Finally, he’s 6. And when I say finally, it’s because it seems like he’s been waiting forever for this birthday. He even created a calendar countdown in his bedroom where he would colour the date each morning when he got up… yep, he truly is my child, as I am pretty sure I did the same thing from age 4 to, eh, like age 25!?!
So since our very first day of summer vacation, he’s been constantly asking about when were we going to start decorating for his birthday and baking his cake. Well, finally, a week prior to his birthday, I was ready to decorate and bake with him. The theme (once again) was Mario… but this time not the regular Mario Bros theme, the Super Mario Odyssey theme! At least, of course I already knew the differences between Mario Bros and Mario Odyssey, after all I have two boys, a Nintendo switch console, and I am married to Brian *eye rolling*!!! So off we went to the Michaels and Party City to get some stuff to get ready for the big celebrations.
First thing we did was a “Cappy” chalkboard, which is Mario’s new hat and the key thing to this whole Mario Odyssey theme apparently! Then I built the odyssey from wrapping paper and construction paper we already had at home, practiced my face painting Mario skills, baked a few cakes and Rice Krispies ‘?’ blocks, prepped the goodie bags and waited for our friends and family to arrive!
He is going into Grade 1, and now that he has made many friends at school in senior kindergarten, we had decided to hold his first “friends from school” party in the morning of his actual birthday, followed by a family diner/gathering. I’m surprised he actually slept the previous night, as he was soo excited and couldn’t talk or think about anything else!
We also had planned a pretty big surprise to reveal for when he would wake up. So on the Friday night, once they were both in bed, we prepared a treasure hunt with clues and places they had to find in the house that would lead them to a giant Mickey Mouse air balloon. Cause, yes, WE ARE GOING TO DISNEY!!!
See, right there with the caps lock on, that was me being ecstatic about the idea of going to Disney. But you know what, things do not always go as planned or as you’ve imagined it! And this time it didn’t. I really wanted to film the treasure hunt… so when the boys woke up, they came into our room and we started filming them from there, and we did until they found the Mickey, which ended up being like the most boring and most disappointing video ever. Nothing like the cute surprise videos they have in the Disney commercials or on YouTube… nope, but mine could probably make it in the fail videos of the month.
So the second they opened the first envelope, Logan said in the most boring voice ‘we’re going to Disney’… with ZERO expression or cheerfulness! I just looked at Brian and I wanted to cry… So I pretended I hadn’t heard him. Then, I have to say they really enjoyed the treasure hunt portion of the surprise, which I guess it’s good. But when they got to the living room, where we had our big surprise, the Mickey, nothing, nada, zip…. crickets. Nobody was jumping or screaming in joy… they just looked at the balloons and said “are we going to Disney?”. Like it was an everyday occurrence. I was NOT impressed.
I had been keeping that secret for over a month now, and spent countless hours trying to plan the perfect trip and they gave me nothing. All Logan asked for after they realized we were going to Disney was if he would still get a stuffed animal for his birthday. Then, I was pissed! Oh well, this will go down as one of the worst surprise ever. But I know they will be excited once we leave for Florida. I still don’t understand why I didn’t get the classic surprised kid reaction… you know, for the last 2 years, Logan has been asking almost EVERY SINGLE DAY when we’d go back. And the moment I give it to him… blank! Oh well, I’m excited for both of them, that’s for sure!!!
So after the surprise fiasco, my 25$ Mario balloon popped. Then Brian went to have it replaced and came back with something completely different, which is when I nearly had a breakdown over a stupid balloon (also my cake had just fell down 3 times, plus the Disney thing, you know!).
But finally, Logan’s friends arrived and having 7 kids running around the house got me distracted enough to forget about all my morning disasters (like by then I knew I may have had overreacted a little about a few things that morning!). Overall, this was a great party, the kids had a blast, we played pin the mustache on Mario, Mario bingo, made a Luigi and Mario puppet thingy, played don’t break Yoshi’s egg and did face paintings. We got some Happy Meals from McDonald’s for lunch (turned out it was Mario Bros boxes and surprises inside!), which was the best decision ever as it was so simple to serve and clean up, and you know, what kid doesn’t like McDonald’s! Logan loved all the handmaid cards and presents he got from his friends, and also had so much fun playing with all of them in the basement. He was so happy his friends came to party with him!
Once the kids were gone, we put the boys down for a quick nap while we cleaned up the house and prep for the second party of the day, the family birthday party. Logan had requested his favourite meal for diner: Spaghetti. Another win, so easy to make and serve… especially when your hosting 25 people and using plastic dishes!
It was a gorgeous day and we swam and played baseball outside all afternoon and evening long. We then all sang loudly for the birthday boy who enjoyed every single minute of his special day. The day was not over that he was already talking about his 7th birthday. But sorry Loggy, this is far far away, and I am not ready to think about it yet… as I have another countdown I’m planning on following closely: my Disney one… 221 days, and counting!
Happy birthday to our baby boy Logan. Loggy, you are the sun, full of light and happiness, your mood is sometime a little too hot to handle, but everybody that knows you, loves you! Don’t ever change; you were born to stand out.
I guess it had to happen at some point, and last week was finally the day I turned 37! Yep… turning 37 on a Wednesday was pretty boring, it felt like just a regular day, except for the delicious Thai food take out my husband brought home from my favorite restaurant and from the delicious Nutella cake my Mom had made!
Of course you already know how much I love birthdays, especially mine!!! I could easily scream out loud to everybody that it is my birthday. You know, one day that is all mine… well, almost all mine as I had to share it with three young boys from my school, but that’s ok!
My youngest son has for sure inherited my love to throw a good party. On the Saturday before, my Mom, Frank, Jojo and Lulu were all coming over for diner to celebrate my birthday, so we woke up early and baked a few cakes, made lots of food and decorated the house. Logan wanted me to have a Minnie Mouse Party so bad! Thanks for the idea Loggy, of course I want a Minnie Mouse Party, who wouldn’t?
We gathered all of our Disney books, watched a few movies while prepping, found a bunch of Mickey Ears and got to wear all of our Disney gear. After all, turning 37 is not that bad! We really had a great time, ate cake and lit the candles over 37 times for sure! Logan thought there’d be way more people, as he kept on asking me where everyone were, but it was a fun, low key, last minute family get together. Just the perfect way to celebrate a 37th birthday!
The next morning was less pleasant, as Logan started to be sick, then missed 2 days of school, then my birthday, and then two days later, it was Liam’s turn to be stuck at home, sick. We try but we rarely have one on one dates with the boys, so on Saturday I decided to keep up with the birthday theme and brought Logan to Disney on Ice show. Bought some tickets couple hours prior to the show, we both got into our Disney gear and putted on our Mickey ears and on our way we were. I love these little dates with my boys, I have to plan more of these.
After five minutes there, I caved in and bought the –stupid– Disney wand… I actually don’t think there’s anything stupid about it, I just think that 35$ is a bit expensive and every time they see one they want one. At least this time I only had to buy one! We had the best time together, sharing a pizza slice while watching the show, talking about how much we love each other and how much we couldn’t wait to tell poor sick Liam about our magical day.
Can’t wait for the next date, not sure what we’ll do yet, but it will be special because time together always is. As for Disney, well, you can never go wrong with ANY Disney idea or activities. Hopefully my birthday wish to go on the Disney cruise will come true sooner rather than later!
Hope you had a wonderful week my friends! It’s now time to relax and enjoy our March Break vacation. Have a magical weekend and March Break mylemondroplife followers!
We are officially ready to cheer! Cheer for the Olympic games that is! We love the Olympics and we couldn’t be more excited. For two weeks we’ll be seated at the edge of our seats waiting for results, times, scores, medals, etc. Well, maybe we will already know the results because of time difference with Pyeongchang, but still, it’s so nerve racking to watch our Canadian athletes perform!
The boys loved to watch the last summer Olympics and were in awe for every competition, but mostly for diving… as they couldn’t believe real people were doing crazy stuff like that! We then started playing in the pool, jumping around, where I would present each of them as if they were contestants. Liam surprised us and did a front flip for the first time (without anyone knowing this was coming) and we went all crazy! He was so proud of himself right after he came out of the water, not too sure of what had just happened; but I was almost as proud of myself for catching it on video! We still cheer every time we watch it. And if he makes it to the Olympics one day, well that will make an awesome feel-good story on TV, with the video of its first jump ever!
So to say we are ready for some friendly winter competition is an understatement. The boys’ stuffed animals have already been competing in acrobatic skiing and jumping, winning soccer and go-kart medals as well as some of Brian’s dad old trophies we keep in the boys’ room!
We’ve also decorated our home with flags of various countries, drew the Olympic rings on the blackboard, and gathered all our Go-Canada gear. Found the cutest Olympic long john’s at The Bay for the boys, so fun to dress them in one-piece again!
We will be watching the Opening Ceremony tomorrow night with an Olympic flag pizza (which I’ll try to re-create from Pinterest). I’ve also made this cute cake in the shape of a tuque! We had so much fun baking and decorating our mini-donuts to build the Olympic rings. There is now sprinkles everywhere in my house, though!
Competitions are already underway, as there was some curling and alpine skiing today, so Go Canada! We’ll be watching and cheering for all of our athletes; and medal or not, you guys make us proud anyway. Good luck to all.
So, even if we’re full on-cheering for Canada with our gears and everything ready in our house, we will also be – very closely – following and cheering for one of our neighbors from the United States, Andrew Weibrecht, who has a special place in our hearts. Andrew’s family owns the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, and although we weren’t able to meet with him when we visited the beautiful MLI in December, we certainly got the chance to admire his two Olympic medals at the reception desk, and would love to see a another one on the wall next time we’re visiting. He’ll now be in his 3rd games, and I have to say that I will be cheering for him in his super-G races.
So Go Canada Go! And Go Andrew Go. Make us all proud! I wish you all some great 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic games.
It was another crazy jam-packed week at our house. I often/always make too many plans… at least this week there were a lot of Halloween’s related activities, which I’ll never get enough of!
So on Friday night, we visited Pumpkin Inferno at Upper Canada Village; where over 7000 beautiful pumpkins are all lighten up and displayed in different themes and sections of the village. We were joined by my sister-in-law, her family and matante Lulu for the evening. So right after work, we all changed and got ready to leave, picked up a super healthy diner at McDonald’s and then drove the 1:25 it takes from our house to get there. Just about 20 minutes before we arrived, I kind of had a flash that I may had forgotten the boys winter jackets. So we stopped on the side of the road, opened the trunk, to see nothing else than my own jacket in there. Yep, parents of the year, once again. The boys were wearing sweaters, but with a very cold October night ahead, we were in trouble. Well, the boys were in trouble, cause Brian and I were fine with our Fall jacket on! So we went through a couple of stores that were still opened, including the local Home Hardware, but nope, couldn’t find anything there. So we got to Upper Canada Village, parked the car, gave the boys our jackets while we were all waiting in line, and once we made it in, we got the boys a nice souvenir from Upper Canada Village: two –way too large- jackets that they’ll probably never wear again. Ah well, at least we had a great time and the boys didn’t freeze too much. It is such a beautiful place to visit, whether you love or not Halloween. I wish these pumpkins were all in my front yard!
So then on Saturday night there was a surprise party organized for my friend Karine, which turned out to be like an all-day event! But such a fun day where we all had a blast! First we had lunch at Fraser Café in Ottawa. I had never been there, and it was simply delicious. I want to go back like right now, and try other things from their awesome menu! We then took a walk on the parkway with the most gorgeous Fall weather. Then I went back home to finish the surprise birthday cake, and then back to another restaurant for the surprise party with friends and family. Seriously, I’m getting way too old for this, but since it was my friend’s birthday I went along with it… and we stayed at the pub until past 1:00 am… ouch!!! Let just say that Sunday was a very lazy day for me. We did the treat bags and carved out our pumpkin, all while watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. We had a little theme going on with Jack Skellington pie and hand painted mugs we used for hot chocolate. With all that cold rain, we really needed it! So then, painfully, I got through Sunday without even a nap.
Monday was for last minute Halloween preps. Making sure the Cars’ costumes were secure enough to bring to school, started to crimped my hair for my own costume (newfound respect for my Mom who used to do my hair like that when I was a kid and also for all the girls who were teens in the late 80’s), and then stocked the boys Halloween owl’s chairbacker with treats.
Finally, the 31 rolled in and you would have thought it was Christmas morning in our house! So much excitement, from like every one! I love this so much… we got all dressed up, even Brian who’s not really into it normally picked up some stuff from his wardrobe and dressed up as… I’m not even gonna say what he said he was, he’d be too happy if I did!
So I got dressed up as Moana, so much fun, but so cold outside with my light outfit! Then I brought the boys at school with their huge car costume. As soon as they were in they started to drive and cruise through the school’s corridors. The school hadn’t started yet but you could clearly feel the energy from all the kids excitement! Good luck teachers!
Then finally, time for trick or treating! But it was so cold outside… so I decided to leave my costume behind and settled for my Uggs boots and mittens. After 30 minutes outside, we had done every house on our street, we all had enough and got back home to dive into candy heaven! I will say this, my children have much more control over candy than I do/did as a kid! I don’t even think Liam had one piece. He counted them all, made sure he had as many as his brother, but didn’t really ate any. He did wake up this morning with way less in his bowl. Ooops! I won’t say how many I had… I’m kind of ashamed, really! LOL.
So that’s a wrap for Halloween 2017. Decoration are coming down tonight. Clean up is underway. Now, I won’t say I’m ready for Christmas already, but I got my eyes on a festive pj’s and it shouldn’t be long before it’s mine!
Hope you all had a happy Halloween and eat some candies and chocolate bars!
This weekend was nothing short of amazing. I’m exhausted today, but it was sooo worth it. I had been eyeing an Harry Potter concert in Montreal for months, and early last week, Brian got us three tickets for Saturday night; and I have been prepping ever since! Liam and I have been watching Harry Potter every chance we got over the last 6 months, and I knew he would love the concert. Logan, not so much! That’s why he only got 3 tickets!
So on Friday night, I organized the ultimate Harry Potter and the Sorcerers’ Stone viewing party to set the mood for the next day. I decorated the living room with floating candles, houses crest, books, more candles, and our wands, of course!
For the occasion I had baked a cake, prepared some nutella filled “Howlers” pop-tarts, had some popcorn ready, filled lots of different sized jars with candy and chocolate, and displayed all of it on our huge credenza. We also brought up the kids playroom tv for the occasion. So once we got home from work and school, the boys played outside with the neighbors before inviting them to come inside and watch the Harry Potter movie and share the fun night with them. They had never watched the movie so I was very excited for them… they’re so lucky to see this movie for the first time! They all had lots of popcorn while Logan had way too much candy and chocolate; but still, he was the first one to ask to go to bed!
On Saturday morning we cleaned up the house and left for Montreal, while dropping Logan at my Mom’s place on the way there. We rarely go out with only one child. Maybe we should do it more often, but they pretty much like the same things, and it’s fun to spend some family time, so we always bring both of them with us, whatever we do. But on Saturday we decided that we would try to do this more often with only one of them since Liam just loved it, and I’m sure Loggy will too! Liam even told us couple times that he felt like he was on a vacation with the two of us! I thought it was so cute for him to tell us that. And I loved that he felt like that! I guess he needs time away from his brother once in a while!
So we went shopping with him… wow, so much easier with only ONE kid!!! Then we brought him over to Scarolie’s for diner; which is Brian and I favorite Italian place in Montreal (and has been ever since the first time we’ve been there on one of our first date back in the 90’s when we were just teenagers!). Liam loved his pasta, ate a lot of bread, and with a 4:30 reservation for three, well by 5:45 we were out of there and on our way to Place des Arts, Downtown Montreal. Once we made it there, Liam putted on his Gryffindor robe while I wore my Luna sunglasses. Liam and I had also both brought our wands! Good thing cause Liam would have surely wanted one, and they were like 50$… while mine costed around 1$ to make! Not bad, right? But of course we had to buy him something! So when he saw an owl stuffed animal who looked just liked a mini version of Harry’s, how could I say no! So he was walking in Place des Arts with his owl looking just like Harry!
So we made it to our mezzanine seats, and the concert hall was full. The show consisted of the second movie of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, on a large high definition screen with a live symphony orchestra playing the movie score. It was quite impressive to watch –and to hear– the orchestra, and sometime I would completely forget about the movie and just get lost and captivated by the music, and vice versa. Even though it’s a very long movie, Liam didn’t take his eyes away from the screen, even for a minute. Once the show was over, he told me he was coming back in June for the next movie. I didn’t even know that there was another show coming up. Guess he saw that somewhere! But of course we will be back. This will probably become an annual date with Liam… as we both like movies, music, and a bit of magic! So by the time we made it back to the car, Little Harry was pretty tired, and before we even got out of the theater parking lot, he was sound asleep.
Sunday consisted of visiting family and playing in a huge piles of leaves. We so lucky with this mild October weather that we are trying to spend has much time outside as possible.
We had a perfect Fall weekend. Hope you have a magical week my friends!
So I guess I should pop some champagne now? After 82 posts, 33 recipes, 1079 pictures and many new friends and followers, mylemondroplife is 1!!!
What a year it’s been. Never could I have imagined, even in my wildest dream, the kind of success mylemondroplife.com got in its first year. To be honest, at first I thought that my closest friends and my mom would probably be the only one following me… but with the thousands of hits I get now, I got to say THANK YOU not only to my closest friends (you girls rock!) and to my mom (love you mom!), but to all of my followers and readers, and to anyone and everyone who browsed through my blog in the last year. You’re the best and you make me all so happy!!!
It’s been fun, it’s been hard, it takes time, it takes organization, it take patience (not my best suit and sorry Bry), it takes love. And I just love to do it. My boys don’t even know what blogging is, but hopefully one day they’ll read some of my posts and remember how much fun life was in 2017. My life hasn’t changed since a year ago; I’ve always treasured the time we spend together, I’ve always loved to take some pictures (even pictures of my food at restaurant); now I just share it with everyone!
It makes me so happy when someone tries a recipe they found on my blog or when they do an activity I have talked about. I love when people share everyday stuff with me, and I try do to the same. It makes all the time I spend creating this blog so worthwhile.
So I’ve decided to celebrate by having my childhood friend Jen over, to take some pictures of us… Jen recently started her own photography business and she’s awesome. I’m usually 98% of the time behind my camera or iPhone, capturing photos, but this time I was in front of it and it was a bit nerve-racking! Jen was great. She took a few pictures of our family and then we ventured into my kitchen. So I baked with the boys, like we do every week, but this time with my own professional photograph capturing shots of us while whisking cake batter. We then blew mylemondroplife first candle and dove right into the cake.
I’m in love with the shots she took. Jen knew exactly what I wanted and made it happen. You should check out her PhilanthroPics Facebook page and book a session with her! Like she wasn’t awesome enough already, she also gives out 10% of all her profits to charity. I call that a win-win! Yeah, she’s just great!
So in order to celebrate (or mostly to thank you), I’ve teamed up with PhilanthroPics and offering you 100$ towards a photoshoot. All you have to do is subscribe to mylemondroplife.com AND follow PhilanthroPics on Facebook and make sure you’re available to travel to the Ottawa or Whitby region for the shoot.
So let’s celebrate year one and make plans for new adventures, more fun, more family time and more laughs. A special thanks to my number one cheerleader my Mom, who one year ago had no clue what a blog was… and now she’s addicted! To my colleague Rachel who taught me EVERYTHING about blogging. And to my closest friends for pushing me to do this in the first place and for being so awesome… thanks for letting me take pictures of your food, of your drinks, of your rubber boots, and of you! You girls are the best… like who buys you everything if it’s made of lemons? (Like my awesome Kate Spade apron, thanks Cath!)! Thanks to my boys, and to my husband Brian, and to all of you who had to go along with a crazy idea I might have had this past year just to make a blog post a bit more interesting!
To everyone who reads this blog and follows me. THANK YOU. I love you all. Year 2 starts now, and it’s going to be a great one!
Well, it’s already Thursday and we’re still trying to recuperate from our crazy weekend! Let’s just say that sometimes, I may over estimate how much time we actually have!
It all started on Friday morning when we went blueberry picking as I explained in last week’s post. We got back home, baked a little bit, had lunch, and then decided to leave for downtown Ottawa to watch La Machine.
La Machine was a 4-day event for the celebration of Canada 150th. A dragon and a spider, chasing each other around the city. They were huge, and so spectacular. To get there, we took the bus from Orleans, and it wasn’t that bad, as it took us only 50 minutes to get there. We then started to run around the By Ward Market to find them. We were spellbound by these robots the second we saw them. The boys couldn’t get enough. After an hour in the scorching heat, in was time to leave for the bus station and make our way back home. Well THAT my friend was an adventure of its own… the three of us stuck on the bridge for almost an hour, waiting for our bus along with 5000 other people. When our bus finally got there, we hoped on, glued to other passengers for a very long 80 minutes! Boy oh boy was I glad to see my car and my A\C when I got off that bus!
We all took showers, changed, and then were on our way for diner at my Mom’s. We had relatives that came down from Kitchener for the weekend, so we wanted to spend time with them, but by 11pm it was time to leave, and finally, by midnight, we were back home and ready for bed. I was done… and needed some sleep as the next day was somewhat over planned as well!
On Saturday morning, we got ready and drove to our friends’ camping site for a kid’s birthday party. Spent a few hours there with our friends and then had to change camping lots for another 2 birthday parties. Brian’s sister’s kids are now so big… 12 and 13 already! So I spent some time with Brian’s family while the boys rode the golf carts and played with their cousins. Then, we had to go back home to get all dressed up cause at 6pm it was wedding time, as my little brother was getting married!
So went back home, the kids took a nap, we changed and got ready. Yeah, my brother got married… still can’t actually believe it, but he did! Congrats Alex and Crystal! We had a great time with some family members we clearly don’t see enough. They had a clown for the kids and they had so much fun. Our house is still full of balloon swords, and balloon microphones, one octopus, as well as some other stuff I don’t really know what is it and probably don’t want to know!
Sunday morning, let’s say it was hard to get out of bed. We all slept in till 9. Don’t think it has ever happened… but I loved it! We then ran errands, prepare diner and waited for our guests. The weather was gorgeous and we spent the afternoon in the pool. Made some Cubano pork sandwiches and had fluffy cheesecake for dessert. Another late night! But its summer, so who cares!?!
Well, Brian did, since he was working on Monday morning… but as for us, we crashed on the couch for most of the day! Way too lazy to do anything or to tackle any chores or errands we needed done. I made the boys watch Harry Potter for the first time since it was Harry’s birthday. We also made a Hagrid style cake! I really hope my love for Potter will be passed on to them! They may not want to fly a broom like I do, but later this week we’ll be making our own wands. And they’re the one who asked for it, so I guess that’s good a start!
Finally, on Tuesday it was our 8th wedding anniversary. Not sure when we’ll have time for a date night, but I surely can’t wait. For now, we celebrated with soccer night and then a visit to Brian’s dad to see more relatives from Chicoutimi that were visiting for the weekend.
Hope you also had a great -but less crowded- weekend like we did! If not, well it’s not too late to start planning for the long weekend since tomorrow’s already Friday!
Happy Thursday and happy long weekend!!!
Every mom must say this once a year; every year: ‘I can’t believe my baby is now 1’, then 2, then 3…! Well, I must have said it like a 1000 times over the last few weeks… and then, on Friday, it happened… and my baby Logan turned 5. And just like that, it seemed like it was all over and I didn’t have babies anymore. Hopefully, as I was about to cry, Logan told me that he’d be a baby until he’s 9. I’ll take that Loggy! And maybe a few more months after that if that’s okay with you!
I’ve never seen anyone being this excited about a birthday… EVER. Not even I as a kid, and God knows how I loved my birthday celebrations!!! Since he turned 4 he’s been wanting to be 5, just like Liam. And for the last 40 days, first thing in the morning, he’s been sneaking into our bedroom to give us the countdown.
He didn’t ask for a specific birthday-theme. So I tried to influence him with Cars, then Tsum Tsum, then Minions, etc. But nothing got him excited… until a few months ago when I mentioned maybe a music birthday party!
Fun theme, but after looking through stores and online, a music party is well, meh! Nothing for kids… So along the way, I added my own twist to it: a Beatles music birthday party! He was all for it… and boy did I had fun with this one!
Everything was from scratch. After all, where can you find Beatles stuff for a 5 year old!?! He wanted lots of colors, so it all started with a picture of the band from the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club… oh yeah, the one with the satin suits! And then came the birthday theme title: All you need is Lo…gan!!! Brian says it’s corny; but I think it’s clever! I’m so proud of that one, and it made such a great poster!
We already had a turntable and some Beatles records to go with the theme. My friend Rachel designed the poster for the cake table that I got printed at Walmart for less than 15$. Then went to a consignment store and found some cheap women satin blouse and drape ropes to make some nice Beatles’ outfits for the boys so they would have their own satin suits. It’s one of my favorite projects ever for sure… my sewing machine didn’t cooperate, so I glue gunned everything! They went crazy when they putted the shirts on… brought my Fender pink guitar out as well as a kid’s microphone to take some pictures. That’s when they both started to scream ‘Rock & Roll’!!! I’ve never said those words in my life so no clue where this came from, but it gave me a hilarious photo-shoot!
I had some help from my friend Catherine who ran errands for me and then took our Abbey Road family picture. We blew what seems like hundreds of balloons… wanted more, but had to stop cause my fingers had blisters. Made a few Beatles cakes and lots of food: “I am the Eggman” devil eggs, “Yellow Submarine” twinkies, salads, sausage in a bun, beans and nachos and guac. I found an old box full of records in the garage that Brian’s uncle Bobby (famous family musician himself) had given him years ago, and used it for decorations, and garlands and cake stands. Spent 90 minutes making a Beatles mural in the parking lot. Then it was finally time for Logan’s Beatles birthday party to begin!
But a few hours earlier… on Friday morning, the birthday boy was ready to rock and roll at something like 6 am when he came running in our bedroom to tell us it was his birthday! Not sure how many times he asked when his guests were coming after that, as he was just so excited.
Finally, friends and family arrived. He played with his cousins, gave kisses to everyone coming through the door, putted all the gifts on the birthday gifts table, had a blast in the pool, played in the backyard, and then by 6pm or so, he decided to take a nap on the couch! He was done! Not sure if it was all the stress and the excitement or just fatigue, but he was out. So we all had diner without the birthday boy. Then, I woke him up for gifts opening and cake. Poor baby, he was so lost, but also so happy that it was still his birthday!
He was so spoiled, and then thanked everyone for all the birthday presents, one by one. He then wanted to blow his candles. I asked him to put on his satin suit for the birthday cake picture… and he was okay with it… which secretly made me so happy! So we all sang and cheered, and he was so happy.
Oh yeah, right before Loggy’s nap, all the kids (as well as a few grown-ups) played an intense baseball game in the backyard, with some pretty excited spectators on the deck, all with their favorite drink in their hand. That was Brian’s favorite part of the evening. Later, once everyone had enjoy their Beatles piece of cake, just as it started to get dark outside, I threw a few dozen glow sticks in the pool and jumped in with all the kids… a few dozen glow sticks and a million mosquitos… still, that was one of my favorite part of the evening! It was so much fun!
Once the party was over, kids left with sweets from the Piñata while our adult guests left with some “Strawberry Jam Forever” jars, as thank you gift. It went all too fast. He cried when I sang ‘All you need is Logan’ in his bed. He wanted his birthday to last forever… well, he is my son after all, and he loves a good party as much as I do!
Logan, you’re the funniest person I know. You are an emotional roller-coaster and you are proud of it, and that’s okay, because what you love, you love it passionately, and I love this about you. You love your brother to pieces, your family, your bunny, McQueen, French Fries with vinegar, singing, dancing, playing board games, going to school, hiding stuff everywhere that we won’t find until later, as well as giving me millions of kisses every day. We adore you baby Loggy. You may grow old, but as you do, please don’t ever stop being who you are. ‘Love is all, Love is you’.
I can’t believe this was over 2 years ago already. I will say this again and again, but time flies, and sometimes I don’t like it because I love them so much, just the way they are now!
I’m actually the one who introduced Mario Bros to Liam. One rainy morning, about 3 years ago, I dusted the Wii and pressed start. They rest is history. He was hooked, like instantly. And then Logan followed. At that time, for a while, all Liam wanted to do was to play with his Mario and friends stuffed animals. So it was only natural that his fourth birthday would be Mario Bros-themed.
Honestly, I had so much fun planning it! It reminded me of all the hours I spent watching my brother play as a kid!
Bought some white canvas and painted his favorite characters; bought stars balloons and painted eyes, just like in Mario Kart; and then used some wrapping paper for all the mountains and vines. My mom had made some cut-outs of Princess Peach and Mario, and they were a hit! She also made some crochet mushroom hats that the boys still wear daily!
The cake was big, but what can I say, we have huge parties! It was fairly easy to make… I used some vinyl characters and made warp zones with toilet paper carton rolls! Cupcakes are always a must for kids party; easy to make and easy to eat!
I honestly can’t remember what we had to eat… probably pizza! Liam’s favorite food back then; Liam’s favorite food now!
We still have the art work of all the characters in the boys playroom… they just love Mario Bros’ toys, especially stuffed animals… they play with them almost every day. I would say we have around 40 of them in the house!!! Various Marios, Luigis, Yoshis, Toads and Peaches, and then a Bowser, a ghost, a fish, a turtle, etc., as well as many other less popular ones like Ludwig Von Koopa and Larry! They seem to have them all, but still, they always find a new one they don’t have! They both know which one they want next (well, only if they get great report cards!).
They love to play the Mario games on the Wii… it’s so funny, they know how to complete most of the levels before they even try it for the first time! Since they’ve discovered Mario 3 years ago, one of their favorite things to do is to watch someone else play Mario’s on YouTube. They only like watching the Wii games… I’ve tried to make them watch the old Nintendo Mario games, but they didn’t find it too exciting! REALLY??? I could have spent hours playing Duck Hunt back then!!! So they often play on the Wii with Brian on the weekends, mostly on Saturday morning, as we have to try to limit screen time during the week… cause once they start, they could play all day!
This week, Minecraft is the new thing in our house! It’s all they talk about, so they won’t play with their Mario’s… but you know what, just like all the other games and toys they fell in love with over the last 2 years (Lego, plants vs zombies, Shopkins, etc.), Mario will always come back on top eventually… well I hope so, because I got to admit that I secretly love seeing them play a game I used to love myself when I was their age. Crazy how some things don’t change!
I am so ready for the extra-long weekend that Easter brings! We always have a jam-packed weekend, and this year if no different. Shopping on Good Friday with Jojo, followed by a no-meat-family-dinner at Lulu’s with fish, omelets and poutine! On Saturday we’re celebrating Easter at my Mom’s with a nice Prime Rib, and Sunday is our annual Chicken N’ Rib feast at Brian’s mom.
The boys are ready to have a few days off, and so am I. They’re anxious for the Egg Hunt on Saturday and all the chocolate they’re about to eat this weekend (and so am I!)
So here’s a few pictures of a few dessert options for this weekend. Easy, fun and delicious! My boys love to bake with me, and they love all the icing colors and sprinkle; cupcake decorating is one of their favorite things to do in the kitchen! Must be because they get to eat so much sugar while doing it!
As much as I love chocolate, I try to mix it up when it comes to the Easter Basket; and the boys already get so much chocolate from others at Easter. I always get them summer stuff, like Crocs or shoes, pj’s, books or movies, and of course one candy. I also try to make one for my husband, so I guess this year he knows what he’s having: Beau’s beer, t-shirt and chocolate! Maybe I should post here what I want in my basket?!!
So, what’s your favorite Easter tradition? And your favorite Easter treat?
Remember to have fun this weekend, to spend time with your family, and to drive safe. Happy Easter everyone!