Tuesday, August 11, 2009

One VERY buggy birthday!!

Here are some more pictures from Karina's 3rd Birthday Garden Party.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I really enjoy making the decorations for parties. Whether it be a party I'm throwing or one I am able to help out with. But for some reason I just got so excited about finding all the goodies I did at the store including this cute banner.

I really had fun with this table. Jeff shredded the green paper for grass at his office and the flower is just pink tissue paper. The bugs or insects are from Dollar Tree and does anyone recognize the cooties from the game? I grew up with this game and loved it so I knew Karina would enjoy playing it after we used them for decorations.

Yep this little apron was from guess where...... Dollar Tree. But I did embroider Love Bug on it because that is my little nick name for her. I was going to have her wear it when eating her cake but forgot to put it on her.

Balloons from Dollar Tree. So cute!

I loved this idea of putting ice in this little wheel barrel. That was from Walmart and I knew Karina would use it like crazy too.

I bought these little bug kits for all the kids at the Dollar Tree. There were nine kids all together and they sure loved these. Those nine kids were all Karina's cousins and man does she love them. So it only seemed right to get a little something fun for them to all take home. We also played a game with them.

The game was a bug hunt. So I had fun going out on our back patio to hide all these little guys and let me tell you some weren't easy to find. They looked pretty real. I think little Claire was even unsure about picking up one of the little fake lizards as you can see in one of the pics.

Passing out the bug kits. All these little people are so fascinated with bugs you would have thought it was their birthdays.

I am explaining to them that they might want to use their little tweezers that came in their kit because some bugs can be yucky to touch. Man were they listening intently. Of course Caroline is looking at me like "crazy Aunt Kristie". I love it!

The little bug catchers..

Some of the older kids even found a few live bugs and insects.

Then we played one more game before heading inside for cake and presents. I had bought this big caterpillar float that I wanted to do something with. So we decided on red light, green light with the caterpillar as the finish line. But my clever sister in law suggested we call it "red bite, green bite" with the bug theme and all. the kids had a blast and it also made for a really good group picture.

I told them when I said red bite they had to act like they were getting bug bites. They were too funny doing this.

The guys of course just enjoyed lounging.

And then we had CAKE! This picture is out of order but I really wanted to put it in here. They all looked so cute chomping into their cupcakes.

Jeff and I are so blessed that God has seen fit to give us this precious little one and we only look forward to all the special moments to come as she grows into a little lady.

I love how Caroline is peaking over the cake in this next shot.

This little girl loves to dress up as you saw in the last post. So I thought it would be fun to get her some dress up things of her own. She has worn them every day since.

Now this picture I will explain lest you think she is a demon child. Jeff was trying to get her to turn the box around for a picture and she really wanted to look at what was inside. I don't know if she thought he was trying to take it away or what. But what a look!

She received lots of great things for her doll house that we got awhile back. We are both thrilled and have played dolls with the little family we got for her too. I will take some more pictures soon of all the great stuff.
After presents the kids all had a little fun in the pool. I think Jeff was a little nervous having that many kids in the pool, but I thought it was great and it's always a perfect way to get their energy out especially after cake.
Then they all settled down to watch a little bit of the movie, "A Bug's Life". Then we said our thank you's and goodbyes. We let this little one stay up to finish the movie and it cracked me up seeing Jeff and Karina vegging out.

On Monday we pulled out her gift from Nana and Pappy and boy did she have fun with it. I had never seen this before and after a good time and a little bit of a mess we moved on to the Cooties game.

And of course we are still enjoying the leftover cupcakes as you can see.

Monday was her actual birthday and so she got a sweet call from her Aunt Em and cousins Ethan and Caroline wishing her a happy birthday again. They sang to her and I'm not sure if she knew what to make of it since she had already had her birthday in her mind. Oh and today she told me we needed to take down the birthday sign that I had left up because her birthday was all done.

She also got a really sweet card in the mail from her great grandma Mama Hawkins and enjoyed reading that to me. It was so wonderful to celebrate this little girls life with her and our family. I know everyone says this but I can't believe it's already been three years. I won't say that I don't know where they have gone because they have been full and fun filled. God has blessed us in so many ways and we don't deserve all the joy she has brought to our lives.
It's not always easy and it has surely been character defining for me and Jeff as we walk this road of parenthood. I know that God has given her to us to enjoy but also to make us more like Him. And I pray that as she grows that God would use our lives and what we are able to teach her of Him to draw her close to His heart so that she may one day see that this life is all about Him and for His glory!!


martha - ca knitter said...

I think it's so adorable that Karina is watching a movie while wearing her heels, tutu and holding her bug box. LOL sooooo cute!

Heather said...

very cute party Kristie!! You are so creative, and I love your animated face when you were describing how to pick the bugs up with the tweezers!! Happy Birthday Karina!

emily said...

i am laughing so hard at the fact that she wanted to take her bday sign down! :) yet she is still wanting those cupcakes i bet. :) that party sure was a cute one!!!! you did a super job and we all had a great great time. :) we are so blessed to share our everyday lives with y'all.

nancygrayce said...

That "demon" face with the beautiful smiling face next is so typical of us girls and our moods! That will be one for her wedding slide show!!!

Madison said...

Oh wow looks like you guys had a great time!!! I love the theme as a garden party and I wish I could of been there!!! Hope you are having a great Summer!!!

Love, Madison