RVing with the fam!

It’s safe to say our first time camping was a HUGE success! We were surprised at how well our son adjusted to the change. We were away for a total of 5 nights and 6 days and decided to stay at a campground that was about 40 minutes from our house in case there was an emergency.

Toddler

Our toddler was so tired from running around and playing at the campground he fell asleep almost instantaneously.  Also, we typically co-sleep with him, but he surprised us by telling us he wanted to sleep on his own!

Dog

Our Cairn terrier, Stanley, absolutely loved playing at the dog park and socializing with all his little pup pals.

Us

My husband and I hadn’t gone camping in an RV prior to this experience. When we did our road trip across all fifty states, we were in a regular tent or stayed in hotels along the way. We have learned that it takes a little while to set everything up. And take everything down.

In conclusion, we are planning to go to less places and spending more time to savor the experience!

DIY Cake Banner Topper

This year for our son’s 2nd birthday we are going to create a donut tower for his birthday “cake”. I want to add some additional theme-related decorations, but I ended up getting a quote for some customized cookies from a local bakery, and it was going to be between $7-$10 per cookie, depending on the amount of detail.

I decided to make my own cake topper for Kai’s 2nd birthday party. I used a glue gun, a glue stick, some twine, some cardboard from a cake box, some leftover burlap ribbon from Christmas, two skewers we have at home from our BBQ days, and I went to Walmart and picked up a sheet of black foam letter stickers for $2.

I cut out cardboard rectangular/flag shapes and then the burlap strips to match the cardboard. I glued the burlap on the cardboard using my glue stick. Then I stuck a foam letter on each of the shapes. I spelled out “kai is two”.

Then I used hot glue and glued some twine to the top of the cardboard shapes. I also glued the ends of twine to the top of the two skewers and then kept going with the 2nd and 3rd tiers.

I’m not sure how I feel about the ends because I ended up wrapping some extra ribbon around the skewer where I hot glued the twine…but I tried my best.

Here’s how it came out!

Thanks for reading! Happy crafting:)

DIY Stampers

We are in the planning stages of Kai’s 2nd birthday party. I was attempting to paint the words “Kai is two” on these plastic coconuts, but my handwriting is horrible!

So, I ended up using the foam stickers I bought from Walmart and hot gluing them onto some of Kai’s old wooden blocks. I made sure to put the sticker side up so when we stamp, the letters are not flipped incorrectly. The only letter I was able to not flip around and use the sticker side on the wooden block was the letter “o”.

They look a little better than me hand-painting the words. This is how it came out!

Kai’s 1st Birthday Party!

Last year we celebrated our son’s very first birthday. He was born a week or so after tax season, and I had all of busy season to plan his birthday bash!  I had so much fun putting it all together.

In 2009, Disney’s Up was released, and I remembered it being such a feel-good movie. I also recalled it being visually appealing with a wonderful theme and story.

Planning

It takes a lot to plan a child’s first birthday, especially when you have a theme you want. There are so many ideas out there, and it’s so hard to pick and choose what you want to incorporate and what you want to eliminate. There’s only so much a mom and family can do.

In the end it’s all about the child. Yes, he was only one. So the party was really to satisfy the parents’ and grandparents’ wants and wishes for a memorable birthday party for their child or grandchild.

Kai can look back on pictures/stories/videos on his 1st birthday party!

The invitations
We started off by searching for and ordering Kai a pilot’s hat online. I found one for less than $2USD. Downside: it took a month to get here. I used Photoshop and Canva as my design tools and Vistaprint to print the postcard invitations! Here’s how they came out.

The Party!
It took a lot of planning and help from family and friends, but we pulled it off! We lucked out with the weather because our little cape could not have accommodated the number of people in attendance. Here’s a link to our party pictures.

The Guestbook
During the party, we had a welcome table where we asked our guests to sign a ‘balloon’. They were card stock paper circles I punched out. During the party, I took a lot of pictures. One of the pictures just happened to be perfect for the ‘guestbook’.  Here’s how it came out.

2nd Birthday!

Even though daddy did not want to do something this large until Kai turns 5, we are already planning for his 2nd birthday party!

This time we won’t be having it at home. I can’t wait to share more details for his upcoming party:)