Monday, September 26, 2016

Summer Olympics

I love watching the Olympics.  Growing up I remember going through phases where there was a sport I wanted to grow up and do at the Olympics.  The first was gymnastics.  I never took gymnastics but my mom taught me basics and I even had that leotard that Mary Lou Retton had that looked like the flag.  Later in life volleyball was my sport of choice so that was always a favorite.  I was never a swimmer but my husband was and there were exciting races this year.  JP is becoming quite the swimmer so I wouldn't mind steering him that direction instead of football.  My husband played football through college and yes, he does recall a time he likely had a concussion but was sent back in and never received medical treatment but it's not just that as to why neither of us are sure about the sport.  It's the broken toes and other bones and dislocated shoulders and bad knees from the years of abuse.  We'll see, I tend to over think things too early!

For my Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby classes all month I did Olypmic themed classes.  Most were moves that sort of mimicked a sport or something you'd do in training for it.  For example, we did standing long jumps, squat jumps with the motion of shooting a basketball, agility training like quick feet in a ladder.  When creating the classes and looking at all of the sports in the Olympic games I realized how many there were that I had no idea were part of the games.

Our playgroup's also had the Olympic theme.  The 1st week we did an opening ceremony where kids marched and waved flags and we did a closing ceremony the last week too.  Our super fun one was in the middle.  We painted the Olympic rings with toilet paper cardboard and also did a fun photo opp with sidewalk chalk.  I saw an article not long ago that manufacturers of toilet paper were making them without the cardboard middle.  I get it, it would be less waste but they sure come in handy for little kid activities.  We've done hot wheels down them, balls down them and they were perfect for this craft.

I was happy my chalk drawing turned out.  You just never know if what you envision in your head will be properly executed...at least for me anyway!









Thursday, September 8, 2016

Train 3rd Birthday

It's no surprise around here that this year was a train birthday party.  JP loves any train, not just Thomas so I wanted to make sure it wasn't a Thomas party but we aren't really 'vintage' style people either so it actually took me a while to figure out how to make the theme work.  I was super excited with how it turned out.  As usual my husband thinks I'm nuts but also understands that I enjoy doing it.

I toyed around this year with making the cake because there were some cute things I found that were totally doable for a complete amateur but realize that I can't go crazy with party decorations and do the cake too so I will opt for the decoration part!

This is our front porch.  I made the Rail Road Crossing signs myself because we are going to re-do his room one of these days and do a train theme.  I'm going to pick neutral bedding and decorate the walls etc. with train things so we can easily switch and he won't outgrow bedding and the more expensive items.

I always seem to digress as I write!  Back to the Rail Road Crossing signs.  We purchased a 1x4 that was I think 8 ft. long.  I cut out the letters with my Sizzix Eclips and then laid them out on the board making sure to measure between the word Rail Road where it would cross to make sure the spacing was right.  From there we just cut per the longest side.

You can't really see in the pictures but I first brushed a few strokes with very little paint on the brush of black on the board so it would pop through the white and look distressed/dirty.  I just didn't want it bright shiny perfect white.  Next I painted the white. After it was dry I traced the letters with pencil and painted them.





For the sidewalk I laid down electrical tape for the tracks leading up to the front.  Just a warning it leaves residue.  It's been over a month since the party and we still have the marks left on the sidewalk and will need to power wash.  Knowing that I'd still do it again!

I designed all of the party printables and they can be found at my Etsy shop.






In the favor bag I put train whistles, train temporary tattoos, a yellow crossing sign twisty straw and fruit snacks.  



Creative Cakes did the cake again and it was fantastic!!  I added the train cars once we got it home and made sure not to use Thomas pieces.


I found this cardboard train at Shindigz.com.  I swear you can find anything you want online!  You customize what goes on the 2 gold areas.


I found the train themed photo booth props at PaperBuiltShop on Etsy.


We had purchased a 2nd car seat (finally no more moving it) and this box kept making its way to the curb come garbage day.  I would bring it in and my husband would say why are we keeping that box so I would tell him and the next week it would be back at the curb.  I think he was ready to get rid of it!  I just wrapped the box with the roll of craft paper and painted on the words and frankly the small detail of finding something black that looked like coal was low on the list and I just didn't want to do it when we have plenty of things already around that the kids could use.








This is a big FAIL!  In my head it was going to be super cute.  I tried to use the edible markers and it just wouldn't work on the chocolate.  I had a heck of a time with the chocolate too, I am not a fan of the Wilton chips but I'm not sure what else you use since that's pretty much what is in every store.  After ruining a few of them I stopped and just had plain yellow Oreo pops out on the table.

Maybe it's a good thing I didn't attempt the cake!