Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Birthday Questions - Olivia turning 9

Birthday Questions - Olivia turning 9

{Olivia got a camera for her birthday this year. It takes video, so you guys may actually get to see an occasional video of us now! }

This is a video of our annual birthday questions for Olivia, inspired by my friend Chelle. I thought it would be fun to share. Especially for grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins who are far away.

Hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Vintage Sewing Party - Olivia turns 9

For Olivia's birthday to celebrate turning 9, we decided on the theme of sewing and it quickly morphed into a vintage sewing party, since we both have strong affections for the vintage side of life. :) It was a lot of fun and truly, the details make all the difference. Buttons tied on with twine, lace doilies around, polka dotted straws, and button shaped lollipops. We kept it small, with just 6 friends to be dropped off at our house. That was a big deal, because Olivia has never had a drop-off party before, but it it seemed to be the best way and made all of the detail work possible
We decided to have the girls make an initial embroidery hoop with felt and then embellish it with felt flowers and buttons. They turned out amazingly well. A few of our girls had never seen an embroidery hoop or held a needle while others were more knowledgeable, so it was very fun to see where they all ended up. Even Sadie-Rose joined in and stitched her initial onto her own hoop. Pretty good for a 4 year old we thought.
After sewing our hoops (and rethreading needles about 85 times) we decided to take a break and play a couple games. We played several rounds of "Button, Button, where is the Button" and then played hoop toss with the spools of serger thread and embroidery hoops. Then it was time for cake and ice cream and lemonade. After the fun of all of the sugar (they also ate button shaped chocolate lollipops) we opened presents and cards. We then came back to the table and made elastic button bracelets. While we were finishing those up, our parents arrived and it was a quick pick-out-your-pincushion-and-drop-a-lolli-in-the-bag-grab-your-hoop-and-out-the-door-marathon of 5 little girls.

 The invitations, pinked along the edges, hand written, and buttons tied on with twine. Sewn up in waxed paper enveloped and {most} hand delivered.

 The table was set out with vintage milk glass, pyrex, mason jars, and threads.

Sorry several of these look blurry. Blogger has messed them up in the loading process somehow as they look fine in my photo editing program. :(

 My grandmother, who was here visiting, did all the flower arranging which turned out lovely.
Olivia picked out the flowers at the store. She said she was going for a "pink roses/vintage/ country flowers type feel." I think she accomplished her mission with our limited choices. :) 

 Threads and embellishments ready for creative minds and small hands.

Our hoops with their pre-cut initials.

We used Olivia's great great grandmother's treadle sewing machine and table for our food display. Her great grandmother's china was used as well as a vintage cakestand we found a couple months ago. Hung on the wall and on the mannequin were vintage patterns that were her grandmother's and a few thrifted ones as well. (Again, blogger messed up the photo quality on these! Arg!)

Our 3 layer Neapolitan cake. All 3 layers made from scratch and it was sooooo yummy.  The cake flags were made from the leftover papers of her invitations and various sized skewers.
Sparkling raspberry lemonade to drink.
The party favors. Pincushions from vintage sheets and button shaped chocolate lollipops.

The front door was decorated with a paper banner and vintage sheets hearts on the door and my dress makers mannequin with vintage fabric and patterns.

It was a lovely day, everything went without a hitch, and Olivia was beyond thrilled with it which, in the end, is all that really matters. I am more than thankful that my grandmother was here visiting for O's birthday and was the most amazing help to me ever. There were one or two nights we were up until 11:30 or so, tying twine and cutting felt. I could never have done it without her. She washed all the dishes for each set of cakes (that would be 3 9" cake pans and 3 pans of cupcakes plus all the bowls and beaters and the frosting stuff too) which is a total labor of love and that's barely the tip of the iceberg.
I'm glad that we were able to have a celebration that reflected a lot of Olivia's personality and interests and celebrates the amazing young lady that she is. 9 years have sped by lightening quick and I'm sure the next 9 will as well. And though I never would have thought it possible to love her more than I did when she was born and laid in my arms for the 1st time, it is true. I love her more now and can't imagine life without her.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Resurection Sunday 2012

Sadie-Rose being silly after church.

We spent the day, like many other believers in Christ do, going to church service and celebrating our Risen Savior. What a day of Thanksgiving, to know that our only hope is Alive and seated in Heaven. We were privileged to have this Sunday to serve in Children's Church. We love our Children's ministry leaders, so it's always a blessing to get to hang out with them for a couple of hours every couple of weeks, even if we are surrounded by 50-70 kids for the vast majority of that time.

We came home and cooked steaks on the grill and roasted potatoes and fresh cornbread. Yummy-ness.
And Mike made home ice cream. It can't get any better than that. 

She was happy with her mommy-made dress, even though her face looks otherwise in this picture.
Mike and our babies. The sun was terribly bright, hence the "squint"
Me with my littles and my not so littles :) 

This is my son. He is a boy, what can I say?


And we  finished off dinner with chocolate bunnies and carrots. We're not a bunnies-and-eggs-for-easter family, but Olivia mentioned several times that it would be fun to have a chocolate bunny. Just for fun.
So I did it. Just for her. Because I knew she'd love it. And it was sweet to see her face and see the surprise when she came inside and saw these sitting on our dinner plates. Those are the moments that make all the bad moments of being a mom worth it.

Later, Mike and I very much enjoyed sitting on the couch in the sunshine, with the windows open and a breeze blowing in, reading 4 months of Mother Earth News and Countryside magazines while baby boy slept and the girls played and read. Words can't really express how nice it was to not spend our afternoon planning lessons and rushing out the door by 4pm as we usually do. Definitely some much need R&R.
And that my friends, is about it. I hope your weekend was a joy-filled.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 2012 {10 on 10}

What is 10 on 10? Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments.

My April 10 on 10
9:30-ish: working on birthday party plans

10:30-ish: getting ready to run to the store for diapers

11:30-ish: how we roll at the grocery store
(please be kind to all mommas you meet that are pushing these! They are fighting a hard battle.)

12:30-ish: herby goodness, ready to go in pots

1:30-ish: Samuel helping big 'Tis with her math
2:30-ish: lunch for my girls. PB for Olivia - my dipper and oranges for Sadie-Rose - our fruititarian

3:30-ish: looking at a vintage Child Craft book and talking party games

4:30-ish: little feet sent outside to play

5:30-ish: time for a restoring cup because this momma was definitely feeling a bit "bear-ish" by this point

6:30-ish: Daddy made us cornbread to go with dinner. For the 3rd day in a row. I think we're a tad bit obsessed.

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