Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Planting Corn

I think I have been in love with corn fields ever since I saw the movie Field of Dreams when I was a kid.

Matt and I tried planting a few corn plants about five years ago when we first started our garden, but our corn never matured and produced corn.  We had been talking about planting a bigger patch this year, but time just got away from us...until yesterday.  Matt hopped on his tractor, plowed a spot in the field, went to the feed store to buy some corn, and we planted it.  Just like that!  We know we are a few weeks behind, but we are hoping for some tasty sweet corn in the fall. 

So in the fall, you can come on over to take some pictures in the corn rows and pick yourself some sweet corn for dinner.  I hope!


 
The kids helped in the beginning, but quickly gave out on us, so Matt and I had to finish the rest of the rows.  I think Sandy planted about half a row and Brazos finished one row.
 


Monday, April 13, 2015

Sandy Creek

Matt's work schedule has changed and he has a few weekdays off sometimes.  Today was a day he had off.  I was beginning to clean house....or at least move stuff around, as always, when Matt walked in to ask if I wanted to walk to the creek.  He knew I've been wanting to take my camera down there to take some pictures, so he told me to put on his rubber boots and let's go!  We were all really excited as we headed to the creek!




After Matt assured us that there were no snakes and Sadie went down first, we found our way down the bank.  Brazos wanted to lead the way!


Now it was time to tromp in the water!










 









The creek was beautiful and the kids had lots of fun splashing around.  But the loooonnngg walk back the house was another story.  I feel for Matt because he had to carry a wet little lady all the way back home.



Next was baths to get the sand out of their clothes and off their little bodies.  And now my sweet husband is plowing a spot to plant a corn patch.  Because he knows it will make great photos in the fall! ;)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sandy's Frozen Birthday

Ever since Frozen came out, Sandy has been all about Elsa, so of course she requested a Frozen birthday party.  Naturally I turned to Pinterest to start pinning party idea as soon as I knew she wasn't changing her mind.  Sandy said that it needed to be all Elsa and only one Anna thing, so the colors were mainly blue with a bit of pink thrown in.

If I lived in a perfect world, I would have a party room with white walls, white chairs, round tables, and beautiful wood floor, but since I do not, I had to turn the garage into my own little happy place....I mean Sandy's little happy place.

I bought most of my decorations during Christmas time at King Dollar and Wal-Mart.  I went to Wal-Mart the day after Christmas to buy everything I needed at half price in the Christmas section.

The garage walls are plywood, which aren't exactly the most beautiful backdrop for a party, so I covered one wall with wrapping paper to look like it was Elsa's blizzard.  I may have been a mean momma and yelled anytime Brazos or Sandy got too close to the wall, because I knew all it took was a tiny bit of force to poke a hole in the paper....and I didn't want to start all over.  (This is why Sandy yelled at some little boys who tore the paper during her party.)

The cake sat on a hutch I won at our church raffle this past fall.  It's the perfect dessert stand.  I had fun decorating it with tool, lights, snow, and snowflakes. I also made snowglobes with little figurines I found at Dollar Tree.



The cake was made by a former students mom, Stacy Chapdelaine.  It was super fluffy and so yummy!  It was beautiful to cut into as well!


My sweet friends at Brenham Cake Pops made these super cute Trolls.  I found three different Frozen cake pops for Sandy to pick from, Olafs, Svens, and Trolls, and Sandy picked the Trolls!  There were chocolate inside and oh so delicious!  We kept a few back for ourselves after the party. ;)


We used our Christmas trees and lights to make the woods where Anna finds Wandering Oaken's Trading Post.  The lemonade stand turned into the trading post.  I think it was my favorite part of the party!



I borrowed a white Christmas tree from my friend Stephanie and decorated it with ornaments from King Dollar.  It set the scene for all of Sandy's presents.  Sandy was really excited about this!


Her dress was bought at the Disney Store and crown at King Dollar.  She was a fabulous Elsa!  We let her open it the day of the party, because she would have gotten it so dirty if we gave it to her any earlier.

For the food table, my mom and I built a big Elsa castle from foam board.  It was about 6 feet tall and awesome!

For the food we had....

Brrr..it's CHILI!
Anna and Hans' Sandwiches
Olaf's Buttons - Black Olives
Sven's Snacks and Snow Dip - Carrots and Ranch Dressing
Anna's Frozen Hearts - White chocolate dipped strawberries
Kristoff's Ice Blocks - Dipped Marshmallows
True Loves Kisses - Hershey Kisses
Snowman Snack Mix - Popcorn, Marshmallows, Pretzels, Chocolate Chips, and Candy Corn
Skinny Snowmen - String Cheese
Coronation Cookies and Cupcakes (Cookies were made Texas Cookie Garden!)
Hot Chocolate - to thaw your frozen heart.
Melted Snow - Water
Elsa's Party Punch - Blue Lemonade






I decorated the tables with the party hats for all to where while we sang Happy Birthday.




The front entrance had snowflakes on the fence, which were a pain to cut out of foam board! But everyone found the party!


For the party games, we played Pin the Nose on Olaf.  Every kid did pretty good, so I'm guessing they could see, but all had fun.


Then we had the parents join in and they had to decorate their little ones as snowmen.  They turned out so cute!  Good job moms, grandmas, and friends!





Then we went outside to push around Kristoff's Ice Blocks.  The blocks were so heavy the kids had to push them with their feet!  I also made snow out of corn starch and shaving cream....which didn't turn out.  And I made slime out of glue and borax...which also didn't turn out.  It was more like glitter rocks instead.  Oh well, it was still fun to feel it all.




We also had a piñata the kids loved hitting and picking up candy.

Sandy didn't smile at all when we sang Happy Birthday, but I think she may have been concentrating on not letting her party hat fall off because it fell off as soon as she leaned over to blow out the candles.

We all enjoyed some cake and then watched her open presents.  She received I believe almost every Frozen toy there could be AND there were no duplicates!  Except for two coloring books, but she can go through a coloring book in a day with scribbles, so two will keep her occupied for two days!

Jill, a sweet girl from our church, painted Sandy an Elsa picture.  It was so sweet!  She said now Sandy will have someone to talk to in her room before she goes to bed.



 
 For party favors the kids got Frozen pencils, glow sticks, Frozen washcloths, a Frozen valentine card, candy from the piñata, and Snowflake wands.  I also had ornaments on the tables for the adults to take with them for their Christmas trees next year.



Sandy said it was the best Frozen birthday ever!  And it wouldn't have been complete without all the friends and family who joined us for her special day!  Thank you all for coming and blessing this little lady with gifts that will keep her occupied throughout the year.  She really loves each of you and was so excited to know you all were coming to her house to play!  Happy 3rd birthday, Sandy!