Thursday, January 18, 2018

SNOW DAY SHENANIGANS

I thought about titling this post "Snow Day 2018" in the hopes that this will be the only one we get all year.  Then, I used the word "shenanigans," and apparently the title line doesn't spell check (good to know 😬), and I had to type it into my phone notes to make sure I was spelling it correctly.  Why is it so hard to spell?

Anywho... it snowed here in AR.  If you've been around this blog long, you will know that I have a love/hate relationship with snow days that has drifted towards hate in past years.  It is TERRIBLE for our business and requires a lot of extra work for my husband who drives around, picking people up for work and also shovels sidewalks and salts the parking lot.  He barely slept on Monday night, because we were trying to figure out what/how much was going to happen and also because children kept inexplicably appearing in our room, which is actually pretty unusual for us.  Adulting is awesome.

All of that negativity aside, I will say that I am coming around on the kid side of snow days.  It is much less terrible than it used to be, and we are actually nearing fun and at some points, relaxing.  Everyone happily played outside two separate times, even though the temperature was barely in the teens.  (Arkansas say what?!?)  John had the foresight to buy sleds several weeks ago "just in case," and they were a huge hit!  And the big girls helped the twins a ton, which was just about the sweetest thing ever.

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After round one of sledding and outdoor play, we moved on to the hot chocolate portion of the day.

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Snow day aftermath is no joke.

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The twins always want to pull out bikes, and who am I to stop them?  Especially with that smile.

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John did get to come home for a bit for a little baseball and some Star Wars.

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School was canceled for the girls the next day, which turned out well for us, because I hadn't realized they were supposed to do school work until getting onto Facebook late the first night. 😱 So, the second snow day allowed us to finish their snow day work and go see The Last Jedi in the theatre, because we blew through all the other Star Wars on Christmas break in preparation for Disney World.  We got to see all but the last five minutes when the fire alarm went off, and we were evacuated from the theatre.  I read later in the news that pipes had burst, which would explain the water pouring from the lobby as we left.

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All in all, I feel more positively towards snow days than I ever have, though they aren't great for chicken selling.  I hope you are staying warm wherever you are, because it is still SO cold here!

{Snow Day 2017}
{Snow Day 2016}
{Snow Day 2015} - We had a LOT of snow that winter
{Snow Day 2012} - The year we lost power for 5 days starting on Christmas.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

LILY'S GOLDEN BIRTHDAY

Our sweet Lily turned nine on the ninth, which obviously called for her "Golden" birthday party.  Truthfully, she wanted a very small party, which she reiterated over and over again.  My sweet little introvert with an over-the-top mother who needs to be reined in.  But, it felt good to go small, and since the Science Fair took over our life, and Christmas is barely over, going small was about the only thing possible.

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The show-stopping piece of this party was the giant gold sequin backdrop.  Special thanks to Main Street Studios for helping a sister out and to Mom and Wes for being couriers both to and from NW AR.  I loved having this backdrop at Mom's 60th, and it was fun to use again for a different party.

We sent out golden invitations to a small group of friends and family.

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Once the girls arrived, we served dinner at the table.  Lily dictated the menu of CFA nuggets, cinnamon rolls, pineapples, golden apples, a golden juice concoction, and chips.  Dinner of champions over here. 👊🏻  This was chased with puppy chow and donuts, obviously, cause it was a party.

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After dinner, there was a scavenger hunt around our neighborhood that included rhyming clues ultimately leading them to collect several golden treasures along the way.  John and I drove them around the neighborhood, and it was so squealy and SO fun.  They really got excited to "Ding Dong Ditch" someone's house (she was in the car and thought it would be hysterical to do to her parents and sister, and I texted to give them a heads up), but you would have thought this was the most exciting thing that had every happened to any of them.  😂

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(lost that "Y" at some point in the evening. I love golden birthdas. 🤷🏻‍♀️)
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(Such a sweet group of girls and SO much fun to have them celebrating with us!)
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Once the girls had solved all the clues and rung the doorbell two separate times and collected all their treasure, they headed back to the house for their final prize, which was their personalized take-home cookie favor.  I really tried to not overcomplicate this.

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Next on the agenda was cake!  Lily had made a very specific request - she wanted brownies with m'ms layered with ice cream.  This thing was SO very rich that most people could only handle a couple of bites at a time.  And, I don't think I will ever do another ice cream cake.  Or a cake that is actually brownies, but we all live and learn, and it did taste good. 

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Lily had really wanted a sleepover, but I vetoed that and opted to just do a later movie night.  This was a good call, and we rounded out the night with Cinderella and popcorn.

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Special thanks to John (ALWAYS), for helping and being supportive of parties of all levels.  And MVP to Mom and Wes for coming from Kansas with the blingy back drop and helping make party dreams come true.  We loved having them for the weekend!

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For Lily's past parties, here's a trip down memory lane, and to see other Spenst parties, click here!