Monthly Archives: April 2009

Annaleah celebrated her 8th Birthday Party!

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Come on in and join the fun!

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We have some early arrivals here already..

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They seem to be busy with something.. Let’s check it out..

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We have some Frisbee decorating, going on..

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In the back we have a molecular structure contest..

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Wonder who can build it the tallest

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Looks like Jade won .. a little green frog.

What is a party without food???

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Enjoy some pizza, chips and dip..

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don’t forget to try some worm petri dishes.. (gummi worms in jello) and radioactive brew (green punch)

Time for the experiments!!
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Lava Lamps with water, oil and alka-seltzer,
discovering what happens to marshmallow when air is added to the tube..

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what happens when you had 40 volume peroxide, dish soap and yeast together??

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massive eruption!!

Water Jelly Crystals
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Water Jelly Crystals come in very small pebble form.. when added to water it expands.. You can use it in your gardens to help conserve water.

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Insta snow!

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How many people can make an energy ball light up??? (by holding hands in a circle)

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Answer!  We got up to 12!

Let’s make slime… and worms
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The birthday cake (was upside down..lol)

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(made by me from scratch.. even fondant from scratch.. there were a few tears shed when I worked on that..)

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The other half of the party goers..

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Presents..

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Umm.. yes.. we have an Edward fan among us..

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This card was so cute.. it sings..

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Me thinks Anna was a very excited girl..

Pinata time!

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Which ended with David officially breaking it since a few party goers had to leave.

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The Finale.. The Mentos Experiment..


and here is a sign Jade wrote with Uncle Angel in mind.. it made him chuckle.

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There were wonderful resources all over the internet for this party.  We cut t-shirts up the middle for lab coats.  Here are two wonderful sites.
http://www.livinglocurto.com/index.php/2009/01/mad-scientist-party-part-1/
http://partyplanningmom.blogspot.com/2009/03/mad-scientist-party-decorations-part-1.html

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This is gonna be long.. so warning.. prepare for pictures.. lots of pictures!!

We left Wednesday evening. First we hit a pizza place for some grinders for the road.  It was a late dinner (around 8:30).   It was a long drive through the night.  I was enjoying my book the entire ride til I crashed around 4:30am.  Angel pulled over around 5:30 and slept for about 2 hours.. then we were back on the road again.  It all went well til Angel pulled over in a Mc. D’s so he could sign on for a meeting (work).. it was going to take an hour he told me.. well it turned into two hours.. not to bad.. anna and I took this time to change up a bit and do some re-organizing in the van.  After we hit the road again it became tough.. we were only about 3 hours away.. however, work kept calling.. we had told Roberta we should arrive around 2pm.. 3 hours turned into 6 hours with all the work calls.. We finally arrived at Roberta’s Thursday around 5pm.  We had an awesome dinner.  Angel loved it so much he had seconds.  It is a Super-Sized 7-Layer Casserole  The video is here.

Friday

Today we helped get ready for the rest of the families to come.  While Roberta and I hit the stores, Annaleah seemed to enjoy helping Mr. Tim with his list.
I left Anna with my camera and here are a few pics she snapped..

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Polly in her easter dress

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Wilbur

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Nicholas’s toys..

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Nicholas

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I am guessing Anna likes this..

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a different view..

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blurry Daisy..

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Mr. Tim

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Silly Mr. Tim

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a plant

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The egg on the plant

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Sleeping Foxy

I love seeing things from Anna’s perspective.  I heard that Annaleah sang to Tim as he did his work around the house.  The wonderful thing about it all is that Tim really encouraged and enjoyed her.. and Anna.. she loves being the center of attention.. so she was in heaven!

For dinner that evening we put together a wonderful eggplant Parmesan dish and a stuffed shells dish.  Both were delicious.
By the end of the evening, Teri, Rich and Debi’s family had joined in.  It was just wonderful sitting around and talking.

Saturday

Saturday we started off with Megan’s homemade tortillas filled with a honey-cream cheese mix (I think), some homemade bagels and cream cheese.. yum.
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Roberta, working on bacon

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Debi, putting together the cream cheese mix..

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Bill and the kids playing with the Wii

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Amy loved Polly!

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Loving the Wii

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chatting in the kitchen

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Emily playing with Rich

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Appetizers!

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adorable Emily..

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Look at that darling face!

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Amy still has Polly..

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Watching funny video.. which you can see here..

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Megan and Emily

After playing outside for a while..the kids came in and we did crafts..

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Lindsey and Amy working on their crosses..

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Ky is completely in focused on hers..

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Anna working on hers..

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Amy showing her finished work.

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Ky’s finished work

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Emily, hard at work..

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Lindsey’s cross

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Megan and Bethany join in..

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Poor Emily wants to paint..

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Emily painting.. she did a wonderful job!  No messes at all.

Later, all the children went back outdoors.. My anna gets very nervous on the trampoline with others.. so I ended up handing her the camera once again..

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Dinner was Turkey, ham, sweet potato souffle, asparagus, corn and crescent rolls..

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Bill, Debi, Rich, Terry

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Roberta, Linda, Angel

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Tim and Roberta

It was so wonderful to sit and chat and laugh.. It was a marvelous time of fellowship.

For desert there was a huge variety of pies and coconut cake.. yum..

Sunday we spent some time in the morning getting ready to leave.  We were heading out to see Angel’s family a little further south.  We would not be back before Debi and her family left.. so we had to take plenty of pictures..

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Megan

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Debi and Lindsey

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Nathan

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Casey

Could not decide which group picture was best!
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Okay everyone, stick your finger in your nose!

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funny faces!

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act excited!!!  Wake up Casey and Kaity!

What a fun crowd!!

We headed down to Cesar’s and spent some time visiting there..

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Brianna has grown

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We fell in love with Peaches.. Angel wanted to sneak her home.

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After arriving back at Roberta’s that evening, we got to check out the Wii a bit more.. Anna started to play the boxing game.. she knocked out 8 guys in a row!  by the 9th guy she was exhausted .. She broke down sobbing.. “I can’t do it anymore!”  .. She did awesome for an hour though.. and we just cheered her on.

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Daddy tried and the first boxer dude beat him.. lol.

Here you can see Anna in action.

We saw some awesome clouds on the way home..

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One of the things we loved is if we got hungry.. there was a nice variety of places to eat fast food.. here the choices are Wendy’s, Mc D’s and Burger King.. and they are not good at all.  We ate at Bojangles, Sonic and even Hardees down there was awesome.

We arrived home safely at 4am.. 18 hours on the road.  We left everything in the van and just went straight to bed.  It was an awesome weekend.



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