Jonas Turns One!

October 29th, 2009

Baby’s First Birthday Invite:

Baby’s First Birthday (Classic Halloween)

October 18th, 2009

Jonas V. Kozlek’s 1st Birthday

Jonas is my Pumpkin Baby. He was born on a cold day at the end of October.  For his first Birthday Party, I decided to have a Classic Halloween event. So all the adult and children could play some classic Halloween/Fall games. This party was very low key. We had  lunch catered by Damon’s restaurant. They have an awesome takeout menu, and it really made the day care free. I highly recommend their artichoke spinach dip!   We gave out Mrs. Prindable’s candy apples as favors to the  Family and Friends who came  to celebrate our second son’s special day. It surprisingly snowed the weekend we were hosting his party. So everything  had to be indoors. I had the house decorated for Halloween with a few baby’s first birthday farm themed plates and table clothes.  One of my favorite decorations was a white pumpkin with Happy First Birthday Jonas and Picture of him decoupaged on.

Some highlights of the day included:

1. No Hands Donut Eating Contest or Fishing for Children:

2. Pumpkin Decorating:

3. Various Halloween Games such as ring toss, and this golfing/ping pong ball game Vince and I created:

and of course Baby’s First Cake!

Happy Birthday Baby!

Firetruck Party

August 9th, 2009

This year Jake decided he wanted a Firetruck party!



For his birthday present we got him a really cool inflatable firetruck house. We set that up in the yard for when the kids came. After lunch, we started with a craft. The kiddos made their own Dalmatian refrigerator magnets.  I got wooden dog cutouts from a local craft store. Painted them white ahead of time. The four year olds painted the dots and faces on the dogs. I also got a firetruck badges from oriental trading company. Some of the older kids put them together.

After the crafts it was time for the Games! First up was a fireman training course. The kiddos crawled through a tube, around the swingset and back to the firehouse where they were awarded their firehats.

Now that they were offical fireman, they needed to go on their mission. I had a cd player that had a fire alarm sound. I also prerecorded radio transmissions to tell the kids what was wrong. The first message informed the kids that they had to rescue a cat from a tree. So all the kids ran over to a playhouse I had decorated to look like a tree. One brave fireman climbed up and rescued the stuffed kitty. He carefully through it down to the other kid who were holding a parachute. We did this a few times with other fireman… until we got the next Call!

Kitty Rescue

There was Fire up the hill. I created  a cardboard building… Where the kiddos had to do a water balloon relay to put out the pretend fire.

Finally the kids searched through read and yellow streamers to rescue little toys I had hidden in the backyard.

We had a great time 🙂

Jacob’s 4th Birthday

August 3rd, 2009

April 28th, 2009


Easter Treats

April 8th, 2009



April 8th, 2009


The Elaborate Workings of a Mess

April 5th, 2009

I was feeding Jonas,  when Jake told me to come upstairs to his party… When I arrived ten minutes later the nursery was a complete wreck.

At first glance:


But let’s take a second glance:


There’s a story to every mess.

My name is Jonas

March 31st, 2009

St. Patrick’s Day (A visit from the wee ones)

March 18th, 2009


6:00 pm… (St. Patty’s Eve) Signs of mischief are about..Bathwater is green

bite6:05- While upstairs inspecting his bathwater, someone(or something) has taken a bite out of Jake’s hotdog.

chairs15:30 am (St. Patrick’s Day) On the way down for some milk, Jake notices something  peculiar has taken place.. All the kitchen  chairs are upside down!


5:35am  Oh no! Jake’s milk has turned green..

ohno5:36- Did they really have to mess with his milk???

[Very Busy Morning!- Appointment, Trip to Park, Lunch out….]

3:00pm- Leprechaun’s turned Jake’s brownies green!

4:00pm -Do leprechauns really need to use the potty? (green water)thatdarnleprechaun

5:00pm -Our leprechauns left us a treat in our trap..

7:00pm-  Irish Step Dancing

8:00pm- Sweet Dreams and good riddance to our special guests.