The kids loved the jello. I meant to add crushed graham crackers on the top for sand but I forgot to buy them…oops. Under the Sea Party 14

I had a treasure hunt planned for the kids to search out their favor chests but it rained so much the day before the party that I had to nix that idea. It wasn’t worth them squishing around in the backyard bog we’ve had all summer. Under the Sea Party 15

Oyster cookies. Under the Sea Party 16

My weirdly disproportionate crab plates. Oh well, they worked.  Under the Sea Party 17

I made these out of salt dough and planned to hang them as a garland but they were so heavy that I ended up scattering them on the table instead. Under the Sea Party 18

I’ve never had Sonic’s ocean water, but whipped up a batch for the party and Susannah LOVED it. Weird, because she’s not a coconut fan, but I think she drank about half of it herself. Under the Sea Party 19

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The girls with their mermaid tails. Poor Audrey got last pick and hers was way too short. Little girls are so cute. They’re fun to sew for, too. Under the Sea Party 24 Under the Sea Party 25 Under the Sea Party 26 Under the Sea Party 28

Happy Birthday, girlie.

(Linking here.)

Madeline’s Frozen Party

 

Despite my best efforts I wasn’t able to change Madeline’s mind about having a Frozen party. I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty much dreading the sequel. ¬†But my Frozen rant is for another day; here’s the few photos I managed to get from her party. ¬†It’s always, ALWAYS gloomy and rainy the day of Mad’s party, so the pictures aren’t great, but the kids had fun anyway.

My first choice for decor wouldn’t have been a poster, but Mad has been dyyyyying for one so I decided to use it at the party and then let her hang it in her room after.

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Probably the ugliest cake ever, but I thought the “ice” turned out kind of cool. Frozen Cake

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Favors for the kids to take home.  My girls were super excited about these because they adooooore marshmallows.  Little weirdos.   Frozen Party 2

More favors for the kids: Elsa crowns and Sven antlers for poor Billy, who’s always the lone boy. Frozen Party 3

I couldn’t find matching forks so I jazzed up boring white ones with stick-on gems. Frozen Party 6

My favorite line from any of the Frozen songs. I think Anna is too cute. frozen party 4

The little Elsa queen, herself, with a very Texan no-shoes concession. I even did Elsas coronation haristyle, and anyone who knows me probably realizes how huge that is for me. ¬†I’m really hair-challenged, but I though her style was adorable. Frozen Party 5

The hair didn’t make it very long, though, thanks to a lot of trampoline jumping. Frozen Partry 9

The smallest Elsa of them all. Frozen Party 7

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Sadly, I didn’t get a group photo during the party, but here’s one from the next morning before the cousins headed home. ¬†We were so happy to have them for a few days.¬† Girls

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Yes, this is more like it.  This kid has developed a really loud, obnoxious, hilarious personality, and I love her so much. Madeline is 6

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Week(s) in Review: August 17-30

So we’re home, I think we’ve finally kicked the sinus infections we came back with, and things are starting to seem normal again. ¬†I don’t know if it was being sick or what but it took me forevvvvver to get over the jet lag this time around. ¬†Maybe I’m just not as young as I once was…

We jumped right back into school and finished up the remainder of our school year on Friday, so we’re ready to jump straight into our next grades starting Tuesday. ¬†The year-round thing worked really well for us this past year so we’re sticking with that for now. To celebrate the end of our first-grade history we partied Roman-style. ¬†Interpretation: we ate while reclining. ¬†The girls had a blast and nobody even spilled their drinks¬†so it was a win all around.

We had meat, cheese, bread, grapes, dates, and sparkling grape juice. Oh, and raspberry rolls. ¬†We may have broken the authenticity with that, but Susannah wanted them. ¬†(Don’t mock our “couches.”)

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We told Mad she had to be the barbarian due to her golden locks. ¬†She wasn’t too thrilled with that, but it fits well enough. Roman Party 2

 

I walked into the living room the other day to this:

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Susannah and “block Susannah”

I came home to a gigantic stack of mail; some of it was even interesting. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†My favorites:

  • The DohVinci kits, courtesy of BzzAgent
  • ¬†eSalon box of products (also thanks to a Bzzagent program) – my hairs really needed this one!
  • A stack of books from Paperbackswap – I seriously love trading books on this website, check it out if you haven’t already. ¬†Just do it.
  • My complimentary necklace/earring set from the Tiny Bluebird Boutique¬†– I won a contest a few weeks ago and they let me pick what I wanted from their shop. ¬†Isn’t it pretty?!
  • This envelope that wins the prize for prettiest mail, ever.

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Last weekend Aunt Tammy hosted a tea party for the little girls and they had a blast dressing up, eating cupcakes, and posing for pictures.  Little girls are so much fun. And Aunt Tammy is awesome.

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What have you been up to lately?

Celebrated anything, even for a silly occasion like finishing Roman history?

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At long last…the rainbow party!

Finally, the long-overdue rainbow party.

This was a fun one, you guys. Really fun.

Maybe my favorite thing about the party was the awesome color wheel we hung in the living room. I wanted to leave it up forever but Jerm nixed that idea because he thinks we need the ceiling fan or something.  Whatever.

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The view from beneath. Color Wheel edit

 

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Oh, and Susannah had her first lesson on the sewing machine Рshe sewed a bunch of the circle garlands together.  It was a perfect job for her.

By far the most time-consuming part of the decorations were these fringed streamers. ¬†These are still hanging up, mostly because I haven’t had the energy to take them down since I’ve been home. ¬†I’m thinking about using them in the playroom because they’re just so bright and cheerful.

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I meant to use it as a photo backdrop during the party, but wouldn’t you know I forgot. ¬†We snapped a few that evening with the girls, though. ¬†Nice outfits, right?

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Rainbow food is so fun!  We had rainbow jello squares, rainbow-sprinkled rice krispy treats, rainbow slush, ice cream pops, and of course, a rainbow cake.

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The rice krispy treats were flavored with cake batter, which was an interesting twist. ¬†Jerm really liked them, but I’m not fond of cake batter flavor so I prefer the regular version.

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The rainbow jello was an especially big hit. ¬† I’ll definitely be making it for the girls again at some point.

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Susannah adored the cake. ¬†It was worth all the time to put it together to see how excited she was about it. ¬†And rainbow layer cakes are always a winner. ūüôā

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And what rainbow party would be complete without a selection of pretty candies to fill the favor bags with?  Not ours, apparently.

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Besides the candy we also had rainbow wands, rainbow name bracelets, and mini rainbow notepads for each kid to take home.

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The birthday girl.  I only got one or two photos during the party itself because it was so hectic and crowded, but fun was had and cake was eaten and presents were opened.

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I didn’t plan any games or activities, but the kids still seem to prefer free play, so that worked out well. ¬†I’m not sure any of them could have been still after all that sugar, anyway!

And now I’m done with birthdays for the year and can spend that time¬†praying that my kids infatuation with Frozen won’t last until next spring. ¬†Cause I don’t want to plan a Frozen party….rainbow is way more fun.

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Parties I link to: Flamingo Toes 

Mad’s Despicable Me Party

I’m not going to lie, I’m kind of happy to have this party behind me. It wasn’t my favorite theme, even though it was pretty easy to throw together, but the kids loved it so I guess my opinion doesn’t really count. ūüėČ (I have, however, already talked Susannah into a fun, girly theme for her birthday!) I don’t even know how this girl is already five. How do I not have any babies anymore? I’m half sad/half ecstatic about that fact and not sure which side will win out in the end.

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Probably my favorite element of the party: the door sign. ¬†Thank you, Gru for voicing my sentiments exactly. ¬†ūüėČ **Update – I’ve had many requests for this printable and while (sadly) I did not save the original document, one of my¬†kind¬†readers, Erin, recreated it to share with all of you. ¬†Many thanks, Erin! ¬†Click here for the printable.
(Inspiration was from this site.)

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The first batch of cousins. ¬†Sadly, I didn’t get a group photo of the entire set with Billy and Audrey. ¬†They were all too busy playing to sit still for something as boring as a picture. ¬†ūüôā ¬†It was nice having Heather and Caleb here for the party, especially since it was Mad’s specific request this year.

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Dr Nefario is my second-favorite character from the movies so he made an appearance or two. ¬†ūüôā

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The most popular item of the day: the Box of Shame. ¬†Even a few adults got in on the action… ¬† PicMonkey Collage

I seriously wanted to just buy some little cupcake flags or something, but Mad wanted a minion cake so I gave it my best shot. ¬†Don’t laugh.

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There were a few people who hadn’t seen the movies, so they definitely didn’t understand about the caterpillars. ¬†ūüėČ

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He just cracks me up.  The kids went wild for this concoction.  It was crushed up freeze pops mixed with Sprite.  *gag*  They loved it though, especially since they got to drink it out of tiny test tubes.

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Third time’s the charm….the kid has no lung capacity at all. ¬†I think this is the first time Billy hasn’t done the honors for her.

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Scary minion goody bags to take home their shirts, ray guns, and anti-gravity serum.

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The littlest minion of them all.

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Mad says this was her favorite birthday so far. Did your kid have a favorite party theme? ¬†Did you like it too? Parties I link to: Craft-O-Maniac, Sew Can Do, C.R.A.F.T., Skip to My Lou, Chef In Training, A Bowl Full of Lemons,Sugar Bee Crafts, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Todays Creative Blog, Mandy’s Recipe Box, My Girlish Whims, Handy Man, Crafty Woman, Sew Much Ado, Ginger Snap Crafts,The Crafty Blog Stalker, A Glimpse Inside, Tidy Mom, Thirty Handmade Days, Tatertots and Jello, Flamingo Toes, Six Sisters Stuff, Naptime Creations, I Heart Naptime