Sunday, September 7, 2014

Six


It was a celebratory weekend! We had three days of birthday revelry in honor of our GB. She turned six this weekend. Oh, my sweet little girly Bear. I can't believe she's six! It was a very happy weekend, full of things she loves.


On Friday, we brought Rice Krispie Treats to school, to share with her classmates. Her teacher does a really sweet little ceremony on the children's birthdays, where they walk around a symbolic calendar of the year, while the parents share one milestone from each year of the child's life. I was a little emotional by the end, I have to admit. It was the same when the LB had this teacher when he was younger. What can I say, I love to talk about them!


On Saturday, we had our family celebration. We spent some time with the Bear's parents, who gave the GB a set of Amelia Bedelia books. Back home, we gave her our gifts to open. She was so happy to have her new blanket, finally. It went right onto her bed and she's excited for the nights to be cold so she can sleep with it. She also got some new toys and a set of colorful ball-shaped string lights for her bedroom. I noticed that she was really patient with her gifts this year. She opened them carefully and examined each one for awhile before moving onto the next. After we opened gifts, we went to dinner - her choice, Red Robin. We let them know it was her birthday and the waitstaff came out clapping and singing for her. They brought her an ice cream sundae too. She was so surprised! I worried she might be upset by it; she might have been as recently as last year. But she was thrilled. She even shared her ice cream with all of us.


On Sunday, we had a small birthday party with some of the GB's friends. In previous years, we've invited a big group and all the families stayed too. Now that she and her friends are older, I suggested a smaller group and let the parents know it was okay to leave the kids. It was a quieter party, which was nice, and we were able to do more activities. The Bear and the LB were in charge of fun, and that allowed me to manage food and other tasks. It was such a nice party. I really love throwing parties, especially for my kids. This was a Frozen-themed party, and while I didn't go "all out" with the theme, I was able to do a few things to keep it thematic and fun.


I made Olaf snowman treats, which I included on the table with other snacks. They're not fancy, but the girls really got a kick out of them. I used some small pointed-end wooden skewers, with two marshmallows for the body. Then I used one of the new "Stacker" marshmallows for Olaf's head; I cut the corners to create a face shape. I drew on Olaf's face and buttons with a black edible marker, then I created his nose from an orange Mike 'n Ike candy, "glued" onto his face with icing made from powdered sugar with a tiny bit of water mixed in. Olaf's arms are pretzel sticks, of course.


I really love old-fashioned party games. We played one of my favorites from childhood, "pass the parcel," with songs from Frozen as music for playing. Do you know this game? You wrap a prize in many layers of paper and pass it around in a circle until the music stops, then the person holding it gets to take off a layer of paper. The last un-wrapper wins the prize! (Twistable colored pencils in our case). We also played "stick the nose on the snowman," which is just like "pin the tail on the donkey." I thought, why not play the same game with a different character and body part? The Bear gets all the credit for the Olaf poster; he drew Olaf and hand-painted his face and outlines, adding cut-out cardboard arms. I made the "carrot" noses. They had a bit of Scotch tape on the backs. This game was a close call! The Bear used a tape measure to decide the winner, much to the girls' delight.


To me, it just isn't a kids' party without a hands-on activity. The girls made snowman picture frames to take home. I bought kits from Oriental Trading; they were very affordable and every piece comes with adhesive backing, so there was no messy glue or paste needed. I set up a card table for this activity, with a trash can nearby for the peel-off backing scraps. The LB manned the table and he did a great job. I had made an example frame in advance and he put together his own to show them step by step, which was very helpful.


We had simple snacks in between the frame-making and the games. I served strawberries, grapes and watermelon, along with the Olaf treats, Pirate's Booty (a special request by the GB), and a small bowl of Mike 'n Ikes - the leftovers from the two boxes I needed to ensure I had enough orange ones for Olafs' noses! We also had strawberry lemonade.


We had cupcakes too! I made them with vanilla cake mix and vanilla frosting. I decorated them with blue sugar and small blue and white snowflake sugar decors. I had the sugar and decors already, having picked them up on clearance after Christmas last year. They worked really well for these cupcakes, I was very happy with the way they turned out. I baked them in blue wrappers and served them on a blue platter; it seemed pretty "frozen" to me!


The GB received lovely gifts from her friends. Everyone behaved very nicely, like little ladies. They ate at our small kids' picnic table and played on the swingset. The LB helped them pet the chickens. Instead of goody bags, I gave each girl a rock-candy pop to take home; I ordered pretty ice-blue ones from Oriental Trading. The pack included twelve pops; I can use them for the LB's party later this month too. Now I need to get started planning it! It's a fun month with both of their birthdays. Lots of planning and details to remember, but we get it all over with in the space of a few weeks. I didn't plan it this way, but I like the way it has worked out for us.

I think our GB had a good birthday weekend; she certainly seemed exhausted by the end! Six, I can hardly believe it. I think I already said that, but it's true. This little girl is a blessing. At every turn, bringing her into the world was fraught. She was almost born three months early. Thankfully, she was able to keep cooking and only came about a month earlier than she was supposed to. That wasn't so bad. She was so tiny, though, and so needy with her reflux and colic and screaming-screaming-screaming, for her entire first year. Oh, my unhappy baby girl. Raising her has been a test of every part of me, but a beautiful experience I can't imagine not having. She is smart and kind and interesting. She is willful, decisive and assertive. She is a truly fascinating little person to know. I am thankful and proud to be her mother.

51 comments:

  1. What a wonderful birthday party Jennifer! Full of great memories to savor when your little girl is older. She is so lucky to have such a talented and caring mom ( and dad n brother). I love all the activities and I'm sure the girls had a wonderful time and so did GB. Happy birthday GB!

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  2. A beautiful well thought out party, with some wonderful memories to treasure. Happy belated birthday to her.

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  3. such a funny party! I guess she's been very happy!

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  4. What a lucky little girl. It sounds like the whole family worked hard to make her birthday celebrations special. x

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  5. What a wonderful birthday! It sounds like you got it just right. My two have birthdays in December, one just before Christmas and one just after, how's that for bad planning? Happy Birthday GB x I thought those traditional party games were British! Pass the parcel was my favourite!

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  6. That sounds like a fantastic weekend, what a great birthday for GB.

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  7. Happy 6th Birthday to your darling GB! What 'frozen' fun, the food, the games, the music...very 'cool', indeed!

    Poppy

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  8. What a lovely day! Happy Birthday to you little girl. :-)

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  9. Happy birthday little miss 6, time goes so fast...Such a lovely post to read ☺☺

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  10. happy birthday wishes Little Girl Bear, it looks like you had a wonderful party xxx

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  11. Happy birthday to your GB, they do grow up so fast! Looks like she had a very special weekend, I just love those Olaf treats :)

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  12. What a lovely party, I love the snowmen! It is good to hear that you play pass the parcel and pin the tail still, my favourite party games when I was a child. Some things don't change luckily :) Your daughter sounds wonderful, you must be very proud xx

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  13. What a brilliant party, you have done it all beautifully. I'm sure she has some wonderful memories, and no doubt her friends loved it too. Happy Birthday Girl Bear, six is a fantastic age, there's such fun to be had. I'm wishing her the very best of years. CJ xx

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  14. Awe happy birthday to your beautiful little girl! What a fantastic party, every little girls dream!
    And as it should be when you're six years old a birthday should last much longer than just one day. :)
    V x

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  15. Happy birthday to the birthday girl. Looks like everyone had a lot of fun. I'm sure the blanket will be much loved and used in the future.

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  16. Many, many happy returns of the day. What a lovely post. I'm feeling very inspired by your adorable treats - my children's birthdays are tomorrow (9th) and the day after (10th) would you believe. So lots of things to do for me this week! xxx

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  17. What a wonderful weekend your GB must have had !! And what a lot of work for mommy....
    Happy birthday to girl bear :-) !!!

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  18. Hello Jennifer,

    What a great time looks to have been enjoyed here. This will surely be a birthday to remember.

    Six does seem quite a milestone and this is a very touching tribute to the birthday girl. From what you write, she is quite a person in her own right, and this shows that you have done a very good job as her mother. Independence is the best gift you can give.

    Many, many happy returns!

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  19. Ok, I have tried to leave two comments already which have vanished - apologies if you get three from me now! Happy birthday to the GB, it all looks fantastic and she's a credit to you. x

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  20. Oh Jennifer. What a wonderful birthday party. I would have loved those Olaf treats!! She looks so grown up. And your heartfelt words about her just melted me. It's funny that those (very) testing early Mummy/baby experiences actually are the bedrock of our love for them. Weird, but there you go.
    Leanne xx

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  21. Six is the best age, everything is still so wonderful and they still like to be snuggled but they are more independent. GB seems to have had a wonderful weekend, and was adored appropriately by all. THe party looked great and lots of fun.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  22. You put on such a thoughtful celebration for GB, Jennifer! I love the picture of her opening her blanket, knowing how much work you put into it and how anxious you were to give it to her. She is a very fortunate little girl to have you for a mom, and to be surrounded by so much love.

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  23. Hi Jennifer. That last paragraph described Miss Piper's first year almost too perfectly! Even at almost two she is showing her independent spirit and sweetness.you know how I love her. I have become VERY acquainted with "Frozen" over the past few months. What little girl wouldn't adore a party like you gave GB? My favorite character is Olaf so I loved the marshmallow treats and the game. You are certainly much more creative than I ever was with our kids parties. Thanks for sharing all of these ideas.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  24. Happy belated birthday to your daughter. What a fabulous party, you thought of everything, I'm sure she'll remember it forever.

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  25. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your adorable little girl! What a well-planned and perfectly lovely celebration, sure to be a great memory for her. And what a good brother to help so much! And what a GREAT mom you are! Your kids are lucky to have you. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  26. Happy birthday to the GB! You must have put tons of work and love into the party!

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  27. Thanks for letting us enjoy GB's birthday celebrations through this post, Jennifer. I love the creative ways your family works and plays together, and your "Frozen" theme looked like great fun for the little girl party :-)
    xx

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  28. A very happy birthday to your little one!! All the great ones have a birthday this year :-) (me included!!). The party looked amazing with the Frozen theme - did she ask for 'the dress'???!!! A friend of mine had to make one in the end as she couldn't get one in time. Have a wonderful week xx

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  29. Wishing your gorgeous little girl a very Happy Birthday! What a wonderful party you gave for her, Jennifer. Such a nice mix of activities and I love how you incorporated the Frozen theme. The Olaf marshmallows are such a good idea!
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

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  30. Congratulations to GB on her birthday. Her party looks a wonderful! I remember other parties that you have held, they have always looked so much fun! Sarah x

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  31. Happy Six! Oh the Amelia Bedelia books are so much fun. Looks like a great birthday

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  32. A very Happy Birthday to GB, looks like you had a really fun party for her.
    Clare x

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  33. Happy Birthday, GB. It looks like she had a wonderful day/weekend! :o)

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  34. Talk about an awesome party! Wow lots of work and planning and it's just perfect! Happy Birthday to GB. I just love the blanket you made. Every time she uses it will be the same as getting a warm hug full of love from her mom.

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  35. A very happy birthday to her! I got emotional reading this one as well! My goodness where does the time go! I love how you had a hands on party for the kids! Birthday parties can get so insane where I live and I tend to be on the old-fashioned side so this is perfect!!! I will be pinning this as I love that game with the parcel! I have never played that before but what a great game! You have done an amazing job again friend!!! Such an awesome post!!! Loved every bit of it! Nicole xo

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  36. Happy birthday to your sweet, little girl! She had quite the celebrations. I'm really impressed with all you did for the kid's party and how creative it was. I bet all the kids had a blast.

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  37. Happy belated Birthday to lovely GB .
    You are blessed to have each other ~ wonderful child ,
    and great mommy you are.

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  38. I'm so glad GB had such a wonderful birthday! Congratulations on such a marvellous looking party, the treats, games and activities all look such fun! I'm looking forward to being able to hold parties like this when we have kids. x

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  39. Happy belated birthday to little GB, that looks like a fabulous party.

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  40. Belated happy birthday to your lovely little girl! I really like your take on the Frozen theme, so creative. Those Olaf treats are especially adorable. I'll show the photos to my girls. They'll be very impressed. x

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  41. Ah...what a lovely party! We all love Frozen over here. The little marshmallow Olaf is adorable! How fun! xo Jen

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  42. Oh I love the themed birthday party! Glad your girl had such an amazing, and memorable birthday x

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  43. What a wonderfully appropriate party you gave your GB to mark an important birthday. Six really seems to be the point at which they move on from being little children. You're obviously giving her and her brother the very best of childhoods and I too love the fact that you used the old party game favourites. :-)

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  44. A belated happy birthday to your lovely wee girl! It looks and sounds like she had a wonderful time and the Frozen party looked fantastic...I'm sure she really appreciated all the effort you made to make it such a special day for her.
    Marianne x

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  45. I love your frozen theme. looks like a wonderful day. Jennifer, she is a wonderful child because you are a wonderfully talented caring loving woman. Thank you for sharing your special day with us.

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  46. What a wonderful birthday weekend. that looks a great party :) BigR was 5 on Monday and had a small (loosely frozen themed - it's a worldwide phenomenon) party for her friends on Sunday at a pottery painting place near us. We also did pass the parcel. I could barely take the pressure of making sure every child got a go at opening the parcel and then trying not to let my children win the prize. Our music was "let it go" played on the ABOs phone! I really earned my cake that day!

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  47. Happy belated birthday to your little lady. Looks like a lot of birthday fun was had. Bee xx

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  48. Happy belated Birthday to your sweet girl! She is adorable! Her first year of life sounds very much like my daughter's first year, but we made it through it! You did an amazing job with all the party details. My daughter attended a Frozen birthday party for a friend on Saturday, but they did not have Olaf snowman treats... such a cute idea.

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  49. Happy birthday GB! Wow, 6 years old! I think your Frozen party looked great Jennifer, you did a great job with everything! My little girl is going to be 6 this year and she has asked for a Frozen party too, so it's great to get ideas from you. Pass the parcel is a popular party game over here, and I remember loving playing this when I was little! Awww, it looked like she had a great day!

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