Happy 2014!

We started our last day of 2013 out right with a big breakfast at our favorite diner, Lenny’s. Afterwards, we took the girls to the park for a little bird watching, and jungle gym action. Later that night, I put out a party spread just for the four of us, and we made a fire in our backyard, where we enjoyed some yummy s’mores. It has become a tradition these last few years to have a fire on NYE and a sparkling grape juice toast with the girls before they go to bed. On New Year’s Day, my family came over for dinner. I made homemade cupcakes, and baked macaroni, and my mom brought over pork chops and black eyed peas. It was a lovely start to what I hope will be a banner year!

We are staying in tonight, and I have planned a little party for our family of four. Sparkling grape juice, sparklers, noise makers, a backyard fire pit, and s’mores are all on the agenda. 
Happy New Year to all of you!
I finally started an Instagram account. You can find me @modernmommyblog. High-res

We are staying in tonight, and I have planned a little party for our family of four. Sparkling grape juice, sparklers, noise makers, a backyard fire pit, and s’mores are all on the agenda. 

Happy New Year to all of you!

I finally started an Instagram account. You can find me @modernmommyblog.

A Madeline Party

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

This morning, we celebrated Amelia’s 6th birthday with friends and family at one of our favorite parks. Amelia requested a Madeline theme, and it was really fun to put together. We have been reading the Madeline books for years now, and Amelia loves that the stories take place in Paris. I kept the party simple with ham & cheese croissants, fruit salad, mini eclairs, and homemade cupcakes. Amelia had a blast playing on the playground with her friends, and the kids squealed with delight when the piñata, shaped liked Madeline’s famous yellow hat, was finally busted open. 

An Autumn Birthday Party

We had a small and simple gathering tonight at our house to celebrate Amelia’s 5th birthday. It was a sweet autumn themed party with all of Amelia’s favorite things including candy corn, apples, and chocolate cake. I got lots of inspiration from Pinterest, and was able to use my favorite vintage dishes to serve up all the yummy food I made. I spent very little money, and just got creative which made the get together more fun, I think.

Amelia got her first bicycle from my sister tonight, and she is over the moon excited about it. As I was putting her to bed tonight she said it was her best birthday ever. That is all this mama could hope for.

Preschool Style {Amelia’s Party Dress}

Amelia tried on her birthday dress for the first time today. She looked so adorable in it, that I thought I’d give you a little sneak peek. I put a bun on the top of her head with her tiny tiara and presto!, she turned in to a little princess. Her party is next weekend, and I will be sharing more of the details with you then. Amelia’s party dress came from this Etsy shop. 

I’ve just ordered this dress for Amelia to wear to her 4th birthday party. She wants a princess theme again this year, and I think this dress paired with her tiny tiara will be PERFECT. The Etsy shop I ordered the dress from is amazing, you should check it out here. High-res

I’ve just ordered this dress for Amelia to wear to her 4th birthday party. She wants a princess theme again this year, and I think this dress paired with her tiny tiara will be PERFECT. The Etsy shop I ordered the dress from is amazing, you should check it out here.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

This is Ian. He loves robots. Who doesn’t, really. His lovely wife Jenna, who happens to be one of my dearest friends, surprised him with a robot themed birthday party. She made most of the decorations herself, and I had to share them with you.

That’s a pinata!

They cooked out hot dogs and hamburgers, and had fun games to play, like cornhole.

Our curly hair let’s you know how hot and humid it was!

I didn’t get to stay for very long, I had to get home to my sick Maggie, but it is always nice to get out and socialize with people who are older than five.

I’m looking forward to hosting our own BBQ next weekend to celebrate Father’s Day. Thank goodness we have a pool!