Sesame Street Second Birthday

Sesame Street Second Birthday

I always love recapping the details of a party because I find other’s posts online SO HELPFUL when looking for ideas.  I mean, this party is far from “Pinterest worthy” but it was fun and (I think) looked cute!

I had initially bought these banners to hang, but we were not allowed to attach anything to the walls or ceilings, so I mounted them on cardboard and we propped them up against the walls.

We served food- in this picture: hot dogs (Mr. Hooper’s Hot Dogs), goldfish (Dorothy’s goldfish), and pasta salad (Mr. Noodle’s pasta salad).  You can also kind of see the ducky straw cups I got from Oriental Trading.  They were a hit with the kids and adults alike.

We have favors that were finger paint pouches and sunglasses.  The tag said: This party was brought to you by the letter R and the number 2! Hope you had fun! Thank you for coming!

I made Rubber Ducky Punch- blue raspberry Hawaiian punch and Sprite topped with marshmallows for the bubbles!

I took a plastic pumpkin from Michael’s and sprayed it with primer and blue spray paint…glued on styrofoam balls and black paper circles and we had a Cookie Monster!  The kids loved grabbing cookies out of his mouth.

I made Monster fruit, veggie and cheese trays.  They were a little prettier before the drive to town…

I made Bert out of pineapple, blackberries and a clementine.  His eyes are yogurt and blueberries

Big Bird was cheese cubes, carrots and ranch with olives for eyes.

And Elmo was strawberries, a clementine and blueberries with yogurt and blueberry eyes.  (his blueberries got a little crazy on the drive!)

This was our fun display!  I got the personalized sign from Zulily months ago.   The paper cut outs on sticks were from Etsy.

I had this banner made from Vistaprint and it was perfect for our cupcakes.  We just did rainbow cupcakes with Sesame Street picks I found on Amazon.

These paper lanterns were meant to be hung, but we couldn’t hang anything in our room.  So I cut off the strings and glued them to a piece of plastic for the base.

And the felt balls were from months ago. Again, I wanted to hang them, but couldn’t, so they made cute table decorations.

This was our entire set up.  The red bucket is full of water bottles on ice.

The gifts went on the same table as the favors and I moved a chair over there for Remi to open gifts.


It was so fun and perfect for our sweet two year old!

Remi’s Second Birthday Party

Remi’s Second Birthday Party

So yesterday you saw the setup, so today let’s look back at the party!

We rented a room at the park (I was worried about rain and didn’t want to use a pavilion outside) and set up a fun party. Remi girl LOVED it all.

We invited some of her sweet little friends- and it turned out all girls showed up. A fun little girl gang.

Remi and Amelia were first, and they were drinking their ducky punch and coloring.

When everyone got there, we had snacks, punch and cupcakes.  We didn’t do a big cake- Remi hasn’t loved the candle part of birthday cakes…so we just sang to her when she ate her cupcake.

I played some kids songs, and Remi entertained us with her dancing.  This was (of course) Baby Shark.

We helped her open her gifts, and so did several of her friends.  (Side note: I was SO PROUD of how she was sharing her presents right away.  She didn’t fuss at them helping open presents. She was only territorial over her bike.)

As soon as something was opened, she wanted Dada to “cut it up” and open it.  So we started throwing things back in the floor and had an impromptu play session with the new baby dolls and play doh! The girls were SO FUN.

While she opened presents, Carl (my Nene’s friend) made balloon animals.  He has done some clowning, so he’s a pro!  The littles and even some adults enjoyed the balloons!

At one point, Remi climbed up on this stack of tables, and the other girls quickly followed.  They jumped and danced and had the best time up here stomping around.

After presents, we headed outside to ride the train! This park has a free train, and the kids (and the adults) LOVED it!  Remi DID NOT want to sit by me, she wanted back by her little friends. (Shoutout to Avery and Lyla’s moms for sitting behind them and making sure they stayed put!).

After our train ride, the girls all played at the park!  Swinging, sliding and jumping. LOTS of fun.

After a bit, all the little friends went their respective ways, and the family stayed to help us clean up.  We got pics with Remi and her family!

We love Kelsey and Brad!

Remi is a big PawPaw fan! (He’s her great grandpa)  She wanted him to sit at her table during the party.

And our Gordon clan came to party! We were so glad they came up from Hot Springs. She loves her “Gabby” (Gavvy, Gavin), Mr. D, Auntie, “Wuke” (Luke), and KK (Caitlyn).

And Nene (Remi’s great grandma) was there too! Remi loved giving hugs to everyone!


It was so fun to watch Remi interact with her friends and enjoy the fun.

Birthday-Adjacent Weekend

Birthday-Adjacent Weekend

The weekend surrounding Remi’s birthday was just so much fun.

Saturday morning, I gave Remi an early birthday present.  Her sweet friend Connor sent her a birthday present (I work with his momma…and it was his birthday weekend, too!) and she was SO EXCITED about her new outfit.  She tried to put the pants on right away!

We were just going to hang at home, but Tyler saw a post on Facebook about our town’s Fall Festival getting set up- so we got changed and headed to town.  The park was transformed with fun booths, food trucks, inflatables, hay rides and more fun.


Remi was finally big enough to climb the inflatable by herself! She loved it!  And her little friend Lyla was there, too and they enjoyed playing together.

We went on a hayride around the park and Remi loved it.  We laughed though- the hay was poking her, and she figured out to sit on her paper fan.  (And don’t worry, we got LOTS of feedback about her. *insert eye roll*  On the hayride, she said she had to potty, and we were telling her to hold it and we would find a bathroom when we finished.  A lady commented “Isn’t she a little young for that?” Ugh. #mindyourown)

We got some snacks and food- mini donuts, shaved ice and egg rolls.  Yum.  Remi was a big fan of the donuts.

After her birthday we went back to Mimi’s house to swim. It was warm enough and my mom has a heater for the pool.  I didn’t get in, but Remi enjoyed swimming with the family.  The view out there is gorgeous.

Sunday morning, I set up all her birthday gifts. It was like Christmas.  She went between all the presents and was loving it.  She started with her princess shoes and gloves, then played basketball and built with her magnatiles.  Well rounded.

Sunday morning, we had a bit of a birthday hangover and she was SHOWING her two-year-old-ed-ness.  But she looked precious.  And after her nap she was much better.

I got some snuggles which are always great.  And it was my last Sunday afternoon snuggles with my one year old (she turned two the next morning).

The weather was beautiful, so Sunday night, she got to play in her water table.  And she happily dumped water on her head.  Silly goose.

A super fun weekend for all!

What My Weight Loss Has Looked Like

What My Weight Loss Has Looked Like

I’ve lost 20 pounds in the last year.

You could say I’ve only lost 20 pounds in the last year. Or you could say Wow! I’ve lost 20 whole pounds in the last year!

I had lost 20 pounds in the year before that (I’m a slow loser, I suppose).

And there was a long period of no change….but I’m losing.

I’m doing things to make change. I’m working on myself.  I’m working out.  I’m making healthy choices (some of the time. more often than not).

Here’s my chart from MyFitnessPal.  Each line is 10 lbs. This is the last year.

2018-10-02 15_55_58-Free Calorie Counter, Diet & Exercise Journal _

I’d like to lose another 20 lbs. And I sure wish it would happen faster than the next year, but I’m going to finish. I always quit before I finish.

But this time, it’s been a long process, so it’s become more of a lifestyle than it ever has before. To be really honest.  The slow losing has been annoying, but it’s been helpful because I’ve had to focus on the process and goals there (like getting 16 kickboxing workouts in a month, for example) rather than the pounds lost.

Here’s to seeing that line keep going down! And losing this last 20 pounds, in whatever time frame it takes!