Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Oral-B Stages/Winnie the Pooh Movie Viewing MommyParty

This afternoon, I hosted my first MommyParties event which was sponsored by Oral-B Stages I & II!

When I was first contacted by MommyParties to host this party, I was so excited! It was the perfect thing for me to do. I have so many friends and family members with children, and we have a lot of playdates together. It was so much fun to do something different! My kids were excited, too. They are obsessed with brushing their teeth and get so excited over new toothbrushes and toothpastes!

The guests for the party ranged in age from 4 months old to 4 years old. The party was so easy to set up, thanks to the awesome party kit that MommyParties and Oral-B supplied. I had everything I needed to make the party a success!

Before the guests arrived, I blew up the balloons and tossed them on the floor, I put out the snacks for the moms, set up a Winnie the Pooh coloring station, set out the goody bags, and put up a makeshift concession stand complete with popcorn, fruit snacks, and juice pouches. The Winnie the Pooh DVD was in the DVD player and ready to go!

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Once everybody arrived, I put on the new Winnie the Pooh movie for the older kids to watch.

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We took a short break to look over the supplied flashcards. Those kids were quick with the answers! While I'd love to say that all the guests sat still through the entire movie, that simply isn't true. The 2 year old guests didn't have the attention span! Us moms, however, watched most of it! After the movie, I asked them who their favorite character was:



MommyParties and Oral-B stages provided each of my guests with a wonderful gift bag to take home!

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While the kids were watching the movie, I handed out the gift bags. The moms I invited were already fans of Oral-B, stating that they had "quality products." They were impressed by what the bags contained!

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I thought the movie was going to be the most exciting thing at the party, but the kids were most excited about trying out their new toothbrushes! A good brushing was required after all that popcorn eating!

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Even the youngest guests, with the newest teeth, joined in!

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Our afternoon playdate was a big success! Thank you, MommyParties and Oral-B Stages for giving us a chance to have so much fun!!!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday is my day to remember all the cute and funny things my kids say and do!

{DYLAN}

*While writing the word don't, he wrote his d backwards. He looked up and said, "Oh, wait, that's a bon't!"

*While picking out a present with a gift card he received for his birthday, he insisted on buying a Lego set that Lexie liked. He told me, "I love to make my sister happy."

*His band with Lexie is called "The Kilr Men."

*He handed me a card, and said, "Here is the invertation to my band."

*On the morning of his 7th birthday, he woke up and insisted that he grew overnight! He just may have. Suddenly, all his pants are too short!

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{LEXIE}

*She loves to wear her hair "sticking out." That means down, and free from braids or ponytails.

*She has a bit of trouble with the "L" sound, but I love it. She loves to say, "You have dewicious wegs, Wilwy!

*She is an awesome big sister. She always says, "I never had a baby like her before!" or "I'm so happy that our baby was a girl!"

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{LILY}

*Lily will smile at anybody that looks at her. She will watch people, and then grin the moment they look her way!

*She just started scooting out of her bouncer. Time to use the harness! She pushes off with her feet, lifts her butt, and slides until she's on the floor!

*She had a major hair growth spurt this week! She's also working on some fabulous leg chub!

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{The Rock Star}

*Last night, the little rock star slept peacefully. All that drumming wore him out!

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*Somebody else in the house was eager to take his place.

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Me Time

I'm reading...The Help. Parenting/Parents/American Baby/Baby Talk magazines.

I'm listening to...Christmas music all the time!

I'm watching...Once Upon A Time, Dexter, Terranova, House, Glee, Raising Hope, The New Girl, Criminal Minds, American Horror Story, and Grey's Anatomy. Grant and I are also catching up on Season 4 of Mad Men, and watching Christmas movies.

I'm creating...photo collages for Lexie's class and editing my October pictures.

I'm cooking...Ham and Potato Casserole, Chili, Chicken Enchiladas, Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, Roast, and Smothered Pork Chops for this weeks dinners.

I'm shopping for...Christmas presents for my kids, my husband, and our families.

I'm staying healthy...by running 4-5 days a week and taking my vitamins!

A product I use everyday...Vaseline for my lips and under my eyes.

I'm obsessed with...taking the perfect Christmas pictures for our card!

Around the house...I'm decorating for Christmas. Most of the indoor decorations are done, but we have to decorate outside, and put up our tree after my party on Wednesday.

Today...
Dylan and Lexie were off school. I picked up a ton of pictures from CVS to turn into photo collages for Lexie's preschool class. We went to the library, and I got suckered into buying books at the book fair they were having. I eased the pain by reminding myself that I was supporting our library. We ran into a girl that rides Dylan's bus, and her mom asked me if he was the "infamous Dylan from the bus." When I informed her that it was, she told me he is all her girls talk about. I took Dylan to Target to spend a birthday gift card. He chose a Lego set that Lexie liked, because he likes to make his sister happy, and some Pokemon cards. I got a holiday tutu for Lily and more clear lights for our tree (the LED ones from last year gave me a headache). I finally hung up a picture of Lily in our house. After taking a week-long break from running, I started back up, and I feel so much better! I did massive amounts of laundry thanks to Lily's blowouts.

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Plans for the rest of the week...I'm babysitting tomorrow, hosting an OralB stages party on Wednesday afternoon, putting up the Christmas tree on Thursday, visiting my parents on Friday, taking the kids to a Polar Express party at the library on Saturday, taking Lily's 4 month pictures, hanging out with the inlaws on Sunday, and probably other plans will pop up, too!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's the Holiday Season!

We have been so busy over the past week!

On Tuesday, we celebrated Dylan's 7th Birthday!

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His morning started with birthday presents from Lily and Lexie: a Beyblade and Beyblade battle arena!

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I sent my 6 year old off to school, and a 7 year old returned!

When Grant came home, we gave Dylan our gift!

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He was thrilled!!! He was planning on asking Santa for drums, so he was very happy to get them from us!

Dylan chose The Deck House for his birthday dinner! He loves their shrimp basket and he loves to spin the birthday wheel!

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When we returned home, Grant built Dylan's drums, and the house got very noisy!

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Dylan chose Dunkin Donuts for his birthday treat!

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He ended his day with some snuggles!

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My little man had a great 7th Birthday!!!

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Dylan had school on Wednesday, but Lexie was off. I had a lazy morning with my sweet girls!

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Later that afternoon, we took a birthday treat into Dylan's classroom. It was so nice to see all of his classmates and see the class in action. We hung out in the classroom until school ended, and I took Dylan home with us. He always rides the bus home, so it was an extra special treat!

On Thanksgiving, we had a great, relaxing morning! The kids loved watching the parade on TV!

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We always have a busy Thanksgiving, and the kids love to play with their cousins and visit with relatives we don't see very often!

We ate Thanksgiving dinner at Grant's grandma's house.

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From there, we went to my sister's house for dessert.

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We ended our evening at Nannie's house.

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My sweet girl was worn out, and fell asleep on the way home. I had time for a bit of snuggle time with my big kids before they headed off to bed.

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Grant and I attempted to watch our first Christmas movie-Home Alone-but were too tired to finish!

On Friday, I visited my parents, and my mom and I did some shopping. I'm not a big fan of black friday shopping, but the stores aren't too bad by late afternoon! I scored some great deals on pajamas!

The little miss was a trooper. She is always so good!

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On Saturday, we began to decorate for Christmas. That evening, we went to the town's Christmas parade/light up night! The past few years it has been freezing on the day of the parade, but this year it was warm!

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The kids were so excited to see Santa. Well, the older two were! Lily was more interested in her hands!

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We visited Grant's family this afternoon for some food and football! We typically do that every Sunday afternoon. The kids look forward to it, and are always so disappointed if we don't go to Nannie's house.

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Just like that, Dylan's birthday and Thanksgiving are over! We're not too sad, though. Christmas is on it's way!!!

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