Friday, August 31, 2012

Spy Themed Kids Party


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Xander aspires to be a spy someday.  Months ago, he told me that he wanted a Spy Birthday party.  Ben jumped on the bandwagon and helped make this birthday party something to remember.

THE INVITATION

Ben was the mastermind behind the creative invitations. We put the invitation in a manila envelope labeled, " Agent (and then the child's name)".  On the backside, we put "TOP SECRET".

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Inside was a minature file folder labeled, "Top Secret" with papers in the file.  When you opened it, it had the details of the birthday party, a satelite map of the location, and a DVD explaining the mission.

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The DVD. . .

Here's what was on the DVD.



THE SPY TEAM

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We had each of the family members help out during the party.  They were great assets to the mission.

Agent CJ-Code name, Elizabeth
Agent Zoey-Code name, Peanuts
Agent Mia-Code name, Mean Mia
Agent Mom-Code name, Ragin' Asian'
Agent Dad-Code name, Big DADDY B

The day of his party arrived and Xander was thrilled as ever.  I'll take you through all of our activites.

SPY CHECK IN

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As the kids arrived, they checked in at the table.  They had to be fingerprinted and they needed to come up with a code name.  As we all know, a spy's real identification is vital to protect.

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SPY HEADQUARTERS

After checking in, they were escorted inside the spy headquarters where they received instruction from, Commander X.  Commander X told them that they needed to do some spy training in order to be prepared for their first mission.  You can watch the video clip that the kids watched.



SPY TRAINING

The spys had to undergo intense training at the impossible obstacle course.  They were timed for efficiency.  The first thing they had to do was to put on a disguise, run around the cones, do 10 power jumps on the trampoline, throw tennis balls into the target can, scale over a table, jump over 3 boxes, hold a giant object while balancing on tiles, and finally sliding down the slide.

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THE MISSION
After completing the spy training, they received further information from Commander X.



THE LAZER

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Each agent had to pass through the deadly lazer zone.  Once everyone had completed the task, they received their first clue, which was a fingerprint.

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THE NEXT TASK

The kids brought back the clue and Agent Dad talked and interacted with Commander X.  He helped scan the fingerprint.  While the fingerprint was scanning, they received instruction for the next task.



LOCATE AND DEACTIVATE THE REAL BOMB

The warehouse held the next clue.  Inside, it was filled with decoy bombs.  Their task was to locate the real bomb and to deactivate it safely away from civilians. All Agent Dad told them was that one of the bombs was different than the others. He didn't tell them how it was different.

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Once they located the real bomb (a black balloon filled with red star confetti), they had to safely deactivate it.

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The other agents loved that it was filled with red stars and collected them, which was great because it was less clean up for me!  They received their next clue which was a footprint.

THE LAST TASK

They brought the footprint back and Commander X.  Agent Dad and Commander X talked back and forth once again.  Agent Dad told them that they needed to break into the vault and find the secret message and code.



THE VAULT

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I just used the idea of the punch board, where there is a plastic cup that you stick through the hole that has tissue paper on the top.  The kids had to break through the vault to find the secret code and message.  After finding it, they had to break the code.  The message read, "The bad guy is in the room."

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When the kids read that, they started looking at each other, trying to figure out who it was!

AND THE BAD GUY IS. . .

The agents came back and found out who the bad guy was.  They also received instruction where they had to use the truth serum to get the bad guy to tell them where he hid the secret stuff.



INTERROGATION TOOLS

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Ben has a poker set that comes in this very cool case, we emptied it out and filled it with. . .

Truth Serum (aka Silly String)!
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THE BAD GUY IS GOING DOWN!

After handcuffing Agent Dad, the rogue agent.  They got their truth serum ready to work its magic!

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They showed no mercy!

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They got Agent Dad to talk and he told them where he hid the secret stuff.

THE SECRET STUFF. .

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All the agents received a spy bag with their name on it.  Inside were spy gadgets like handcuffs, black sunglasses (because that is why spys wear), and candy.

THE INCREDIBLE SPY TEAM

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With the mission accomplished, it was time to eat!  We feed them lunch and then sang, "Happy Birthday" to Agent Xander.

I made cupcakes with a magnifying glass on top that they could take home.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Baby Boy Subway Art

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I'm hopping on the "subway art" train!  I made this for a baby shower gift.  I actually turned this into a wall hanging by using a staple gun and stapling ribbon to the backside of it. I think it looks good either way!

Monday, August 27, 2012

LeMieux Family Sneak Peak

Meet the LeMieux Family. . .
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They are Le-Cute!
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They are Le-Funny!
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They are also Le-Adorable!
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They are in Le-Love!
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What a Le-Great Family!
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Camp Themed Kids Birthday Party

My daughter wanted a sleepover for her birthday.  When it comes to sleepovers, I've learned from past experience, that I shouldn't focus so much on the number (the more the merrier?) but more the  "who" I'm inviting.

Mia  has two very good friends, who are very good girls, which makes things so much easier.  Also, the fact that there were only 3 of them made things easier in some ways.  Ben tells me it doesn't matter how many kids I have, I will work just as hard!  It's true!

THE INVITATION

I did a horrible job photoshopping Mia in this picture but I thought, "Hey, they're kids!" and wrote the information on the backside and mailed the picture like a postcard.

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CAMP SIGN

I had my oldest daughter design the "Camp Mia" sign which we hung on the door.

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CAMP SCHEDULE

Inside our house, I wrote the camp schedule on a white board.  

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Nametags. . .
My oldest daughter was delighted when I told her that she could be a "camp counselor".  We had her make herself a name tag and she greeted the girls as they arrived.  She checked them into their tent where they unloaded their backpacks and sleeping bags.

Park Ranger Rules. . .
Then, they went and made their own name tags.  I then had them come to the carpet and sit and listen to the park ranger, who was my youngest son.  He told them the camp rules about keeping the fire only in designated areas, that they shouldn't worry about bears and to have fun!

We then went over the schedule.

CAMP GOODIE BAGS

I found these cute pink drawstring bags, that can be worn like a backpack at the dollar store.  I filled them with all sorts of things.

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Goodie Bag Contents. . .
Flashlight
Waterbottle
Sun Visor
Sunglasses
Foam Picture Frame
Notepad and pencil
Lip Gloss
Candy
Pillow

CAMP ACTIVITIES

2.  The first activity we did was making our camp t-shirts.  I bought the shirts at the dollar store-score!
3.  For snack time, we made edible dirt.
4.  The girl's bejeweled their waterbottles and decorated their frames and visors.

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Pillows. . .

You can see my previous post on how to make the tie pillows.  The girls just had to tie around the edges.  As they did that I had CJ, teach them camp songs.  This was perfect for her because she had just gotten back from Girl's Camp and has been singing camp songs for days.

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CAMPFIRE

The girl's helped Ben make the fire and they roasted hotdogs for their dinner and marshmellows for smores.  One of the girls had never cooked a hotdog on the fire and was so amazed that you could actually do that!

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CAMP CUPCAKES

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Ben had this great idea on how to make the cupcakes with a campfire topper.

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How to make them. . .
1.  Make the cupcakes
2.  Frosting-We made this yummy chocolate buttercream frosting
3.  Frost the cupcakes
4.  Take pretzel rods and break them in half.  Dipping the tip in melted chocolate.

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5.  Using fruit roll ups, mold it into flames.
6. Place the dipped pretzels in a circle and place the flames on top.

Ben also thought of a super creative idea when we sang "Happy Birthday" to Mia.  We took off the fruit roll up flame and replaced it with a candle so it looked like the campfire was really on fire!

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When it got dark, we projected a movie on the side of our house and the girls enjoyed watching the movie outside and eating their treats from their bags.  After the movie, I had some leftover sparkles that I let them use.  

We finally got ready for bed and all slept in the tent!

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In the morning, we had pancakes for breakfast and then it was time to check out of "Camp Mia".  I was ready to "check out" by then too!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tie PIllow

My daughter is having a camp themed birthday party and I was trying to think of what crafts we could do during her party that stuck to the theme.  I came across this no sew bandana pillow.

She wasn't too crazy about the bandana pattern so I thought I could do the same thing using fleece-like material.  She wanted something soft.  So I came up with this. . .

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I'm not a seamstress by any means, but I thought I would show you how I did it.  It's probably the wrong way and there is an easier way to do it,  but this worked for me.

First I cut two pieces of material.  I was going for a perfect square but ended up with this.  One side is actually 1" longer and they are around 16"-17" long on each side.

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Next, I put back sides together.  So the front sides are showing on either side.  I then used a pencil and measured 3 inches in on each corner so it looks like this.

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Then I followed the lines and sewed on the inside of my markings.  I left a hole to put the stuffing in and then zipped the sewing machine over the open part.

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Next, that corner that I marked to help me sew the pillow part, I cut.

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Then on the edges I cut about 3/4 " strips all around.

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So then your pillow looks like this. . .

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The last part is tying the edges and then you are done!

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My kids loved these tiny pillows and the girls at the party loved them too!