Thursday, April 30, 2015

Another Proud Mama Moment!

Vin's scootin around the room playing with a ball actually saying, "Catch!" He definitely learned that from Lycan! But he's saying something other than "Mama" and "daddy" and typical baby babble.
"A catch!"

In other news, Lycan weaned himself from his binkies, by losing them.  And didn't really cry for them after.  We found one, gotta find the other before he does.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Birthday Vin!

Sunday morning didn't star off so great, though.  I dropped my camera and broke it.  As a photographer, I'm not a afraid to admit that I cried.  But I got over it, realizing that these super mini computers have cameras, and my step mom let me borrow one of hers.  I got to work, setting up for Vin's big day.

Got the food coloring gel, didn't taste like dye at all.  
Just sugar cookies.  If I use it again, I'll add more, because I 
didn't realize that the color would fade when they baked.

 Giant Eagle Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake
I didn't want a copy of the napkin, didn't think that
they'd do that due to copyright that we didn't pay for,
but it served a purpose and tasted great.  :-)

Googly Eyes can turn anything into a monster!

Many people liked these, taste and decoration.

The turn out was way better than I thought it would be.  Only one kid who was old enough to walk about.  Darius turned one in February, so wasn't as fast as Wolfman, but he tried his best and still had a blast.  Those beach balls were a great idea.  Although no one adopted a monster...not even for their cats!  Whatever, got more parties in the future.

However it was nice enough that we had the party outside, but that wind was a tad chilly, so we kept the food inside.

As for the Smash Cake...

...there wasn't a whole lot of smashing.  It's funny, because these two boys are so opposite.  Lycan smashed his cake.  Vin did not.  Lycan hates getting messy.  Vin LOVES getting messy.  Lycan loves baths.  Vin HATES baths!  We thought Vin's cake session would be EPIC!!  Nope.  Might be like his dad, not a cake person.  Or maybe Cake Mess = Bath, and he heard us say the bad word?

Birthday's are a lot of work.  I can totally understand why some people go to places like Chuckie E. Cheese.  But there's just nothing personal about those kinds of parties.  Not saying that I won't opt for one in the future, just saying, I just don't think they're special.  But what really makes it special is if the kids enjoy themselves.  Mine definitely did.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monster Hunt

For one of Vin's birthday activities, I'm doing a Monster Hunt.  In an earlier post, I said how I was going to be making some toilet paper roll monsters and make them into garlands.  Well, I poo pooed that idea when we realized that there was a possibility of having his party outside.  I was just going to use them as random decorations, hanging about and peeking around corners.  Maybe have one in the bathroom, you know, stuff like that.  Well, now, I've decided to turn some of them loose, either around the yard or around the house, depending on the weather.  Some of the monsters will have treats in them and others won't.  Whoever collects the most will get the grand prize (or the Van Helsing Cup as hubby called it), then something for second and third place.

I have no idea what the grand prize is yet...depends on the RSVP's.

Here's the first batch of monsters.  Not quite complete, as I'm going to add pipe cleaner limbs to some of them.

Top row, third monster from the right, sitting on them all
is the one that Wolfman painted, then lost interest in order
to paint this masterpiece, he calls Y'Kee's Heart Boom Boom:

And if we don't get the kid turn out that we had at Wolfman's party (it's looking bleak), well, then the Monster Hunt would still be great for Halloween, too.  And these little guys will still be great for decorations.  But I can't wait until the kids are older and have their own friends...friends that I can count on to be their birthday parties, but practice makes perfect.

I also ordered Warror's cake today from Giant Eagle.  We went with a pull apart cupcake cake.  Figured that cupcakes are just easier and cleaner...maybe.  Basically, I gave them a napkin with our color scheme, told them it was a first birthday, and it was a fun, cute monsters theme.  So a bit of artistic freedom.  Who doesn't like making monsters?  Imperfection is perfection with Monsters...if Disney's Monsters has taught me anything anyway!

So that's where I'm at right now.  My mom's bringing the cheese and fruit tray, we're making some food.  I've got to make some more TP monsters, but other than that, most of the stuff for his birthday is taken care of.  Except their hair.  The boys definitely need to get their hair cut before Sunday!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Toys! Toys!! TOYS!!!

First off,

Wolfman walks in, wanting new "Train Tracks, Tow Truck, or Pirate" (his pull ups). I start changing, he starts whining. "Why you cryin?"
"Your butt hurts?"
"Nah, buddy, I ain't kissin that hot mess."

Silly boy.

We spent the weekend in West Virginia, visiting family, seeing some sights.  It was a good time, although my body rebelled with a migraine, some stomach problems (doesn't travel well), and a raging achey back.  We were supposed to go to Kentucky on Monday, nope, came home inside.  I'm glad for it.  We got back and apparently Wolfman picked up some good manners from my SIL's kids.  He now says "Thank you", "Sorry", and "Please".  We've been working with him for a while, but apparently, he needed to see other toddlers in action for it to sink in.  And sunk in it has.  The other day, he thanked us for getting him a Paw Patrol board book.  It's currently his favorite thing.

I love hanging out with my SIL's kid, Wolfman learns so many positive things from the interaction.  Shame we don't live closer!  Even the baby is being more active and vocal!  <3

Also, I thought that we had a freakish amount of toys.  I'm always donating the toys that aren't played with as much, but now I'm getting down to running out of such toys.  I felt bad about it because I don't want to spoil my kids with toys.  I would donate more as they grow out of the younger aged toys, but we also plan on having more children, at least 1-2 more.  This need to get rid of stuff is the strongest with their clothes.  Even though I want a daughter next, I have to keep these clothes in case we have another boy.

But then I had a lot of toys when I was a kid, they were my friends and I took really good care of them.  Sadden to see them get lost or broken.  I remember having a large cardboard box full of toys.  And other boxes in my closet, although not as large.  I kept them neat and organized.  I actually wasn't a clean freak as a kid.  My room was big and quite messy, but when it came time to clean them up, organization was key!  I was a bit anal about it, actually.

When we went to my SIL's, I thought that they had a modest amount of toys for their three kids.  But my son, if it has wheels, he'll find it.  Not to mention the mess that five kids can create, toy wise.  Yeah, I didn't feel so bad about the amount of toys that my two have when I saw how many the twins and Silus have.  Felt better.

My SIL's, financially, are a lot like us.  SAHM, one income, not exactly rolling in the money.  Except she's on WIC, whereas my husband makes a bit too much for us to qualify for it again.  Most of our kids toys come from holidays and birthday included.  I got money to spend on myself from my mom.  Where did some of that money go?  To my kids.  Never fails.  I almost always end up spending money I've saved on them.  Be it on toys, clothes, books, room decore, DVD's, just whatever, it usually goes to them.  I don't feel that I need anything.

I love toys, even as an adult.  I still have many of my own toys that I'm going to give to my boys when they're age appropriate.  I also love books, and board books are expensive!  Wolfman's getting better with paper pages, though.  But I'm such a freak about books, that I have a hard time seeing them--even board books--get bent or destroyed.  Irks me, but instead of scolding, I'm trying to be gentle and teach him how to handle books properly.  It's slowly sinking in.  Again, it's one of those lessons that he understands more when he sees other kids using and treating them well.  That and some of his books are Paw Patrol now, he loves Paw Patrol.  Treats all of his PP toys well.  Books, too!

I've actually donated a lot of my books, one because they just sit on a shelf and take up space, and two because I was tired of Wolfman tearing up my collection.  Now I just have a modest collection of my favorites...out of his reach.  But that height restriction won't last forever!

Yes, I'll still donate the toys that they don't play with that often, while keeping future kids in mind.  No, I'm not a crazy toy buyer, I don't want to spoil them...or myself.  I'm getting better, lol.  You think it's bad when a kid goes to the toy section, I'm just as bad, only in a different way.  Having to remind myself that they have enough toys for now, and that Vin's birthday is around the corner.  Although I did put on the invitations that we have a enough toys, that we'd prefer board books and clothes.  But you'll have those people who still buy toys.  Not the end of the world.  More donations!

I think the reason why it looks like a lot of toys, is due to the being large toys, like balls, stuffed animals, big mega block trucks and riding toys.  I can still keep them all under control.  It's never going to get to a point where I can't keep the play room organized.  I donate stuff every 3-6 months.  Hopefully, I can instill this type of charity in my kid too.  So that they'll look forward to gathering donations, instead of seeing it as punishment.

As for Warrior, for his birthday, we still need a few things like extra cups, plates, and wrapping paper, but overall, we have everything, except cake and the food.  But it's all planned out and we're ordering the cake tomorrow.  Things are coming together.  I'm excited and am happy about life in general.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Proud Pagan Mama Moment!

It's storming here, and Wolfman, in all of his awesomeness, just held his PB&J sandwich up to the window and said, "Storm hungee." My son just gave his first offering to Thor and the Storm Gods. All on his own. smile emoticon 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Another Thing

I need to remember to make signs for my altars and shrines, telling people to not use that space for their limbs, their cups, their plates, their keys, anything of theirs that does not belong in that space.  Last time, people were disrespectful and it pissed me off.  I make my sacred spaces, I set them up so there's not a place for other crap.  Yet at Wolfman's birthday people moved items out of the way.  Or just sat them on top.  I actually heard my step mom make the decision of, "No, it's okay, just sit it there."  A plate of melted ice cream and cake crumbs on top of Hestia shrine!  On top of a beautiful cloth that would've been ruined of that melted chocolate had dripped onto it.

No, you never asked me, it's not okay.  That is the Matron of my home, you little shit!  Show some respect.  Would you do that if instead of Hestia it was a statue or Christ?  The Pieta?  An Archangel?  Or a Manger scene?  I'd hope not!

Does this look like a place to sit your stuff on?

NO!  Nothing about this space says that it welcomes your stuff--regardless of who the Deity is.

Is this how they treat other's home?  It's disrespectful.  And it's ignorance.  More than likely their disrespect isn't intentional.  There aren't a whole lot of places to sit things down that can't be reached by grabby hands.  That's height is where my altars and shrines sit because they not are appropriate for my children.  Nor are they appropriate for your wet cups, dirty keys, and plates.  But I have to remember that many of these people aren't my type of spiritual.  They may have religion, but they don't have sacred spaces in their homes like we do.  They don't have that concept of sacred space.

We have that concept in our lives.  Or at least, I do.  When I'm in someone else home, if I see pieces of religious/spiritual art or a small set up that appears remotely spiritual or religious, I don't touch it.  I may comment, but I'll never touch it.  Even if the owner says that it's okay to use the surface.  I won't use it.  I have that concept, many people do not.  Then again, I'm the type of person, that I won't push someone's items out of the way for my stuff.  I won't sit my stuff on top of theirs, unless I ask. To me, everything has it's place.  My wet cup doesn't belong there.

This birthday, I'm making big ass "DO NOT TOUCH" signs.  With a small explanation and a THANK YOU.  Then if they neglect to read the signs, then I'll know their intention, even if it's just laziness.  It's open season, not in an awkward, party ruining way, but enough for me to get my point across.

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's Birthday Planning Time!

Oh, and what exhausting fun it'll be.  But I've ordered the party supply, an activity, and favors already.  I wanted something generic, mainly because Disney stuff can be expensive.  So I went with Unique Party Monster theme from Amazon.  It's not as vibrant as I initially wanted, but I plan on making other colorful decorations to go with it.

The party pack I order had an 8-count of plates, napkins, cups, and a table cover.  The activity is monster beach balls.  Hopefully it'll be nice enough outside on the 26th, that we'll be able to have the party outside and just release the balls and the children out into the yard.  If it's nice, I also want to get a bubble machine or something...may be blow your own bubbles.  Since we're getting the beach balls, I decided against balloons.  

As for the favors, Adopt Your Own Monster plushies will be available, just like the Adopt a Pup from Wolfman's birthday.  I was hoping to know how to use my sewing machine by now, so I could've made the stuffed monsters myself this round, but there'll be other birthdays and themed favors.  

As for other decorations, I bought googly eyes of various sizes around Halloween, so i can just stick those babies onto bowls, cups, beverage containers, and even the toothpicks for the food.  I've got different colored markers and paint for mouths and teeth.  For months I've been saving toilet paper rolls, so I can make monsters from them.  I was thinking, if I can wrangle the little monsters, to do a create your own monster activity, either with these rolls or with coloring sheets.  Or perhaps just let them color some sheets?  Honestly, the kids were crazy at Wolfman's party, I'd imagine it'll be the same chaos.

I've learned my lesson with the food and grubby little unclean hands with parents who don't give a crap.  This time, the food is going to be out of the reach of the kids.  As an adult, I'd hope someone will use the tongs and toothpicks provided since the food is supposed to be for everyone.  

As for food, I'll provide fruit/cheese/veggie tray.  A cake, chips, and maybe cookies; once again I don't want to have too much junk food or sweets.  But we'll see.  It's the 6th, I still have some time for food planning.  Right now, mommy's sleepy.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It's April!

That means it's time to start planning and preparing for Warrior's first birthday!  Monsters!  Oh, I am and yet am  not ready for all of that.  One of my cousins has a starting business to help parents plan for their kids birthdays.  The help would be great, but I'm such a stickler for details it wouldn't work.

In other news, Warrior's first word was "mama" score one for me!  Wolfman's first word, like many kids, was "dada".  But then, he is a daddy's boy, whereas Warrior is all about mama!  However, today, Warrior's second word was "daddy".  Yay!

In other other news, Wolfman tried to shut the baby in a closet today.  Aw, brotherly love.

Also my step mom was right, she just had allergies.  Neither kids, nor myself, caught anything.  Kuan Yin did have a different message for me, and I'm thankful that it wasn't a warning.