Monday, April 17, 2017

The Harry Potter Party Bash


This party was so much fun but a lot more work than any other party I have done.  There are a lot of details that go into it and since my daughter wanted it to be authentic, we did the best we could.  I am grateful to all those Pinterest people out there that made my job easier.

Hobby Lobby sells background rolls of this brick.  It comes in a roll with two sheets the length of each door with a little overhang.  You can get a 5 foot wide sheet but it is in a different section, but it was around $10 or so.  (Very affordable if you wanted a much bigger wall for the Platform.)  With the coupon I paid around $5 and did both sides of the door.  I created the Platform 9 3/4 on my Silhouette using the font "Pistilli-Roman".  I am willing to send the file for the Silhouette but you will still have to download the font in order for it to work with your software.


To make the potion books, I downloaded a picture from google and glued it onto the front of a black journal from the Dollar Tree.
















I borrowed graduation gowns from friends and made ties using felt to complete the look.
 Felt squares are you best friend for making these fun ties.  I downloaded a silhouette tie file and then sized it for the felt square.  I am willing to share that file if requested.
Dowels and hot glue are your best friend for the wands.  I watched a video on youtube and then winged it.  I don't think you can go wrong with whatever you create.  If you use a dowel instead of chop sticks you will have to sand them down so they taper.  I liked that the dowel was longer so I went with the sanding.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Mcbud or Miss Boo


This amazing, spunky, smart, funny and lovable girl became a teenager today.

13

Can you believe it?  It seems like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital and had no idea what to do with her.  I'm not sure we totally do now though but we are sure learning a lot and enjoying who she is becoming.

She had a Harry Potter birthday party with three of her closest friends.  It will be in the next post if all goes well.

I am grateful to be her Mother although I think she might have done better with someone else.  All I know is that I love her and I will do my best to help her grow up into the person she dreams of.

I love you Miss Boo.

She really does have some good friends that came and celebrated with her.  I think these kids are amazing and it surprised me to think that it wasn't a kids party...it was full of teenagers.












Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Birthday to the Coolest Dude Ever!

 This not so little guy is so wonderful.  Incredibly sweet, quietly smart, adorably funny and full of life.

We are so blessed to have this kid in our lives.  For the surprise he started out...has turned into the greatest blessing in our lives.
 I am reminded of that song, "Unanswered Prayers".  He is definitely what Heavenly Father knew we needed.  So glad we weren't in charge...
He didn't want anything fancy for his birthday.  He is happy with a cupcake with no frosting.

I couldn't ask for a better son.  Happy Birthday to the cutest boy I know.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Free Falling


Well, not quite.

We did give the kids "Experiences" this year for Christmas versus physical gifts.  We wanted to get them out of their comfort zones.  I guess you could say we accomplished that.

  Neither of them was overly excited, but Rose figured it out and was doing great.

 
 Ryan was paranoid that there would be an "equipment failure" so he wasn't really into the moment.


 But Miss Boo loved it.

 And he may say he hated it but...
I am hoping we can find more ways for them to stretch themselves.  And...I want to do this.  It looks like so much fun.