Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mother's Day Weekend

I know it's a little late to talk about the weekend, but I had to share. Somebody had a big birthday party this weekend. My oldest son just turned 4. I know everybody says it, but how did that happen? Where did my toddler go and who is this little boy? He looks and talks like an eight year old! I can't believe not only is he four, but he's about to finish up his first year of preschool. Crazy! Before I know it he'll be in school full time, his little brother will be in preschool and I'll be in tears!

I've known for months my budding paleontologist would want a dinosaur themed party. Needless to say, I've been scouring Pinterest for all of the best dinosaur party ideas. What did mom's do before Pinterest? It is such a lifesaver, a time suck, but a lifesaver!

The first thing I found were these dinosaur tails. Jessica from Running with Scissors really out did herself with this tutorial! I knew I had to make them for all of the kids. I thought it would be adorable to see them all dressed up as dinosaurs and with a mask, I knew they would be the perfect thing for the kids to take home. Now that Hurst is in preschool we have been to our share of birthday parties and I have to say as a mom, I really don't like the bag of plastic junk that comes home with him. He loves it, of course, they drive me nuts! I was determined to do something else. I really think the mom's appreciated it and the kids loved dressing up like a dinosaur! I'm definitely glad I took the time to make them.

Here they are tied to our stairwell so the kids could see them as soon as they walked in. Not only were they a hit, but I was able to use fabric from my stash that I have been hoarding for a long time. As in before I got married ten years ago long. If you have been reading my blog for anytime at all, you know I need to do some  stash reduction! A good project all around!

We played some cool games:

Here's Pin the Tail on the T-Rex (which I made from this tutorial):

We had a pinata. Here are the kids after it was on the ground, gathering the fruit snacks and candy. See some of those dino tails?

After pizza and cake (quite a combo, eh?), we all went out to the front porch to dig for dinosaur fossils and dino eggs (tutorial here). It was the best! They had so much fun and played so nicely together. Here are my munchkins in the bottom right digging together. What little loves!

A good time was had by all, but most importantly this guy had a blast at his birthday party.

 If you have a little one who is dinosaur obsessed, any of these tutorials would make for big fun this summer. I'm already saving coffee grounds to make more dinosaur eggs to dig up this weekend. I think we will be doing a lot of that this summer!

Sunday was the perfect Mother's Day. My husband got up with the boys and let me sleep in. That was seriously the best gift he could give me! After the party, I was pretty wiped out! Once I finally got up, we went to the park and flew Hurst's dinosaur kite and played on the playground. As usual, my wonderful Mother-in-law met us there. Toots (as she is known to the kids) always is such a big help to me. She took two days off from work last week to help me make the dinosaur party happen. I really couldn't have done it without her. Needless to say, I wanted to make sure she got a nice present for Mother's Day.

I made her a Figuring the Eight Scarf from Anna Maria Horner. If you haven't made one yet, do yourself a favor, buy a kit and make one. In voile. Seriously, it was so easy and the scarf is so silky and soft.

Doesn't her scarf look beautiful on her? I think these are definitely her colors.

This turned out to be a long winded post! Thanks for reading all of it! It was such a great weekend. I love making memories with my family!

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