Friday, May 17, 2019

Last Day of School

Campbell and Bennett had their last day of school yesterday! It isn't "technically" officially over quite yet because they will both go back for the summer session in a month but the summer session is a little different than the fall session so it definitely felt like the last day of school yesterday.
Campbell is officially done with preschool. He had his little graduation ceremony yesterday. I have been sad about this day since the day Campbell started. Campbell has been in Adventureland since he was 10 months old and we have absolutely loved every second of it. We have only had all positive experiences there and both of my boys have always been happy and excited to go to school every single week. What started as an opportunity for me to get a mom break has turned into a place I send my boys for them, not me. Their school days are their favorite days and having them interact with friends and learn so many skills has been the greatest blessing.
Campbell kept saying he didn't want to graduate and go to kindergarten. I think there are just so many unknowns for him and his future. Adventureland has been his place of comfort for almost his whole life. He knows all the teachers, even the ones who aren't his teachers, and they know him. Everything about it is familiar and everyone there is so loving. I know he's sad to be leaving, and honestly probably doesn't understand why, but I really do think he'll love kindergarten once he gets comfortable at his new school.
It's so funny because when Campbell was two years old, the director of Adventureland took me on a tour of the preschool building to show me the classrooms and explain the curriculum to me. All of the pre-k 4 kids looked SO old to me and now here's my boy, all grown up and the oldest one at his school. I am so very thankful that we get a 6 week summer session so he can go back. He'll be in the same classroom, with the same teacher but not all of the same friends do the summer session. Most do, but not all. And the summer session is more of a chance to play and have fun instead of learning. So it's different in a way but equally as fun. So since we will technically have 6 more weeks left I won't cry just yet. But I know the tears will come because what a blessing this place has been for my Campbell and for me as well.
Thankfully we still have more time at Adventureland. This little guy will start pre-school in the fall!! and Wells will be attending as well. By the time it's all said and done, our family will have spent an entire decade at Adventureland!!  But let's not get too ahead of ourselves. Bennett had a wonderful year and he talks about his little friends ALL the time. I know he is going to absolutely love pre-school. It's quite a bit different than the younger classes and I can't wait to watch him learn! It's crazy to think that he will be learning how to write in just a few months but all of that stuff is right up Bennett's ally so I know he will love it!
This was a great year for my boys! They both had fantastic teachers, made new friends and continued their friendships with old friends. They learned a lot, were always happy to go, and made a lot of great memories!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Mothers Day

Hey all! I hope you had a nice Mothers Day on Sunday. I spent my afternoon cleaning my garage. Ha! It probably sounds like a bad way to spend Mothers Day but I've been wanting to clean it out since before Wells was born and we just weren't able to get around to doing it. So it felt sooooo good and looks so good now too! Clean and tidy spaces make me happy so all is well. Before I cleaned Scott snapped a few pics of me with the boys and that made me happy too.
Sometimes I still can't believe I'm old enough to be a mom. It feels like I was in high school yesterday. And I sometimes still can't believe I'm a mom to three boys! Life is loud and sometimes exhausting but it's more fulfilling than it ever has been. I've landed my dream job and living the life I always longed for. When I was a young girl I used to dream about being a stay at home mom to my kids and even on my hardest days, I still know there's nothing else I'd rather do than to stay home with my babies. And as a Mothers Day gift to me, Wells has decided to start sleeping 12 straight hours the last few days! It hasn't been going on for a week yet, so we'll see if he stays consistent but I have a feeling he will. I was prepared to keep that middle of the night feeding for a couple of more weeks honestly. I baby him since he's my last and also since he was born a month early. But if he's ready to drop it then I guess it's time. It's bittersweet....mostly sweet because sleep. But babies don't keep and with every new milestone, I'm reminded that time can be a thief. I love seeing my boys grow though and being their momma is the absolute best!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bennett Is Three!

Today is Bennett's third birthday. I'd like to say "I can't believe it" but three years with this crazy kid seems about right! Haha!! Bennett came into this world without making a peep and basically remained that way for the first year of his life. I used to look at him when he was a baby and think to myself "I bet this is exactly how baby Jesus acted when he was a baby" because that's how sweet and perfect he was. But he's made up for all that quiet these last two years by being loud, entertaining and so very amusing.
Bennett is currently very into puzzles. He does them several times a day and he is really good at them!! We got him a 100 piece puzzle for his birthday and it's challenging but with a tiny bit of help at my insistence to get him going ("no help me, okay. No help me") he can do it! He's knocking the 60 piece puzzles out of the park and I love that he's into puzzles.
Bennett has always loved toys. He definitely enjoys and takes advantage of his fun playroom. His favorite thing to play with is his play kitchen. He plays with it daily, especially his pretend ice cream. Sometimes I can't find or hear Bennett and I'll peek in the playroom and he's in there all by himself, quietly playing, and I always think it's the sweetest little scene.
Bennett also LOVES to dress up. He has all sorts of costumes and every day he'll come running up to me with one of them in his hand saying "will you help me with this." As soon as he gets it on, he immediately goes into character.
Bennett loves Campbell and since he could talk he's called him "Bampbell" but literally just in the last week he's started pronouncing Campbell's name correctly and it's totally breaking my heart. I will forever remember that he called him "Bampbell."
Bennett loves all things Disney. He doesn't care if it's Toy Story, Rapunzel, Winnie The Pooh or Moana. Bennett loves Disney movies and the music in them even more. I've created a Disney playlist on my phone and we sing to it every time we get in the car. Bennett sings loud, knows all the words and also changes pitch when he's supposed to which I personally find to be very impressive!
Oh how I love this little boy of mine. I never imagined I'd have a blondie and I love his golden head of hair and his big brown eyes. Bennett is an absolute mess and says something funny several times a day. He's so innocent and sweet, he talks to everyone, and he lives life to the fullest. He's been looking forward to May 9th for a long time. He spent his special day at school and had a birthday party with friends then tonight we took him to McDonalds for a Happy Meal and his first time to play at their Playplace. After McDonalds we took him to get ice cream--his favorite.
Happy 3rd Birthday Bennett! I adore everything about you and love you to the moon and back!!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

How To Make A Balloon Garland

I have had so many people ask me how I made the balloon garland for Bennett's birthday party so I thought I'd do a post on it. It was seriously very, very easy to make. It took me a long time though. I estimated about 4 hours. However, now that I've done it and know how to do it, I think I could have cut that time in half so I'll share my tips so you don't spend as much time on it as I did!
I ended up using about 300 balloons but I made a really long garland--35 feet. I searched all over my town for the best balloons and the best deal and Walmart had the best options. I was able to buy a pack of 15 for .99 cents which was significantly better than the party store who wanted $40 for 100 balloons. Target didn't have as many color options as Walmart.
I learned that the key to making a pretty garland was to:
1.) Have balloons of all different sizes and
2.) Get a few pearlized balloons for some shimmer here and there.
All of my balloons were the same size, I just blew them up to be different sizes. I did buy about 8 jumbo sized balloons and they looked really good in the garland.

Before you get started go on ahead and invest in a machine to blow up the balloons for you. They're on the same aisle as the balloons and only around $20 which is worth every single penny. The machine blew up my balloons in .04 seconds. The first time I used it, it filled my balloon up so unexpectedly fast that the balloon popped because I got too much air in it. So beware!!

Getting Started:
-What you want to do is tie two balloons together. Do this with every single balloon you blow up--just tie their ends together so they're grouped in two's. Once you get enough balloons, you will use a needle and fishing wire and thread the ends of the balloons through. The fishing wire will glide through the balloon really easily. Your balloon garland will quickly take shape and look really pretty!
-To hang your garland, we used command strips and placed the fishing wire on the hook. We had to tape the wire onto the command strip as well because it kept wanting to pop off the hook but the tape held it into place perfectly.
-All of the instructions I had read online on how to make a balloon garland gave me the same steps as I mentioned above. However, most of them also said once you got your garland hung, to get a few more balloons and fill in the holes by gluing balloons onto other balloons. This is what took me so long and what I would do different should I do it again. It took a long time to glue them and the ones I glued ended up popping off during the party. After I had been gluing balloons for a while, I decided it was taking me too long and would be quicker for me to thread them together like I had done with my first strand. So I went back to step one where I tied two balloons together and I attached them to random balloons here and there to make the strand look more full. This worked MUCH better and I wish I had done it from the beginning. I even think I could have done it before I had hung the strand which would have also made it easier since I was having to stand on a tall ladder to do it!

Like I said, this was super easy to do and this is coming from someone who is not a big DIY person. I'm not too bad at attempting projects but I've definitely had my fair share of Pinterest fails (mostly when it comes to baking though! Ha!!). I was worried it would look homemade but it didn't! I was actually super proud of it and Scott and my parents kept commenting on how cool it was and how good it looked. I made the garland the night before my party and I was SO worried the balloons would deflate a little bit before the party but they didn't at all. So that's another thing I would do differently--I would start working on it sooner. I wanted to wait on it until the last possible minute for fear my balloons would deflate but I could have done it earlier in the day or possibly even two nights before the party. My fingers were really sore from tying that many balloons so be prepared for that if you're planning to make a long garland!!
The garland made for the perfect party backdrop! I made sure to leave a little length on the end so it gathered on the ground and that looked really pretty! I would definitely be up for making another one. It was actually fun to do and I know I would be a lot faster at it next time. Even if you aren't a DIY'er, you can do this!! Everyone on Pinterest claimed how simple it was and I agree 100%. And hopefully with the extra tips I gave that I didn't have before, it will be even quicker and easier for you!