Gratitude Tree

All it took was some paper grocery bags and duct tape to make a pretty little gratitude tree.

First we cut the bags open to form a long rectangle then rolled and twisted them into “branches.” The gold tape wrapped around parts of the paper added a nice bit of sparkle, READ MORE

Tooth Fairy Trouble

Wiggly for weeks, William’s second tooth finally came out. This one was a little stubborn but my boy boldly lassoed it with a piece of floss and made it come tumbling onto the bathroom counter (and thankfully not right down the drain, that was a close one). READ MORE

Milestones: First Lost Tooth

My big kid lost his first tooth!

Smiling with a missing tooth
Pointing at Lost Tooth
In case you couldn’t tell which one is gone, Sara is excited to show you too

Fortunately, wiggling it out wasn’t traumatic for him at all. Unfortunately, the thought of the Tooth Fairy taking it for good was quite troubling.

He tried to come to grips with surrendering the tooth in order to get a treat, dutifully placing it under his pillow, but the poor guy couldn’t sleep. Soon after Dad finished reading books with him and tucking him into bed, William was downstairs asking to take a few more pictures of the tooth before the Tooth Fairy came and took it away.

One More Picture of Lost Tooth
One last picture of his tooth…

Daddy thought all was well by this point but apparently not. A very distraught William came looking for me, lamenting how much he will “miss this tooth.” We came up with a plan and wrote the tooth fairy a note asking if he could please keep just this first tooth.

Turns out that the Tooth Fairy that visited in the night is the same one from my childhood. Her note back to him said that I did the same thing when I was little! Kind Fairy that she is, still left him a dollar, a special necklace made from shells, and she placed his precious tooth in a velvet box for safekeeping. I wonder if he’ll let her have the next one…


No-Sew Animal Masks

Forest Animal Masks

Once the Forest Fairy and Animal party theme was approved by my Birthday Girl, fun ideas were abundant. Simple, affordable, and quick ideas, however, weren’t as easy to come up with. Enter Pinterest, a world of nothing but cool ideas to browse. READ MORE

A Forest Fairy Fourth Birthday

Sara with Birthday Cake

Once we said “Goodbye” to Hello Kitty and welcomed the Forest Fairy & Animal Theme, Sara came up with a modest guest list of six girls and six boys ranging in ages 3 to 6. Twelve kids might not sound like a big party but we learned that a dozen kids can be just as wild as thirty when you invite two pairs of rambunctious brothers. HOLY COW (and I say this with deep respect and admiration for the patient parents of these pairs of lovable boys). It was a wild ride but also one very fun and very happy celebration. READ MORE