Archive for February, 2011

We went on the Duck Bus Tour in downtown Austin yesterday, Sunday February 27, 2011. It was so much fun! We boarded the bus and received duck bill whistles. So after taking a few pictures for the scrapbook, we were ready to go. The bus driver started the tour with some fun music and got us all blowing our whistles. Then off we went – we drove around downtown Austin looking at all the pretty buildings. We drove around the capital and the UT campus. Downtown is really nice. Then our bus splashed into Lake Austin. We are now in a boat! The driver allowed the kids to each take a turn driving the bus/boat on the water. What a neat activity to do on such a pretty day! We ended the day at The Iron Cactus downtown and had some of the best fajitas I have ever had!

Boy o boy did we have a full weekend or what? Gotta love birthday weekends!

Not always easy to get a good family picture when you are taking it by yourself, but I think this one is pretty good

Now let's try to get a group picture with duck bill lips.

quack quack

Pretty sights along the tour

State capital buiding

University of Texas tower

Largest star - Bob Bullock Museum

Another duck bus/boat coming out of the water

Z driving the bus/boat in the water

Another group shot that Bob took this time

Nothing like letting the wind blow your hair

Us in front of our bus/boat


Z wanted to have a Lego party for his 7th birthday so that is what he got. Z invited 17 friends and they all came. It was an amazing party!

Hubby made the invitations like he does every year. They turned out really awesome! I spent quite some time making placemats for each kid. After making them, I covered them with contact paper. Hubby made 18 unique awards to hand out to each kid. I also got a bunch of Lego bingo cards laminated. I made some Lego block decorations and we got primary colored tableclothes to cover book shelves in the party area. My friend made the most awesome Lego cake ever! It was so cool how she did the lego man on the top. Z was so surprised because she designed the whole thing without tellig us. I personalized each kid’s goodie bag with a cute name tag. Hubby and I blew up 75 balloons to fill the party room.

After getting everything ready for the party, the first kids started showing up. We had a “guess how many Legos” jar set up and the Lego DVD “Clutch Powers” playing downstairs while we all waited for the other guests to arrive. After everyone was there, about 10 minutes, we all went upstairs to the party room. We had moved the furniture around to make room for the kids. The floor was filled with balloons and that was an activity in itself. They LOVED throwing them around. Made for some fun times!

Our first party game was pass the Lego that I made out of a newspaper filled cracker box and contact paper. They passed the Lego around while the music played and when it stopped whoever was holding the Lego was out. Each kid got a silly band when they were out of the game. The winner got to select a wrapped gift from the bucket.

Next game was Lego bingo. I passed out the placemats I made for each kid so they would be able to mark their place in the circle and keep their Legos on as well as their bingo card. Each kid counted out 24 tiny Lego pieces to play bingo with. I sat in the middle of the circle and called out the bingo cards. They loved this game. We played two rounds with the winner getting a wrapped gift from the bucket then we finished the last round by playing bingo blackout. That winner also got a prize.

Next we stayed in our circle and I started a game that they had no idea what I was talking about. It was so funny. It went like this: My name is Melissa and I am going to a Lego party and I am going to bring a monkey. The object was for the kids to pick an item to bring to the party that started with the first letter in their name but I did not give them any directions for this game. They had to figure it out on their own.  As each kid said the sentence and what they were going to bring I would repeat what they said and tell them if they could come to the party or not. Example: Madison said she was going to bring a banana so I said Madison you can not bring a banana to my party – you can’t come to my party. Then the next kid went. This repeated until someone was correct –  Zachary said he was going to bring a zebra. I said Zachary you are going to bring a zebra to the party, you can come to the party! It took about 3 times around the circle until they all were invited to the party. They LOVED this game and everyone laughed and had a blast. Even the parents enjoyed hearing all the items the kids picked! Great game.

Next we kept the kids in a circle with their placemats and poured tons of Legos in the middle. I had bought 10 pounds of Legos (by the pound on eBay) for the party.  They had about 20 minutes to make a creation of their choice. When they were done, they had to leave the creation on their placemat. While they were going to eat cake we were going to award the creations with the lanyard awards we made. They kids loved building the stuff. We even took pictures of each kid’s creation. Not everyone was done so after cake they went to finish so we couldn’t secretly hand out the awards so instead we did it in front of everyone and they thought it was hysterical at who was awarded what. Some of the awards were your basic, tallest, smallest, most colorful, most moving parts, etc. But with having to come up with 18 different awards we got silly. This way each kid’s award was unique. They love them!

I announced all the guesses for the “how many Legos were in the jar” thing. I called out each kids name and guess. This was much more fun than I expected. I would call out a name/amount and I asked the kids if they thought that was the winner, they would yell out “DENIED”. It was so much fun. In the end the kids closest and furthest won a wrapped gift from the bucket.

I asked the kids if they wanted cake and they shot out of the party room like crazy. Next thing I knew they were all sitting at tables downstairs yelling out “we want cake” over and over. I loved it! I had bought 30 different kinds of noise makers and handed them out to each kid before we did cake. It was so incredibly noisy in the house that all the parents thought I lost my mind. I loved every minute of it because they were having so much fun driving their parents nuts. Heehee….I am evil like that. The kids sang and had cake and ice cream (cookies and cream or chocolate chip cookie dough per the birthday boy’s request).

After cake and the awards, we opened gifts and each kid got a goody bag with their name on it. Each bag had a  Lego race car key chains that hubby handmade,  a mini Lego kit (car or airplane) , bubbles, a ball, fruit snacks, Lego catalog from the Lego store, and a Lego events calendar from the Lego store in it. They kids left with huge smiles on their faces and my kid said it was the best party ever. I was on cloud 9!

We ended the day at The Olive Garden. Perfect party day! 

Front of the invitation


Back of the invitation

Inside left of the invitation - this is one of Z's creations

Inside right of the invitation. We put each invited kid's name on their inviations.

Personalized placemat I made for each kid

Lego block for pass the Lego game

Lego bingo

Z's Lego creation award lanyard

A boy and one of his dogs on his party day

Table to hold gifts

The downstairs was not decorated but was the 'holding' place for the kids until everyone arrived.

Party room upstairs

I made this sign out of plates and letters I made using my Cricut machine

Tableclothes covered the bookshelves to hide toys and made for fun decorations

Signs on the front door

Z with his cake that my dear friend made

Organized chaos

They loved the balloons and I will do this at every party going forward

Pass the Lego game down to the final two kids

Lego bingo

I'm going to a Lego party game.....

Legos Legos everywhere.... Lego creation game

Z is working on his creation

This creation won the Just Plain Crazy award 🙂

Singing Happy Birthday

He got the first piece of cake. We had an incident one year when he didn't and so it is a big deal for him to get the first piece!

Opening gifts

Goody bags for all

YEAH!!! Z turned 7 on February 25, 2011. I can’t believe that he is already 7. The time has gone by so fast. Seems like just yesterday him and I were both crying when he was a baby 🙂 But look at him now!

Z woke up on his birthday to a room filled with balloons (24 of them). He was so excited to see them so we just had to play with them before school. We had a blast! (Thanks T for the wonderful idea!) Then after he got dressed and ready for school, he got to open his card from us. We gave him some poprocks and a button to wear that blinked and said “birthday boy”, which he wore all day. Then I gave him 7 chocolate covered Hostess donuts with a candle in one of them and we sang Happy Birthday to him. Hubby volunteered at the school all day and even posted birthday greetings to Z on the school marquee – just for the picture then he changed the announcements to the real message on the marquee. I picked upWendy’s for lunch and met the guys for lunch at school. Later in the day I brought Shipley’s donuts to the class for Z’s class party. I also handed out party bubbles to all the kids. Then after school and to top off the day, Z’s grandparents surprised him with a surprise visit. After opening presents we all went to Gattiland for dinner and played games. What a perfect day for a 7 year old!

This was on the school sign for a second - just in time for a quick picture for my scrapbook. Thanks daddy!

What an awesome lunch for a growing boy. That is 8 nuggets and fries.

Friends being silly at lunch.

Kids singing happy birthday to Z. He got to chose two friends to stand with him in front of the class.

Cream filled donuts are the best!

Z and his grandparents!

Opening our gifts.

Me and my boy!

The manager at Gattiland gave Z a glow in the dark birthday button too.

Racing cars and kicking butt!

I love the motorcycle races.

Bumper cars are so much fun!

Silly glasses prize.

Valentine’s Day Party at School

Posted: February 17, 2011 in Holidays, School
Z’s class had their Valentine’s Day party on Monday, February 14. B and I went to the party together. The kids had made the cutest Valentine heart pockets for their Valentines so the room was very festive. There were balloons everywhere and Mrs. S made sure each kid got a balloon as her gift to them. We got to play Valentine bingo and the kids made a cute frame craft afterwards. The hit of the party was making ice cream sundaes though! What fun and how yummy! We had a nice time at Z’s class party!

Here is the heart pocket Z made. I just love it!

Ready to make sundaes!

Getting ready for bingo.

The balloons are such a nice touch.

Z's bingo card.

L just loves Z and Z just loves L!

Mrs. S and me.

Working on the frame.

Z and his buddy from buddy class.

Family picture time. Thanks Mrs. S for taking this for us.

Tiger Cub Badge!

Posted: February 13, 2011 in Cub Scouts, Weekend Activities

Yesterday, February 12, 2011, was a great day in cub scouts for Z! He was awarded his Tiger Cub Badge in front of his whole scout Pac! They did the ceremony during the Blue and Gold celebration party at Austin Park and Pizza. They were celebrating the scouts 100th year. Anyway, back to the badge. They put the boys badges in a balloon and they had to pop their balloon to receive their badge. The Scout Master also did a fun ceremony by painting the boy’s faces. It was very cool and Z wore his face paint all day long. He was/is very proud to finally be a Tiger Cub! Now onto the next level…..

After the party at Austin Park and Pizza, Z and I went to E’s birthday party. Z had a blast! What a great day for a 6 year old!

The 5 boys in our den got their badge.

The badge is in the balloon.

Getting painted with red

now blue

now yellow

finally orange

Pop that balloon!

Yeah! Finally my badge!

Family pic.

Z getting another belt loop.

Very proud little boy!

Cake for the celebration.

J, E and Z

Z and hubby playing a shoot 'em up game.

Going on a ride.

Prizes Z got from the tickets.

February 4, 2011 – We got the call early this morning that school was closed due to snow. I am not sure if Z was more excited that there was snow or no school. We all jumped out of bed and got dressed and headed out into the snow so we could play in it before it melted. We even got the dogs ready. Z had a blast! The dogs had a blast! Z and the dogs played together and had a blast! Good thing we played when we did because it is melting pretty fast.

We had a lot more snow in the backyard.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 – we had another den meeting at our house.  Since the boys have met their Tiger Cub requirements, they worked on earning a belt loop. They learned about manners and made a thank you card for Officer A, who gave us a tour of the police station. They really got into the lesson and enjoyed making their cards. Officer A will just love them!

After the boys made their cards, they got to play Twister. They had an absolute blast! After the game, they had cookies and juice that A brought. Another successful den meeting.

J, Z, R and E working on their thank you cards.


C and J working on their thank you cards.

What great looking cards!

Learning how to properly introduce each other.

Snack time!