Monday, July 14, 2014

Winter in July...A "Frozen" Birthday


I have to say that I never thought that I would be creating snowflakes in July but when your little girl says that all she wants is a “Frozen” birthday you do what you gotta do. Little a has been telling everyone that she is having a “Frozen” birthday for weeks.
As crazy as it seems since Frozen came out last Thanksgiving it is still hard to find “Frozen” items. I have been on a total hunt, scouring Ebay, Etsy, amazon, stalking our local target for anything Frozen. I was able to find Frozen party ware… in Las Vegas, only had to travel 400 miles for that (so happy I looked while on Vacation) …lol. Other than that I created all the party items and did the cake. Little a was So happy with the results!
Birthday Poster showing Little A throughout the last year

 


She's not spoiled at all... (Said totally sarcastically)

Little A's birthday Dinner

Little A Opening her Prezzy's

Making a Wish...


 

Little A is the Big 3!!


I still occasionally refer to little a as my baby. I guess the time has come to officially stop doing that. Our little sweetheart is now 3 (however when you ask her she says she is now 5, she wants to be the same as her brother). She is such a small fry but she is so smart and so feisty.  I always think of the Shakespeare quote with her “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”  

She talks so intelligently about things and asks questions (never ending, 100’s a day questions) about everything. She wants to know about everything, why it is, what happens next. Her brother asks some questions but takes lots of things at face value. Not little a, she wants the “who, what, when, where, why, how” of everything.

She is completely brave and fearless. She will climb the highest tree, speed down the street on her bike, dive headfirst in the pool, nothing stands in her way. We never have to coax her into trying things, it’s quite the opposite, we have to try and keep her safe from going too fast, too high.

This has been such an amazing year watching our little girl grow into being a “big girl”. Can’t wait to see what amazing adventures this year will bring…
 
Here are some pic's from her 3 year old photo shoot at FotoFly, AMAZING pictures as aways!!!










 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fantasy Con 2014...Fantastic!!!


We had a chance to check out Fantasy Con this weekend and I have to say WOW! It really is amazing. Hosted at the Salt Palace right from the moment you hit the outer lobby area, I mean before you even reach the ticket sales area you are greeted by a 3 story tall Rock monster and a beautiful dragon and knight fountain. That is even before you enter.
We got there when it opened and the lines were already long. The people attending were SO fun to watch. I think Jeff and I were amongst about 10% that were not dressed up. People were coming dressed to the nines. We encountered everything from elves, dothraki, star wars characters, harry potters, Disney characters, videogame characters…really every type of character you can imagine. Some were “pro” cosplay people but most were just attendees that were into the spirit of the weekend.
Once inside the area was broken up into several different “realms” all centered around a great “battle arena” where people in full battle regalia (like knights) were continually doing “battle”.  There was an amazing hall of art featuring huge pieces by famous fantasy artists. There were several stages that provided a constant stream of entertainment featuring everything from arerial acrobatics to magicians. There was also a whole isle of celebrities that were there for pictures and autographs (for a price). Tons of people from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit shows were there, even Johnathan Rys-Davis, Sean Aston and Billy Boyed. I was surprised at how tall they all were, I mean none of them were topping 6 feet but they were way taller than I pictured the dwarves and hobbits being (lame of me!). There were also so many larger than life sets that you could get pictures at and many, many booths offering everything fantasy themed that you could possibly imagine.
I could go on and on describing things but I'll let some pictures from the event speak for me.













 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Kiddie Pool Life Hack

Jeff insisted that the kids get a much bigger kiddie pool this year. I didn't want something that was a permanent feature. We came to a compromise with the largest inflatable pool we could find. It's a whopping 120.0 " L x 72.0 " W x 22.0 " . That is a pretty good size for a kiddie pool.

The one thing we hadn't thought about was filling it. If we use straight hose water it is FREEZING and because of the volume it NEVER warms up during the day. I came up with an idea that allowed us to fill up the pool with our warm "house" water. It has been a lifesaver. The pool is actually usable and it's ready for the kids as soon as it's full. PERFECT!




First remove the head from your kitchen faucet (it easily unscrews)

Next bring in one end of your outdoor hose into your kitchen window

Use Duct Tape to secure the hose to your window sill

Line up your faucet line to the hose and secure it with Duct Tape.
Then turn your faucet on Hot and watch the warm water flow right out your hose and fill up your kiddie pool!!
 

Utah Arts Fest 2014


It is time for the Utah ARTS fest again. We loaded up the kids and headed downtown to check out all the sights. This year one of the main sponsors was "Shock Top" and the kids LOVED the Cars decked out in Shock Top Mohawks. The kids "Art Yard" had a Mad Hatter party and the kids were able to let their creative juices flow and create awesome chapeau's. There were life sized cows, chicks and tractor's that the kiddos helped decorate. Our "big" purchase was two bow and arrow sets that A and a were super stoked about.

 Oh yea there was also lots of art. Jeff and I got to do a quick perusal of the art in between kiddo activities. Someday we will have a civilized art focused time at the ARTS fest again but now is not that time. I am sure when that time comes we will miss our crazy times in the kids art yard.










 

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Graduate


Big A has passed his first milestone. He is now a Pre-School Graduate. He went to Challenger and has loved school. He made lots of “Buddies” and learned so much. The last day was a “Circus” theme and the kids were invited to come in costume. Big A insisted on being a Ninja Turtle.
 
After his last day of school we took the kiddo’s over to Murray Park and I had a little photo shoot for our graduate. Our Niece V graduated this year and had these adorable pictures from her pre-school graduation in cap and gown. It was so fun seeing her then and now. Big A wore Daddy’s cap and gown from when he graduated the U. In 2027 I’ll have these cute shots of A and it will be fun to see his transformation from our little guy to a young man.

After the shoot we took A and a to Toys R Us for their big surprise…we got them bikes! They were SO excited and couldn’t wait to get out on them. We were talking about if we thought they would fit in our car and Big A said “We don’t need them to fit in the car.” I asked why not. He said “ Because we will just ride them home!” I laughed and told him it was too far (We are about 5 miles from Toys R Us, a bit far for training wheels). Big A said “It’s okay Momma, I’ll be careful, I’ll just ride behind the car.”   Our little ones are growing up so fast.