Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Teeny Tiny Party

Rachel turns 8 on Monday, but we celebrated today. This afternoon she had three friends over for a Teeny Tiny party. Birthday parties are far too loud and chaotic for me to actually enjoy, but I sure had fun planning this one!

I made teeny tiny invitations, printed in 6 point type and then mailed them in larger envelopes.
Then last night Kate and I made and decorated teeny tiny "cakes" made of oreos and frosting.
When the girls arrived (and calmed down a bit) we had a teeny tiny art project. Each girl had a teeny tiny easel and an adorable two inch square canvas. They "painted" with bright colored sharpies.
Too cute!
Then we had a teeny tiny treasure hunt. I made teeny tiny clues...
...that sent them all over the house. I insisted that they walk with teeny tiny steps, too!
Katherine and I had set up little scenes with teeny tiny toys around each clue. The kids (and I) thought this was great fun.

The last clue led them to baggies of mini marshmallows, chocolate teddy grahams, and a large toothpick. When they came back to the kitchen I had votive candles lit for a teeny tiny s'mores roast.
Of course, I had to keep re-lighting the candles because they'd catch their marshmallows on fire and blow them out, blowing out the candle in the process.
It was quite entertaining!
The girls ran off to Rachel's room plan their own activities - making hair bows from notebook paper and bobby pins and trying on dresses from Rae's closet. Then they came back in for a teeny tiny snack.
I served the oreo "cakes", assorted teeny tiny cookies, and baby goldfish.
Then topped it all off with teeny tiny coke floats.
I was glad when everyone went home and my house was calm and quiet again, but Rachel and her friends enjoyed themselves. And teeny tiny everything was a lot of fun.

This evening both sets of grandparents came over for supper and cake. Rachel had three gift requests for her birthday. She wanted black boots and went shopping for them with Granny last week.

She wanted "something smelly" from Bed, Bath & Beyond. (We picked hand sanitizer.)
And she wanted a diary with a lock. Aunt Robie carried through and sent not one, but two diaries.
They were her favorite gifts, by far.
Katherine baked a red velvet cake and we sang to our almost 8 year old girl.
Happy Birthday, sweet Rachel! 8 is going to be awesome!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Sisters in the Golden Light

I took the girls to a gorgeous golden tree I discovered and told them we were having a photo shoot. They had picked their own (nicely matching) clothes and they chose the poses, much to my amusement. We had a lot of fun and the pictures are great. And yes, I am aware that Katherine looks ridiculously grown up!

I love birthdays!

the ladybug cake

The Ladybug Sisters


Jie Jie and Mei Mei

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Peeking through the windows

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
Katherine and her toothless smile

Park Pictures

Park Pictures
The little one leads the way