My husband is turning 40 and we are having a party!
The kids helped me make a big sign so people would know that our house was hosting a bday party vs. the Estate Sale being held next door.
My son helped mix and paint the blue background. My daughter helped paint and glue on plastic gems 🙂
We had a clown/ magician/ balloon guy! J. Was a great sport!
So was his dad…
We had tons of food. And cake.
It was nice so many friends and family members could come!
This year was a wet and cold one for trick or treating!
My daughter got to go again the weekend after Halloween and it was pretty darn chilly.
Here are some pictures from the end of our medieval times focus.
It is the game Sleeping Queens. We figured it tied in just fine 🙂
Here is a shot of my son with his sword and shield from the Renaissance Festival.
My daughter wanted to add some color and some sparkle to her shield, so she went for the paints and glitter 🙂
Yesterday we went to a Renaissance Festival south of Columbus. The site where it was held was magnificent- several acres of stone and wooden buildings, roadways, games, and human-powered rides.
We started off with games and rides.
The costumes people were wearing were spectacular and many folks stopped and chatted with us and showed off their claws, swords, helmets, etc.
The shops were full of unique finds. The kids settled on wooden swords and shields for mementos.
Here are some of the buildings and a yarn-bombed tree.
The kids ran through a giant maze that ended with a slide and folks shared some funnel cakes.
My son met an early death.
And had a magical reawakening.
J. and I became royalty.
And we exited the castle with plans to return.
We received a large package in the mail this week and the kids immediately claimed the box. After taping the end shut and cutting a door, it quickly became a rocket ship when on its end and a car and a coffin when it was laid flat. This led to scurrying to find the dress up clothes to become a vampire and then a skeleton. It also led to talk of Halloween costumes 🙂
It is now set up with a blanket and pillow inside. My son likes it for a “getaway”.
My daughter started a drawing and then decided she should dress to match it.
The kids went to their first wedding reception last night and had a blast. There was a fantastic courtyard where a mob of kids played tag, good food, a dance floor, and lots of friendly relatives they met for the first time.
My daughter and I went to the thrift store to buy a large denim shirt to use for making American Girl Doll clothes. While we were there, we found this awesome zebra top. It is going to become a skirt for my daughter and her doll when I get around to it.
Inspired by the print, she pulled out her Duck Tape and made this headband with a little bit of help.
We went to a friend’s house the other day and the girls really enjoyed dressing up and singing and dancing. After practicing for a bit, they put on a short skit for us.
While we were drawing animal pictures, my daughter brought up acting. She said she might like being in a play but was afraid she would have stage fright. I told her that lots of people have stage fright and that practicing makes it better. I also got out a book on theater games and skits to see if she was interested in any of them. She loved the first game, which was getting into character by pretending you were wearing different kinds of shoes…moon boots, high heels, roller skates, etc. While I looked through the book for more she would enjoy, she saw masks on the book cover and set off to make one. Here is her paper plate pumpkin mask. She wore it with pride while singing and dancing to “This is Halloween” from Just Dance 3!
She wanted me to take pictures of the different moves.
My daughter is wacky.
The other night my daughter decided to fashion something new out of the pieces left over from making an adult Snuggie fit an 8 year old.
The sleeve bit made a tube top and then she added a bit of a hem edge to make it into a halter using safety pins.
Posing and dancing ever since…
Tonight is the last “Tween Night” before we head back to Ohio. My daughter is psyched about the theme which is “80’s Night”!
We dug through her clothes to find something usable and then hit up Target for leg-warmers and lip gloss.
The earrings are mine from the 80’s and the bracelets and make-up are from our dress-up stuff. She likes her hair up on top of her head and her nails are bright neon colors.
She is so excited!