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Welcome End of School Year Sleepover (aka sleepover 2.0)

Yes, we decided to do another sleepover.  The girls (ages 10 and 12) were really begging to do an End of School Year Sleepover.  We agreed to it.  However, we did feel there were lessons learned from the first one.  The first one went well, but we felt we could improve on it and save some of our sanity.  Lessons we learned:

1. Have activities planned

During the first version, I had activities planned, but the girls just wanted to hang out.  Ok, I thought.  Maybe they are too old for planned activities.  The only planned thing we did was have them decorate the sleepover cake.

The kids acted like they were not at all interested in the activities I planned for Sleepover 2.0, but trust me, they all were really excited once we got going with the plans and all had a great time!

2. Wear them out!!!

I can’t stress this enough.  You want to wear their little butts out with something active.

3.  Buy throwaway utensils, plates, bowls, cups.

It is so much easier to just go through with a garbage bag and clean up.  No dishes to wash, no fuss, no muss.  JUST LIKE A SLACKER MOM LIKES IT!!!

4. Get tons of great ideas for invitations, activities, and food from PINTEREST!

Invitations from Hoot Designs

Invitations from Hoot Designs

I used several of them.

5. Last but definitely not least, do not set up the air mattress until it is bedtime!!

I can’t stress this one enough!  The temptation for it to be a giant trampoline is just too much for 10-12 year old girls.

We sent out invitations for our End of School Year Sleepover.  I got the idea for the invitations from Hoot Designs!  It only took my girls and I about 20 minutes to make.  They came out exactly like the photo! We had so many positive comments on the invitations from the moms!

So, let me tell you about the party!

The girls arrived (each of my daughters had two guests).  We immediately headed out to the pool in our community.  REMEMBER I SAID WEAR THEM OUT!!  We spent 2 1/2 hours at the pool.  We had Papa John’s Pizza delivered at the pool and took a cooler full of drinks with us.  Everyone had a

Spin the bottle (of nail polish that is!)

Spin the bottle (of nail polish that is!)

great time, especially since the community just put in a new slide at the pool.

When the pool closed, yes we milked it for everything it was worth, we went back to the house and the girls got into their pajamas.  They played Spin the Bottle.  Don’t be alarmed!  It was spin the NAIL POLISH bottle.  We bought an assortment of wild colored nail polish.  We even found a pack of glow in the dark nail polish to make it more fun at night!

To start, I picked a funky color nail polish and spun the bottle.  Whomever the bottle pointed at, had to paint one fingernail or toenail with that color.  Then they got to pick the next color and spin the bottle.  We continued this until everyone had their nails painted.

Then we did American Idol.  We have a microphone that you can hook up your Ipod to so you can sing to the music.  Then I used the app for Song Freaks that shows the lyrics to a song as your Ipod is playing them.  We cut two people out of the first round.  Then, we had the people who were voted out, vote for the winner.  My husband and I played the judges making positive comments about each performance.

We had a ice cream sundae bar.  I bought the cutest little sundae glasses from CVS.  They were 4 for $5.99.  Each girl got to take one home as a souvenir.  We bought lots of different toppings and let them make their own.

Worn out puppies!

Worn out puppies!

We had the girls brush their teeth and get their sleeping bags ready.  We set up the air mattress and rented a movie for them to watch.  We stayed up until 1:00 am and most of the girls were asleep.  A couple of them stayed up, but they were quiet.  One of the girls was a super sound sleeper and ended up with a smiley face drawn on her foot with a marker.  I guess if that is the only mischief they got into, we were all good!  Thank goodness, her father got a kick out of it!

In the morning, they got dressed and put away their sleeping bags.  We had them pack up so they would be ready to go when their parents arrived.

We had a breakfast bar set up for them.  We bought the little individual boxes of cereal.  I put donut holes on skewers (with the tips cut off). We had cantaloupe slices and bunches of grapes for them to chow on.  We had an assortment of juices and milk for them to choose from.

When the parents arrived, their little princesses were ready to go.  They each took their sundae glass and their belongings and left with big smiles on their faces.  I heard from a couple of the Moms later in the day saying their daughters had a great time!  What more could you ask for!

Version 2.0 was even better than 1.0.  Thank you Pinterest!


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One on one time with my eldest – 1/5/2013

I just love spending one-on-one time with my daughters.  It usually gets spent doing something good and running errands.  On Saturday the 5th of January, my eldest and I did one-on-one time.  Our afternoon was spent:

Going to Joanne Fabric and buying craft stuff.

Getting lunch003

Going to Robersons and turning in her rental trumpet, since she got her own for Christmas.  Signing her up for private trumpet lessons

Picking up the pottery we painted, the pieces we did turned out great!

Getting Froyo to take back to my youngest

Going to the grocery store

We had a great time just laughing and people watching. One-on-one time is the BEST!

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Locks of Love 12/26/2012

My youngest daughter decided two years ago that she wanted to grow her hair to donate to Locks of Love.  For two years she would not let me so much as get her hair trimmed.  We measured her hair every month for the past six months to see if her hair was long enough.  Two days before Christmas, we measured and finally the time was right.  She was so tired of the tangles and maintenance of her long hair.  We made an appointment for the day after Christmas.  I told her that because she was so sweet, I was treating her to golden highlights in her hair too.  She was so happy that her hair was going to help someone who was sick and didnt have any hair.

I am so proud of my little honey who is so caring and thoughtful.  Here are some pics from before, during, and after her haircut!



After, look at how gorgeous she looks!


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Happy 2013

Well, let’s see… I tried to get everyone to take down the Christmas decorations, but hubby said the trash pickup will not come on time, so we need to wait. Our trash is totally overflowing at this point. I guess the downside of on-line Christmas shopping is the overflow of recycling from all the boxes.

We did get the house relatively clean, dustbunnies and fingerprints are still in tact though. To me, clean is everything picked up. My expectations are very low. I did get the scrapbook room cleaned. Even managed to put away some eyelets I bought at a craft resale.

I wanted to make the calendars, so I started consolidating all the pics from all the computers. There has to be a better way. If anyone knows of a better way to keep multiple copies of your pics so you dont lose them should there be an issue with your computer/network. And still maintain the ability to add new pics, please let me know. It took me over 8 hours yesterday consolidating photos. I am not done yet! Oh no, more consolidating today.

Never did make the wonderful dinner, we had leftover ham sandwiches. Never made the key lime ball, nor the seafood dip. Hoping to make the dip today for everyone to enjoy. We did play games together, clean together, eat our sandwiches together, enjoy ringing in 2013 together! It was all good.

Am I a slacker or maybe I set my expectations of myself too high, so it seems like I am slacking when really I accomplished quite a bit yesterday? HMMM… something to ponder as I scrapbook today!

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Les Mis and RGIII

I’m having the best day of vacation so far! The day started out going to see Les Mis. Michelle and I shed quite a few tears at the movie. Sandi and Javier mostly kept theirs contained. At 10 and 11, I was surprised the girls understood the movie as well as they did!

Tonight was the highlight of Javier’s entire decade (For his sports fanatic side anyway). After 13 years of being a loyal Redskins fan, they beat the dreaded Cowboys! Off to the playoffs they go! Congratulations honey!!!!

Yesterday, Javier took Tessa home and built her desk for her. While he was gone, the girls and I went to Pots and Palettes in old town to paint some pottery. The girls made statues of fairies and I made a pencil holder. It was a lot of fun. The girls and I ended our girls day out with dinner at Vinnys on Route 17. Misha said the chicken parm was the best she ever had.
pots and pallettes

It was not long after we got home that Javier returned home too. We all played Blokus. It was a good time!

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