Pattern Testing

Ai, yai, yai!  It’s been a busy and stressful couple of days, weeks, months.  Actually, if we’re being truthful, my stress and busyness factor went up exponentially about 2 years ago and has only gotten worse since then.  Here’s what’s made my life a daily mad house on the brink of insanity lately:

1.  School (I am taking 9 credits online at BYU-I.  It is great because I can finally get my schooling done.  But, this in addition to the rest of the list makes me feel cray-cray!)

2.  A 4-year old and twin nearly-two year olds.  Boys.  ‘Nuff said.

3.  We are moving.  I’ll go into more detail about that some other time.  Just know that it takes the stress factor up to about a billion.

4.  Church calling- I am in the Primary presidency.  We were in charge of the ward Halloween party and are in charge of the ward Christmas party.  Plus, we had the Primary program stuck in there as well.  I don’t mind this stress so much, just that it is a factor in my crazy life.

5.  Projects- For one of my classes, we had to create a business with a fully functioning website and ability to take money and everything.  This is great… if I didn’t have 2 or 3 of the aforementioned things going on simultaneously.  I have increased business, gotten quite a few orders, and just added to my list of things to do.  I will show you some of the projects I’ve finished or am working on… again in a different post.

6.  I can’t say no.  This is probably my biggest stress factor!  I’m sure I’m not alone in this.  I really really love doing things for people and being busy and having all sorts of responsibilities.  I REALLY DO!  I need to be better about looking ahead at my list of to dos and evaluate if I’m going to be a crazy lunatic or not if I say yes to this opportunity.

Fox party deets

We went to a family reunion in gorgeous McCall, Idaho earlier this summer.  There, Liam saw a fox and decided that he wanted a fox themed birthday party.

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Awesome modern fox party

I didn’t really know what to do for this party- what should my color palette be? What games should we play?

I knew I wanted to make some fabric goody bags, so I needed fabric.  I thought that would be a good place to start.  I’ll find a good print and pull colors from it for the rest of the decorations.  I found this:

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It was perfect!  And, just so happened that the open stock papers were on sale, even the glittery orange paper that I knew would be perfect for invitations and other decor!  I picked up a bunch of stuff and went home to get going.  Now I was excited about a fox themed party!

Mid cutting, my cricut died, so I cut out all the pieces for the invitations by hand. IMG_4386 (Shoot me!)  They turned out super cute, though, if I do say so myself! 🙂

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I sewed together some quick cut squares for a striking backdrop.

Each of the kids got a fox mask (the girls’ had a cute green bow),

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and a sewn cinch sack for their goodies.

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I made some fox cookies

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and a simple, but cute ice cream cake.

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I borrowed a friend’s cricut to cut out the letters for the banner and the cake topper.

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The kids played Pin the Tail on the Fox,

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a simple game I called Sly Fox, and each took a whack at the pinata.

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That was the favorite part of the party, I think… That or the presents.

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They all played with Liam’s new toys, ate goodies, and ran around.  I hope they had fun!

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I know that the kids don’t care about the details, but that is kind of my thing.  I love putting things together and coming up with really cute decorations.  Liam cared.  He LOVED seeing the new things I’d create.  He said, on several occasions, “Mom… I LOVE it!  It’s so beautiful!”  That is why I go to the extreme.  That is why I spend hours cutting out invitations and envelopes.  That is why I painstakingly pipe colored frosting onto homemade sugar cookies.  It is all worth it when I have a happy and excited little four year old tell me I’m the best mom and he loves me.

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Happy Birthday to my oldest crazy!