I recently saw this touching video clip and thought I would share it with you today.
I will be sharing it with my family tonight for our Family Home Evening. In addition to this I have plastic round ornaments for each child that we are going to paint a snowman face on and then fill with marshmallows each time we give a gift to the Savior by serving someone. I hope that by Christmas we will each have an ornament filled the gifts Jesus Christ would want us to give, the gift of ourselves.
Hello! I am back hopefully for a bit with some fun things :) I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had meant to post something fun but let’s just say the day before Thanksgiving was very traumatic this year and life didn’t go as planned.
After everything I am thankful we found a mechanic willing to help before they closed for the holiday, thankful for Grandparents who drop everything and come help and extremely grateful that no one was seriously hurt when our car was rear ended 3 blocks from Grandma’s house after a VERY long day of traveling. All in all we have had some tender mercies and a chance to refocus on those things that matter most as we head into the holidays.
Now onto the project for today! Over the holiday we decided to throw a baby shower for my SIL. We don’t live near them and weren’t sure if we would get the chance to see them again before their little one makes its arrival. It was a pretty low key affair with a few games, chocolate suckers and some presents. Sadly the only picture I have of the whole thing is of the little outfit I made.
The pants are Rae’s Newborn pants pattern. They were SUPER easy to make and the pattern is fantastically easy to read with step by step pictures!
Today I am sharing the final part of our Lego party.
I forgot to add what the prizes were for the games to Friday’s post! Some we played for fun, others we attached prizes. I used a xyron sticker maker and made Lego stickers. For the pictures I downloaded them off the Lego website. I also made Lego and mini figure chocolates for the kids to choose.
For treats we stuck with our standard make your own cupcake. I always love seeing the kids reactions when you tell them they get to decorate their own cupcake. “Like put frosting on it?”
Each guest found a plate, cupcake, cup of frosting and a cup of decorations for the top. In the decoration cup I had sprinkles and a chocolate mini figure. Then on the table I had different colors of icing in bags with fun tips.
Last but not least each child left with a “goody bag”. I had found a Lego Birthday kit on clearance earlier in the year which made things super easy!
As the kids earned prizes throughout the party they would place them in their Lego bag. In the end each child had. 1 Wendy’s frosty coupon, 1 Lego Mini fig, 3 Lego stickers, chocolate bricks and chocolate mini figs.
And that is a wrap!
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First up was Don’t Eat Lego man. The kids LOVED this.
I was also blown away by how many cleared the board before arriving at the “it” picture. I also loved the one time one little guy picked the “it” piece right off the kids were immediately on board that he should have another turn. Then when the child was somewhat nervous to start because he didn’t want everyone to yell “DON’T eat Lego Man!” again the kids all started coaching him on what pieces were safe so he could clear the board too!
Click HERE to be directed to the link for the Don’t Eat Lego Man printable.
Next up was Lego Toss. This was a Pinterest find. We created circles out of construction paper and I designed the point values out of the Lego font. The kids were each given 4 Duplo pieces to toss.
Build a Lego car and racing was next. Before the party we created a bag of Lego’s with components to create a car (I think 22) for each guest. We also used painter’s tape to create the lanes on a folding table.
At the party each kid was given a bag and told to create the best car they could.
Once completed we started racing,rebuilding
and racing some more!
Our final game was Lego, Lego, Brick. (AKA Duck, duck, Goose!)
Monday I will finish up with food and prizes! If you missed the first post in this series click HERE.
Thanks for stopping in I hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend!
Today is the start of a few posts about a Lego party we recently threw.
First up the decorations. Let me tell you when you Google Lego party decorations be prepared to be BLOWN away. There are SO many talented people out there. In the end simplicity and frugality won out so we kept our decor pretty simple and low key.
I snagged the printable birthday file HERE from Big K Little G to make a fun Happy Birthday Banner.
I also got the Free download HERE from Winks & Daisies. With this file I used the Silhouette print and cut feature to create Lego man to place in the front of the house and to make a banner I hung up downstairs where the kids did a lot of their activities. (Sadly I missed getting a picture of it.)
We (meaning my creative / artistic husband) drew Lego faces plain yellow lunch bags.
Then I used THIS amazing tutorial to learn how to create a Lego font tag in Photoshop for each of our guests. When the guests arrived they got to pick a face and tape their tag on the bag.
After picking out their bag each child was handed a plain Lego mini figure shape to design their own Lego man while we waited for everyone to arrive. Once they were finished coloring their shape we used a Xyron machine to turn their creation into a sticker.
Saturday was a momentous day for us! We FINALLY got the kids art display boards up on the wall in the dining room! This project has been in the works F~O~R~E~V~E~R!
The original idea came from HERE if you want to make your own I strongly recommend checking out the tutorial.
We used 2-1×3 boards & 10 silver clips I picked up at Walmart.
We had a few set backs and changes that kept halting progress. Such as spending time staining and painting multiple layers of paint only to decide you HATE the color and type of paint you used
Finding out just how much your husband loves you when he spends his free time while you are at meetings sanding all those layers so it is ready for a fresh new color of paint or stain or whatever crazy idea you have next.
2nd Bonus Lowes offered free paint coupons and we got one! HURRAY our project was back in business.
After some new coats of paint and a realization that you have no idea how to give things that “vintage-ish weathered look”
We called it good.
After measuring out where the clips belonged (So artwork wouldn’t overlap), we stuck them on with Gorilla Glue. Our clips ended up being 11 inches in on each side and then 13 inches between each one.
The munchkins are now delighted that I have a place to display their lovely pictures!
The verdict is still out as to whether or not to add vinyl above saying:
“Every child is an artist” ~ Pablo Picasso
“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old” -Kafka
Feel free to leave your thoughts or great art quotes you know! Have a great Monday!
Once our Thanksgiving Mix was made we got to work creating our Pocket of Blessings!
I originally found this idea HERE at Cinnaberry Suite. (I wish I had double checked her link as I made the Pocket of Blessing tags! I loved the dashed line she added around. Next time I guess!)
Pockets (Old Jeans)
Embellishments (we used buttons, cut out felt leaves and pumpkins and ribbon)
Before the activity I cut out the pockets and attached the twine. I also cut the muslin into squares and wrote Pocket of Blessings on each. Then gathered all the supplies together
For the activity each girl decorated their own pocket gluing on whatever embellishments they wanted.
Once completed we added in our stack of quotes.
For each day in November they have a quote to read about Gratitude.
Some are scriptures, some are sayings I found via pinterest and others are quotes I found from church leaders. On the back of each quote I used this image:
from Blissful Roots as a free download. I did adapt it so that I had 6 on a page. I told the girls they could use their quote pages two different ways. The first - do the activity with their family and each night come up with 5 things to be thankful for that day and write them down. The second way – use the quote pages for 5 years and this year use the #1 line and then next year use #2 etc.
While they created their pockets I bagged up our Thanksgiving Blessing Mix. We had enough for each girl to have one and an extra. I asked the girls if they could think of anyone in our church group we could show our appreciation and Gratitude for. They decided on the Bishop so we dropped off our extra bag with a little note at his house.
I think the girls all did a Marvelous job on their pockets!
If anyone is interested I am willing to share the Gratitude quote pages I compiled to go in the pockets -Just leave me a comment and I will do my best to send them your way shortly.