OK we confess. we made ice cream sundaes and strawberry & blueberry yogurt popsicles on a school night. you probably think we are crazy but it was super fun! it also was sort of a tiny intimate launch party for the hip kid. what better way to celebrate than to throw a ice cream social. i guess the hubby told him on the way home from daycare that he was going to have ice cream. because the minute he walked thru the door he said two words «MAMA & ICE CREAM»definitely my kid! then he saw the popsicle garland and started dancing. such a cute sight! ok half way thru it i was thinking to myself what did i get us into. and why did my girlfriend agree to this madness. these kids are never going to bed. but just seeing them so happy it was all worth it. why not do something out of the ordinary weekday routine?! show your kids some spontaneous fun and let them eat ice cream on a school night! by the way, the kid was so happy he feel asleep in less than 5 minutes at his usual bed time.
[papersource has the best DIY kits. this popsicle garland only took me a 1/2 hour, super easy. i like to keep all my crafts for future parties]
[my girlfriend made these strawberry & blueberry yogurt popsicles with her zoku quick pop maker. all you need is blended fruit and greek yogurt and it only took 7 minutes to freeze. yummers]
[looks like someone got popsicle all over his socks. i think we have a winner]
[we even had time to do a little arts and crafts for Halloween. OoBLECK. have you heard of it? it’s a sensory activity <remember-touch with your hands not with your mouth> it is super easy and guaranteed fun. it’s basically 1 part water to 1.5-2 parts of corn starch. add some food coloring to make it more festive. warning-might be more fun for parents. ha]
when i first had Taye everyone would tell me the same thing over a million times. «enjoy it while you can, cause time flies» as annoyed as i would get, they were right! i can’t believe how fast he turned two. i remember when i would just cradle him in my arms while he stared up at me and say nothing. now i can barely keep him in my arms for more than a minute before he starts yelling «no way jose! while he waves his finger at me» parents are such suckers and i’m one of them.
my favorite memory of my mom was how she would throw me a birthday party every year until i was 7. nothing big always the same thing every year: chicken littles from KFC piled high, a mountain of french fries, coke cans, a cake enough to feed 20 kids with ice cream and only invite three of my friends. it didn’t matter that we had chicken littles and cake for the entire week for lunch and dinner. it was the time and effort she would put into it to make me feel special.
for Taye’s second birthday, i decided to throw him a «where the wild things are» theme party. i had planned for an outdoor party at the playground. September is generally super nice but on the day of his birthday, it rained. not just light drizzle, pouring rain. i just died!! but thanks to my incredible MIL, she offered to have it at her house. she saved my life. lesson learned. it doesn’t matter what you do but that you actually do something. as long as your kid is having fun, it will be memorable.
Obsession (noun): the state of being obsessed with someone or something
never in my life did I think something would consume my time, energy and mind more than art, fashion & music. but 2 years ago my whole world got shaken up and turned upside down like a snow globe. this little «actually not so little at the time» gem managed to wipe everything that I thought was important in my life off the table. the only thing that seemed to matter now is him. new obsession = TAYE ♥ and everything and anything that has to do with him.
someone once told me that you could not be a good mother if you lose your self completely. it’s all about balance. still finding time to do the things you love and somehow merging the two. things you love + motherhood = happy healthy life for all. so I’ve been working hard on incorporating crafts, music, art, dance, sports, fashion, food «all of my loves» into fun adventures with my little man in hopes that one day he understands that being different is awesome and to always live in the moment!
“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When we will also teach them what they are?We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a differnt drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured far away.”-Henry David Thoreau
ok enough of the talking, let’s just catch you up with pictures to show you how much fun we’ve had in the last two years…….