Sunday, March 9, 2008

Birthday weekend highlights


















We had a nice little party for Tissy on Saturday. She wanted to have an American Girl doll party.
We invited a few friends to come and bring their dolls for the Doll Mall. I set up stations all over the house for the girls to play at with their dolls. Walk-in clinic, pet shop, pizza shop, beauty salon, book store... you get the idea. And the kids just played at each station. The hit was the beauty shop where I gave the dolls new hair-dos. Just for the record, this is the easiest party to have. I have done it before with bears for a teddy bear picnic. I find that kids really just want to play with your toys at parties and not do organized activities. Half the fun for my kids is setting up the party and making the little centers around the house.












Tissy is not a big fan of sweets (you can tell by how skinny she is!) so she doesn't like birthday cake. We got her a cookie cake from the cookie shop at the mall instead. Yum.











Tissy's favorite food is pancakes. We went to a nearby park that has a old mill restaurant that serves pancakes. The griddle is built into the table and you make them yourself. This place is pretty popular and the wait for a table is about 2 hours. Chuck and I enjoyed our flapjacks with blueberries and they tasted great with maple syrup.

























You may wonder what we did while we waited our 2 hours for a table... why we went letterboxing of course. I can't stress again what a fun family hobby this is. I blogged about it awhile back. (here) This park has a few boxes, and we were lucky enough to find one. It is always the thrill to succeed in the hunt.

15 comments:

G Sheller said...

What a fun sounding party! I am excited to learn more about letterboxing too! I think my kids would love that.

5Gustos said...

It looks like it shaped up to be a fabulous birthday celebration weekend. You'll have to take us with you sometime letter boxing. I bet my boys would find it appealing. The pictures you shared are so nice. I love to see everyone's pictures, but I find them more difficult to post around. So I can really appreciate the time you put into this blog post. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

Love the BD pictures. Tissy sure is our little pancake girl.
Such a special place to go! I don't know how you ever find so many fun places to go with the family. Looks like she has healed well. Her hair looks so cute!

Marilyn

Tiffany said...

We love the pancake house but haven't been there in a while. That's where I learned to put a little thin spread of peanut butter on my pancake and a little syrup--yum!
The Doll Mall party sounds like a blast. Did you take pictures of each station? I'd love to see what you did. My girls have AG dolls but pretty much only play beauty shop. I'd love some ideas of other things they could do.
Happy Birthday Tissy!

Rachel said...

Too cool!! I have to check this out!

oneblessedmamma said...

We were just talking about going to the Pancake Mill. We may just have to try letterboxing if we can do it there to kill time while waiting for a table. Our birthday celebration was much less exciting, but it was totally messy :-).

Randi said...

It sounds like you had a special birthday celebration for a special little girl. Happy Birthday, Tissy!

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Looks like fun! The pancake place sounds so cool!!!!

Major Mom said...

Thank you, so much.

steffany said...

that sounds like a great way to celebrate a birthday.

Kara said...

What a fun day!!! I keep forgetting to mention that we tried letter boxing with our family after you suggested it. At the three places we tried, the box was not there. Are we doing something wrong or do people take the boxes?

MoscowMom said...

What a fun party. My kids have also loved using the tri-fold project boards to create "background" scenes for their dolls. Right now Katya is painting one for her Kaya doll. I made them one with blown-up photographs to help them process the experience of having surgery last year, too (one side was the pre-op check-in area, one was getting weighed with the nurses, one was driving her Barbie Jeep to the OR). I posted on Annie's site to you that if you'd like some fabric from Moscow, I'd be happy to bring it back for you. It's so cute and quite cheap--and the place has GORGEOUS linen tablecloths, etc. Thanks for the letterboxing info--I'll have to check it out! What state do you guys live in? It looks so nice outside at that park!

pearly1979 said...

The letterboxing sounds fun! Thanks for sharing this, we might have to try it. I did check out one of the websites and there are several possibilities in our area. How neat! :)

crispy said...

Kara,
You aren't doing anything wrong. Sometimes the boxes get taken or become missing. When that happens I contacted the planter through the site and let them know. I always report that we attempted to find the box too.

We tried on 4 boxes this weekend and only found 1. Sometimes the clues are too vague for us and we just don't have luck.

Don't give up. It is really fun. Hope you can find one soon.

Christine said...

Sounds like you guys had fun! Happy Birthday Tissy!