Category Archives: Birthdays

What happened to Fall?

That may be a touch dramatic, but I feel like we quickly went from eating popscicles outside to almost becoming popscicles outside, with no great Autumn sandwiched in between to ease us into the bone chilling cold we feel here.

We have two “winter precipitation events” headed our way and I’m sorry, but I just can’t have Finn’s exhuberant reaction when he heard the word S-N-O-W. Maybe if I could be guaranteed to be home and not have to get out in it… I am thankful none of us are driving 30 miles to work/school. That eases stress. I’m also ecstatic that we were finally able to get the garage sorted out from the move and we can now park in there. One school morning of scraping ice off the car was enough to motivate us to kick into high gear on that front.

So living here and having Mia settled in at school (and being able to finally park in the garage), things are slowly getting into a routine and we’re finding our new normal. Even if that does mean snow in November. So wrong…

We celebrated Mark’s birthday this week, in a way only a 6 and almost 4 year old could dream up: donuts for breakfast and Chick-fil-a for dinner. They each picked their presents all by themselves: one picked a fancy disposable razor and one picked a “build-on brick” mug, basically a Lego mug that you can build all kinds of stuff out of/onto. Bet you can figure out who gave what. Ha, so match their personalities.  (Unfortunately, Mark has yet to be able to use one of his gifts – Finn calls it his Lego coffee.).  If you asked Mark, I think he would say it was all perfect.

They’re practically teenagers:


planning great celebrations


and wearing huge shoes.


What happened?

But they’re still just so fun.
We were waiting for her prescription (ear infection and respiratory stuff) and she was watching herself dance on the screen, couldn’t get any better than this blur of a picture. Yes, she is sick. Oh the wonders of ibuprofen.

Now to get some rest because they sure don’t sleep in like teenagers.

Mia’s Japanese Party

We’ve been doing lots of partying around here. Between Mia’s birthday, her party and then my birthday, we’ve had our fair share of fun (and sugar).

For Mia’s party this year, we went to a Japanese teppanyaki restaurant so the kids could eat and enjoy the show. As expected, there was lots of squealing and laughter (that’s what you get with a party of 10 girls and 2 boys). Not sure how much the kids ate, but I think they all had a really fun time – and parents got to take leftovers home…win-win.

For Mia’s birthday book, we found the cutest little book about a Japanese kokeshi doll and then bought an actual wooden kokeshi doll to sit next to it. So fun.




While the kids waited for food to come, they sat and colored.


Or in Finn’s case, practiced his sword skills with the chopsticks. That kid…so much boy packaged in his little body.

Then, it was time for the show! The chef was so great. We had seen him on previous visits and knew he would be wonderful with the kids and the restaurant let us request a chef so it was perfect.
Lots of smiles and giggling while he did his tricks.


Wish these pictures had sound. So much squealing with that fire.

The volcano, turned into choo-choo train.

Then, it was time for cake. Mia wanted a big cake instead of cupcakes this year, so I decided to make her one and stick some chopsticks in it to hold the little birthday pennant banner up. I have wanted to try doing a ruffle cake for a while now and I’m so glad I tried it. It was really pretty easy and I liked the way it turned out. The #6 candle was a sparkler candle – so fun: lasts forever and gives off great fire.


Love how excited she is about the candle.

As a thank you to her friends for coming, each kid got a bag full of Japanese stuff: origami, pocky chocolate sticks, Japanese candy, washi tape, and the cutest Japanese erasers…seriously, so fun…each one comes apart and you can put it back together again.IMGP6086-001

It was a fun day and we’re so glad friends (and cousins!!) came to help us celebrate Mia.IMGP6079-001




Happy 6, Mia.

I posted this on facebook earlier but thought I would put it on here as well and seeing how it’s almost not her birthday anymore, I probably won’t go into a ton of detail right now.

Had fun looking through old blog posts to dig up these pictures. In the midst of those, I found a couple of Finn and I really had to resist posting those too…

So this big girl is 6!

Mia is 6

She was totally working it this birthday. She wanted the house decorated a little bit on her actual birthday, she wants to wear a sash at her party so people will know who the birthday girl is, and she kept slipping the fact that her birthday was coming up into as many conversations as she could this week. She’s doing it up big. Can’t say I blame her. Kind of partial to celebrations, myself. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Except I will not be wearing a sash on my birthday, thank you.

So we started the day with sprinkle donuts and ended it with cupcakes.


Lots of sugar for a sweet, sweet girl.

Finn was very excited about all the festivities – donuts are his favorite after all – but he kept being sad about the fact that it wasn’t his birthday too. Poor kid, has to go through all our birthdays before getting to his. That’s tough on a little guy.

Tomorrow, we start baking cake! Still have some partying to do.