Our Easter weekend was pretty wonderful...filled will lots of family time, great food, worship, and TONS of cascarones (confetti eggs). At church we had a really special musical program that was so spiritual and lovely. I feel amazingly blessed to have the gospel in my life and to know that because of Him, my family will be together forever.
A couple of weeks ago, Riley turned 7! SEVEN!!!! How is that possible?
The mind-boggling mysteries of rapid childhood aging will forever escape my brain. It just doesn't seem possible for my children to already be so OLD!
So naturally, as any seven year old girl (and possibly boy) would ask for when contemplating a party, was of course a FROZEN birthday party.
As if I even had to ask.
In researching this endeavor, there are an abundance of Frozen party ideas...but truthfully, those amazing creations are not within my abilities at the present, nor is there ANYTHING Frozen in stock ANYWHERE...so I did what I could and it turned out pretty great, if I do say so.
Here's a few ideas if you're wanting to take the
short-cut minimalist route to a fabulous Frozen birthday party!
^^^ My MIL made these delish snowflake sugar cookies, which my kids decorated the day prior. Then she wrapped them up to give out for party favors! ^^^
The noses (carrots), ice (blue jello), and antlers (stick pretzels) were the easiest thing! We ended up using the carrots and pretzels to make mini-Olafs later (see below).
^^^ My mom made a Frozen concoction of blue Hawaiian Punch, Sprite, and pineapple juice...then added a few scoops of ice cream for good measure. So yum! ^^^
^^^ Using tinted almond bark with marshmallows and pretzels, the girls made their own snowflakes and Olafs. This was a hit! ^^^
^^^ My sweet girls. Times just goes by too fast. ^^^
In addition to the above, the party also included:
-Frozen coloring pages
-Ice cream cupcakes (made with confetti cake and birthday cake ice cream)
-A viewing of Frozen, complete with several rewinds for sing-along purposes
The lovely people at ZACH Theatre reached out to me about attending a performance of Dr. Seuss'sThe Cat in the Hat last weekend, and I jumped at the chance to expose my little ones to production theatre...not to mention at the longest running theatre company in Texas! I ended up taking Tyler Bree, as she was the one I most thought would "get it" in terms of the entire production process. It was also and opportunity for me to weave in a few homeschooling topics with her.
Easter is such a special holiday, and one especially that we try to make it as Christ-centered for our family as we can. For Easter baskets, we normally do a mix between fun and Jesus gifts, such as a picture of Christ or a bookmark for their scriptures. But for my little guy (almost 3), filling his Easter basket is a bit more challenging because of his age and understanding of the holiday. So after quite some thinking, I've come up with several toddler-appropriate Easter basket ideas that will sure to brighten your little one's face come Easter morning!
Last weekend was Tyler Bree's first dance competition of the year. We've done "pre-team" competitions in years prior, but this was the first real deal. She did great and loved it...thankfully. We have another one this weekend in San Antonio and then some more coming up in a few weeks. So basically, I'll be a pro at ballerina buns, false eyelashes, and quick changes come summer.
I've never seen the show "Dance Moms", but I have a feeling that the reality I witness at these competitions are not far from what they portray on the show...meaning, they keep it real. Aside from kniving moms (which I'm sure there are some, just not on our team), being a dance mom is not for the faint of heart. It kicks my butt.
Not even kidding.
So you might be wondering, what on Earth could be so challenging about being a little ol' dance mom...how could it possibly be anything but cheers and smiles and "Break a leg, Honey!" you might ask...
I had some bluebonnet mini sessions last night and it was so much fun with these adorable families...who's mommas just happen to be my good friends, too!
We were out in an open field (read: no shade), and it was fun playing with the colors of the wildflowers in that diffused light. So gorgeous and blast for me as a photographer!