Sea Turtle Birthday Party

For Little’s birthday, he requested a sea turtle themed birthday party. It was so much fun. For games we had the kids do sand art. I remember going to the fair once in Ohio and paying five dollars or something like that and filling a plastic sea shell bottle up with sand. I don’t remember what age I was but I remember having so much fun filling that bottle with my cousins all around me doing the same.

Like everything I tried to do this on the cheap so I found a blog online that showed how to make your own colored sand. I found this blog here and decided that it didn’t sound too hard and to try and make my own. Like it says in the blog I used Tempura Powder Paints.  I found out they also sell Tempura Powder at Michaels when my paint was taking to long to arrive and I panicked and ran out to buy paint. So just in case, you don’t want to wait to start your project that is always an option. The first time we started we used regular play sand because that is all we could find. It really didn’t work. It was way too dark and the colors all looked muted and not what I was expecting. After a quick google search, I found some white play sand at Lowe’s. It’s this Quikrete play sand. Honestly, it’s way cheaper at Lowe’s than on Amazon but that is the exact kind we bought.

We didn’t really measure our color to sand. I just poured some in and colored it and I used way to much color because when our sand started to dry it got super clumpy. It wasn’t that big of a deal we just used a strainer to get the large chunks out and crumpled it up with our hands before the kids started to play. I love how it turned out though and would do it again. We have so much powder paint left to use for crafts for the kids.  I bought the sand art bottles from Oriental Trading I bought the Under the Sea ones to go with our theme. I also bought the Funny Sand Art Bottles, they were smaller than I was expecting but the kids really loved filling the weird shaped bottles more than the sea creature ones.

The day of the party it rained so we had to do the sand art in the garage but the kids still had fun doing it. 20180405_205358

In this picture, the sand is still wet. I think we got our sand too wet because it took a couple of days of sitting it out in the sun for it to dry. I was starting to get worried it wouldn’t dry in time for the party. A good tip if you are planning on doing this is give it a week to dry. That way you don’t start to feel panicked and rushed if the party is looming closer and you still have wet sand. I bought the containers they are stored in at the Dollar Tree.

Another thing I like to do is make a special treat to give the kids that are related to the theme of the party. I am totally “that” parent but I love throwing birthday parties. I like doing candy mold candies because it gives that wow factor without really doing much work. I bought the Sea Turtle Lollipop Mold and just used brown and green candy melts swirled together to give my turtles more dept and make them look a little fancier than just doing a single color.

I decided not to make suckers with my turtles and filled them just like normally would and just didn’t put a stick in it. I bought little pearl candies and crushed up graham cracker to make sand and I had a bunch of sea turtles laying eggs. The kids loved them and they are really quick to make. You just pop the candy melts into the microwave and I spooned the heated melts into the molds and then pop the molds into the freezer for a few minutes. The whole process goes pretty quick but it looks like a project that took hours to accomplish.

New addition…

We recently went back to Michigan to help our family with my grandparent’s estate. It wasn’t as hard as the funeral but going into the house the first time was hard. Seeing everything disheveled and all of their belongings sorted into piles to keep and sell made my heart hurt. We spent most of the weekend helping with that, it was hard sweaty work, Michigan was experiencing a heat wave and it was blistering hot there. Having to work for hours in the heat was awful but with the heat comes warmer waters and so we decided to go swimming in the lake. My kids have never swum in a lake before so this was a whole new experience for them. The first day we went swimming the water was still a little too cold for comfort but the kids took to it like champs and they both loved it. A few days later when we went swimming again the water was noticeably warmer and so much nicer. I could have stayed in the water all day but that was the night before we were supposed to come back home. The trip was hard but fun, we made efforts to have it not be totally focused on the selling off of the kid’s great-grandparents stuff. We went out for ice cream almost every night and drove around and did fun things to help keep our minds off of all the sad parts.

Every time we go home we visit a local sporting goods store every Sunday. On Sundays at this particular store, they let people come and sell puppies in the parking lot. It’s always fun to snuggle a puppy for two. We always talk about buying a puppy but we already have two dogs so we usually come to our senses and leave puppy-less. That happens every time we go except for this last time…  We were just walking by this truck full of puppies and the guy happened to ask what kind they were. The man replied that they were a goldendoodle black lab mix. That, of course, got my husbands ears perked up because he has been wanting a duck dog for a long time now. We walked over and seen this big fluff of fur. He was adorable! He had long curly hair and this old man beard and I was in love with him as soon as I laid eyes on him. I asked the man selling them if I could hold that giant fluff of a dog and he scooped him out and handed him to me. I went to pet him and he sucked on my finger and it was just so cute I knew he was coming home with us. We asked the man not to sell him and ran into the store to purchase a collar and think of a name. Well, welcome Thor to the family. If you follow on Instagram you have seen lots of pictures of him lately he is too cute for words.

He handled the 12 hour trip home like a champ and has just melted seamlessly into the family. The boys love him to death and he loves them. He has a silly bark that sounds like he is underwater and he is super smart. He’s also a giant cuddle bug which I love!

M.I.A.

I’ve been gone and not posting for quite a while lately. Our family is going through the hardships of losing a loved one. I feel like this death rattled me more than the loss of my last grandparent because it was just so sudden. One minute she was fine and the next I am getting a phone call at 5am telling me she is gone. The whole thing has been a rough go for me and I am still trying to wrap my head around what makes this grandparent death so different from the others but it’s been a struggle. There is also the fact that she was my last paternal grandparent so the whole settling of her estate and having to take care of her house (which I spent heaps of my childhood at) and other things. The thought of her house, where everyone went to celebrate and have fun, might no longer be part of our family is a hard pill to swallow. Just thinking of my kids not being able to pick blackberries or apples there and not being able to go fishing, just breaks my heart. I cherish the memories of all my adventures there.  I will probably be absent for a while longer since I am going back home to help with the estate and to get things settled. It is at times like these that I hate the fact I live 12 hours for the rest of my family. I do have a lot of stuff to update and I will try to get that done. If anyone follows me on Instagram you will be able to see my latest project that I still have not posted about here. There will be more blog post, I promise. I swear I am still here and I will return.

Hopefully very soon!

Spring break isn’t for the weak.

I usually like to post on Wednesdays which did not happen last week because Spring Break happened. It felt like the longest week ever because we went from nice spring weather to bitter cold so the kids couldn’t play outside at all for all the of the break. It was either raining or cold there was never a nice day, so awful. Two young boys trapped inside all day every day for a week is not ideal, let me tell ya.

I have also haven’t been working on anything for myself in the craft department because I was hired to do a sample knit. When I get hired for a sample knit I really try my hardest to get it done ASAP. Even though you usually get a month to knit up whatever you are supposed to I get twitchy if it’s not done after two weeks. So I spent all of the spring break knitting and knitting and knitting so more. It was a great little blanket that was easy to memorize so I got a lot of Netflix watching in also. I will post pictures of it as soon as I see it in the catalog or on the website. This weekend to make up for the crafting fast I am going to sew as much as I can. I am getting the strong itch to sew and I can’t wait to finish up those projects I cut out what seems like a million years ago.