Sunday, January 14, 2018

Everly's ACTUAL 5th birthday....family style

I don't know if it was the friend party on Friday, it being a Sunday or just being extra tired, but I kinda dropped the ball for Everly's "actual" birthday. She snuggled in our bed about 5 am and was soon asking to go downstairs for breakfast.  When we got to the kitchen, she said "It doesn't look very birthdayish in here."

Ugh...I spaced the morning preparations.

Never fear! There are big kids that can hang streamers and fashion banners with speed and artistic flair. Megan and Mathew were assigned the task.

We headed off to church with a pot roast in the crock pot (the oven is broken), rolls in the breadmaker and a half-frosted cake in the garage fridge.

By the way, how awesome is it that some kind angel whispered in my ear that I might want to save half the cake and freeze it? I've never ever done that before, and it made it so that we would have a cake even though our oven is on strike.

That's super cool.

When we got back from church, we discovered that the roast was done, but the rolls hadn't been turned on. Boo! So we figured better late than never and started the countdown....90 minutes till rolls are mixed and ready. We'll skip the second rise and race over to the Ranzenbergers to cook them in their oven for 14 minutes.

It was 7 o'clock by the time we sat down to eat. We weren't exactly starving because we are family of highly trained snackers. I'm guessing most of us had already had a substantial meal made up of crackers, pickles, cereal and leftover spaghetti noodles.

I can't fight that battle.

But it won't stop us from having our birthday roast with this 5 year old Zippy Zap!


I love the look on her face. She is feeling the love and basking in the glow of the candles. I hope she remembers how much we love her as she grows up and life gets more complicated.


In true Hufford style, she conducted the last few measures of her birthday song.


I would love to know what is in her heart. Does she have a special birthday wish?


A bunch of sillies all having rainbow cake:



Opening Grandma Kathleen's gift. It was a fairy making kit! Withing 15 minutes of the party's end, she had opened it up, decked out her fairy and married her to Rider from Paw Patrol. Laney and Anna assisted with the wedding.


You can never have enough stuffed corduroy wiener dogs dressed in cable knit sweaters.


She's five! And she's not a baby anymore....she's one of the goofies.


Happy Fifth, Everbee. You are the sweetest! It's going to be a great year!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Everly's 5th birthday - Friend Party to Wonderscope!

It's Everly's birthday and that means....Rainbow cake!!

The key to it is making two white cake mixes and dividing them each in half and making them each a different color. Red, yellow, green and blue seem to get that rainbow idea across the best. If she still wants a rainbow cake when she gets married, I'll add in orange, purple and violet. How cool would a rainbow wedding cake be?


Since we are doing a family party later and this thing is crazy tall, I decided we could freeze half of each color and just do half at each party.

I think it turned out cute!


Everly was playing at Jovee's house and so she actually was third to arrive at her own party! I had everyone keep their shoes and coats on, because we were on a mission to sing, eat cake, open presents and high tail it out of there...


Aaron Guenther, Adalyn Ranzenberger, Everly, Eden Giles, Jovee Terry and Shelton Braithwaite.


Feeling a little bashful as her friends sing to her.


All in one breath!






They each gave her a gift and couldn't wait for her to see what they had chosen. And she was so sweet when she opened each one. She would exclaim, "Oh, I really love this!" or "I've always wanted one of these! Thank you very much!"






The second the last present was opened, we ran for the car and got everyone clipped. What a cute little bunch!


And because I failed to plan properly, I realized that by the time we made it to Wonderscope, we would only have an hour to play. It went way to fast.




My favorite moment was when Everly ordered a sandwich from Aaron and he asked, "Open face?"

ha ha! How does a 5 year old know about open face sandwiches??




We high tailed it out of there and made it home on time, but we easily could have spent another hour or two playing in each room.

Luckily, they were happy with their birthday adventures and were all smiles as we sang to our Pandora Disney station on the way home. The last "friend party" is complete! Every other birthday in 2018 will be a nice family dinner. Ahhh.....

I love you Everly! Happy 5th Birthday!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve....Goodbye 2017

It's seriously cold out there. Seems like Mother Nature is doing what she can to restore balance and pay us back for the warm weather we've been enjoying. I will admit, even though we are freezing our bickies off, I'm feeling relieved. I was starting to think that we had turned the corner on global warming and this summer we'd have to move underground to escape the heat. 

Maybe we have another couple years, after all.


We aren't really "party people".  We prefer a countertop full of snacks, a few good friends in their pajamas...


and a puzzle...because we're a old and tired and we don't want lots of noise or tight clothes that stop us from getting more chips and dip.


The kids were happily gaming away.


or playing soft, quiet pillow games so they won't be banished to the basement.


We munched and laughed right up to the minute!


Happy New Year!


It's going to be a good one.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Playdate

Sometimes, even the big boys need to get out of the house and burn off some energy.


We found Ethan a perfect playmate.




Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Day 2017

1. Up at 6:30. Too early, but not completely unreasonable.

2. Kids lay out their blankets, establishing their gift unwrapping territory.

3. Kids largely underwhelmed by the stockings this year. Looks like Santa ran out of money, energy or both. 

4. Let the materialism begin!


Ethan.....so much weaponry. (airsoft) (not real) (we don't want to be a Dateline special)


Mathew... so much gaming. He loves the Switch. And it loves him right back.


Megan....received our family's FOURTH ukulele. But the best reaction was for her very own copy of  The Outsiders. Stay gold, Pony Boy!!


Laney finally has access to her own music and a couple (pre-approved) movies. She can veg out and join the ranks of those who can legitimately claim that they can't hear me calling them up to do chores.


Anna got a Nutcracker! She's been asking for one for years. I finally gave in and she's pretty thrilled about it.


Everly loved the castle! She loved all the sparkly parts and immediately started playing with all the Frozen characters and converted furniture. I am so glad it worked out!


Mark and I failed to capture each other in any pictures....which isn't that surprising. Mark bought me several thoughtful gifts. My favorite was three fruit trees to be delivered in the spring: a Pink Lady apple, Grand Gala apple and an apricot. I'm so excited!!

Mark got lots of stuff for his garage gym...all Rogue, of course. And some new jeans (which are technically a gift for me...wink wink)

We packed the kids up after our late breakfast and went to see Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It's the first time we've gone to the movies on Christmas and it was really fun! The kids are getting older and able to sit through a movie.  I think it will be something we do again.

Back home again and the all scattered. Some doing art, other's playing video games or setting up airsoft guns.

I got to work on my new Christmas puzzles. Mark came by now and again to help me work my way through the huge box of Aglamesis chocolates.



A wonderful Christmas!