Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Wallykazam Party

Sawyer celebrated his birthday twice this weekend!

Saturday, more people than have ever been in my house at one time, were in my house. We had a few of Sawyer’s preschool friends, friends from daycare, our tailgate friends and their kids, and our hometown friends and their friends all in our house. It was crowded but it was fun.

Sawyer (once again) chose a party theme that did not have any party supplies, because that’s his favorite. This year, it was Wallykazam, a show on Nick Jr., a show about a little troll dude who has a pet dragon and spells magic words with a magic stick.

My plan originally was to just print a Wally sign or two and call it a Wally themed party because I figured he wouldn’t care that much about the theme. But nooooo he specifically asked “do I get a Sawyer birthday banner?” and “will there be magic sticks?”. So, I turned to the NickJr website (which totally saved my butt during the Paw Patrol party last year) for some printables.

After searching Pinterest for food ideas to go with the Wallykazam theme, I came up short. So I searched instead for stuff like “dragon party” since Wally’s best friend is in fact Norville the dragon. Then since Sawyer asked for “magic sticks” I made some candy-covered pretzels too and called them "magic sticks".

I found the template for Wallykazam treat boxes then made some more in Photoshop with the other characters, I mean you can’t have Wally without all his buds. Then I made a little mix of popcorn and M&Ms and threw that in the boxes for “Bobgoblin mix”.

For decor, I kept it simple. I propped some Wallykazam books around the food and drinks and went with orange, blue & green for the color scheme. I gathered some sticks from the yard, painted some then tied some short ribbon around the others and stuck them in a mason jar I had wrapped with a Wallykazam print I made to (once again) play on the magic stick theme. After framing a "Happy Birthday Sawyer" sign for the table, the room was ready for a party!

The kids had an absolute blast playing in the unseasonably warm weather on Sawyer's new trampoline (what we got him for his b*day) while the dad's enjoyed the warm weather (and beer) outside in the man cave.

Brody had a great time snoozing away and being passed around! Sookie on the other hand was not a fan of so much commotion.

It was fun celebrating Sawyer all weekend, but praise the Lordt that it's over. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


This kid is four year years old.

lounging with blankey in his tent
How has he grown so much since his first birthday!?!

I'm not even going to pretend that his third year of life was an easy year. Trust me when I say two has nothing on three. In fact, I have found a term that perfectly describes the age of three, it is "threenager". He was moody, sometimes mean, SUCH a smart mouth, and tried our patience on a daily basis. But, three was also the year he started asking questions and learning so many new things!

It has been amazing watching him take in the world, come up with his own ideas, and use his imagination. You truly never know what is going to come out of his mouth next.

This past year was also a whirlwind of new things for Sawyer.

He managed to stick a crayon up his nose and had to have it surgically removed...

He learned he was going to be a big brother..

Played soccer for the first time...

Started preschool...

and got to spend an entire weekend dedicated to having fun with just mama & daddy...

I am so blessed and thankful to call this little spitfire my son, I can hardly wait to see what the Lord has in store for him.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

enjoy the time

I am exhausted, and it's totally my fault.

When Josh and I answered the little questionnaire thing for my anniversary post I knew immediately how Josh would answer the question about my worst habit. He hates that I won't ever just sit on the couch and watch TV or hang out and that I have to be so OCD about the dishes in the sink and the clothes in the dryer. Whenever I complain about being tired I can always expect a look from Josh.

Sure there are some things I have no control over that take up my "free" time such as pumping for Brody and general parenting/wife duties, but there are quite a few other things that could take a back burner.

This week is going to be crazy with prep work for Sawyer's birthday party on Saturday but I vow that next week I am going to enjoy at least one hour of "nothing" time when I get home from work. While I won't be shirking my general "cook, clean kitchen, pump, and bathe baby" duties, I am going to try my hardest to spend time with Josh and the boys in the living room when my duties are done.

I'm going to actually read Sawyer a book when it's time for bed instead of turning on the iPad for him to watch while I return emails, 

I want to ask my husband how his day was and ask follow-up questions instead of listening briefly while I fold clothes.

I will watch an entire show on DVR with Josh instead of making him pause it constantly while I pick up the toys Sawyer threw all over his playroom.

I'm not going to care that there are a few dishes in the sink and that a few bottles of old breast milk are sitting on the counter.

I am going to play with Brody on his little piano pad (his fav toy) and race Paw Patrol cars with Sawyer.

I vow that next week I will take the time to enjoy my time.