Monday, May 19, 2014

penelope's 3rd birthday:frozen style

it's one of those things you say you'll never do: throw a "character" party. or let your kids wear clothes with disney cartoons on them. but then your kids love something so much and you you sort of love watching them be happy, so you oblige.

eating words is m'jam, anyway.

so penelope is crazy about the movie, frozen. and princesses. and just all plastic, horrible, disney apparel. it's a thorn in my side. so i felt like we compromised a little on this party. i had no real disney gear, but i stuck with the frozen color scheme and the Lord smiled on us both. and really, it was more of an olaf party, because i felt like i truly connected with him when i watched the movie 400 times everyday. i swear, once, he made eye contact with me while i was vacuuming. as if to say, i acknowledge your hard work today. 'twas a moment i'll always treasure.

anyway, this is what penelope does when i ask her to make a princess face. i'm pretty sure she'll go far in the princess world. 

tiaras for all the little princesses that attended. dollar store for the win.

um. i tried to make olaf heads. they look like big bird. basically i'm amazing. but when i saw these candy eyes, i was like, yes...i will make snow man heads from giant marshmallows because i'm the JAM. of course, when i saw the finished product, i was humbled in the sight of the Lord.

i dipped some strawberries in white chocolate and called them frozen hearts. sure, i could have gone the extra mile and taken off the green, but.... NO. it's the thought that counts here, friends. 


popcorn in a bowl... it's obviously called SNOW, people. i refrained from extra butter because no one thinks yellow snow is funny. 

i called these masterpieces, "olaf hands"

some "sven food" never hurt anyone. or olaf noses. tomato, tomatohhhhh.

and we had hotdogs in honor of the summer that olaf loves. 

the party favors were blue nail polish because, well, i was like, look... another blue thing at target. i'll take 10!

this is what it looks like when you're 30 weeks and pregnant and you're like, here's some decorations i found in the party section. you're welcome, child. 

now look at our little baby. 

turtle bird and her teeth!

the excitement is palpable.

i'm basically a princess. just look at my face.

intense focus.

i don't even care that it's blurry. 

and i don't even care that nato is making a weird singing face. (too bad you can't hear him sing. it's everything you think it would be and more)

i love this picture because cousin george has his eye on the prize and is first in line

and i love this picture because penelope loves our friend rachelle so much.

and i love this picture because, no, that's not a homeless man playing ring around the rosies with the kids. it's my dad. who didn't think it necessary to dress up/clean up/just wash his hands? for the occasion.


happy birthday, sweet turtle. you are full of sass and personality and a lot of words. imagine that. i'm praying that the Lord uses your dramatic flair in hollywood for his glory. you are a sweet treasure to this family. 


23 comments:

  1. I love everything about this post so much! Mostly because I feel your pain with all things Disney princess, plastic, and bedazzled. Why oh why can my sweet little girl not love organic wooden handmade aesthetically-pleasing-to-the-eye toys! I thought I properly groomed her in the womb, but looks like God had different plans to humble me. :)

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  2. These are the posts I love to read. I can't believe your baby is 3! Congrats. You're hilarious!

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  3. you crack me up! happy birthday, to your little girl!

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  4. Happy birthday P! This is the type of party I dread having to throw but is most definitely in my future. Those Olaf heads would humble anyone. ��

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  5. seriously, so creative and cute on the snacks!

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  6. maybe it is because i am 36 weeks pregnant with a 2 and 3 year old and am currently pretty much stranded in a mountain cabin in the himalayas while the husband commutes... but you had me in tears reading this post. wish i could share that reina cookie with you!

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    1. omg. reina's cookies. i dream about them...

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  7. i love all of your posts. the ones that kick me in the teeth so I stop looking at myself and start looking at Jesus. i love the ones where you tell me to oil up everything within a ten foot radius. but these posts...oh my word. they make me laugh so hard. your commentary is priceless. i'm in canada but lets have coffee one day m'kay?

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  8. I'm the same way with our little princess. I never would have dreamed that my house would ever...EVER...contain so much pink and princess, but as you say, seeing them happy is better.
    Uh...speaking of this weekend, did your husband happen to come inside and say something along the lines of, "hey, honey, some rando out garage sale-ing the neighborhood just recognized me and our house from reading your blog and kinda interrupted my conversation with our lovely neighborhood just to say 'hi, and I love reading your wife's writing.'" Well, that happened...and it was me. I was at Hope Spoken too and I looked forward to meeting you there, but kept missing opportunities to introduce myself until once as I was leaving the restroom I noticed you going in and I think my opening line was something stalker-y like, "hey, don't make me chase you into the bathroom to say hi!" Yeah, I promise I just think you're a gifted writer and generally funny person and that I don't sit outside your house at night waiting for all the lights to go off so that I can swing on the swing...PROMISE!

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    1. bahahaha. he did say someone said something. i'm sorry i wasn't out there...i don't actually know what i was doing. probably being a hermit. that neighborhood garage sale was crazy towwwwwn. hope you foind some great stuff. i'm having one this weekend called, "stuff from my hoarders den". you'll have to stop by. ha!

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    2. I didn't need to hear that. I am a garage sale junkie and your style is great. :) I mourn the leaving of your cute house in such an awesome neighborhood along with you, but I know you guys are following God's will and that's SO exciting and I'm totally along for the ride. Figuratively I mean...I won't be actually anywhere near you...oh geez, here comes the restraining order....

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    3. making me laugh.

      unless you're a real stalker. then i am a skilled ninja.

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  9. Uhm I know you said you liked that one picture for cousin George standing in line, but your dad's face (I'm assuming from previous blog identification) in the background made me laugh out loud!

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    1. truly. "i'm fresh out of prison!" that's what his face says.

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  10. Hilarious. You are funny and witty. Thanks for sharing. : )

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  11. Your words always have me laughing. Thankful.

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  12. I'm feeling all the feelings with this post.

    In SUMMERRRRRRRR.

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  13. Oh my heavens.. This: "when i saw the finished product, i was humbled in the sight of the Lord." i fell out of my chair. Thank you.

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  14. Off the subject a little . . . but . . . I read your and Emily's blogs every morning and I can't seem to get on Emily's any longer - it says it's private now :o( Any ideas?

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    1. she shut it down for a bit to take a break. :)

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  15. This is hilarious! My daughter is only 8 months old, but if the joy she gets from the loud music table her Grammy got her is any indication, she will be all about the princess party. Right now, I'm still in charge and get to take away the noisy, ugly toys when I want to. The days of her opinion are coming soon... :)

    The line about your dad's clothes was cracking me up. I think my dad would show up to a party in something like that too.

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  16. you karate kicked tacky disney parafonalia to the curb with this!

    my daughter also spots anything cheaply made in china with a disney animation on it & goes wild. & She's eighteen months.
    It kills me slowly.

    But hey- you killed it with this party. Way to go Mom!

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  17. why does this post make me so emotional? the blogger world is so strange. i met you....uh....."ish" at hope spoken, and i love your story and your life and your faith and your family. and i love reading about it. also, these party ideas ROCK! i'm serious. cost efficient and AWESOME! :)

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