Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pool Party Birthday


Having a birthday party in the middle of the dog days of summer can be a challenge and somehow we have always managed great parties albeit a little hot. This year, as our Pumpkin was turning 7, and he and his friends are getting bigger and even more active, I realized the kiddie pool in our back yard (with fingers crossed for no rain) wasn't going to be the best fit anymore. 

So we asked him and he decided he wanted a swim party. I was a little nervous because I had never had a birthday party anywhere but our house. I knew the cake would have to be a little simpler because it would have to be transported. Ditto with the decorations and food. 

We decided on a beach ball and pool theme. Turns out our local dollar store had all the perfect beach ball party props. So here's some snapshots of the fun. 


Sea Life crackers
(a little beach instead of pool themed, but let's go with it)


Twizzler pool noodles and Lifesaver gummies


Potato Chip Kickboards


Lifesaver Donuts


Pool Water


Beach Ball Cookie Pop favors


Jello Pool 
(with fish, of course, aren't there giant gummy fish in your pool?1?)


limited table decorations


lots of water fun

Dollar Tree big water squirters are the best pool toys ever.

We had also planned for "pool noodle freezy pops" but the kids had so much fun playing in the pool there wasn't time. 

Happy Birthday Sweet Seven Year Old Boy


I love to watch you grow and play. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Christmas Blessing

We have an extra reason to be excited for Christmas this year. 

Our fifth baby is due on Christmas Day. 


Please keep our baby in your prayers. 

So far I am feeling good and doing great. 

I have already been feeling the baby kick and flutter.

This Advent will have special meaning to our family and I am so grateful for this blessing. 

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