Saturday, August 02, 2014

Elijah at 8!

Elijah-
  • You continue to astound and amaze us every year. 
  • You love to read.  You love to "binge" on a book and will sit and read for hours to finish it in one or two sittings. 
  • You are getting to be much more computer saavy and you can type in websites and do research very well.
  • You are so excited about the NC law that says once you're 8 you can stay by yourself in the house.  The thought of not having to go to the grocery with me is so wonderful to you.
  • Your sisters annoy you like nothing else.  You are currently VERY displeased that Lydia is living with us. 
  • You still want a brother very badly.  You are planning for us to adopt one for you.
  • The thing that drives you nuts is singing in the car--I can't sing, the sisters can't sing. . . you just absolutely cannot stand it.
  • You know how to do laundry.
  • You know how to do the dishwasher.
  • You can clean well (and know all of the steps to cleaning the bathroom) but sincerely hate it.
  • You "favorite" chore is washing dishes by hand.
  • You are an amazing swimmer--your dive is perfect.  You got the nickname "Michael Phelps" during swimming lessons this summer.
  • You hated swimming lessons.
  • You are really struggling with my and daddy's separation.  My heart breaks for you.
  • You love being in Wilson again.  Especially close to your grandparents!
  • You love to be touched--back rubs, massages, sitting in my lap.  You also love alone time when its just you. 
  • You current favorites are Skylanders (Swap Force was your big birthday gift), Legos, Pokemon and Wimpy Kid.
  • Your favorite food is rutabegas.
  • Your favorite dessert is pie--especially the crust.
  • Your favorite breakfast is Parfaits.
  • Drawing and art is still one of your favorite pastimes. 
  • You are remarkably obedient, even when it comes to something you don't want to do.  You will listen about TV, games, electronics, cleaning up and going to bed.  There might be tears but I never have to tell you twice. 

Elijah's Birthday (on a Budget)

So--first birthday as a single mom=birthday on a budget.  We had a simple home party and here is what we did.
 
Pokemon theme--
There is absolutely nothing Pokemon since noone has had a pokemon party since the 90's (or so it seems).  Thanks Netflix for those cartoons :)  So I didn't have to worry with plates/napkins etc. in the theme. 
 
Here is the breakdown:
 
The invites--I made a file in Paint.net and printed off 4x6 pics for .07/each at the Walgreens.  Total cost for invites was under $1
 
Decorations:
Streamers (red, black and yellow)-$2
Light up Balloons-4th of July Clearance-$1
Red Tablecloth and polka dot table cloth-$2
We reused plastic banners on the front of the house so those were free.
We printed out a banner with his name and some pokemon, which I guess has some cost associated with paper and ink but it is small as it was only about 15 sheets of paper.
Plastic utensils and plates and napkins-$3
 
Cake: I made it. 
$2 for the cake and ingredients for icing etc.
$6 for the fondant from Hobby Lobby with my coupon
We had the little plastic figures
$.75 for the cake board

 
Food:
We popped popcorn-.$25 with our air popper
Chips-$1
Watermelon-$2.99 (thanks Aldi!)
Rice Krispies-$3
Chick-fil-A tray-FREE with a coupon
Punch-$2



 
Goodie "bags"
Weren't really goody bags--just pencils and coloring sheet.  Thanks to back to school sales I got the pencils for $.80 including tax so the cost for this was only $5.60 (including pencils for my own kids)

 
Games:
Pokeball Scavenger hunt-$1.87 "practice" golf balls spray painted with leftover paint from another project
Dart gun target practice: Free (borrowed nerf guns from grampy and painted a toilet paper box)

 
Grand Total $35!!
 
Awesome time!
My boy was thrilled!
 
 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lydia at Six

Lydia at six. . .
-You love Frozen the movie and singing all the songs. 
-Pizza is one of your favorite foods (Papa Johns is the best!) followed closely by meatloaf, but only baked in muffin tins.
-You hate sandwiches and bread of any sort
-Bojangles is your favorite restaurant hands down.  It doesn't matter if we've just eaten, if you see a sign for Bojangles you beg to stop and get a bacon biscuit.  You LOVE bacon biscuits.
-You are in Kindergarten and absolutely love your kindergarten teacher Miss Longoria.  You draw her pictures and love notes at least once a week.
-You love it when I come in every Friday to read to your class
-You had a gymnastics party with your sister, but were actually kind of glad for gymnastics to end.  I think you're burned out and ready to try something new.
-You still love baths, playing dress up, building with blocks and duplos.
-Art is your favorite special and you are a member of Art Club.  You are the only kindergartner in the club.
-You are getting slowly more and more used to loud noises.  You were able to handle fire drills at school, gym, tornado drills and even the circus!
-You can tie your shoes, whistle, blow a bubble with gum and easily ride a two wheeler.
-You prefer the scooter to the two wheeler.
-You LOVE mud and getting muddy and filthy.  Especially in our backyard.  Especially if I asked you NOT to get muddy.
-You are stubborn and think you know so much more than the rest of us.  You aren't afraid of losing money, privelages or discipline of any sort.  You do hate to get yelled at more than anything.
-The cat loves you and sleeps in your bed on cold nights.
-You can still cry and throw up on demand.
-You almost never wear matching pajamas (which drives your sister nuts because you are in the same size and she always wants to wear matching pajamas and you have used up all the sets)
-You still sneak suck your thumb (Grrrr!)
-You've lost two teeth and you pulled them BOTH out by yourself!
-You are really starting to get the hang of reading but you are a PRO at writing.  You can sound out things so well and you are super creative.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Bethany at 4!

Bethany you are four years old.  You started preschool this year and love it.  You have no problem hanging with the 5 year olds in class--physically and language wise you are a peer.
You can balance on the balance bike and pedal a trike like a pro and can even pedal a bit on Lydia's bike without training wheels. 
You love to throw a good tantrum.  I think it is because you know if you cry loudly your brother will give in to your every demand.  It is really annoying.
You can cry at the drop of a hat, over very small things.  You are very emotional.  I think you learned this wonderful skill (as well as how to make yourself sick) from Lydia.
Ariel is your favorite princess.  You and your friend Lily at school play it constantly!  Your second favorite is Elsa off of "Frozen" and you always ask me to be Anna.
You love seaweed chips, Kale, bagels with cream cheese and oatmeal.  Tomatoes are your favorite veggie followed by cucumbers.  Both you will devour!  You are by far the best eater in the family.  You like everything Lydia likes, everything Elijah likes and then some!  You are always game to try something before you decide that you don't like it. 
You are finally sleeping and sleeping in!  You and sissy normally sleep until 6am now.  I remember last year it was rare that I got to sleep past 5am.  It is a huge deal and we're all happier for it.  You typically go to bed at 7pm, though some nights it is as early as 6pm.  You don't nap except on Thursday (we are up until 9pm on Wednesday night for Awana).
You are rocking the bible verses--you can sing all of the books of the bible, do your verses, say brothers and sisters verses and even more from our songs.  You also know the days of the week, months of the year, continents and oceans all from song.
You hate loose pants--you want to wear leggings all the time.  Sometimes with a shirt and sometimes with a dress or skirt.  You love dresses and skirts.  Your favorite is the hot pink hello Kitty dress and legging combo I got you at Walmart. 
You are fairly stubborn and disobedient.  You will act like you don't hear me or completely ignore something I tell you to do.  Normally this ends in me forcing you to do it and you pitching a fit.  You are absolutely amazing and you teach me patience every day.
You love your granny like there is no tomorrow.  Next to me she is your favorite person in the world.
You love Friday School and Ms. Lori.  It is your favorite day of the week.