A 6th birthday that’s out of this world!

Posted in Celebrations, Leah, Molly, Sewing on September 29th, 2015 by jen – 1 Comment

For many months, Leah was requesting a space themed birthday party. So, last weekend we made it happen. It was a very creative venture that led to some fun decorations, including an inflatable solar system and some sewn stars hanging from the ceiling.

Space party

Chad did his best at arranging the solar system. Obviously not to scale as that wouldn’t work, but at least planetary distance should be in order of the planets. And yes, they included Pluto as well, which Leah banished to the corner.

Solar system

As the guests arrived for the party, there was some space coloring.

Arrival coloring

Chad then read the kids a book - Fly Guy Presents: Space.

Story time

Next, all the kids donned disposable art smocks (made from trash bags) in order to paint the night sky. They were given canvases that I had pre-painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. Their first step was to stick stars onto their canvas in whatever constellation design they liked.

Painting the night sky

After sticking on stars, the girls painted the entire canvas black. Once dried, they removed the star stickers, giving them a black night sky with glow-in-the-dark stars.

Paint it black

Next up was Pin the Rocket on Saturn.

Pin the Rocket

We moved on to Outer Space Bingo, created with clip art from LemonadePixel.


Our snack included star-shaped cheese & crackers, rocket fruit kabobs, and Cheddar Rocket Crackers. (Sadly, no pictures of these. The cameraman must have had his hands full helping one of the 16 girls!) The outer space cupcakes with a lemon candy sun, Skittles planets, and sprinkle stars in the night sky were a hit!

Space cupcakes

And no party is complete without singing to the birthday girl.

Then it was on to the piñata. Leah is quick to tell you that her favorite planet is Saturn, so I made her a Saturn piñata.

Saturn piñata

Some of the girls had a big swing.

Big swing

Leah put all her effort into breaking this piñata. It almost broke apart here, but managed to barely stay together for one more hit from Molly.

Break it up

Then there was of course the scramble for all the toys and candy.

Grab it all

Last, we shot Stomp Rockets into the air. These were a big hit on a beautiful day. If you look closely, you can see both rockets in mid-air.

Stomp rockets

We were way too busy to open presents at the party, but Leah was ready to do so as soon as it was over. She received lots of very fun presents. This year’s featured gift - DigiBirds.


And if you didn't catch it in the pictures above, Leah was very excited that she was finally allowed to wear her solar system skirt (pattern by Little Lizard King), with a coordinating tank top in her favorite color! She and I collaborated on the birthday outfit (Mom was planning on a dress, but daughter insisted on separates, so we made it work!).

Birthday attire

Thanks to all who came to celebrate with Leah! We all had a blast!

Happy birthday Leah

Posted in Celebrations, Leah on September 28th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Believe it or not, Leah is now 6 years old (as of last week, sorry for the delay in writing this). Happy birthday Leah!

Leah’s birthday came on a school day, so we saved the big party for the weekend. That didn’t stop these girls from having a happy birthday, though.

Birthday smiles

Leah got to pick dinner and dessert. For dinner, she again picked Chick-Fil-A. For dessert, she decided to forego traditional cake or cupcakes and instead picked some delicious gelato (don’t worry, the traditional dessert was coming a few days later). Her flavor of choice was of course birthday cake.

Birthday gelato

Her birthday was only the beginning of the celebrating. The big fun was still to come.

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 7

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on September 6th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

Whoo loves sewing? These two cuties do!

Our final sewing project for the summer was making an owl stuffed animal. The girls enjoyed customizing their owls with their fabric choices and eye shapes.

Whoo loves sewing?

Mommy Sewing lessons were a great experience for all three of us. My hope is that it has inspired the girls and their creativity!

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 6

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on September 5th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

In this lesson, the girls created sleeping bags for their dolls. They were not satisfied with just the sleeping bag though, so requested to make pillows to match. I think all four girls were excited about this one!

Sewing for dolls

Happy birthday Uncle Scott

Posted in Celebrations on September 4th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

A couple of weeks ago, we gathered at Grams’s house to celebrate Uncle Scott’s birthday. I won’t tell you how old he is, but you might be able to guess.

Happy birthday Uncle Scott

These girls love their Uncle Scott.

Uncle love

Leah still doesn’t quite grasp personal space.

A bit close

Leah’s got to get her sillies with Aunt Caroline while she can before Aunt Caroline moves to Chicago.


Happy birthday Uncle Scott!

Summer ice skating

Posted in Family outings, Leah, Molly on August 30th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

We had a mostly free Saturday, and the girls wanted to go out and do something with me. We ended up deciding to go ice skating. Yes, our ice rink is open in August. So, we escaped the heat for some frozen fun.

Summer ice skating

Note that while it was cold, it wasn’t that cold. I took off my jacket and skated in jeans and a t-shirt. Leah eventually took off her jacket (though not her gloves or scarf), but Molly refused to remove her winter-wear.

The girls and I had a great time. Molly skated on her own the entire time, while Leah switched between using the walker and holding my hand. Leah may have needed some support, but that didn’t slow her down. She went around so fast I could hardly keep up.

Our time on the ice was grand, but it was not enough frozen fun for us. So, we made a quick stop at Yogi Castle for a chilly treat. Between the ice rink and the fro-yo, we certainly beat the heat.

3-D Fun

Posted in Crafts, Leah, Molly on August 28th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

Molly and Leah spent a week in August learning about 3-D crafts at the Howard County Arts Council. The week’s projects included creating a plaster bird, and designing and sewing a plush monster. Both girls love arts & crafts, so they had a fantastic week in camp together!

3-D Fun

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 5

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on August 27th, 2015 by jen – Be the first to comment

The girls made their own Fat Quarter skirts. They decided it was best to model along with their tote bags from the previous week.

Fat quarter skirts

Making these skirts with the girls required a lot more assistance with ironing and inserting elastic, so no additional action shots from this lesson.

Mommy Sewing Lessons, Week 4

Posted in Leah, Molly, Sewing on August 26th, 2015 by jen – 1 Comment

Molly has really enjoyed learning to sew. She needs help some of the time, but I can give her basic directions and she takes off.

Enjoying the process

Leah is a very patient seamstress. She’s slow and steady, which is great for achieving straight lines!

Patient seamstress

The girls were excited to show off their custom Easy Tote Bags. The bags turned out bright and colorful (just like the girls’ new tie-dye shirts!)

Colorful totes

First day of school for all

Posted in Leah, Molly, School on August 25th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment
First day of school

Yes, the day has come. Yesterday, Leah headed off to kindergarten. No longer a preschooler, she now joins her sister in elementary school.

Ready for kindergarten

Molly’s now an old pro, headed off to third grade. She’s wearing a skirt that Jen made for her this weekend.

Third grader

Grams made this dress for Aunt Caroline’s first day of kindergarten. Molly wore it her first day of kindergarten as well. Now Leah is wearing it her first day of kindergarten. The smocking plate is even called Kindergarten Scissors.

Traditional dress

Here’s Molly wearing it 3 years ago.

First day of kindergarten

And Aunt Caroline wearing it 19 years ago.

Aunt Caroline to kindergarten

I know that lots of kids dread the start of school, but these girls are definitely not like them. They’re very excited to get back in the classroom.

Excited for school

Two sisters, walking to school together for the first time.

Walking to school

As usual, the neighborhood kids gathered for a picture on the walk to school.

Neighborhood kids

While many of the kindergartners were crying at drop off, Leah and her new friend were happy to start the day.

Happy friends

Kindergartners lined up and following their teacher to their classroom.

Off to class

Both girls had an excellent first day, exiting the school with big smiles on their faces at the end of the day. We’re looking forward to a great school year.