Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fire Chief Javan's 8th Birthday

Hey everyone!

Monday night was Javan's eighth birthday!! It's really hard to believe how grown up he has become over the summer... So I asked Javan what theme he would like for his birthday and we had talked about different ideas over the summer vacation. I knew I had to get serious about planning in late July because school started August 5 for my two children. So Javan narrowed it down to a fireman birthday party!

Javan has always said he wants to be a fireman when he grows up. He loves the firetrucks, fire dogs, the cool fire pole that some fire stations have and of course the lights and sirens. I knew I wanted to have a fun party that didn't cost a lot of money and wouldn't take a lot of time to put together. So naturally I turned to Pinterest! Here is my link of inspiration for this party.

I have the photographs from that party that I want to share and a brief description as to what I was thinking! The bowl is from the Dollar Tree. It's just a clear plastic container that I thought would like nice for the party. I used a free printable to write "Little Smokies" and the recipe was perfect. It used only three ingredients and was cooked on the stove so no waiting on a crock pot. I had to cook these last minute because I had a lot to do in one day and time just got away from me. I am really happy with how they turned out and everyone enjoyed them.
Can't have a firehouse birthday party without fire dogs! I bought these hot dogs (perfectly fit the bun) at Aldi. I just boiled them on the stove and they were gobbled up!
I got the table cloth, fire hats, treat bags, plates, and napkins at Party City. I ordered online from the clearance section. I love how it all came together. I ordered a really cute fire fighter emblem balloon.
My mother-in-law outdid herself on the cake! Javan wanted one just like on my pinterest board and she did an amazing job! The little card says Happy Birthday with an 8 on the helmet and Javan's name. 
The red gum balls came from Walmart in the party section. I thought they would be fun to give the kids since they are not hot. The fire hoses are just strawberry Twizzler's and the fire poles are candy sticks from Applacres. The candy dishes are all from the Dollar Tree.
Stop! Drop! Roll! I bought cinnamon discs at the Dollar Tree for the STOP!, lemon drops were for the DROP! and Javan's favorite candy is tootsie rolls which is great for the ROLL! The coloring sheets are also on my Pinterest board. I just created two pages front and back of coloring activities. The red bowls are from the Dollar Tree. I got three bowls for one dollar.
It was very humid out so the fire truck tires (chocolate doughnuts) held up pretty good considering! These were pretty popular! The tray is from the Dollar Tree.
My daughter made the matches. She just took some vanilla cake frosting from a can and spread that on the tips of pretzel rods, then she added red sprinkles. Super fun and a real sweet treat! The vase is from the Dollar Tree.
I used this bowl from the Dollar Tree to place the "fire flames" or Cheetos. The food for this party was great because there was hardly anything for me to actually cook. We had strawberry flavored green punch that I purchased at Walmart.
My husband is 6' 4" so this is a view when he takes a picture!! Really different perspective than when I have the camera!
I purchased the Happy Birthday candles and the number 8 candle from Walmart in the party supplies section. This cake was delicious!
I just love how well this turned out. The hose spraying the water (blue cupcakes) to put out the fire (red cupcakes). Just awesome!
Can't have cake without ice cream right? And what kind of ice cream would one have at a fireman's birthday party but Dalmation ice cream, er I mean cookies and cream!
Javan had a lot of fun opening gifts and playing games. My husband created a burning house with flames of fire shooting out the window (streamers) and the kids had to put the flames out with water balloons.

They had a blast putting out those flames! And then it was time for some fun in the firetruck that Paul put together.
Uncle Arnold made popcorn on the stove top and it was delicious. Just the perfect snack for these busy junior fire chiefs.
Big Sister was a good sport and played along!
Each of the junior fire chiefs got a certificate! Look at my silly little guy!
Javan was blessed with a lot of presents from his family and friends.
Javan and Riley are the same age (Javan is just a couple months older). They are the very best of friends.
Pet Patrol! Yay!!
 
Lots of smiles!
Kadesia read the cards to Javan!
He loves football!
Javan wanted a new school lunch bag. I bought a race car one from the Dollar General and it's much bigger than the other one. He was glad to have it.
Bluetooth headphones! No more borrowing, breaking, losing ear buds!
Batman and Superman figurines.
Javan's mamaw bought him this adorable fireman costume and it feels like the real thing. It fits him very well.
Cutest fire fighter I know!
I'm so blessed with this sweet little guy!
I really like how this craft project turned out. I painted his hand red with some acrylic paint from Walmart. The pipe cleaner was from the Dollar Tree. I used my Stampin' Up! punches and some cardstock for fireman hats and faces. The poem is from a pin on my pinterest board here. The water drops were free vector images from the internet.
Thank you so much for joining us for a five-alarm fun birthday! Everyone enjoyed the party, especially the birthday boy. I hope you get some ideas and inspiration from this post and my Pinterest board.

Hugs,

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL

Hey, everyone!

This morning I sit here at the computer just reflecting on how much my children have grown up! After bath time last night I snapped a few "end of summer vacation" photos and I am so glad I did. We talked about the excitement of a new school year and then my favorite part was when my children and I held hands in a circle and prayed together. Javan went first, then Kadesia, and finally I prayed for them and it was so special for this momma's heart to experience that with them. We are no strangers to prayer around here but I know that is something not every family does together and I am so thankful that we are able to.


They said, "Let's do silly faces!"

 They sure do have my heart! \/
Today is the very first day of school. While it marks the beginning of a brand new season in our lives, it is the ending of another.

My son is going to an elementary school where the second grade is the final grade before the bigger elementary school. I am so thankful for him and so proud of him. He has grown so much this summer: physically, spiritually, and mentally. It is such a pleasure to be his mother.

Javan still loves Legos, Batman, superheroes, and YouTube channels like Dude Perfect and a few others. He has a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm. His favorite new word is epic. Everything is epic! "Hey mom, want to see me play this game? It's epic!" "Oh my gosh! That is so epic!" "Epic FAIL!" He just cracks me up! He has been trying new foods lately and I am glad because he loves his protein and he loves most carbs but he is not much of a vegetable fan, except for potatoes! We'll continue to work on that! He still loves to give hugs and snuggle but not as often as I'd like!

Here is a picture of my little man ready for school:


Kadesia is in the final stage at her current school as well. It's so hard to believe I have a daughter in eighth grade! I know most of us parents wonder this often, but where did the time go? She has changed so much this summer, as well. I am so proud of the young woman she is blossoming into. She is so strong, so smart, and so capable of great things!

On the last day of school in May this year, a sweet young man asked her to be his girlfriend and she said yes! She had been his friend for a while and she was so excited about becoming more than a friend to him. He is a really great kid and we had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with him this summer. We all made a lot of great memories and he is just one of us now!! They were able to decorate their lockers together and I'm sure they are so excited about seeing each other this morning at school!

I look at these pictures of Kadesia before school today and I'm just blown away at how grown up my little baby girl looks! She just can't be such a big girl now!!


As bittersweet as it is to see my babies growing up, I am so thankful of the opportunity to do so. I miss my dad so much every single day and so do my kiddos. I know my dad would tell them how nice they look before school and he would say a prayer for them before they walked out of the door. I know he would be so very proud of who they are becoming!

I am eager to hear all about their wonderful day at school and I know they will have one because they started their morning in prayer together! Very proud momma moment!
Thanks for letting me share with you today! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share these moments online because I can go back and remember things I had forgotten. It's my scrapbooking and journaling all in one place that I can access anytime!

Hugs,