Miss M | And She’s Two

This girl. I feel like I was just bringing her home from the hospital, but last weekend we celebrated her second birthday. It’s funny to look back on how we thought she’d be our easy-going child. She’s fierce. She’s opinionated, she’s a talker, she doesn’t take “no” for an answer. She has the biggest personality! She and her sister are best friends – it’s a childhood bond I never really understood until I had two of my own, since my sister and I were twelve years apart.

Miss M loves Elmo and swimming, so we had an Elmo pool party! (Can I just say I love summer birthdays?)

It has been fun to take monthly photos of her, but as she grows, she won’t change as quickly, so I’ll concentrate on filling out her baby book rather than posting monthly. 😉

See how she’s changed from two months ago (I forgot to post last month), last year, and when she was a newborn.

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“Move, Daddy!”
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Two!

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Sound of Music Themed Birthday

I posted photos of my daughter’s fifth birthday last week, but just in case any of you have children who love Sound of Music, I wanted to share a post of some of the fun, simple ways I incorporated the theme. While this is hardly a Pinterest-worthy party, I couldn’t exactly find a lot of ideas out there, either. Forewarning: Despite my better judgement, I did pull movie images from the internet.

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Of course we had to have “jam and bread” to make peanut butter and jelly! We also had other sandwich stuff.
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I didn’t think she’d go for schnitzel, so we just had basic pasta salad “noodles.”
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Most of the other food qualified as “a few of her favorite things.”
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The birthday girl is obsessed with Gretel – the youngest character. She wore a flower girls dress, which looks a lot like Gretel’s dress from So Long, Farewell. We do not get fancy with our cakes. I designed an image for the grocery store to print on a frosting sheet to put on top of a 9×13 cake. Then, we let her shape some fondant mountains and cut out little cardboard characters for her to place on the round cake. The best part wasn’t the overall design, but the fact that she took pride in helping make her cake.
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A simple pennant with some of the movie scenes
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We had to have “crisp apple strudel”, of course! I found an easy recipe, and it was delicious! Half of our family had to come the weekend after her birthday party due to winter weather, so we made this at the second celebration.
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My cousin made this gorgeous Gretel dress for her, which she wore at her second celebration! (Again, the weather hindered us getting it in time for her original party.) She loved it so much she wore it two days in a row before we made her take it off to wash it.
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We copied the Sound of Music logo and turned it into coloring pages. This served two purposes – she got to help with the decorations for her own party, and she included them in the favor bags for her little friends party.
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To create less work for myself, I carried the Sound of Music theme into her friends party, too. She invited 5 of her friends from school to meet at a frozen yogurt place, so I just brought some of the decorations, and she helped me create these favor bags. The “brown paper packages tied up with strings” included her favorite things: coloring pages, crayons, boxed macaroni, fruit cups, and chocolate!

Lil’ Miss K | 5th Birthday

And just like that…my firstborn is five years old. It’s been a whirlwind of birthday celebrations this weekend, from her birthday celebration at school and opening gifts from us at home on Friday, to a family celebration on Saturday, to a small froyo party with her closest school friends Sunday afternoon. To say she feels spoiled would be an understatement. She even said a thank-you prayer last night for gifts, friends and family, and cake!

So, what’s she been up to this year? Lil’ Miss K has been busy at preschool and is heading to kindergarten round-up this week. She’s starting to read her Bob books, she loves math and geography, writing and coloring. Her preschool teacher says she’s well-rounded. While she seems to be more cautious than her little sister, she has come out of her shell this year. She’s turned into a leader at her school, she tries new things without giving up, and it turns out that she loves snow skiing (and is pretty darn good at it)! I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for her.

Check out last year’s birthday here.

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Wizard of Oz Birthday

Little Miss K has loved Wizard of Oz for a couple of years, so it was natural that she wanted a “Dorothy” birthday party. I can’t believe this girl is already four years old! Her birth feels like yesterday. We had a great time celebrating with family and close friends My mom did a great job with the cake. I found the figurines for it on ebay – they were from the 2013 McDonald’s Happy Meals. I had fun designing the decorations and coming up with food ideas – there wasn’t much out there on Pinterest, believe it or not. Here’s what we did:

Yellow brick road: egg casserole

Over the rainbow: fruit rainbow

Bugels: tornados

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!: animal crackers

Ruby slippers: Hot Tamales

Witch’s broomsticks: pretzels

Tin man hats: Hershey’s kisses

Aunt Em’s fresh squeezed juice: You guessed it – juice!

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Photo of the Day: Birthday Girl

My sweet Lil’ Miss K is three today! Where has the time gone? She’s quickly turning into a smart, independent, “threenager.” Her favorite food is mac ‘n cheese, her favorite color is orange, her favorite letter is O … she hasn’t wavered from these favs for almost a year. She’s obsessed with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and can reenact an episode after watching it only once or twice. She loves singing and putting on goofy dances shows, and her favorite toy is her imagination. She’s pretty good at throwing a ball, too. I can have adult conversations with her, but I quickly remember she’s still a toddler when she starts to have a meltdown. We love this opinionated girl to pieces!

Check out how she’s changed since her last photo four months ago.

See how tall she’s gotten since last year!

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Happy birthday, Grandma!

Today is my grandma’s 92nd birthday! She lives on the other side of the state, but luckily we had time to make the long round-trip drive yesterday to wish her a happy birthday. I’m glad she did – she was all smiles!

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