Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Birthday Luau

I can't believe my sweet Carolyne turned EIGHT just a few weeks ago!  She wanted to celebrate with her friends by having a pool party at Robby's parents' pool, and we thought a luau theme was perfect!  Valerie did an awesome job with everything, as always!  
You just about can't beat a pool party - especially for birthdays in the south!  It's fun AND you don't sweat - 2 of my all time top priorities! ;)
Val and I scoured the dollar store luau section and got all of these bright colored sand buckets, leis, and straw hats!  Valerie did a candy table for the kids to make their own treat buckets.  All the candies were labeled with pool type phrases, such as "pool noodles" for the chocolate covered pretzels, "life preservers" for the gummy life savers, and "beach balls" for gum balls.  The kids got to fill up their mini sand buckets (dollar section at Target) with their favorite goodies.  Super cute AND easy!!
I didn't get a full picture of the food table, but the set up was just adorable!  The tables were dressed in straw like skirts, and the food was in sand buckets.  We used brown sugar as "sand" with a few shells around the buckets, and used the actual shovels for spoons.
 Val even made Carolyne's cupcake "fish" cake!  Didn't she do GREAT?!  She is so very talented!
 The kids had a ball doing limbo, a tacky tourist relay, and sand art!
 On Carolyne's actual birthday, my family celebrated with dinner and games.
This is such a FUN game to play...have any of you ever played??
 You don't know what the picture is on your head, and everyone gives you guesses for you to figure out what the picture is of.  Such a cute family game.
 Lots and lots of laughs were had!!
My sweet, sweet Carolyne is growing so very fast!  So thankful I get to be a part of her life, and watch her become the person God wants her to be!
 Happy Birthday, Carolyne!  Aunt Hayley loves you!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In the WILD!

...well, not really.  I suppose when there's a 15 foot fence between you and the animals - it's just the zoo! ;)  Back in the summer, Valerie, my mom, me, and 3 of the Favorites loaded up and headed to the Birmingham Zoo.  We had a GREAT day of fun!!!
It was of course HOT AS BLUE BLAZES, but the kids had a ball getting to see so many different animals up close and personal!

The one of the group who loved it MOST was Miss Jenna Beth...she could not get ENOUGH!  The zoo itself was fun, but watching Jenna Beth's delight in seeing the animals was by far the best part of the day!  
 Her absolute MOST FAVORITE animals were the MONKEYS :)
Seeing all the animals up close and personal was just a reminder of how amazing God is to create such amazing animals!!!!

 My favorite at the zoo were the FLAMINGOS - aren't they just beautiful??!!
It was such a super duper fun day!  We can't wait to visit again!