Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Doc Is In!

A long time ago, Meredith requested a Doc McStuffins birthday party.  I ignored the request at first because I didn't want Miranda's first birthday to be a character theme, but Meredith was persistent!  Last weekend, Meredith and Miranda celebrated their 3rd and 1st birthdays, Doc McStuffins' style.

I bought some clip art and background images from etsy, glitter paper from Michaels and had the remaining supplies at home to make the invitations.  This party was definitely "inspired" through pins from pinterest!
Meredith is currently "scared" of boys, so we didn't invite any boy who was not family. ;)  Sorry to all of our friends with little boys, but since it's her party, I went with no little boys!  Instead, including our 3 girls, there were 12 little girls 5 and under.  Mackenzie had a friend her age (sister of Meredith's friend) and when Lyla arrived, Mackenzie ran to her, grabbed her hand and they walked off saying, "There are a lot of 3 year olds here."  So cute!

Anyways, back to the party.  I did our typical sign in table with the photo frame for Miranda (all three girls have one) and a book for Meredith.

The goody bags were fairly easy to make, thanks to glitter paper.  Theses were also the bags used for the pinata.
I tried something from Pinterest for the backdrop.  It's 3 plastic table cloths braided together.  Don't be surprised if you see this exact backdrop again in a few weeks for a my little pony party.  I lucked out and they have the same color scheme! ;)
Desserts are so easy to go overboard on.  That's what is so fun to make and I always end up with so many sweets besides the actual birthday cake.

The digital images from etsy and a little photoshop and the fun food labels were made.
These were a favorite with absolutely none left over!
The "bandaids" were Meredith's favorite.

I decided to add a little healthy food with the carrots.  Although if I could have dairy I would have only eaten the cheese puffs.
Miranda loved the applesauce pouches!
I bought a special birthday girl shirt for Meredith and then she wore her "doctor's jacket" the whole time, so you couldn't even see it.

Miss Teresa was lucky enough to be one of Meredith's patients.
And Papa always finds a baby that needs his attention! ;)

Meredith specifically asked for a pinata and picked this one out at the store.  We decided to use the pull strings rather than give 3 year olds a bat.  
Brandon had to finally pull it open all the way and dump out all the goodies.

I baked the cakes again this year because I needed to control the dairy free aspect and also it's fun, not to mention cheaper.  We tested out the cake recipe a couple of weeks ago, so it wasn't a complete surprise for Meredith, since I had already made and iced one just like this. ;)
Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of the inside of the cake, but it was three layers of different shades of purple, Meredith's favorite color!
There is a small cake under all of that icing!  I was trying a new technique and it used a lot of icing.  Miranda didn't seem to mind! ;)

She loved her cake!
We actually had to light the candle twice because she blew it out the first time before we could sing Happy Birthday.

Miranda didn't really know what to think, but unlike Mackenzie's first birthday she didn't get scared or shy with everyone singing.
And she liked her cake!

Mackenzie and Meredith even helped her!

So, one party down, one more to go!  Mackenzie turns 6 in less than 3 weeks!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 14

Week 14 - the LAST week of Summer 2014.  Of course, we are still having summer weather, but this was the last week before school started.  2 years ago, Mackenzie took swimming lessons for two weeks and at the end of the session, we went to eat ice cream to celebrate.  When we started swim lessons back in January we knew Mackenzie would stop lessons just before school started and since about that same time, Mackenzie has planned a trip to eat ice cream after her last lesson!  So, Monday was Mackenzie's last swim lesson for the year, so that afternoon we went for ice cream!  They both devoured their ice cream and Miranda and I tried not to focus on them since we couldn't eat any! :(
On Tuesday, Mackenzie lost her first tooth!  It just came out while she was talking in the car. ;)  It's a bottom tooth and very tiny!  When she told me what she wanted to write to "Buttercup", Brandon told her to ask her where she lived.  Luckily, the toothfairy brings pictures of her house as she travels bringing money to all the children! ;)
Wednesday was our last "Hoop-lah".  (That's the silly name I kept calling it because I'm weird like that.)  We went to a favorite small waterpark that is geared more to smaller kids.  Friends of our met us there which made it even more fun!

It's not fun unless you can eat cookies at 10:45 in the morning! ;)

Little cuties!

They are all looking down, but they're all in the picture! ;)
Meredith didn't remember the last two times she went to the water park because she was 10 months and 22 months, so this was her first time to go down the slide by herself.  She really liked it and went a lot while we were there!

Thursday and Friday was spent preparing for Meredith and Miranda's birthday party, so no pictures!

Then Saturday evening after the party, Mackenzie and I had a Momma/Daughter date (our first since Miranda was born) at a pottery painting place.  She chose to paint a puppy and then painted the whole thing by herself.  It's very bright!

Mackenzie got to bring her dog home that evening because she used acrylic paint, but I chose to use a glaze, so I don't have mine back yet.  Here is my owl after I finished.  It will deepen in color and be super glossy when it's finished.  I should be able to pick it up in the next day or two!

So, our summer is over. :(  We had a great summer and I cannot wait until next year when Miranda is walking!  I would say I can't wait to start planning our fun, but we have a gazillion other things to think about between now and then! ;)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Meredith!

This little girl is 3 today!

She is so funny and sweet and silly and caring.  She loves to dance and sing and she loves her sisters!  Happy Birthday Meredith!
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