Friday, April 06, 2007

Catch me if you can!

Ok, time for major catch-up. . .blogstyle. The beginning of the year is busy around our house with all the girls having their birthdays. So, here's a look at their parties and some pictures of them in their easter dresses this year. (Thank goodness I took those a couple weeks ago because it's freezing this weekend!!)

Madison had her birthday party a couple weeks before her birthday!!
We did a Luau (hawaiian, whatever you want to call it. . .all the decor/party favors were on clearance in Target's dollar section last summer, so I decided SOMEONE was having a Luau party!)
Matt's sister made her an awesome cake, with hula dancers and plenty of fish in the sea.Molly helped just a little in blowing out the candles.We had pizza (NOT hawaiian, just cheese), and lots of fresh fruit. . grapes, strawberries and lots of fresh pineapple. I was amazed at how many kids hadn't had it before!! It was all snatched up pretty quick. We also had strawberry smoothies to drink.I went online and found out everyone's 'Hawaiian' name, and made nametags. They sat down and had to try and guess who's name was who's. They tried to call each other that name the rest of the night. I taught them a hula (the 'Huki-lau'--Thanks Mom!), and we danced around and were silly. Matt drew a big coconut tree on poster board and we did pin the coconut on the coconut tree.
We made little flower pens (the ones you use a fake flower and use green floral tape to wrap it around a pen) for a craft. And Matt used his fingernail painting skills to do cute little flowers on their thumbs.
At the end of the party I took pictures of each of the guests doing a surf pose or a hula pose. See the finished product for the Thank yous below.Yes, Maddie and Molly are matching. I was surprised that they chose to!!I just found free photos online then used photoshop to put the girls in. (Thanks Tiff for helping me figure that out!) The hula picture had an awesome rainbow/mountain/hawaiian scene. I loved how the surf ones turned out.

Molly's big day was a couple weeks later. Hers, of COURSE, was a dog party.
We ordered tons of stuff (and cheap too!), from Oriental Trading Company. Dog ears/headband, and little stuffed dogs, dog-bone candy. When the kids arrived we gave them some ears to wear and they decorated a collar to play the 'pin the collar on the dog' game. Then we did face paint for all the new puppies and they also colored a tag to make their own collar.
I had bought the little stuffed dogs from OTC and so we had an adoption center that they all got to choose one from. Then we decorated doggy bowls with stickers and they made collars for their new pets too. I think they liked the face paint and picking a doggy name the best.Matt's sister made another cute cake for Molly with TONS of little dogs on it. She loved it.The funnest part was playing simon says with all dog commands!!
Here they are all playing dead! Who knew I could get 5/6 year olds to behave so well??
Here's our pin the collar on the doggy game.

Whitney's birthday comes next, she has the exact same birthday as Christy's little one, so we had them over for a little party.
Eva was excited about that candle, Whitney. . .not. . .so. . .much.Maddie and Molly had some fun too. . .mostly smearing the cool whip on each other.One of my favorite gifts for all of my girls has been their bitty babies. They each got them when they were around 2 years old. Right when they are in that total mommy mode. After Whitney opened hers, the other girls got theirs out, and they all were playing for about an hour. Suitcases, and clothes, and blankets, and bottles.
Here they all are with their babes.
A couple of days later we had our big family Sunday dinner at our house to celebrate Whitney's birthday. I made little ice cream cone cupcakes (my mom used to always make these for our birthdays when we were younger. . .such an easy way to make it not so messy). I put the little sucker in to be like a flower (ok, it's not so fancy, but Whitney liked it). MMM.

We gave Whitney lots of ballons for her party. I think that was her favorite. Here are the girls in their new easter dresses (from Childrens Place). I love the little sweaters and the prints.

Hmm. . .maybe NOT with those pink shoes Maddie (pick your battles. . .pick your battles.)
Molly had to do the same little pose that Madison was doing on her bed.
Birthday girl with her balloons!!
We almost had to let her take them in the car. . .she would NOT let go (only for a sucker).

Happy Easter!!!


b. said...

Ohhhh, you are the cutest mom with the cutest girls!! Thank you for sharing your sweet pictures! Not to mention the great b-day party ideas! Truly, wendy-sue-who,just adorable!

wendysue said...

Hey b.--maybe that can be my new blog name "Wendy-sue-who-was-a-little-more-than-32." Whatcha think?

Queen Scarlett said...

What fabulous birthdays! When do you guest blog on Design Mom? ;-) Love those ideas and am excited to do that for my girls...when they're older...

Bek said...

Wendy your girls get more and more beautiful. I LOVE those dresses... LOVE them. I didn't do Easter dresses this year (no time) but want to get those for the girls for the summer.

The birthday parties are so cute!! I love the dog one. We might do that for Jacob this year (he is obsessed with dogs...). You are the best mom.

I love that Whitney looks like YOU!!!

So glad you updated...

Anonymous said...

How fun. The girls are just gorgeous. I'm glad things are going well. We sure miss you. Shanna

Hollie said...

Wow, you are busy with birthdays! I guess it's now smooth sailing till next year.

Those dresses are so cute! After we took our pictures we had to bundle up. Yesterday it was 13 degrees when we left for church. It's not suppose to be 13 degrees ever in Virginia! Crazy!

Happy Easter!

b. said...

but what will happen when you turn 33? Wendy Sue-eeeee, who's now 33!