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Catching Up


Just stopping in to catch up for a quick moment. Finn is napping (in big boy undies!) and I’m finishing up a design project. Things have been pretty ordinary around these parts. Potty training is about the most exciting thing happening over here, and I am deliriously happy to report that Finn finally gets it! We are on day 6 or 7 of going in the big potty and it’s been wonderful! We have successfully used the potty in stores, at preschool, at relatives houses, and have been accident free for the last five days. (I’m sure I’m going to jinx it now, but I am beaming with pride). Oh how life and priorities change when you are the parent of a three year old.

The picture above is a few weeks ago, but it’s one of my more recent favorites of Finn and Hannah. They have the sweetest friendship, and Hannah is so patient and kind to Finn, it melts my heart.

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Despicable Me Party

For Finn’s third birthday party, I decided to let him have a say in the “theme” this time around. We had just received an Oriental Trading Co catalog in the mail and I was thumbing through throwing ideas at him to see which one stuck. It was a very clear choice, Despicable Me (or “Tickle Me” as Finn likes to call it). We had recently purchased both the first and second movie and they easily became instant hits with Finn. Lots of action, fart guns, great music, and of course, the Minions.

Having overdone his previous two birthdays, spending way too much on parties he has already forgotten, I swore this year, it would be easy-peasy out-of-a-box party decor, games, and just a small number of guests. Ha! How quickly that changed when I started perusing Pinterest…

Nothing here is too expensive, and I did a ton myself with images off the internet and my color printer, but those darn goody bags are where I always go overboard. (I just hate buying junk that I know will end up in the trash, so my budget usually gets blown on the party favors. Oh well, at least I can tell they are loved and appreciated, so it makes it worth it).

The chalk board sign (not my best) was a quote from the movie, and I added Gru’s face at the top (printed on card stock). The minion glasses are “nerd glasses” purchased from Amazon (but I think they are Oriental Trading Co). The black bags that hold the guest appreciation gifts (ahem, party favors) were made theme appropriate with Gru’s logo taped on (printed on construction paper).


The glasses were a big hit, although totally difficult to see out of, so watching toddlers walk with them was pretty comical.


I purchased minion temporary tattoos (oops, spelled that wrong for the party, didn’t I?), bubbles (or anti-gravity serum), and sticker sheets all from Amazon. I tried going with an industrial vibe by putting everything in little vintage tins and boxes that I tapped Gru’s logo, or printed graphics onto. I also made each guest a CD of Finn’s favorite tunes, so I printed out cute CD labels and made each disk fit the theme.

The little build-a-minion, above was what each child got to take home with them. Again, purchased from Amazon. The minion party plates and napkins had a rainbow theme to them so I chose accessories that picked up on that, like the party hats, the rainbow colored pennant garland (not pictured), and the rainbow colored beach balls I had thrown about on the lawn for the kids to play with. And of course, the minion piñata.


Everyone seems to enjoy taking pictures with the party hats and glasses, so those were a huge hit, and much easier than the mason jar lid ring, and black headband idea I originally had planned…


There were “freeze-ray” squirt guns for the kids to play with and a bucket of water for fast refilling, that was also a big hit with the kids (although the guns were a bit tricky to fill that way).


My sister, Denise and her family made the cake and cupcakes for the party. That blue frosting was everywhere, but everyone adored it, and it made for some fun pictures.


We had a cute little build your own minion craft table, pin the pocket on the minion (Amazon) and the piñata to keep the littles busy.


The happy birthday song was so fun this year (Finn used to cry when he had that much attention before, but this year he sang along and cheered at the end!). His face says it all.



A few of the guests enjoying their cupcakes, above. It sure is rewarding seeing the joy on their littles faces, it makes every bit of the hard work that goes into these things worth it. Now lets see if I can keep the next one under budget, ha!

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Number Three


I can hardly believe it, but we just celebrated Finn’s third birthday. Man, has time flown by. We planned a little trip to Disneyland on his actual birthday with his friend Austin, and two of his cousins, Max and Ryder. It was the perfect little “boys club” that made for an awesome day of fun and giggles.


Last time we went to Disneyland, Finn was so scared of the rides and downright terrified of the characters, but he was so brave this time around! (Although he’s still a bit wary of those characters walking around larger than life, can you blame him?).




We had a great day and somehow lasted eight hours there, which is a new record for me. We had a party for him last weekend that I’ll be sure to post about next.

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