Monday, March 26, 2012

Afton turns 6

So much excitement around our house lately. First, Afton lost her very first tooth at school. And she literally 'lost' it, it was no-where to be found! Luckily her teacher knew the Tooth Fairy's number and she called her immediately. Things were worked out and Afton ended up getting $5 for her "lost" lost tooth.

 And can you believe our sweet Afton turns 6 on Wednesday?! So to celebrate we had a little "Camp Out" with her friends from school.

The party was a great mixture of all her favorite things- girly fun, crafts, and playing outdoors. A bit camping... a bit glamping :)


We set up a few tents in the backyard, hung some bunting, and made a 'tissue paper camp fire'. 

The table held the 'tree stump' cake, cupcakes, chocolate covered marshmallows, trail mix and the party crafts.

 When the guests arrived, we started with a little snack. First the girls made 'rainbow fruit kabobs'. And you can't have a Camping Party without marshmallows. But since the girls are in Kindergarten, I decided to skip making s'mores over a live fire :) Instead I dipped the marshmallows in chocolate before they arrived.

Next, we headed out to the front yard for a 'Nature Hunt'. The girls searched for the pinecones, magnolia leaves, seed balls, and butterflies that had been hidden for them. I printed the 'hunt list' directly on brown paper bags.

When all the items on the list were found, the girls earned their official "Camp Afton" headband.

After the hunt, the girls played in the backyard, danced, and did few rounds of 'duck, duck, goose'.

Then it was on to "crafting". Prior to the party, I had used fabric markers to write "Camp Afton" on each canvas purse. The then girls added their own flair to the purses by using markers to decorate the other side. 

The camping fun continued with nail painting and making 'god's eyes' from yarn.

The party wrapped up with cake and presents.

For favors, each girl left with her headband, craft, and purse. I think "Camp Afton" was a success!

Special thanks to my mom for all her help during the party. And to Jeff and Maisy--who were both good sports through all the Kindergarten-craziness :)

Happy Birthday Afton! We love you to the moon and back!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Break 2012

After much debate, we decided to stay home for Spring Break. Our girls are still little and playing at home along with a few outings are just perfect for this group. Afton was excited that she could sleep in and do 'whatever she wanted' for 9 whole days! So here is our week in pictures... and a few words.

 Friday- We picked Afton up at school and took the girls to see "The Lorax". This was the first movie-theater-movie that Maisy has ever sat through. A friend from Afton's school ended up being there too, so the girls got to sit together. I loved watching Afton giggle with her friend. Maisy sat on my lap and we had some good laughs too :)

Saturday- We started the day with a trip to the gym and a soccer game. The game ended up getting rained out. And then we went to a birthday party. That night, Afton got to stay up with late with Mom and Dad and watch "E.T." She was mesmerized.

Sunday- Church and played at home :) 

Monday- We walked/scooted up to Afton's school to play on her school playground. She wanted to show Maisy all the things she and her friends do during recess. That afternoon, Grammy took Afton to Sunshine Glaze for a special date.

 Tuesday- We played at home and made microwave s'mores. If you have never tried microwaving a marshmallow, then you haven't lived! Coincidentally, we also went to the dentist that day.

 Wednesday- Played with the neighbors and had more fun at the park...

Thursday- The girls have been begging to go to the "C.R. Smith" museum (thanks to an ad that runs during Curious George). It was actually pretty cool- we watched a movie on the history of aviation in real airplane seats, learned about different modes of transportation via hands-on activities, and got to see a lot of cool American Airlines memorabilia.

Friday- This was the day Afton had been most looking forward to... it was the day we went to Six Flags. It was super crowded, but they both had fun. Maisy did a great job of keeping up with the craziness. Her favorite ride was the swings. But was not a fan of getting too close to the characters. Afton's favorite ride was the Mini Mine Train (because it was a real rollercoaster). They both loved the funnel cakes.

Saturday- We celebrated Jeff's Irish heritage with a trip to Dallas. Our friends, the Woods, hosted their annual St.Paddy's Day party. It is fun to see all the kiddos playing together and having cousin Analeigh join us too!

The week was just what we all needed. I loved not having to rush around in the mornings. Relaxing in pjs, playing Barbies, and soaking up the backyard sun... it all made it kind of hard to get back to reality on Monday!

As Afton said, "I wish everyday was Spring Break!" :)
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