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Friday, December 25, 2009

The Christmas Eve Carriage Ride


After the Christmas Eve service and Christmas Eve dinner we headed home. On our way there, we decided to take the children to look at Christmas lights a few blocks from our home. We had made our way all the way down one boulevard and back down the other, when we saw 2 Clydesdale horses pulling a carriage covered in Christmas decorations and lights. We were amused and pointed it out to the els. Next thing we knew, a woman was approaching the car asking us if we would like to ride. She said they would wait for us. We hurriedly put on the kids jackets (it was really cold) and climbed aboard.


Here are some of the family members we met. The mom's name is Mary. She has 6 children: 4 boys (the oldest) and 2 girls. They had just returned from church and were going out for a ride while dinner was warming up.

Moustapha and Baby Trinity

Bakri, Rebekah & Maddux having so much fun!

Here is our whole family! What a blessing this was. And such a fun way to end our Christmas Eve. Mary (the woman who invited us to ride) was truly an example of God's love. She wanted to share her experience and family with us and she did. His love isn't just for some...it is for all. Thank you, Mary, for your generosity and loving heart.

And, Bakri was so cute on the ride. He asked her if she was an elf. Then he asked if we were on our way to the North Pole. She told him that only reindeer went there and we were being pulled by horses. Later he asked the entire carriage "Are you guys ALL ELVES?" It was so cute!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Where the Wild Things Are" Birthday Party




Would you believe that a "Where the Wild Things Are" birthday party would be so much fun for adults and children? Well, it's true AND it was so fun to plan. My almost 5 year old is already asking for his "wolf suit." Although, we may think of another theme by March. If you are interested in "how to," here are the details:

I drew the invitation with mappencils and based it on the book illustrations. I just changed the words to read:

"The day Maddux wore his wolf suit
and played one game and another
his mother called him "WILD THING"
and said "Let's have a party!"

"And now," cried Maddux, "let the wild rumpus start!"

The king of all wild things- Maddux is turning three!
Where the wild things are- (our address here)
Wild rumpus- 11am-12:30pm, Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hope you can celebrate with us...
we'll eat you up, we love you so!

I'm going to get the invitation scanned in at some point and I'll add it here.


I made a "Where the Wild Things Are" costume for the birthday boy. I watched the following video and with the exception of a few things that didn't work- followed the directions to make the suit. I even used my Nannie's very handy sewing machine!

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Next up, the cakes. This was really really fun to do.
I found this website and loved the "wild thing" cake. Our invitation had the boat on it, so I decided to make both! I used homemade almond flavored fondant to make all of the flat decorations and to cover both of the cakes. The fondant is easiest to work with when it is cold. For the "wild thing" hair, I used a buttercream icing. That was my favorite tasting cake, because it had two kinds of icing. Gotta love a girl with a sweet tooth!


Maddux's costume- included a homemade fleece wolf suit with claws, an attached hoodie with ears and whiskers, a fur tail, a ruling stick and a furry gold crown. Our son happily wore his costume for the entire party and beyond.








This was a wonderful party for all of our children and guests. Outside, we had a bouncy castle and a cotton candy machine. All of the guests decorated and made their own crowns. And, I found "where the wild things are" rings on ebay that we gave everyone in their gift bag. Also, one of my best friends from LA sent us hats from the movie for the gifts bags as well.  Those were a big hit- especially with the parents.

Hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as we enjoyed doing it. This is a really fun party!