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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Second Birthday Party Recap

Just two short weekends ago, we celebrated Emily and Andrew's second birthday! After taking the party to the beach last year, we took a different direction this year and headed to Sesame Street where our furry friend, Elmo, joined our family and friends in wishing my sweet babies a very happy second birthday. And, before someone comments how they are not babies anymore, let me make the official announcement: they will always be my babies. To clear up any confusion, they will, hereinafter, when referenced collectively, be called the Babies ;-)

Here's a picture-heavy recap of THE BABIES' party:

I finally completed a Pinterest find when I made this button-covered "2" to hang on the front door wreath. I wish I had taken pictures of the Sesame Street monster footprints that led guests from the sidewalk to the door. I got that idea from Pinterest, too!



Feeling cocky confident after my Pinterest button number success, I became a craft machine (albiet with blisters on my fingertips from a hot glue gun with a sticky trigger).

I made a photo line for Emily and Drew that included pictures from birth until 2. I knew they had changed, but, wow! Seeing the pictures all together really proved that I am not just an overly-sentimental mother who thinks her babies blossomed right before her very eyes.



Make sure you are seated for the next part. Ready? You sure? I actually baked the cakes and the cupcakes! First time I have ever baked so much! And, with the help of a dear friend and her magical icing tips, we iced 48 cupcakes and two smash cakes. Just when I thought I couldn't look at any more buttercream icing, my mom came over and helped me finish off the faces. Isn't Big Bird's beak cool?? (marshmallows!)









Pinterest also helped me craft the Sesame Street themed menu complete with street signs to point guests to all the goodies.





If guests weren't chowing down on snacks or hamburgers and hotdogs from the grill, they could probably be found having some fun with their pals from Sesame Street. After a mild case of Pinterest fever After some creative inspiration, I came up some cheap entertainment using much of what we already had.

The kiddie pool became "Ernie's Duck Pond", the water table became "Dorothy's Water Table," the kitchen set became "Cookin' with Cookie Monster." We had "Bubbles with Big Bird," "Zoe's Tattoo Parlor," "Oscar's Trash Toss," "Telly's TV," "Snuffy's Playroom," "Baby Bear's Ball Pit" and "Bert's Basket of Fun."





After working up an appetite outside, the Babies came inside for a snack.



Then it was back outside for CAKE TIME!









Just when we thought it couldn't get any better, we looked up and realized that Emily and Drew's favorite character, ELMO, had crashed the party!



Yes, this is the best family picture we could get.


This picture is a little better since Drew wasn't trying to squirmingly decide whether he liked or feared Elmo.


There was no doubt, though, that Grandma and Papa love Elmo!





We were so thankful for all of our family and friends who came out to celebrate this special day with us.



We could have just stopped there, but our friends also brought us some sweet gifts to open. Emily and Drew, tired and coming off of a sugar high, were glad some of their friends stayed around to help with the unwrapping.





Bubbles, first fishing poles, cell phones, trucks, clothes, puzzles, books, sand buckets, golf sets, a pool, Disney movies, money for avings account, talking animals...it was like Christmas in June for my Babies who are now...



Among our party guests was our friend and very talented photographer, Lisa Wynn of Real Life Images Photography. Here are some of the images she so generously captured for us so MaMe could concentrate on wrangling toddlers partying.

If you are in the Raleigh/Durham area and are looking for a photographer, you should definitely check out Real Life Images Photography.

Thanks again, Lisa!

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Because you can't make this stuff up...

Yesterday's Facebook confession:


I hope my two year-olds, Emily and Andrew, are having fun in the water at school today.

That's right. While MaMe's been gone, my babies turned TWO. They are now officially "The Babies."

Here's a preview of the party post that I promise is coming...







Saturday, June 2, 2012

Adventure Alert!

Reflecting on May: Family

To celebrate my return to blogging and this month’s 12 in 2012 focus on family, I do recall committing to blogging for the remaining nine days of the month.

Since May’s focus was family, I think it’s entirely appropriate that I fell short of my blogging goal because…

I was busy enjoying my family.

On the Friday before Memorial Day, Emily and Drew both had ear tubes put in. Not much enjoyment there, right?

It actually turned out much better than I had feared (imagine that). Hopefully, I’ll get around to writing about that whole decision-making process (soon).

Unless…

We get away again for a weekend trip to the camper, as was the case this past weekend.

Beach=family=blogging postponed.

But, then again, I was reminded this month that family pretty much trumps it all.

And I like it that way.

I was also reminded this month that our family sticks together. As family, we may fuss, fight, and disagree on agreeing to disagree. We may get tired. We may get frustrated. We may say things that we later regret. But make no mistake…

When it matters, we are there for each other.

And I like it that way.

Looking Ahead to June: Adventure

Choosing June’s value was easy. It’s funny, though. Since I started this project in January, the value has almost chosen itself, like the universe knows which value wants and needs to shine that month.

This month ADVENTURE jumped to the top of the list.

In less than a week, my sweet babies will be 2! As we enter the “Terrible and/or Terrific Twos,” something tells me that my adventures as a twin mom are only just beginning.

It’s also June—the start of summer adventures!

And, finally, as I find myself coming out of a period of being paralyzed by fear of dying, I am going to take a chance and start living by re-connecting with my own personal love for adventure. Paddle boarding, maybe?

I could use some help!

Ideas for new MaMe adventures??



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