Thursday, July 2, 2015

Story's Seventh Birthday Party! {Ever After High Party}

Seven, she really is SEVEN! She's going into second grade, is a great big sister, and is about to start gymnastics and swimming. She's growing up way too fast!

This year we knew her party would be a lot bigger. She's made a ton of friends at school so the list of guests was going to be big. This was also the first year we'd have the party at our house. The plan was to decorate the inside of the house, and have the food set up in the front room. That would allow the adults to congregate in the family room and the kids could play outside. Of course, it was around 65 degrees and rainy the afternoon of her party. So, we were all forced to cram in the small family room. It wasn't terrible, but I will definitely plan it differently next year!

Every year we let Story pick out the theme of her party. We go all out with party planning, it's our gift to her. She was a bit all over the place, trying to decide. She started by saying she wanted a Princess party and then narrowed it down to a Brave party?! (she doesn't even watch that movie) I threw out a couple of suggestions and her face lit up when I mentioned Ever After High. She loves the show and has a lot of the dolls.

I kept the decorations on the simpler side this time. The main reason for that was because of the custom dress we got her for her party! It took up a third of the budget. I kept the food simple as well because the party fell between lunch and dinner. We had fruit, veggies, cheese, tea sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries and marshmellows.

Another big splurge was the cake. We had it made from the same cake shop that made Finley's. Story chose the design of the cake and the flavors - chocolate cake with cotton candy icing. It was definitely sweet!

I made a photo booth for the girls. They loved taking photos and using the props. We also had a shoe design contest, bracelet making activity, and glitter tattoos.

As the kids get older, it's harder and harder to take photos while I'm in the moment. I wish I had more to show you! But, all of the kids had a fun time! And Story was really excited :)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Story's Updated "Big Kid" Room

Story Sunshine is seven years old today. SEVEN! Where did the years go? it seriously feels like just the other day she was a sweet little toddler who couldn't use the potty.... Now she's done with the First Grade and is the best big sister.

In honor of her birthday we decided to give her room a little update. There wasn't anything wrong with her old room. She just didn't have enough space. This kid has got a lot of stuff. I mean, A LOT. Thing is, she really does play with it all. All at the same time. Needless to say, her room is a disaster area majority of the time. Her biggest issue was storage and space. The room was lacking in both. I brainstormed for a while and came up with a solution that seems to be working. Don't get me wrong, it still looks like a bomb went off in there a lot of the time. But, we're getting there. Baby steps. So, we sent her to spend the night with her Great-Grandma on a Friday evening. I went into a frenzy getting the entire room completed by the time she got home Saturday afternoon. It was a lot of fun, and a little nerve wracking.

Let me give you a little refresher on what the room looked like before. All of her old furniture moved from the Townhouse to here. Some of it worked, but some didn't. I didn't really have a chance to do much to her room when we lived in the Townhouse (I'm looking at you, Dirty Neighbors). But, I had completely remodeled her room when we lived in the Apartment. -- You can check that out here, and here --

It's definitely not horrible, just cramped, and not much personality. I wanted to finally add her personal items, fun things she had been saving.

Here is the after! The main thing you'll notice is the bed! We took it all the way to the ceiling. This gave her so much more room for activities #namethatmovie 

My dad gifted Story a loft bed for her birthday! This really opened up the whole room and gave her the added square footage she really needed. We've been really fortunate that every place we've lived has had large bedrooms. This one is average sized, maybe a bit on the small side, but still a decent sized room. It would be great to have a play-room where all of the kids could keep their toys. But the age gap is just too big between the girls. Story is into Lego's and other small things that Finley could and would choke on. Story's room has to be both a bedroom and a playroom.

I was able to put her old school desk under her bed to create a study area, along with a "book nook" as she likes to call it. The peg board lets her add things that are special to her at the moment. Right now it's a few Girl Scout items, her "Dirt Land" flag and the medal she received for dance.

I finally had the chance to hang up her photos! She's been asking about them for months. I honestly don't know why I waited so long. It's super easy to do and adds instant character to her space. This gallery wall has family photos, Circa 2012. They really need to be updated.

Across from her bed I added another small gallery wall. It's a mixture of fun prints she's liked. I didn't touch the closet. I honestly wouldn't of had enough time. She's at this weird age where she wants to do more big kid activities but still wants to play dress-up.

This was really a small scale update. I'd love to do a complete overhaul. That might be something fun to do come Spring. When Story came home from her Grandma's, her old bed frame was in the foyer. She was super confused and I played it up like something really bad happened in her room. She ran down the hall and was completely shocked by her new room. She may have even cried a bit and gave me a really big hug!

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Gender Reveal Party : Baby Pike #3!

We decided to have a small get-together to celebrate the gender of our third (!!!) baby! We had an ultrasound done and asked the technician to not tell us and place the results into a sealed envelope. The plan was to then pick out a boy outfit and a girl outfit. We'd have a sales associate read the results and wrap up the appropriate outfit for us! None of that really went as planned. Jordan peeked, of course. He totally blamed it on Finley. We still went through with our plan and surprised our family the next day!

I didn't really take a whole lot of photos. Kind of wish I had! I kept the decorations really simple. Just streamers and a make-shift sign on the door. I went with "Blue or Pink? What Do You Think?" as the theme.

For lunch I made sausage gravy and biscuits. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it. We don't have all the family over very often. I wish we did though. They're a lot of fun :) For dessert I made chocolate cupcakes with colored frosting.

Yes! Baby Pike #3 is a BOY!!! We couldn't be more excited!!! It's going to be quite the adjustment.