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Good Daddies, Birthday Friends, and Tea Parties for $400, Alex

On Daddy:
I like to catch him when he doesn’t know I’m watching…just him and her. The first time I met him, before I fell in love…I knew he was the kind of dad I wanted my babies to have. Today I watched him…he didn’t know I was standing there with my camera. He was talking to a friend, but the whole time, I know he was thinking about her…how proud he was to have a daughter in his arms, and the way his arms embrace her just kills me. Watching him play with her, look at her, kiss her, talk to her in his widdle girl voice–it’s better than watching a movie. I love the way he loves her. And I really, really love good dads. Good, involved, huggy, kissy, fill-em-up-with love dads….they’re hot. And I’m glad I got one.
We went to a birthday party today at the park, and Lainey was the youngest “friend” invited, but she was still part of the gang…even got a goody bag. It was so cute to see her looking up to all these little girls like she knew she was kinda part of them. She even kept her princess hat on like she wanted to do it ‘cuz the bigger girls were doing it. I’m not ready for her to be big yet. I’m not done with Baby yet.

Stay little just a bit longer, Cubby.

I moved her room around yesterday and then I just stared at it smiling that this room belongs to a baby that’s mine. I have a daughter. And, we’re gunna have tea parties someday real soon. Somebody pinch me ‘cuz I think I’m dreaming.

Round ’em Up

We had us a hog-killin’ good time today. And it all started at Nella’s birthday party when, the day before the festivities, Gary saw a sign, staked in the median at a Naples intersection, advertising party ponies and was so excited he almost signed them up for Nella until we convinced him Lainey’s birthday was a few months around the bend. So we had ponies and the rest fell into place.

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I really do enjoy the whole glue-gunning/sign-painting/ribbon-dangling part of planning my girls’ parties, but the best part–the part that grips me for a tears-welling second–is when friends start arriving and music is playing and my girl is all shy-smiling with happiness.

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The horses were a huge hit. There were a whole lotta little cowgirls with shy, satisfied grins, and then some who couldn’t hide more obvious radiant smiles…and Nella was one of them.

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We panned for gold.

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And ate good grub.

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Our “Aunt Rebecca” came down from Indiana and performed a nice reading of a cowgirl story for the kids…with the perfect southern accent.

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And the kids took care of the rest. Yee haw.

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Bandanas stuffed with goodies and tied to sticks made some nice hobo stick party favors.

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…and some trail mix for the mamas.

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Oh, did we ever have a good time.

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And in the end, a four-year-old girl who felt loved and celebrated.

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So ‘thar you have it.
A happy birthday indeed.

Congratulations to the winner of the Piccadilly Circus $50 gift certificate: Comment #592, AFD Jewelry: Happy birthday to your sweet girl – she is just a doll! And my oldest (who turned 4 in January) requested mac n cheese for her birthday meal as well :)

Please send your contact info to kellehamptonblog@comcast.net.

Happy Weekend!
Now, Giddy-up!

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Addendum: To answer many of your questions, the following are some more specific details regarding Lainey’s birthday party.

I created all the signs, labels, invitations from scratch so there aren’t any templates but I did find some great free Western fonts like this one on dafont.com.

The Invitation: I designed the invitation with my trusty old Microsoft Digital Image Suite, but you can create something simiilar in Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or whatever layout software you use. It’s a 5×5 trifold card printed by WHCC Labs. I burned a CD full of kids western songs, printed our own label, and attached it to the card using a foam CD hub like this one on Amazon.

Play Money: Poppa made it.

The Barn: Lainey actually received two fold-up cardboard playhouses for her birthday last year, so we saved one and pulled it out this year for her party. My dad slapped some red and white paint on it to transform it into a barn.

Wood Signs: You can get thin sheets of plywood from Home Depot for a couple dollars. A little bit of craft paint and some wood embellishments, and Voila.

Horses: If you’re in the Naples area, we got a great deal on two horses from Ponies for Parties. They stayed about two hours, and the owners were fabulous with the kids. Phone Number: 239.200.6010.

Party Favors: Most everything came from Oriental Trading. They have a fantastic variety of inexpensive treats, and a slew of western stuff to choose from.

Cake Banner: Blu Embellish on Etsy.

Lipstick: Ha ha. Funny question, but several asked, and it happens to be a to-die for shade that flatters anyone and everyone. Lorac 3D gloss, Color: 3D (beachy and rosy/bronzy).

Make Dinosaur Snot

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We’re headed into another birthday party this weekend–this time with a dinosaur theme. The kids are making dinosaur snot at the party because we love disgusting things, and I figured I’d make it a separate post so you too can make disgusting things with your kids (they’ll love your forever!).

You’ll need Borax (found in laundry detergent aisle), green food coloring, Elmer’s glue (4 oz. bottle per child) and water.

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To streamline it for a table of several little ones making this at the same time, we’re using 2 large paper bowls per child and we’re pre-measuring the Borax and putting it in plastic snack containers (the ones people use for Jello shots ;o)–one per child. The finished slime will go in these 8 oz. clear plastic jars with this label* (I uploaded it so you can print it).

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In one bowl, mix contents of 4 oz. glue bottle with 1/2 cup water. Add green food coloring. Stir. (I pre-added food coloring–about 8 drops–to bowl of water so that Dash didn’t make a mess with the food coloring)

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In the other bowl, mix 1 tsp. Borax with 1 cup water. Stir until Borax is dissolved.

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Pour Borax mixture into glue mixture and watch the slime magic begin.

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Mix slime with spoon and don’t worry if there’s a lot of water left over. Let kids get their hands in there and mix it well with their hands until it’s a good slimey consistency, and then pour off all the excess water. The slime will get smoother and easier to work with the more you play with it.

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When it’s nice and smooth, transfer to 8 oz. jar with label.

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My kids’ favorite thing to do with it? Hide it in their hands, pretend to sneeze–ACHOOOOOO!–and then pull it away from their nose.

It’s the perfect mix of super cute and a-little-bit-disgusting that makes for a great take away favor for a dinosaur party. Dash is looking forward to his this weekend.

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*Note: for the Printable Dino Snot labels, you can print it on a sheet of Avery shipping labels, 2 to a page (Avery #18126), and cut out 6 from the page, no problem.

Happy Monday, carry on.