frozen is so loved right now by cute little girls everywhere , and our reagan is no exception! to no surprise she chose to have a frozen birthday party this year…and it was a blast to do!
of course no frozen party would be complete with out elsa and anna themselves!
the kids enjoyed making jeweled headbands, playing pin the nose on olaf, and creating snowflakes with glitter glue and ear cleaners.
…and let’s not forget the treats! we had plenty of them. the dessert table had cupcakes, dipped marshmallows, wrapped ice gum, colored candy, jello and lots of chocolate goodies.
it’s really bittersweet each year when we celebrate my sweet babes. closing one chapter of their life, yet leaping in to the next… i love how my dear reagan is growing, and what a beautiful little woman she is becoming. i love how full of spirit she is. she whole heartedly dives into each new stage of her life…she is brave, she is strong, she is creative, and she is alive! that being said…i try to cling to every memory and my heart certainly stings a bit as they grow…its just so darn fast! i cherish every minute i have with this little babe…simply put…i love her!
this summer has been jam packed with little adventures! (ummmm…our biggest adventure: one of my favorite friends was looking for a new home for some unexpected ducklings…and they landed at our house!) we have been on the go non stop…gymnastics, swimming, parks, hikes, shopping, the beach, etc… the girls love to stay fashionable, and we have found that skirts are the greatest thing because they slip on over just about anything. they keep these little babes modest (because…yes they would go everywhere in nothing but a swimsuit if i’d allow it!), they are easy to pack, and they look adorable!
today we did a totally spontaneous photo shoot wearing some of the skirts that we have made this summer. it has been fun to let the girls pick our their favorite fabrics, trims, and threads, and teach them some basics about color matching and design.
the possibilities are pretty much endless, and they are so fast, easy, and take so little fabric. hmmm….maybe i should make a skirt for me…
seriously, how is it that so much can happen in just one blink. they dance, they sing, they live, they play, they learn, they grow, they go…they go go go, they stumble, they fall, and they get back up. and as they do, i hold their hand. i wipe their tears. i sit by their side. i watch, i listen, i cry, i breath, and i cherish it…trying ever so intently to soak up every minute i can. yet even with this awareness…it goes by so fast. too fast. a day older, a week…almost a year. eight years. and then one day i blink…and open my eyes, only to discover they are, well…becoming little women.
today i’m feeling a little (ok…a lot) guilty for not documenting more…i simply can not forget this magical time. (thank goodness for instagram!) there is so much i love about my beautiful little flock, our circus of a life, my sleepless imagination and i gotta start sharing again.
i was spring break this week and although i am totally laid up with this foot surgery…i had a couple surprise activities planned for the girls.
ok you must know…liquid watercolors are the coolest thing ever!
they can be used for a variety of different activities from art to play. i suggest you get a few colors and have them on hand! (be sure to buy washable!!!)
first, i present the rainbow bubble bath!
we just did a normal bubble bath using dish saop for the bubbles (because the bubbles are stronger than with a bubble bath soap) and then squirt the liquid water color onto the bubbles.
next, i present rainbow shower paint!
also very simple…get some shaving cream, and simply mix in the watercolor and paint till it is the darkness you like! (i did about 2 teaspoons)
because the liquid watercolor is washable, the clean up for both is really simple. everything just needed a good rinse!
oh…and instead of playing=messy kids…it’s playing=squeaky clean kids!
a few weeks ago i gave a lesson at church to a group of women called the relief society. it is an amazing group of women who have been so very supportive and inspirational to me and my family. with this recent foot surgery i am required to stay off my foot and elevated for 6-8 weeks, and they have been graciously bringing in meals for our family. this is so helpful because ryan has gone from full time working firefighter to full time dad/caregiver over night. it has really helped lighten his load. it’s an honor to be a part of such a great organization, 6 million women strong, one that helps it’s members and all people alike. in short, the relief society has provided countless hours of service and immeasurable acts of relief to people around the world.
i’m not sure i have ever been so moved by a lesson that i want to share it on my blog, but this one really hit me hard! it focused on the importance of strengthening and preserving the family unit….the most valuable unit on earth and in heaven. i won’t go in to all of details, but the most important point i took from the lesson was that we have to be the light.
i handed out these little light bulbs to everyone who who came to the meeting that day.
i LOVE that! it is just was so clear. the light…the workshop…it paints such a great image in my mind of how this works. i know with out a doubt that i must be the light in our home. my mood, my attitude, my actions, my words, my ideas, my activities, my goals, my outlook…my very countenance should reflect…light. i know that when i am the light, my children and husband will be energized…charged, even ignited to go and take on the world. and then…their little lights will shine. ahhhh, it is the sweetest reward. it’s truly the best thing for me to see…it’s simply…bliss.
and so it’s simple really, it starts with you…be the light!