The Sign of a Completely Successful Day

Stella participated in an Art Camp awhile back.  It was basically a days worth of art projects and play. The best part was the paint room, where the children could paint on the wall.  There were balls they could dip in the paint and throw on the wall, or they could paint with brushes or …

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Kicking-off the Holiday Season right: Giving Thanks and having a Cookie Party

The holiday season has started and it is quite enjoyable thus far.  I know the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a bit shorter than average, but I honestly don't mind.  Stella is already super excited for Christmas, so the less time of her wondering and [impatiently] waiting, the better, for all of us. We …

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A Fancy Nancy Party

A week ago Stella went to her cousin's birthday party - the theme was "Fancy Nancy".  Fancy Nancy is a little girl that loves anything and everything that is fancy: feather boas, posh clothing and anything French. The invitation said to dress as "Posh as you like", so Stella made sure to wear her favorite …

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A Barbie Party!

Stella is very lucky little girl - she has the Barbie Dream House, along with about a dozen or so Barbies and tons of clothes and accessories. I decided that her collection was a great cause for a Barbie Party: a play-date/party that is completely Barbie themed.  Stella was super excited by the idea, so …

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Super Hero Bowling Party Fun

A few weeks back, Stella was invited to a Super Hero themed bowling birthday party at West Seattle Bowl.  The party attendees were told to where their favorite Super Hero costume. Not being a fan of costumes myself, I wasn't sure how Stella would respond to the request. Of course, Stella was thrilled by the …

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A Visit to the Seattle Waterfront Carousel and Arcade

It was another cold, gray Seattle day and Stella and I were tired of being inside.  So, we headed down to the Seattle Waterfront to scope out the carousel and arcade.  We were at Chuck E. Cheese not to long ago, so it only made sense to go on a mini arcade tour.  This way, …

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An Afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese and Rewarding Good Behavior

Having a positive attitude about school has been a struggle at our house.  Combine that with basically two months of ongoing colds and getting to school has been nearly impossible.  By Monday, I was at my breaking point - I was so tired of the whining and crying about going to school that I threw …

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Rainy Day Activity – Bowling!

Christmas is over and the post holiday doldrums have started to set-in.  All three of us were a touch grumpy and antsy and once again it was another rainy Seattle day. Our original plan was to get outdoors and play mini golf.  However, we have all been suffering from colds for the past few weeks, …

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Personal Growth and Building Confidence – Mastering the Bouncy House

Anyone who knows me, knows that bouncy houses freak me out.  Anytime there is a party at a Jump Planet or there is a bouncy house at any kind of party, my palms sweat and I get heart palpitations.  All I see is chaos, big kids running over little kids and basically a big pit …

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