Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Also, I LOVE getting to spend Christmas with my in-laws. Now how many people can say that? We have so much fun playing games and working puzzles and grazing on treats all day long. My sister-in-law Cathy works at Hershey's so she always has plenty of chocolate around and is so welcoming and accomodating! Having a house full of people might be stressful for some but not for Cathy. My other sister-in-law Lisa LOVES babies and has a heart as big as Texas. Since her babies are all grown up she loves on all her little nieces and nephews like they were her own! She is so genuine that you can't help but love her. Really, I think of them both as two extra sisters (and I am pretty fond of their significant others and beautiful children as well).
In the middle of all this is Jason's mother Alva, a.k.a. "Nu-nu." Don't ask me who came up with that name but I think it was Miranda, the first born Granddaughter. She is a doting "Nu-nu" who ALWAYS remembers your birthday. She spoils her grandchildren along with the best of them. And I love when she reminisces about the past because I not only get to hear funny stories about Jason but about Cathy and Lisa as well, and there are some funny ones.
No matter where you choose to spend the holidays I truly hope that they are blessed! We won't be back in Arkansas until late January 5th, so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Can't wait to see your holiday pics and share ours as well. Love to all!!
If you haven't gone to the Pinnacle Hills Promenade to see Santa......you need to. This jolly old elf embodies the whole concept of the magic of Christmas. I mean, I even wanted to sit in his lap and give him a big hug and tell him thank you! If you don't believe, you will after taking one look at this Santa Claus. You can take your own pictures, plus, you get a 20% off coupon from Gymboree!
For the last few months the only thing Hanna has exuberantly asked for is a "dwagon castle." She may have seen something on tv or in a magazine, I'm not really sure. She hasn't requested anything other than that. A few nights ago her Bratz spin toothbrush spinned for the last time and I casually mentioned that maybe Santa will bring her a new toothbrush. So, I thought the first thing she'd ask for would no doubt be the dragon castle, instead, she stuck her lower lip out and looked down and said "My brush teef hasn't been wooking to well." Of course he had to ask what she said and I shamefully explained that her tooth brush wasn't working. He said the funniest thing, "Well that is tragic." After a little coaxing, she finally admitted what she really wanted. We're counting on you Santa, don't let us down!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
On Sunday we went to Zach's 4th birthday party at the Little Gym. The kids got to bounce up and down, catch bubbles, run and play, and then have cake. I'd say it was the perfect party. Hanna was the only little girl but she didn't seem to mind at all. She loves hanging with her two favorite guys, Zach and Nicholas.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Christina, thank you so much for taking the time and even wanting to make Hanna that very special tutu. It is gorgeous and was such a sweet surprise and so perfect for her birthday party attire. It really took the guess work out of what to dress her in and I really appreciate it so much. She wanted to wear it to school today to show her friends.
Tran, thank you so much for finding and buying the sweet gumdrop garland for Hanna's party. It was so sweet of you to think of us and it added so much to the deco. I wouldn't have had anything to drape around the kitchen chandelier without out it. I loved it! And thank you for creating the candy themed background for my blog. I'm just crazy about it!
Anthony, thank you so much for compiling my crazy list of candy/lollipop songs onto a cd for Hanna's birthday party. It was so much fun listening to the songs playing in the background. I know some of the songs were probably hard to find since some were ancient but I really appreciate you taking the time to find each and every song. I will keep that cd forever!
Mom, you don't know how much I appreciate you writing out the party invitations and addressing the envelopes. I've always loved your handwriting and can't duplicate it no matter how hard I try. It took such a load off and lowered my stress-o-meter considerably. You also helped with the placemats which was a huge help. Thank you for taking care of the girls Thanksgiving weekend while I worked away!
Heather, thank you for lending your artistic hand and creating several of the placemats. No way I could've done them all myself! Thank you for helping with the decorations and shopping for candy supplies with me but most of all thank you for listening to me ramble on and on about my thoughts and ideas without too much complaint. Love you!
Jennifer, I can't thank you enough for getting us the Candyland beach towels!!!! I am in love with them. I know it took some effort on your part to make it happen. It was such a special treat to be able to send the kids home with them. Thank you!!!!
Raven, without you the candy party probably wouldn't have transpired. I hadn't given too much thought as to what I would do for Hanna's birthday when you came to me back in September with the candy idea. You know how much Hanna loves her candies as you've been the supplier on more than one occassion. Thank you for the great idea.......and so sorry your candy boogers didn't make the buffet.
Erin, you enthusiastically kept an eye out for ANYTHING candy! I so appreciate you taking an interest and wanting to help out with the party. I think you had as much fun as I did hunting for candied treasures. I would have never stumbled upon the candy flavored chapsticks and bath gels had you not found them. And thank you for the precious "Happy Birthday Hanna" flag with the little pink lollipop from Gaddie & Tude. It was the perfect topper for her cake.
Last but certainly not least, Jason, how do I begin. You are such a great husband and doting father to our girls. You put up with my many shenanigans (that is a word, I looked it up) and usually have a smile on your face while doing so. I know I drove you up a wall and back over the last few months with my crazy candy capers. I appreciate you letting me have my fun and not complaining too much (just wait till you get the credit card bill). A little nervous about that one. Just keep in mind that this was all for Hanna whom you deeply love. Thank you for hanging my paper lanterns.......several times until you got it right. You were a picture taking fool at the party and even had the video camera going at the same time! For that, I thank you a million times over. Luckily, it only happens once a year.......well, twice.
I think that covers everyone and if I left anyone out, may I be lashed with a wet noodle a thousand times! Never quite understood that statement but at any rate I do sincerely apologize if I've slighted anyone. Many thanks!!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
They got to decorate foam trees and stockings and cookies that looked like lollipops. Afterwards, we plated up chicken fingers, sweet potato fries, and mandarin oranges for the kiddos while the adults had calzones. I decided to make the cake myself and used a french vanilla mix and made a cream cheese frosting which I tinted the prettiest shade of pink. My vision was to have the cake look like a swirly lollipop on top but I think it more resembled the greenish eye of a hurricane. You be the judge. At least it tasted pretty good.
After eating cake, we proceeded into the kitchen nook area to open presents. Hanna was spoiled by all her friends with lots of great gifts and she LOVED all of them. We wanted to show her friends how much we appreciate them and sent them home with some goodies of their own. I made personalized place mats for each to keep. I set up a candy buffet with Chinese take-out boxes so everyone could fill up with assorted candies (skittles, runts, m&m's, sour balls, gummie bears, gummie worms, candy necklaces & bracelets, smarties, ring pops, lollipops, chocolate bars wrapped in a special Hanna wrapper) and candy flavored chapsticks and bath gels. They also got a Candy Land game beach towel that came with game pieces, so cute.
Overall, I think the party was a great success, nobody shed any tears during the process (nobody=myself). No, the tears came the next day on Hanna's actual birthday when I was reading her the card my Mom sent. I just got emotional at that very second when the realization hit me that my sweet baby Hanna is a big girl "fwee yeaws old." She was very concerned about my blubbering tears and asked if I was sad. I told her yes a little and then she said a very big girl thing (which made me cry even more), "Oh, Mommy. It'll be awe-white." We love you so much Johanna Cathleen.......Happy 3rd Birthday!!