Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The birthday cakes

The birthday cakes were a lot of fun to make! Each kid had their own and I had each of them help mix up the batter for their cake. Malakai's cake looked the hardest, but was actually the fastest one to make. I just searched online for a tutorial for a Bucky cake and found several. 

To make Malakai's cake I baked a 13x9 cake and then cut it in half. I then cut off one end to make the ship shorter and used those ends to make the third level. Once you have the cake cut and shaped as boat all that's left is to cover it with chocolate icing. I used some yellow icing to outline the top edge and then placed several of Malakai's Jake and the Neverland Pirate figures on the cake as the decorations. I printed off a blue and white striped rectangle and used a wooden cake pop stick to make Bucky's sail.

Layla wanted a seashell shaped cake. I showed her a picture of one made out of cupcakes. It had blue icing which she didn't like. She wanted hers to be pink. I had shell shaped chocolate molds and made pink and yellow shells for her to decorate with. Once the cupcakes were all iced, she placed the chocolate shells where she wanted them.

Nearly a month before the party, Sanaa handed me a drawing of the cake that she wanted. It was to be star shaped with water and a small area of grass. She wanted an island (made out of brown sugar) with a treasure chest and a boat in the ocean. A rainbow stretched from the grass area to the island. At first I had no idea how I would do all of that. I have made a star shaped cake before, so that wasn't hard. I found a chocolate mold with a treasure chest and a boat, so that part of her design was taken care of. The rainbow had me stumped. In the past (for her 5th birthday) I made a rainbow out of molding chocolate, but I didn't want to take the time for that again. So I sent my husband out to find rainbow colored twizzlers. And he found some! I used toothpicks to hold the rainbow up and then covered that area with marshmallows to hide the toothpicks. When it was finished, Sanaa said it looked perfect and was just what she wanted!

Games and decorations at the birthday party

It's been nearly a good 3 weeks since the kids' birthday party so I should probably finish my posts about that. Sanaa actually came up with a majority of the games that we played. A few I suggested. I had to buy very little for the games since we used items we had in the garage or house.

As the kids arrived at the party, I had treasure chests sitting out that they could decorate. They were plain brown boxes that I put a small strip of gold duct tape around. Inside the treasure chest were small jewels and coins the kids could use to decorate their chest with. The jewels were peel and stick which made it much easier for the kids to use to decorate with. The treasure chests served as the kids' party favors.

Sanaa's finished treasure chest. She chose to glue her coins on the bottom of her treasure chest. I'm not sure why.

Both Sanaa and Layla helped me make a ring toss. I found an old board up in our attic. All three kids helped sand it a little bit to get off dirt and splinters. We then used some old paint that was left over from painting the bedrooms. The only things I bought for the ring toss was a wooden dowel from Home Depot that I cut into smaller pieces and the rings. I had stencils that I used to paint the words on and then I printed off pictures of Jake, Ariel, and a treasure chest that we taped on. The "path" was black construction paper that we taped on.

I also made balloon swords to use during one of the games. The kids enjoyed testing out the swords before the party.

The pirates chasing and capturing the mermaids. We started with three pirates that had a balloon sword. The mermaids ran around and could jump into a hula hoop for 5 seconds to stay safe. If the mermaid was touched by a pirate they became a pirate and got their own balloon sword. It was basically a chaotic game of chase, but the kids seemed to love it.

A treasure dig where the kids could find gold doubloons, necklaces, rings, bouncy balls, and other little surprises. I borrowed the container from my dad. The sand was on sale for just over $2 and most the small prizes were things my kids have collected from various school parties and stuff. (They think the toys are great for the first day and then they forget about them!) I also bought a few things at the dollar store but didn't spend more than $5 there.

We've had a random piece of wood out in our back yard that I painted the words walk the plank on. I then tied it to two stools that we have and the kids were able to walk across it. I just forgot to take a picture of it during the party.

The decoration were quite simple. We had some seaweed and fish on our pantry doors and more seaweed and fish on the door in our entry way. Sanaa also wanted a waterfall and when I asked how we would make that she said that we just needed to hang blue streamers from the doorway that leads into our kitchen area. Overall, this was a fairly easy party to do.

Happy 3rd Birthday Malakai!

On Saturday Malakai turned 3 and he has been so excited about his birthday! Having a birthday donut has because a tradition around here. Malakai also noticed the party hats on the very top shelf of our pantry that I forgot about and insisted on people wearing a party hat as well. 

The day before Malakai's birthday, Sanaa worked quite hard on a special present for him. She made him a horse. She found a stick in the garage, drew a horses head that she cut out, and then taped the horse head to the stick. She then taped a piece of yarn to the stick for the reins. Malakai thought it was great! And most likely wouldn't have cared whether there were any other presents for him. Sanaa definitely made one of the most creative presents for him.

She also worked hard on making him a birthday card. The inside of the card says, "Happy Birthday. Dear Malakai, Wahoo! You are turning 3 years old and I made a surprise present. From: Sanaa. To: Malakai.

We gave Malakai a scooter so that he could keep up with his big sisters when they use their scooters.

My brother painted Malakai a picture of Olaf. I was blown away! Malakai loved it and I plan to have it framed so that no one gets the canvas dirty. We'll definitely be hanging the Olaf picture up in Malakai's room.

On Sunday, the day after Malakai's birthday he "graduated" out of the toddler nursery and moved downstairs to the preschool area. It was definitely bittersweet. He's my last baby. I have no one left in the nursery which feels very weird. Malakai was ready to move and loves his new Sunday school class. His new teacher gave him a birthday cookie. At home, Malakai wouldn't let us cut the cookie until we stuck a candle in it and sang happy birthday to him again.

A few other pictures of Malakai. Every so often he slows down and will spend some time coloring or scribbling. For a 3 year old, he stays inside the lines fairly well. Typically he finds the smallest part of the picture to color such as a person's nose or something and then he'll move on.

Malakai also loves to dress up! The majority of the time he's actually running around in one of his sister's princess dresses, but there's been a few times he runs around as super man.

Other things Malakai loves to do are play outside, sing, dance, and anything sports related. He's been in speech therapy since October (8 months or so) and is talking so much better! The tantrums over us not understanding what he is asking for have pretty much disappeared. Now we get tantrums over him wanting something his sisters are playing with. He's a petite little guy and can wear clothes ranging from size 12 months to 3T. He actually has two pairs of shorts that are 12 months that still fit him this summer. Buying pants for him is one of the hardest things to do!

He climbs just about anything and enjoys jumping off of steps and chairs. He is very active, but thankfully still takes a good 2 hour nap every day! His sisters stopped napping when they were around 2 1/2 years old so I'm loving the fact that he still takes a nap and generally doesn't fight me when I put him down for his nap.

His favorite shows to watch are: Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Miles from Tomorrowland, and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Heard in the Pond House

The setting here is that the Layla decided she wanted to spend the night on the floor in her sleeping bag.

So of course Sanaa had to do that too.

So I laid out the sleeping bags.

Layla got upset that her head would be at the same end as Sanaa's head. She refused to sleep that way and got into an argument with Sanaa.

So I took the sleeping bags out of the room and told them to get back into their beds.

Sanaa dissolved into tears at the thought of now not going to sleep on the floor.

I left and went to ate my dinner of baked potato, which was lovely.

A couple minutes later, Layla came out, and said that she could sleep on the floor with Sanaa and she was just fine with their heads being at the same end of the room.

Me: "So Layla... why did you just have that fight with Sanaa?"

Layla: *loud sigh* "We just have to stop that Fight Machine. I don't know how the Fight Machine starts, but we just have to make it stop."

Layla turns 5!!

On Monday Layla celebrated her 5th birthday! We've started a little tradition that the morning of someone's birthday they get a birthday donut with a candle. The kids love it!

Everyone wanted to blow out Layla's candle but Layla beat them. I then relit the candle for Sanaa and Malakai but Sanaa blew it which made Malakai very upset. He threw a little tantrum but eventually calmed down when I lit the candle again for him to blow out.

Layla got a stuffed flamingo from Uncle Caleb and Aunt Sarah. I have no idea why she wanted one but she has named it Donut. Her friend in Christ from church gave her a stuffed dog that she named Cookie.

Nate and I gave Layla a birthday card with some money. Her big present was a morning with me shopping at a toy store. She was so excited she could hardly contain herself! She kept singing a made up song about it being just her and mommy for the morning. We had a really fun morning together and it was very nice just having time with Layla.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The kids' mermaid and pirate birthday party.

The last Saturday in May we had one party for all three kids. This year we did a mermaid and pirate theme. Malakai loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates. He knew really fast what kind of cake he wanted. He was adamant about having Jake's ship Bucky for his cake. 

At first Sanaa wanted an under the sea party. With Malakai really liking pirates I asked Sanaa if we could do a combination of mermaids and under the sea. Both Layla and Sanaa loved the idea of mermaids so we went with it. One of their favorite shows right now is a mermaid show called Mako Mermaids.

I'll do a separate post on the cakes later, but Layla had cupcakes and Sanaa had a star shaped cake that she designed.

I know there are several pictures of them standing in front of their cakes but I like each picture for a different reason. In the first picture, Sanaa's fearful face as I light Malakai's candle makes me chuckle. In the second picture, Layla reached out to touch Malakai's arm and I love how they were smiling at each other. I can't remember what was so funny in the third picture but I think it was when we got to the part in song where you say the child's name and everyone said their three names really fast and in different orders. The last picture I like because Layla is watching excitedly as Sanaa blows out her candle.

I think I did pretty well on how much cake I made. This was all we had left after the party! Not too bad. I was afraid we'd have a lot more than this.