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Kanon’s Homemade Carnival

You all know I mentioned wanting to have a carnival for Kanon’s first birthday. Well, we did it. And it was a blast. 

Now before I share the pictures I want you to know that there were SO many things that weren’t finished in time for the party. This is not an unusual occurrence in my life; usually, as the party draws near I lose excitement and think that it would be better to just cancel the party instead of have it unfinished. And after the party, I usually think how wonderfully well it went, but it would have been better had it been all I had planned. Kind of a perfectionist like that. HOWEVER, that was not the case with this party. 

Now on to the photos. I’ll start with our carnival games. These pictures are not good at all, many blurry, but it’s all I have. Since I wasn’t going to have any family around at the party to help out, I was going to hire a girl to photograph the party, but that was one of the things that didn’t work out…. So look beyond the quality of the pictures please. 


bean bag toss

knock ’em down

pick a duck

make a match

face painting

strike a pose

The bean bag toss: made the day before the party out of three pieces of foam core, with a free hand circle cut out with a kitchen knife in each one, then wrapped in some wrapping paper I had in our giveaway collection in the basement, the three boards taped together and propped up with scrap wood

Super cute candy bean bags: courtesy of our neighbor

Knock ’em down: cans are empty yogurt containers that I started saving for this very game, once washed and dried Karston and Kyrie helped by putting a handful of beans in each container (to add a little weight so the wind wouldn’t knock them over), I then glued the lids on and spray painted them

The polka dots on the table: Karston and Kyrie’s creation (I tried to include them in party preparations just enough that they felt they had a part but not so much that they weren’t surprised by the party as well)

Pick a Duck: rubber ducks picked up on my second trip to a Super Wal-Mart in 2010, letters written with a sharpie on the bottom of each duck

Pick  a duck, tell me what letter is on the bottom, get a prize

The younger kids just loved playing with the ducks…and the water.

Make a Match: a classic memory game, I spray painted clothes pins a golden yellow, glued them to the poster board, in about 10 minutes on Friday afternoon, I drew and colored six pictures on the computer, printed them out, adhered red cardstock out of my stash to the backs of the pictures, cut them up, and arranged them under the clothes pins

The older kids enjoyed this game. 

Face Painting: face paint (!), jar of water, mirror for the kids to see their cheeks

I started out face painting. However, on one of my trips up to take care of something else, the kids started to paint each other’s faces. This turned out to be a genius idea. Why I didn’t think of it when Kyrie was painting her own face before the party started, I don’t know.

Strike a Pose: a red tablecloth which should have gone higher (and lower) adhered to the garage door about 10 minutes before the party, props included: silly glasses found in party section of Target, mustaches cut out off cardstock 2 minutes before the party, a headband with strips of cardstock folded in a zigzag and taped on made about 30 seconds before the party

This was A LOT of fun. Each family had their picture taken in the silly props!



The Prizes (no pictures):

glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs (pkg. of 8 in the dollar section at Target)

animal shaped foam capsules -you know, put the pill in the water and a shape appears (party section of Target)

glow stick bracelets (pkg. of 15 in the dollar section of Target)


The Food:

Hot Dogs

Mini Corn dogs 


Animal Crackers


Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellies



This was my favorite part of the pre-party: “creating” the food table.

The stripes were made the afternoon of the party using duct tape. I would so be a person to paint a wall or stripes or a mural for a party, but since this is a rental, duct tape will have to work. Don’t they look so happy? I wanted to leave them up.


And you can’t forget….

The Cake:

Meg’s Rainbow Cake

It was a HUGE hit! People were surprised it actually tasted good. Hello, I’m not all about looks.

Do you think he enjoyed it? He ate the whole purple layer in one bite, and the rest of the piece, and then went after Kyrie’s. 


Wow that was a long post! We enjoyed celebrating Kanon, the year we’ve had with him, and the year we’ve made it through! 



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a sneak peek


….more to come tomorrow

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6 months

Kanon you are such a joy to our family. You continue to smile all the time. Your laugh is contagious. You love to watch your big brother and sister (and think they’re very funny). You just started sucking your left thumb. You are sitting up. You don’t care to eat solid food- mama’s milk will do for you. You are big! You weigh 18 lbs 10 oz and measure in at 30 inches long. You are now too long for your infant car seat. You push up on your hands and knees. You move backwards. You roll. You love to be outside- as soon as we walk outside you start making noises of excitement, especially if the wind hits your face or if it is cold. You have started to cry if you drop a toy or if one is taken away from you. This always catches me off guard and makes me smile because it doesn’t seem to fit your laid back personality so far. You get lots of hugs and kisses from all of us- some a little harder and rougher than others. Karston sings to you whenever you let out the smallest whimper. It almost always calms you down and usually makes you laugh. I think your favorite is 1-2-3-4-5 Once I caught a fish alive!…..You are fun. You are a joy. You bring so much to this family of ours and we love you so very much.


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A wish

Did you get that?    

Happy Birthday Daddy. We heart you!


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The Winner!!!

I had so much fun reading your favorite birthday memories. It brought back many memories for me too! I guess I should have left the giveaway up longer so I would have more to read. Oh well. And I guess I should share my favorite birthday memory.

My favorite birthday party is probably my 5th grade year party when I had an American Girl party. Everybody dressed up as their favorite American girl. Then we did things like cook some recipes out of my American Girl cookbook. Then we made homemade paints out of leaves and flowers and berries and such. And then we painted pillow cases (with store-bought paint) that my mom had drawn and screen printed on a pillow case. Such fun memories!

My birthday yesterday was great fun too. Playtime with my babes. Mark driving me around to pick up a few things I needed for projects. Phone calls from friends and family. 3 different package deliveries! Lunch from Jimmy John’s. Dinner from Texas Roadhouse (to feel like we were in Texas for just a moment). An ice cream cake from Graeter’s. And a wonderful family who loves me!

And now for the winner……

Heidi!!! Congratulations!! Your book is on its way!


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A Quarter

Today is my birthday. Twenty-five years ago today my mom drove herself to the hospital in the snow. Snow in Texas. And I was born- a month early. And my dad couldn’t get my mom any flowers for 3 days because everything was closed due to the snow. So much has happened in 25 years! Life seemed to be so slow and long at first and then it just seemed to get faster and faster- more like a vapor. I’m sure it will continue to feel that way. It has been a good 25 years. I thought I would be so much further along, and yet I never thought I’d be this far. I have an amazing husband and 3 wonderful children. I am doing what I always dreamed of doing. And it’s a wonderful life!

So in celebration, let’s do another giveaway! (They’re so much fun!) I have an extra copy of Noel Piper’s Treasuring God in Our Traditions. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I remember that it had great ideas for making all different holiday traditions more Christ centered. It also made me think, and continue to think up, new traditions to start. It’s a thin little book. And if you already have it, then you could give it to somebody else. I think it makes a great newlywed gift. So just leave me a comment telling me your favorite birthday story, something that happened this weekend, something funny, something random, just tell me something. And I’ll pick a winner tonight after the kids go to bed, and I’ll announce it in the morning!

Oh, and Friday our couch still looked like this. Maybe a couple of bottom cushions will get made this week.

And I’ll leave you with a few pics of the cutest baby in the world. I’m loving him so much. In the past few weeks he has really started to get some chub on his thighs- totally love it. Has started chewing on everything, including his thumb- might be a possible thumb sucker. Rolls over. And grabs his feet constantly  while laying on his back. 


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{pink week} our wooden family

I think this one is my favorite. Here is what these little wooden people looked like before. And here is what they look like painted as our family.





and a special message on the bottoms.




I had so much fun painting these. I was very focused on being happy with how they turned out instead of repainting them 500 times each. And I really do like them. It is usually a struggle for me to stay simple and not become very detailed in my paintings…and drawings….and a lot of other things. Karston’s shorts are based off his favorite pair in real life that I made out of Mark’s old shirt. The crown was originally on the front of the shirt but is now a back pocket. All the other clothes are just similar to clothes that we each wear. I think I need to order and paint another set for Karston- they BOTH love them.


* I ordered the unpainted wooden dolls from etsy shop Goose Grease Undone which put together a custom listing to match our family.


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