Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Utah Trip

I had the wonderful opportunity to go out to Utah for my sister's graduation from BYU.  I am so very proud of her amazing accomplishments.  She is an incredible woman!!!

It was also the very first time my mom and dad and the three of us sisters had all been together in over two years.  It was a wonderful reunion.

It was way too short of a visit to be able to see all of the friends and family I wanted to see, but I am so grateful for the ones I did get to spend a few hours with.

I got to go out to lunch with Christena in Salt Lake and hang out with her family for one night.

The Prices also let me stay with them while I was in Utah and took me to explore some of the beautiful scenery.  And to eat Sri Lankan food for the first time.  It was amazing!

While at the restaurant, my friends, the Hills stopped by for a few minutes.

I ended the week with Lara and her kiddos and had a wonderful visit.

I loved Utah.  I cannot wait to take my kids.  I missed them and Chad so much while I was gone!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Molly's Arty Party

 I don't think I have ever seen anyone so excited about anything, as Molly was about her Arty Party.  She could not contain her joy! I had fun planning the party with her.  She helped pick out decorations and the art projects we were going to do and all of the food.  She is a good little party planner.  She limited the guest list to just those friends that live in our new neighborhood, because as she said, "I have LOTS and LOTS of friends everywhere and they won't all fit in my house!"

I made aprons for each of the party guests to wear over their clothes, since there was going to be some messy fun at the party. (And because I thought they are cute).

The Gathering Activity Molly chose was making Fruit Loop necklaces.  I taped down the string so the kids could manage it on their own.  They just needed help with the tying at the end.

Once all of our guests arrived, we started on our big art project of the day.  I set up an art studio with canvases, dozens of paintbrushes, paint pallets, glue, buttons, water cups, craft sticks for mixing colors, and of course, paint.

Each child painted a design on the canvas.  Luckily lots of adults hung around and we were able to mix exactly the colors the children wanted to use.

After they finished the designs on their canvases, they started to work on painting their wooden initial.

Once they finished painting, they added embellishments to their initials.

Then Chad and Aunt Rachel super glued the letters on the canvases once they were finished drying outside.  I think they turned out really cute.  And the kids all seemed to enjoy making them.

Our next project was sand art bottles.

Since all of the children worked at different artistic paces, we had fun rainbow water beads to play with until everyone was finished.

Cupcake Art and Birthday treats were our next fun adventures.  The kiddos had a great time creating edible masterpieces.

After treats, we opened birthday presents.  Molly's guests were very generous, and as always, Molly was very vocal with her gratitude.

We ended the party with a pinata.  Inside were rainbow gift bags for each child that had a box of crayons, glitter glue, and a pixie stick inside.

Thank you to these sweet friends for making Molly's party so wonderful!  And a special thank you to Nana, Papa, Rachel, and the Mommy friends who stayed.  This was definitely a party that required lots of helping hands, and I am very appreciative.  That was a lot of fun to pack into 2 hours, but we did it!