Thursday, September 22, 2016

We're Four! We're Six! We're Eight!

There's a bundle-o-birthdays for us this time of year. The oldest twins were eight on the 29th of August. They share that date with six year old cousin, Brielle. Close behind, in mid September, are twins Ava and Angeline. They're four this year. Whew! That's five/ninths of the total number of grandkids all bunched up into a busy two week period. We've got ourselves some celebrating to do!

Summer birthdays allow the major part of entertaining to be done in the backyard pool, so nobody's surprised when the guests of honor show up dripping wet!

What's lured the boys inside is a promise of cake, two of them - individualized to reflect their current obsession - Minecraft!

Mommy had them custom made locally. She's a pretty amazing party planner - as you shall soon see! - but cake decorating at this skill level is not a family talent!

Now that I'm accustomed to the interests of boys, I know that blowing things up and setting off bursts of fire will always bring a smile to their faces. This "number 8" sparkler certainly did the trick!

Little sisters celebrated next with family and a pair of close friends at an event that acknowledged their own special interest - animals! Ones to admire and pet and cuddle and feed and share with everybody - in their own backyard! 

Just another of mommy's amazing feats! This group of delightful critters is available for hire to visit parties. Goats! Bunnies! Piglets! Ducks! Chicks! Oh, and how about a curious llama to top everything off? These animals are expertly cared for, humanely transported, and sheltered at a rescue farm that hosts occasional open houses for the purpose of acquainting children with the joy of interacting respectfully with living creatures. Prompt and efficient, the service provides portable fencing, food, water, and tips on gently handling the animals!

Ava is a fan of feeding goats!

And grooming them!

I love this cute little chick! Oh, and the one in the pink dress, too!

Okay, Brielle, you're up next! This crafty little kid chose an art party with school classmates for her celebration -
and mommy really delivered!

Outdoor tables greeted ten little ladies. Each place setting was graced with a blank canvas, a colorful apron, paint brush, and palette.

It was my job to fill those palettes with acrylic paint - all the primary and secondary colors. I've seen what happens when black is an option for kids, so that one's noticeably absent today!

Total concentrated silence prevailed as the girls painted! Canvases sang with shining suns, fuzzy cats, brilliant rainbows, and charming self portraits!

With a final flourish of cake and ice cream, a handful of games, and a gift opening ceremony, Brielle officially became six years old!

On the way out, guests helped themselves to little paint buckets stuffed with cute candy and party favors!

Now, I'm not going to say that creating dream birthdays is an effortless experience. Each one is a creative challenge. What I am saying, however, is that "some people" who barely lifted a paw in the process didn't mind plopping down for a mid-party nap right next to the pile of gifts we thought he was guarding!

Oldest daughter, Mary Jo, found the darling sundresses for her twins, so I had to hurry up and copy from her in time for Bree's sixth birthday! Check out Tee With Sugar (Facebook page) for the cutest in custom design and the best in customer service! (Not a sponsored post.)

And, see what Mary Jo is up to right here, in her own blog full of cute parties and activities that keep two sets of twins entertained and happy every day of the year!


  1. Hello, Happy Birthday to all your grandchildren. They are all adorable photos. The parties look like so much fun, I would like to have a party and invite all those critters too. Wonderful post and photos. Have a happy weekend!

  2. Well - happiest birthdays all around. That is insured by Grandma I'm positive. What fun the kiddos had with all the different types of parties. We have a lot of celebrations bunched up in the autumn and early winter - then summer is pretty much left to our son and his son, Donnie. Loved all the ideas and cute projects - and cute kids.

  3. What fun. And who doesn't love a petting zoo?

  4. We have months like that in our family too. I love the idea of renting the petting zoo. I will have to see if there is one in my area. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

  5. Cute party favors - looks like you wore out the pooch!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  6. OH the kids are adorable...the boys so handsome, the little girls so pretty. That first photo is just amazing!

    Lots of amazing creativity here as usual...

    Then I got to the dog and just bust out laughing!

  7. You've been very busy! Your daughter inherited your wonderful creativity.

    All of your grandchildren are just precious!

  8. Happy birthday to each of your beautiful and handsome grandchildren. They could be on TV they are so cute. As for the party planning talents that run in your family, well, I'm going back to bed, get into the fetal position and pull the blanket over my head. All I can say is that I'm guessing the other mothers and grandmothers think 'what would they do' when planning an event. I am always amazed at the fun events you plan, and these birthday parties are no exception. A+

  9. MJ really has inherited all of your amazing party talents! How awesome that you got to be there to enjoy it all! They are all growing up way to fast! Sure looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Love Brie's earrings!

  10. I totally agree with all of the previous comments. Your grandchildren are all so beautiful. So many birthdays together! Those parties are just unreal! But of course they would be in your family. What a wonderful, talented family.

  11. I'm exhausted just looking at the pictures. The dresses are adorable and the Minecraft Cake is amazing. Looks like everyone had a great time. The kids are adorable. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.