Claire's 6th Birthday!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

 Back in December we celebrated Claire's 6th Birthday with a Solar System party! Last Summer, the theme of the Practicum camp that Claire went to was Space themed and ever since then she has loved space and the planets! It worked perfectly to have her party be Solar System themed because we were able to do lots of projects that corresponded with our Cycle 2 memory work!

Since Claire's birthday is just 5 days before Christmas, we have started a little tradition in making a Christmas tree match Claire's party theme. We painted various sizes of styrofoam balls, added glitter, and hooks to make ornaments for her tree.

Lollipop plants for her cake! Party city has lots of lollipops that you can purchase individually! Wilton sells edible star glitter that made the perfect asteroid belt! 

For the backdrop I painted a 4x4 board from Home Depot and then marked off spots for Brian to drill holes in the constellation patterns that Claire chose (Big Dipper, Little Dipper, and Leo the Lion). It was quite an ordeal getting the lights to be just so! I ended up hot gluing them in! We gave her "her Moonie" first thing when she woke up so that we could add it to the backdrop. She loves her "Moonie" and she sleeps with it on every night!

 I printed a picture of Claire's face and tapped it to this blow up astronaut! It was one of my favorite parts of the party! Her face is just so darn cute!!

 We had to serve astronaut ice cream and astronaut ice cream sandwiches!

Cute space themed lollipops from Oriental Trading. 

We had various craft stations set up around the room for the kids. We had a straw rocket station, an astronaut coloring page, constellation lacing cards, a constellation identification station, and some toy astronauts to play with.

The pictures just don't do these planets justice! They were my favorite part! I painted different sizes of lanterns and we taped up a yellow circle tablecloth to be the sun! 

I placed glow stars in different constellation patterns for the kids to search for. I enlisted Claire to help add some random jewel stars. Instead of placing them randomly she put Big Dippers everywhere. She loves the Big Dipper :)

I think this might have been my favorite party to date! 

Shout out to my amazing husband and mama for spending an entire evening hanging black plastic on the walls, hanging the planets up for me, and every other task that I threw at them to make my party ideas come to life!!

Randoms from the end of September

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

 Random school finds from September... A really neat Solar System measuring tape for us to use at CC, a C2opoly game (CC Connected download), and The Tales of Tiptoes Lightly, new book for Kenley. We played C2opoly once and it was a bit too much for the girls (and my patience) but it will be a great game for next time we go through this cycle when the girls are older!

Blob mapping with watercolor pencils. I bought a pack of Crayola watercolor pencils on clearance at Target and we love them! They glide so much easier than traditional colored pencils and the color is more vibrant. Sometimes we go over our pictures with water to get the water color effect and sometimes we don't, either way they are great.

CC review Jeopardy

Wet on wet watercolor is the best way to start a day! 

Defeating King Harold of England in 1066...

Kenley made presents for the Carruthers kids for James birthday. She made little pipe cleaner dolls for each of them with sleeping bags. She had a little bit of help from me with the hot glue gun but it was mostly her! I think they turned out super adorable!

Since the 5 grandkids were spending the night at Grandma and Grandpa Ronk's house the day after James 7th birthday we decided to throw him a surprise party. We basically bought everything  Spiderman that the Dollar Tree had to offer. I let the girls (mostly Kenley) take full reign on it and they loved it! Obviously they are my children so the love of birthday parties runs deep!

I love these kids! Have I mentioned how great it is that we live near them again?!


Monday, November 14, 2016

 (Angela and I's faces in the mirror is cracking me up!)

On September 23rd we got haircuts! It was Claire's first haircut and Kenley's second haircut. I LOVED Claire's long flowing hair but it was time for a cut to help it be more manageable. I'm so glad that we could get an appointment to have Angela cut our hair since she is moving to California soon! She did my hair for our wedding and has been cutting my hair for the last 11 years!