Monday, October 25, 2010

May turns 2

May turned 2 can you believe it?!? Unfortunately her birthday was kind of lame due to sickness and doctors appointments. When Zach got home we took her to ride the train at the mall and get a smoothie (I refused to make a cake that would only have 2 1/2 pieces out of it-so smoothies it was).

We had a Minnie Mouse party for her on Saturday though and I thought it turned out pretty good. I got a lot of my ideas from At Second Street but I changed a lot of them because she is way more creative than I am.

Here is her cute Minnie outfit. She is wearing this for Halloween too. I made the skirt (the tutorial is in the link At Second Street) and the headband and then just bought her a pink shirt. And of course she is wearing her sparkly pink shoes-can't leave home without them

Here are the invitations. The inside was basically the beginning lines to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse but we changed it to come to my party and "Maylie Mouse" instead of Mickey Mouse. If I had a bigger budget I would've got pink M&Ms but regular ones just had to do.

I made the cake. It turned out WAY better than the crazy cupcakes last year. For Minnie's face I used a 10" round and her ears are 2 6" inch rounds. I used 2 cans of chocolate, a can of vanilla, and a can of cherry frosting. Zach did not want me to make my own frosting because he hates how the dyes turn your mouth colors. It was so much easier using premade anyway so I was glad for the request!

I made this banner with much instruction from Caytee (thanks Caytee) at our little craft group thing. It was a lot of fun. I think I might just put the Maylie part up in her room.

Aren't the poofs adorable? So easy and pretty cheap. They are just made out of tissue paper and I love love love them. The tutorial is At Second Street but she takes you to the Martha Stewart website.

This is our pinata. The kids were such good sports about going in the rain to hit it. We don't have any pictures because cameras don't mix well with rain. We made the kids wear Mickey Mouse gloves ( you know the big squishy ones you get from Disneyland) so that it was hard to grasp the bat. Funny story. Morning of the party and I'm looking everywhere for the table clothes I bought and suddenly I realize that I probably glued them into the pinata. Way to go. Everyone was a little confused about them when they came out.

Zach shaped the pinata but I think he did the hard way. Check out At Second Street for the easy way. She also tells you how to decorate it this easy peasy way with crepe paper. The bow I sewed from material leftover from May's outfit.

We gave everyone a "toodles" bag that had mouskatools in them that we used throughout the party. For example-stickers and markers to decorate hats, blindfolds and tape for pin the bow on Minnie, candles for the cake etc. This will probably make no sense to you unless you've seen Mickey Mouse Clubhouse so go watch it and realize what cute idea it was. :)

Here is everyone in their mouse ears hats. I love our family. Everyone decorated and wore a hat. What good sports.

We played pin the bow on Minnie. This is May's 94 year old great great grandma pinning the bow on Minnie. What a sweetheart huh. This is the great great grandma May's middle name is after (Linnie- it rhymes with Minnie sweet eh?).

May was of course spoiled with gifts from everyone. She got several princess things. Zach's mom gave her a Minnie card that sings Happy Birthday when you open it-guess how many times that was played throughout the next week. Below is a picture of her working on her birthday ball. My grandma doesn't wrap presents-she birthday balls them. You put everything in crate paper and as you unroll it you find lots of little surprises. It's one of my favorite traditions.

We had a great time. Thanks to our amazing family who came and had lots of fun with us!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Boo to blogger

Can I just tell you how many posts I've tried to write and given up because blogger is making me so frustrated. Currently I cannot move the picture above without freezing my computer. So the picture above is the Lion King. We saw it courtesy of my mom- and it was amazing. The music, the costumes, the puppets all amazing. The Capital Theater ought to be renovated though. The seats are terrible as is the restroom situation. I made some nice friends in the men's bathroom though...nice eh?
May is going to be 2 next week. Ahh! Can you believe it? I can't it's just crazy crazy crazy. We have a super sweet Minnie Mouse party planned I'm very excited.
We pulled May out of gymnastics. She has started asking me if we can go home about half way through the class. It's pretty pricey so if she doesn't like it I decided it's not worth it to pay for it and make her go. We started going to a little music class at the library though and so far she seems to really like it-plus it's free so can't beat that. The gal that does it is very good at what she does but she is always in sweats. Like really- I know you're working with 2 year olds but you can't find 5 seconds to put on a pair of jeans to go to your job? I don't know people that go places in their pjs without a really good reason bother me in general.

We ordered Beauty and the Beast from the Disney Movie club and it came yesterday. We got a copy and to give May for her birthday and my mom ordered her copy with us so we could get a better deal on it. My mom let May watch her copy and May got so excited. She loves all the princesses but hasn't ever seen Belle in anything. There is a part right after Belle gets her room at the castle where she starts crying on her bed and then they cut to a scene with Gaston and May was so sad. "Oh no Belle crying" "You ok?" until they came back to Belle and I could reassure her that Belle was smiling now. After watching the movie though she gathered up her couple figurines she has of Belle and they were the only princesses allowed in the little people castle. She is so funny.

I just watched last nights Glee. I'm done. I'm not watching it anymore and I'll just get the music when it's released. And frankly I don't think I'll be a worse person for not knowing the happs at McKinley High. I will miss Harry Shum Jr. I just love his dancing-he is amazing. They don't show case it that much though so it's ok.
Speaking of TV I miss Parks and Rec. Fit it in somewhere NBC!
My brother left for Wisconsin Sunday. He'll stay there for a bit and then he'll be headed straight to Afghanistan. I hope he stays safe!