This past Saturday hubs and I decided to give our littles a snowman party and the good Lord blessed us with the perfect snowy day, 3-5 inches of perfect. While I was inside putting the finishing touches on the perfect day, hubby was outside trying to snow blow the perfect snow off of the sidewalk. The good Lord’s perfectness turned into a little work for the hubs! HeeHee.
The Party started out that morning with delivering the party invitations and their party clothes-Thank God that they only live 5 minutes away to be able to do this. When hubs got to their house he had to give me a call (what did we do without cell phones?) he forgot the process. “Do I ring the bell and hand it to them or do I ring and run?” asked the dear man, “You ring and run!” says I. Oh boy the day was getting off to a rough start.
No I take that back, two little girls and 1 dog found the boxes interesting. Aren’t they just so cute with their curlers? Reminds me of my own sweet daughter when she was young. This is just a fun way to deliver invitation to your littles. My daughter called and asked if she should pack their snow suits for the snowball fight, “no dear, even that will be held inside.”
Our sweet Gianna posing in her new snowman outfit and her little top hat. Aren’t LaLa loopsies the greatest? They are the sweetest dolls.
For Giavella’s outfit I made the skirt with an attached apron and an appliqued shirt along with a pair of ruffled pants. Little girls are just so much fun to sew for. I don’t know what I am going to do when the littles get older and don’t want anymore clothes made for them. (Maybe my daughter will give us a dozen more little girls-weelllll Miss Clavel has 12 little girls in 2 straight lines, so why can’t I?)heehee.
As you could see in this picture Velly has already tore off her top hat and her socks. Wouldn’t it be funny if we as adults went to our friends house for a party and took off our socks and then at the end of the night put on our pajamas?
Here’s hubby starting to help bring in the littles, as you could see Velly is staring off into the distance at a sight that is so mesmerizing. Whatever it is has her enthralled!
It’s the SNOWWOMAN QUEEN! or maybe it’s a woman who is off her rocker and this snowman theme has gotten a little out of hand. No, it’s just me, Mimi.
Before the party started we decided to get some family photos, what better place than outside in the
freezing, snowy perfect snowy day!
Can you guess what my color theme was? I love the Teal and red mixture. I did everything in about 2 weeks, talking about a heart attack waiting to happen. I dreamt about snowman, I dreamt about shopping for snowman, I dreamt about snowman therapist. (Pretty bad huh?) I started to repaint any snowman I had, I made the wreath out of a pool noodle, wrapped it with teal yarn, hubby cut out a snowman and I painted. Tada a new wreath.
Hubby made these darling chairs for the littles, and I just threw on a coat of paint. Aren’t they sooooooo sweet? Thank God that I Have a hubby that gets into the parties with just a minimum amount of nudging. Could you imagine 12 of these in 2 straight lines?( Remember Miss Clavel has that many and the youngest is Madeline so why can’t I?)
For now our youngest is Julian, whom by the way is teething and has turned into a Momma’s Boy. Sweetness is not pouring out of him right now. The poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sums up our little fellow, “When s(he) was good, s(he) was very good indeed, and when s(he) was bad s(he) was horrid.” He was able to entertain himself and his Momma didn’t care as long as he wasn’t fussing.
The baby might not have been to sweet but we had a sweet table to compensate. Hubby bought the cake and the containers of white cotton candy (my favorite) and the white cheddar puffs to look like snowman balls. I contributed with finding the chocolate snowman heads and the chocolate coal for snowman buttons. ( I should have made cookies to look like buttons, maybe next year). I made up some popcorn balls and cupcakes to look like snowman and cookies with snowman on them.
I found these individual cupcake servers that I put at each table setting along with one of the cupcakes that I made, the littles also got a container of cookies placed on their plates. I think they got pretty sugared up!
I put together a hot chocolate bar, nothing better to cozy up with but a warm mug of hot chocolate. This is a fun and inexpensive idea and if you only had adults you could add peppermint schnapps, Bailey or Kahlua.
I had to show my table setting, hubby bought the snowman dishes for me about 10 years ago and he bought enough just in case our family should ever grow. We are growing! That’s my oldest granddaughter in the background, Pippa Mae, she is the sweetest 4 legged, furry grandchild that anyone could ask for. HeeeHeee
We played snowman buckets and maybe some us got more exuberant, and we all know who I mean, maybe he thought there were car keys to a new car in bucket number 6.
We had a lively game of, “build a snowman out of toilet paper” The things a person could do with toilet paper!
We played a game that I made, it’s like ‘cooties’ only you assemble or build a snowman made out of felt pieces. First player to build the snowman wins. I painted a wooden dice with the body pieces, so much easier for a couple of toddlers to understand.
I bought a couple of buckets at Hobby Lobby and made some snowballs for a good old fashion snowball fight. Sorry we didn’t get any pictures of the littles bombarding Pa’s head.
We played pin the body parts on the snowman. Sorry no pictures of the littles walking aimlessly around with a blind fold on their eyes. But we bought the game at Target, in the dollar section. Would be cute made with felt also.
There is nothing more fun then to give our sweet littles’ a gift so they could remember the fun that they had on their special party day. When Gigi (Great-Grandma) asked what the presents are for, my daughter exclaimed “the snowman came!”
A couple of weeks ago hubby and I went shopping at our friendly one stop shopping center Walmart “and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature cake with a tiny reindeer. More rapid than eagles I flew to my cart, tore open my purse and gave out a shout, “My phone, my phone, I need to call home.” My fingers shook as I punched in the number and awoke my daughter who was in a slumber. A party, a party, is what we need and my dear daughter quite frankly agreed. To the front of the store I ran with great speed to buy that cake that was a beautiful Christmas green. Now dash away, dash away, dash away all, now we have to go shopping at the mall!”
It was the cakes fault, it called my name in the store and practically begged me to take it home. I knew I should of walked away but all I could think of was ” my sweet littles’ would just love a reindeer party.” And that is exactly what we did!
Reindeer outfits had to be made, Gianna Reindeer is sporting Rudolph while Giavella Reindeer is sporting Clariece. I bought a panel of fabric for Gianna’s skirt it had directions on it to make a soft book, well as you can see I needed a skirt and not a book! Ta-Da, soft book turned into skirt.
A sweet table had to be made because sweet little reindeers’ can’t have just cake, they need an assortment of sweets.Reindeer surprises had to be bought.
let the reindeer fun begin!
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
had just settled their brains for a long winter’s nap.More rapid than eagles, his courses they came,
and he whistles and shouted and called them by name:
Now Dasher! Now Dancer!
Now Prancer and Vixen!
and pawing of each little hoof.
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.
over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and
the glory of the Lord shone down on them, and they were terrified.
But the Angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news
of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a
Savior has been born to you: he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and
lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12
For all of you who have lost the true meaning of Christmas or are going thru hard times and your faith ,strength and joy have wavered or maybe you have romanticized on what Christmas should be and your ideal has taken the wrong turn-stop, take a breath for the true Consoler is here. Luke 2:10 says “Don’t be afraid…..I bring you good tidings of great joy.” We can remove all fear and find peace, joy and happiness when we go back to the foot of the manger where our sweet king of kings and Lord of Lords laid on this Christmas morning. From my family to yours may you and yours have a blessed Christmas.
I just finished working 7/12’s for the last 3 weeks so my daughter treated me to a day at an “all inclusive spa.” She is always so thoughtful and is always on top of things ( I suppose you have to when you have 3 small children under the ages of 4). My weary body needed to be pampered and loved. When I walked thru the doors I was handed a glass of wine with fruit in it, it was totally delectable along with relaxing. Nothing but pure bliss followed, my daughter scheduled me in for a pedi, mani, facial and to have my hair done. I enjoyed the serenity while I sipped on my wine and was able to relax as they provided excellent customer care with their gentle hands.
Did I mention the spa was called, “The Littles’?” I had to sit on the floor because I was so lathered up that I might have fallen of the chair. I never knew that lotion could be put in your hair for that silky feeling or so that when the curlers are ripped out of your hair it doesn’t hurt as bad, Heehee. My nails are all a different color and that includes my fingers and toes, hopefully no one will notice tomorrow at the play I will be attending with the littles. The littles’ kept telling me I was going to be “just beautiful”, they ooohed and aaahhhed over me that I thought they were doing a true transformation. I was transformed all right!
Yes I drove home like that, I didn’t want my sweet little girls think that I didn’t like or appreciate what they had done for me. I knew that if I was stopped by the police I probably would have been thrown in a cell and it might of been padded. Heehee. I also wanted hubby to see the new look I was going for. Remember someone always has to start the trend! To all those who are tired and just need a little time to relax and let others work on you and bring you thru a true beautification process feel free to call “The Littles.” Appointments are only made thru their Momma!
This past weekend Hubby and I gave our littles’ a Halloween party, of course our adult children were invited. I believe they enjoyed it as much as the littles’ did, oh who am I trying to fool? I think I gave myself the party and I LOOOVED it, the day turned out beautiful and the party turned out perfect. The morning of the party I put their new Halloween clothes in a box and then on the front of the box I attached a vintage Halloween invitation with a Halloween sucker. On the card I wrote to them to put on their new Halloween finery and come to Mimi and Pa’s for a Halloween party. I left it on their porch and rang the doorbell and ran, I think that was called Ding-Dong Witch. HEEHEE.
My son and I decorated the dining room to look like a Halloween Ball that would be fitting for a couple of toddlers. I love when they come in and the 2-year-old says, “OOHHHHH.” Maybe she just says that when she sees the sweet table. I love knowing I have something in common with my littles, sweets, doing crafts and having a party. All the pumpkins hanging from the ceiling came from the Dollar Tree store, I just love going into that store. Everything is only a dollar, can you believe it? A dollar! The store is perfect for craft supplies for certain little girls who like to do crafts.
The cupcake holders on the sweet table I also got at my new favorite store, the Dollar Tree. We had cupcakes, taffy apples, rice crispy treats made to look like pumpkins, pumpkin cookies and my all time favorite Halloween food, caramel corn. (very healthy treat, it’s full of fiber).
My daughter brought over a Halloween wine made in Door County, Wisconsin to go with our meal that my husband prepared, except for the Italian tortellini soup, that was prepared by the Mimi of the house. Whenever we get together there is always a lot of appetizers and by the time we sit down to eat we are already filled to the brim.
For the faint of heart we bobbed for apples, which was the first time for a few of us. It brought more laughter and giggles then going to a circus. I’m sure if anyone was looking into the windows they would have seen a pack of clowns. To be truthful I would have never bobbed for apples if it wasn’t with my family, nothing more gross than a pack of us putting our faces into a bucket with our mouths wide open, catching an apple then spitting it back into the bucket. Just for curiosity sake I need to find out where this game originated from and why. I love the picture of my hubby going into the bucket and my dog Oliver is watching the whole situation. Yea we must have looked awfully silly for a dog to stop and watch the comedy!
We wrapped each other up in toilet paper, (keep it clean people, this was not bondage but mummifying!).Heehee. What a fun Halloween game to play. All that toilet paper wrapped around you made you warm and cozy, I either felt like taking a nap or having a hot flash from being too warm. At the end you had to roar and act like the Incredible Hulk ripping out of your mummy wrap.
The littles’ painted pumpkins that I grew in the garden, threw spiders at the sticky cobweb (no I didn’t raise the spiders, they were plastic) and we dressed up some of our pets. There was a total of 8 pets in the house and my daughter left 2 of hers at home, yikes that’s a lot of pets that my family has! Why do humans have such fun dressing up their pets and then proceed to laugh at them? Thank God I’m not an animal, the shear humiliation would be too much for me.
Of course it wouldn’t be a party without PRESENTS!
When my children were young I always bought them Halloween presents, well in all actuality I quit buying them Halloween gifts when the littles’ started appearing. Sorry kids but you have been replaced by smaller people. Once a tradition starts it never ends it just moves to the next generation. When the party was coming to an end, hubby and I bundled the littles’ up, got out their strollers and took them for a “moonlight Walk” it turned out quite cloudy that night so we called it a “dark and Cloudy walk” and we told stories about Halloween night as we walked. It really was a perfect ending to a perfect party. I hope my sweet littles’ went home and dreamt about all the fun that they had while visions of good witches danced in their heads!
From my house to yours, have a happy Halloween
…..If you ever go looking for your hearts desire
Don’t look any further than your own backyard.
I’m truly smitten with October and everything this great season called fall has to offer. The fairs and festivals, outdoor fires, and of course all that comfort food, who could forget that! Of course my ultimate favorite is sewing fall clothing for my littles’. It is always hard to sew just one outfit, after you sew one then your head starts spinning and new ideas start to form – hence, multiple outfits appear! I love the colors of fall and how they could be put into clothing. OOOOOOOHHHHHHH, I love orange and black together and I just adore the old vintage costumes. Wasn’t Halloween fun back in the day, we went to a Five and Dime store and picked out a box costume with a plastic mask? I will admit costumes were a little bit simpler then they are now, and they cost a whole lot less back in the day. I better stop reminiscing and get back to the present, even though it is fun to remember those special moments and days that bring back such sweet nostalgia. Hopefully my sweet littles’ will always have fond memories of the clothes that their Mimi made for them, which by the way I enjoy doing.
Sorry that these pictures are so blurry, but I can’t seem to adjust the settings for them. I made them apple picking dresses but they ended up being “fair dresses” since their Momma and Daddy already took them apple picking. I made them shirts with an appliqued apple on them and that’s what they wore apple picking. Everyone knows that you need clothes with apples on them to be able to pick apples!
My favorites again, chevron, polka-dots, and banners at the bottom of the dress. I bought this material from Jo-anne Fabrics and I want to go back and buy some more. Remember a good fabric is like fine wine it never goes bad, so always have more of both on hand! I appliqued the haunted castle along with the tree and pumpkins on the apron. I’m not real impressed with my tree but it will do.