Tuesday, May 12, 2009

her birthday was 2 months ago...

It has been busy around here and we have crammed about 9 months of activities into 2 and a half months. I am a total homebody and love to be home in my own nest. But, I have chosen to take advantage of different goings on to try and connect with more HS families and let my kids try and make some new friends. So we have done park days, nature center trips, watched bird banding, gone to the symphony, visited the zoo, checked out the science center, participated in the National Day of Prayer, signed up for summer camp, started tennis lessons, are finishing up a sewing class...the list goes on (plus throw in a trip to Disney and moving). If you know me, this is WAY more than we normally do. I embrace the SIMPLIFY way of life (HERE). But for this new season here, we need to get out and make friends and this is the best way to do it.

All that to say, Tristen's birthday was 2 months ago (HERE) and we finally had a party for her. I felt bad that we moved into our home just a few days before her birthday, so we never even had a cake. She wanted to invite some friends over for a party and since I have claimed this the YEAR OF CELEBRATIONS, we partied.

And this was actually a pretty easy party. Tissy loves pancakes (and doesn't like sleepovers) so we invited her guests to arrive on a Saturday morning in their jammies and we served pancakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast. 9 little girls all crammed around our table and full of giggles.After breakfast we had craft time in the basement. The girls made butterflies to hang on a mirror or a window. Instead of paint, we used colored sharpies, it was much easier.

Most kids just love to run around and play at parties, but to prevent too much silliness, we planned some games. I love the game where you have to look at a tray and try to remember what was on it. I put all kinds of things used to get ready in the morning.

All trying to see the tray. Trying to use those thinking skills to remember. They look so sweet in their jammies, but how nice that they got a good night sleep at home. =)We also played pictionary. Chuck had ideas for them to draw that had to do with morning or sunshine or breakfast. Here they are drawing on the dry erase board in the school room.
We also had music that Chuck had hunted down, just morning or sunshine songs. It created a fun atmosphere, along with sunshine cut outs and homemade posters. We figured out we have a good party house. Lots of room for both kids and adults to mingle and talk. Before we moved here, I had prayed that God would provide friends. And in just a few months, we were surprised that we could come up with a party list like this. I guess going to all those activities has been worth it.
And look, the birthday cake (made of of rice crispy cookie)...only 2 months late. =)


carrie said...

What a fun party! You guys have done an incredible job at making friends so quickly - I know it is because you are such great friends to others!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated Birthday, Tissy!

It looks like a fun, fun day. Good for you for getting out of your comfort zone and getting the kids plugged in.

Proverb Mom said...

That is SO awesome!
It seems we always move very close to Casey's birthdays and end up doing early or late parties.
Glad they are making good friends here!

Anonymous said...

My girls had a blast. Thank you for including us. And yes, you definitely have a great party house.


Jennifer Y.

Susan said...

What a fun idea for a party. I LOVE breakfast Tristen...I would have loved to come in my jammies and celebrated your b-day with you. So glad God is giving you girls friends....Tally, you look especially old and tall! Don't grow up too fast now. (smile)

Karen said...

Looks like a lot of fun. I love the "remember" game with the items on the tray!! I am so glad that you all have found some great friends for the girls!

*cute idea to have the girls come in their PJ'S:)

Tiffany said...

You are such a great party planner! I love this idea.
Happy Birthday to Tissy two months late.

K-Sue said...

Happy BD + 2 month, Tissy! What a fun party.

And the activity log has seemed like a whirlwind.

Sandee said...

so sweet. I love the breakfast party idea. I will have to imitate it...(flattery flattery) It is funny, for my last birthday I had my 75year old papa come over and cook me breakfast for dinner, we all work jammies...and he made biscuits and gravy, like I remember as a kid on Saturday mornings.

I too want to simplify.

Brianisarockstar said...

Looks like fun. Tell her to look at it this way .... She doesn't even have to wait a whole year until the next party.

Cindy said...

what a great birthday party-I love that they all came in their jammies-they must have gotten such a kick out of that! Yummy rice krispie cake!