Alaina’s 8th Birthday and Party

Alaina has turned 8 years old!! Amazing how time flies!

Our day was pretty quiet. No school and dad was home from work as it was Good Friday. I must say, part of her present was a major help tidying her bedroom. Its been needing a pickup for a long while. We found some surprising items that got lost and misplaced such as gifts from Christmas. Chris spent most of the day with Alaina, such a great help! Xx

For her Birthday she wanted homemade cupcakes and the new whipped icing, this time flavoured with cocoa. She was unsure about what she wanted for her Birthday. Summertime PJ’s were mentioned (purple and gold colour) as well as a bike. She has outgrown hers and has been using Daniels’ bike last year.

We kept it simple, as it should be. She got the bike and a new hat. I could not find Pj’s that were not covered in sparkles or plastic disks. So sad! There were some summer pj tops but thick polyester shorts. Really! Ridiculously crazy!  Choices are hard, and when they are, I refuse! I will shop else where or online if I have to. She and Daniel also got an upgrade on their computers to there are no more glitches when they play online together. Perfect add on to the day!


As for the party, we had another Fiver party. She invited 15 classmates of which 7 came. We decided to stick around home and rent a movie. Much cheaper and more selection than the movie theatre. We rented The Song of the Sea.

First off, the girls and boys wanted to do their own thing. I set up Minecraft for 2 players. Set on normal difficulty and survival mode with monsters (mob). Two kids would play day and night only until morning or get defeated by a mob then give their turn to another player. Great fun the boys had! The girls did what girls do, chat! Lol.

We had snacks provided such as fruit and cheese and crackers. Alaina wanted a cake for the party, so I made a bundt cake with my homemade whipped icing. I cut the cake in half and put a layer of icing in there too. Great idea! Alaina wanted vanilla icing and chocolate icing if I could add that. 

I am still experimenting with my icing bag I got for Christmas. Maybe I need to look for tutorials! Lol!! Though, I think cupcakes are a must for parties. Too much cake goes un-eaten. I felt sad about scraping some off dish after dish. Believe me, the cake tasted awesome, I find kids are not a big fan of cake these days.

We used our own dishes and I must say, with 14 of us, we used all of our plates! Just enough too! During the movie, I made a huge bowl of popcorn, could have made more, and divided it up into 12 bowls, that was tricky!! Everyone got a chocolate egg to go with it and water to drink. I had to wash cups as they were used for cake time, but really, it only took a couple minutes while the popcorn was popping. No time wasted.

When the movie ended, the party came to a close and the kids were given a treat of Fun Dip as a thank you for coming to the party. Just a paper package. Simple, yet the kids were so happy to receive it! Jaws drop and eyes widen, every one of them! So much Better than a bag full of breakable, use once toys from the party aisle you find at the stores. 

All the gifts came plastic waste free, just $5.00 so Alaina can put that money towards something she really wants. A Great way for her to learn money management.

Happy Birthday Alaina!

Julia and Jack Painting Pictures

Picked up some more paint for the kids. They are so excited!

Jacks monster!
Julia is making a beautiful piece!!
Growing bigger!
Even her left arm is behind her back as she paints.
Now it is a witch!
Making her family. Not sure whom is who . . . Yet!
Spelled his name! Such a great job for a 4 year old!
From left to right, Alaina, mom, dad, Julia and Thomas. The sun is Jack. The flowers are Daniel.

Spring Play

Beautiful day to play outside! Friday, no school day. Backyard is drying up, perfect for kicking the soccer balls around and swinging. Alaina and I played with the frisbee and Julia wanted to play soccer. The boys were busy exploring the backyard. Daniel did not come out this time round, next time I’m sure!

Cool dude Jack !
Thomas heading for the slide!

 

Alaina here to help!
Miss Julia getting ready to swing.
No more baby swing for this big fella!
A plane flew overhead and got everybody excited!
Julia has a good kick!

Daniel’s 10th Birthday

10 years ago, we welcomed our first born child, Daniel, into the world. These years sure have flown by and he is an amazing young person!

Happy Birthday!!!
Blowing out the candles
yum yum!
New Razor keyboard. Great investment.
Ready to try it out! (Will get a picture another time) I will add, Chris got this gift bag free and no wrapping was required.
Plastic free decor
Paper fans
Letter D for Daniel. Best icing ever! Like sweetened cool whip!

Plastic free party at Cineplex Theatre this weekend!

Its party time!! I did not take the time to take pictures of the party, but I can give a few pictures before we left and a briefing.

I called to set up the party at Cineplex Theatre. We got the premium deal, which includes a hot dog, 2 bottles of a drink, plates, cups and utensils (paper/plastic). For the show, popcorn, drink and candy.

For the Party Room:

  • Foil wrapped Hot dogs- foil was actually plastic foil (waste). Oops. Ask for not wrapped next time, they will comply.
  • 2 bottles of drink- bring in 2 juice jugs (no plastic waste), pop and fruitopia.
  • Paper plates and cups- compostable, so they say.
  • Plastic utensils- did not need them!
  • Plastic condoment packets- I did not think about that! Bring my own ketchup next time
  • Brought homemade cupcakes
  • Brought some rags and a kitchen towel in case of spills.

Sadly, there was just a one garbage bin for all trash, compostable and waste combined. I should have sorted it myself and found a proper place to dispose of the trash.

For the Movie:

  • Boxed popcorn- compostable
  • Plastic wrapped candy- brought our own from Bulk Barn in our own containers.
  • Drink in plastic cup, lid and straw- Refilled our juice containers and filled our juice bottles to the kids liking, pop or fruitopia. I filled my water bottle too for Chris and I to share.

After the movie, compostable were put in the compost bin provided.

The movie available, Wonder Park, was playing in 3D. So we had to get the 3D glasses. They were wrapped in #4 recyclable plastic. They were dropped off in a recyclable box designated for these glasses. Not too sure what happens to them.

The plastic waste talley:

  • 11 3D glasses and wrappers
  • 9 hotdog wrappers
  • 2 ketchup  packets
  • I’m not sure about the “paper” cups and plates. They were shiny/colour coated. I did not like them the moment I saw them. Bringing my own next time. They had the table set for 12 I think; 12 cups and 12 plates.

Plastic waste not created

  • 11 plastic forks
  • 9 plastic packaged candy
  • 9 cups
  • 9 lids
  • 9 straws
  • Reusing cake trays to transport homemade cupcakes
  • No party favours
  • No excessive gifts/wrapping/packaging

Our party was themed as a Fiver Party. In the invitations sent out, I wrote the theme and asked the invited to send $5.00 instead of a gift. There are many benefits to this and one guest was amazed by the amount of money Daniel got for his Birthday.

Benefits

  • No packaging waste
  • No non-interested gifts
  • No double gifts
  • Easier to afford for the guest to come to the party
  • The Birthday boy/girl puts the money towards something they want or need; a bike, a desk, a computer chair, hobby, the list goes on!
    Package free candy from Bulk Barn
    Rags and kitchen towel
    Juice jugs and juice bottles.
    Delicious cupcakes!!

 

 

Tidy Up the Livingroom Bookshelf

Many of these already thinned out toys are not played with. Time for more thinning and keep the ones actually used.
Cleaned up, next thin out the unused
One box full gone to the attic. In time, I will switch out some with the attic toys
Next is the rest of the bookshelf
Much better!
Puzzle boards are always in use!
Large amount of blocks used too.

This is basically for Thomas. Other kids rooms need a change over too!

One box of toys (babyish) gone to the attic. Half a box for donations.

I brought down some paper books for Thomas (as a test) to help declutter the mountain Jack and Julia have. Hoping he is out of the stage of ripping books. He is getting better all the time! Every time we let him do things like his older siblings, its an achievement for us to not have everything baby proof!

Happy Pi Day

Today, on March 14th, we celebrated Pi day; 3.14159265359.

Apple pie and chocolate pie.

We celebrate by having pie. A family tradition. One of my husband’s favourite day of the year. 3rd month, 14th day. My husband is a wizard at math. He is a computer programmer and deals with numbers all day. He always makes fun by comparing birthdates and ages with number configurations.

Today, out of the blue, at 3;14 pm, he calls down the stairs from his office, “Happy Pi day”. Lol!! Never a dull day!

Repairs

Julia’s teddy she got from Daniel for Christmas was in rough shape. The arm fell off before Julia recieved it, and after Christmas the two legs let go as well. 

Today, a no school day, Julia was fumbling through my repair basic I have set aside for sewing repairs. She found her teddy and asked if I could fix it. Right away, I pulled out my sewing kit and set to work. Two legs secured on and the other flimsy arm got adjusted too, would not be long cord that one to come off either.

Patched a hole I found on the foot too. Julia is super happy and renamed her teddy, Reindeer. How original! Lol.

Alaina’s pajama top turned into a strange disaster when the neck line started to let go. She got this one at Christmas time and held together for a couple months only. Disappointed in this one. Should have held better.

But I fixed it too. I learned the collar is a separate price of material, just folded over the main shirt material. I sandwiched them back together and secured it. Not a pretty job, I’m no professional, but it worked. No more holes.