Tuesday, May 29, 2012

477 Luau Subway Art

Google some luau words.
(Katie had printed up some coloring pages that inspired the turtle and the fish)
 Sharpie outline.

 Watercolor in some fun.
 Realize your paper is an odd size, but just stick some old patterned paper behind it, and frame.
Pat yourself on the back for finding the frame on clearance for $6.99.
Check. Check.
Cute, easy, fun .... (fine, cheap) ... luau party decor.

Monday, May 28, 2012

476 Katie Turns Ten

On the 23rd of May my little girl turned ten. I didn't expect it to be an emotional day, but I was wrong. How could ten years have passed since I held all six pounds and two ounces of her for the first time! And now, she is old enough for her very own phone. We did force her to wait several years since the first time she asked for one, and she finally got her reward for (impatiently) waiting.

This year Katie decided she wanted a luau for her birthday. This is the front of the invitation I created. She requested the flamingo, and she is currently obsessed with zebra print (like 95% of girls her age right now), so I came up with a combination of the two. 
We accomplished a massive feat by getting the house ready for family and friends to come over. Not to mention getting the pool back up, which required several truckloads of sand. All the work and sweat was worth it. Katie was all smiles (not only when she was opening all the cards stuffed with cash)... well, until the sun started to take a toll on her. She had spent the entire day out in the pool, so by the time the party rolled around she didn't last too much longer in the sun.

Ginger wasn't very cooperative with the leis...

It was great to see our friends and family having a good time! For once we managed to properly estimate the food we needed, so we didn't end up with a refrigerator full of leftovers. I know, it is sad that I count that as one of my main accomplishments of the day (along with managing to take a shower before guests arrived). It would have been nice to have a little more cake left though.

Another successful birthday is in the books! Happy birthday my beautiful girl! I am so proud of you, and I can't wait to see the wonderful woman you become .... but, if you don't mind, can you slow down just a little bit!?