Saturday, March 8, 2014
When planning for Ella's cowgirl party I had found the instructions to make stick horses. I thought it would be fun to sell these at the Mercantile. The first thing I had to find was nice long wool socks that didn't cost a fortune. I wasn't going to make these if they cost $8 a piece. I ended up finding 2 pairs...so 4 horses for $3.99 at The Goodwill. Then I had to buy dowels for the stick portion. Each dowel was $2.99 so each horse ended up costing $4.
I stuffed the sock and then hot glued the felt pieces on for the eyes and the nose. I also stitched the mouth with brown yarn.
Then I cut out and made the ears.
Lots of ears!
To keep the horse on the dowel Michael cut into the dowel a bit. Then I pulled the horses head onto the dowel stuffed it more and then tied a pieces of twine around the bottom of the sock and the twine sunk into that little notch.
I had a bunch of curly yarn for the hair so I glued that on and added a bandanna around the bottom of the sock.
Here's a coral full of stick horses ready to be bought!
Friday, March 7, 2014
For our little family party that we had on Ella's actual birthday I made her the lemon cake she requested. This time around she wanted rainbow chip with pink frosting.
Lisa one of the mentor mom's at my MOPS group just recently did a demonstration about cake decorating. She shows us how to do lots of stuff, but one of the tips she gave me was to take your frosting knife and just pat it on the top of the cake. It pulls the frosting up into these little peaks and adds a fun look to it. I couldn't think of anything to put on the cake that would be cowgirlish...I could have gotten a plastic horse, but Ella doesn't really play with that stuff. So instead I used my stamping supplies and borrowed a punch from Kim and made this cute little banner.
Chowing down on their cake!
I knew this one little cake would not feed all the guest so I decided to make a chocolate cake. Another tip Lisa gave us was that the best chocolate cake recipe ever comes off the back of the Hershey's Cocoa box. I thought I would give it a whirl. I thought it would be fun to do a bunt cake, but I don't have the right pan for that so I ended up making cupcakes instead. I evidently filled the cupcake liner more than 2/3's full because the cupcakes were spilling over the side of the pan. Oops! I ended up having to scrape them out of the pan so the edges didn't look so pretty, but the cake....oh my! YUMMY! I also used the recipe on the cocoa box to make the chocolate frosting. In my opinion the cake was awesome and it didn't even need the frosting, but if you are a chocoholic you will absolutely love this recipe!
On a side note...this cute boys top right front tooth has been practically falling out of his head, but he would not let us pull it. A couple weeks ago he jumped on Jack and ended up really hurting himself. He put his teeth through his lip and almost knocked his tooth out. It was bleeding like crazy and the gums were very bruised. Right after the cake he ended up hurting himself...not sure how...and his tooth was bleeding like crazy again. Michael told him the tooth needed to come out. Owen immediately covered his mouth with his hands. Michael decided to pay Owen $1 if he let him pull his tooth. Owen shook his head. So Michael up'd it to $2 to which Owen said, "$3 is better!" Oh he's good!!! This was going on while Ella was opening her presents. When Owen came out to the garage this is what I saw.
The adult tooth is no where to be seen. His poor baby teeth have just taken a beating. I sure hope he's more careful with his adult teeth.
Back to the party....
Ella sat on the present table in the garage to open her gifts. The first one was from Papa & Grandma Martin. She got a little coloring kit and a puppy pillow pet....she obviously loved it!
Aunt Stephie and Uncle Ry got Ella this cupcake game and this cute pink top.
Uncle Jon & Aunt Becky got her $5.
Ms. Jen & Logan got Ella a Barbie beauty kit and this BFF necklace!
This is just the cutest thing ever!!!
Ella also got a Hello Kitty coloring kit & reusable stickers, a cute skirt outfit and Sofia The First dolls and castle and a make-up bag filled with also sorts of girly stuff...lip gloss, fingernail polish, lotion and tic tacs.
And in keeping with tradition at the 4th birthday we always have a pinata. This time around Michael made a cluster of gold nuggets. From just the right angle they looked like real "gold nuggets", but you know Michael did his best!
Birthday girl got to go first!
After that we lined the kids up according to height. They each got 3 swings. We also had the kids all stand behind a chair. It gave them a visual of where they couldn't go. At Jack's 4th Birthday poor Kendra got a little to close and was whacked in the head. Thank goodness no one was injured this time!
Not sure who actually split the pinata, but it was split open for at least 3 kids. You can see the split during Caleb's swing.
Then Owen got up and smashed it. I love that I got this mid-candy falling shot!
Then there was the mad dash for the candy and what's a party without tears over candy! :) In the end though every child got candy so all ended well!
The whole gang!
Thank you to everyone for coming over to celebrate our precious, miracle girl!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
This was the part of the party I was most looking forward too...The Mercantile!
Michael was so wonderful with setting up The Mercantile. He used this big piece of plywood that we have so we can put the boys racetrack on it and he put some screws in it so we could display the goods. The Mercantile was actually hidden behind the curtains so the kids didn't see it until I was ready to open up. When I opened it I explained to the kids that in the olden days they didn't call the store a Supermarket or a Department Store.
Here are the 8 stick horses! I made them...blog post to follow! The stick horses were the most expensive at 8 gold nuggets.
Cowboy hats were only 3 gold nuggets. I got 20 of these from Oriental Trading Company.
The Toy Guns were 5 gold nuggets. I got these from the Dollar Tree. They came in an FBI kit. The guns are cool, but the rest of the stuff is junk so I just threw it away. Toy guns are actually pretty hard to come by. Most of them are cap guns, but I just wanted something simple. These do make a clicking sound when you pull the trigger!
After showing the kids what they could buy and how many gold nuggets it would cost. Then I asked them if they brought gold nuggets to the party. It was funny to see their cute faces! That's when I told them they would need to pan for gold.
Out in the front of the house Michael had set up the gold panning area. Two metal buckets filled with play sand and "gold nuggets" aka gold spray painted rocks!
I got these tins at the Dollar Tree and Pa poked holes in them so the sand would fall out, but not the gold.
The kids had a blast finding gold!
Seriously something that cost so little and they loved it!
Ella struck gold!
Once the kids had their gold they started pouring into the garage to make their purchases.
Andrew got a gun for himself and then he came back later and bought one for his brother who was still home taking a nap. It was so sweet. He also ended up buying a hat for himself and Josiah as well. Sweet brother!!!
Ella got the horse with the pink bandanna!
Logan chose the blue one!
Giddy Up Anna & Addison!
Watch out Lilyann is one cute cowgirl!
Sami seems pretty stoked about her horse!
There has to be a clever title for this picture since Logan is covering her nose, but it's not coming to me!
In the end the guns and the horses sold out and there was one hat left so we gave it to Zeke. Is he not the cutest little cowboy you've ever seen! Biased...I know!
Once Josiah got to the party he was able to play cowboys with his brother. Watch out...these guys mean business!
Even some of the adults had fun with all the western gear!
Probably my favorite picture of my brother and I!
The Mercantile was a HUGE success and even though it was a LOT of work it was absolutely worth it!!!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
We had Ella's party out in the garage just like we did with Owen's. It's just wonderful to have this extra space!!! Instead of having the party food in the garage, this time I set up a Wanted Photo Booth for the kids.
While prepping for Ella's party I thought it might be fun to make up a bunch of disguises for the kids to use when they posed for their picture.
The mustache was a favorite. Ella and Kendra look so cute!
Lilyann wanted the full on beard look.
Jackson is in this one glove wearing phase right now.
Logan sported the monocle!
Camryn practically had to sit down on the step stool I had behind the table for the little kids. She's growing up!
Sami looking good!
Owen really wanted to use all the disguises, but finally settled on two. He needed a little help keeping the glasses on though!
And if you got captured by local law enforcement we even had a jail!
Uncle Ry....serving 10 - 20 seconds for being goofy!