Mar 29

Kayley turned 9 last week! AH! I can’t believe she’s that old already! Annette planned a fantastic Rock Star party (I helped some). The girls showed up, had to make sure they were on the A-List (or else get escorted out by the Bouncer), then received their list on how to become a Rock Star. They started off with Fashion and picked out their Rock Star shirt, next came nails, hair (crimped), make up, tattoos (fake, of course), and a photo shoot! We followed up with Pizza, Presents, and Cake/Ice Cream. Annette and Steph did an awesome job making the guitar cake! Seriously awesome! Then we took them downstairs to the VIP lounge where Kayley (and the rest of the Lyons family) got Rock Band for the Wii. Lauren screamed she was so happy! We created CDs (Kayley burned each of them a copy of some of her favorite songs) with their “band’s” cover and individual shots on the inside. The girls really liked them and they turned out really good. These girls are so photogenic and they have such sass! They all fit the Rock Star attitude perfectly! We had so much fun – I think the girls did too!

Oct 13

Yet again, I dragged Annette along in my hair-brain ideas for a birthday party (which, oddly enough, she started me on years ago). I wanted to invite the kids on our street that Evie plays with which includes those her age, some younger, and some older. Plus there’s her cousins. We ended up inviting about 25 – 28 kids. Crazy, right? Luckily not everyone came (although we’re sad you didn’t!). We planned on having it at a local park and then the precipitation percent kept rising. We were told Saturday morning just a few hours before the party started that we can use the nursery room at the church. I was down in Springville helping Annette and finishing the cake (thank you Annette for finishing it!) , cutting out the horse heads (thank you Lauren and Kayley!) and sanding the yard sticks (thank you Joel!). I showed up 10 minutes before the party started. Luckily Steve and Leona got things together and the kiddos ready. We headed to the nursery room, blew a few balloons, set up tables and then Evie’s friends started showing up.

The boys got tabors (or something like that…sorry Mike!) and the girls got princess skirts.  We had them start coloring horse heads and when they were finished they were attached to wooden sticks. The kids really liked it! Next we set out blank crowns (that Annette, again, rescued me and spray painted them silver) and let them decorate them with foam or sequins.

Evie opened presents while the men so graciously cleaned up after the kids. She was really excited. Bri, Rich and Jadyn gave her a baby doll (including carrier and diaper bag with all the fixins) and a princess cell phone. Ayslind and Cyana gave her a cute little purse with lots of bracelets. Reid and William gave her a bathtime Ariel with Flounder.  Tyson, Cameron and Kaylee gave her a wooden doll with velcro and clothes (perfect for church!) and two purple bracelets. Thank you all! Evie was actually willing to give each and every one of her friends a hug!

Next we had cake and ice cream. Unfotunately one kid from a different birthday party at the church building snuck into the kitchen and put a few lines in the birthday frosting (in which one adult didn’t even say sorry once we told her! grrr!) but with Photoshop I fixed it up!

And that about sums it up…oh, unless Grams wants to know about the hissy fit Evie threw in the kitchen where she banged – yes BANGED – her head repeatedly on the floor giving her a pretty little bruise. I’ve included that picture too! 😉

Oct 2

Hollywood! That’s right – we had make-up, hair do’s, boas, sunglasses, and the red carpet. It was quite fun, even for us adults. At the end, the girls even watched a movie outside in the back yard. Here’s a few pics

Feb 16
Star Wars party
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Evan’s birthday party was a hit! Even though Annette and I started planning it yesterday, it still worked out smoothly and without much stress! Evan’s friends came over, we took pictures of everyone in the cloak (except Spencer who didn’t want to participate). The kids each had a picture frame that they put star stickers around the border and there was space beneath the photo opening that said “Star Wars” “Jedi Master Spencer” (with each child’s name). While they played ‘asteroid toss’ and did ‘Jedi Training’ (from Master Jedi Joel) I used Photoshop to fix the pictures, putting each “Jedi” on a ship next to Vader (see below). I think they turned out pretty awesome! I was tempted to color Evie green and give her Yoda ears (due to how small she is) but decided against it. Evan opened presents, they had cupcakes and ice cream and then went downstairs to hit balloons with their inflatable light sabers. Then Vader’s march song came on and who just happened to come around the corner? Darth Vader in the flesh! (or Uncle Mikey for the kids who were scared of him). Each child (who opted to) took a turn fighting him and then they all attacked together. Vader ended up going upstairs, with little Jedi’s following behind, and we heard a loud bang. I guess Vader fell and Jedi Evan was very proud of himself! The kids also got little tattoos.  What a fun party!

Thanks Uncle Mikey for being the bad guy, Jay and Brenda for loaning costumes, and Mikey’s co-worker for letting Mikey borrow the Vader mask! It was great!

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Padowan Evan

Oct 28
Lukie’s TWO!
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Lukie had his 2nd birthday party tonight. He was so cute! We had dinner (which was eventful because Evie got a hold of my plate, dropped it and it shattered…and I mean SHATTERED…all over the ground! What a mess maker!), opened presents, then had cake and ice cream. Let’s see…Lukie got a few books, a toy car, a Little People’s airplane, a ball pit, and there are a few presents still in transit so he’ll open them later. A huge ball fight (150+ balls!) started downstairs and another mess was made…one that was much easier to clean up! Luke was so cute with his cake. He let us sing to him and blew out his candles on the first try. He was just so cute! Here are a few pics…

Luke’s 2nd Birthday

Ball Pit