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I know. Fake cupcakes just sounds bad on so many levels. However, I had to work within narrow limitations for my son’s birthday celebration at school. Since his school has a “no sweets” policy, I tried to still give him a cake of sorts for his class party.
Remember my Lego Advent Calendar? Well it turns out that most of the 24 days consisted of these cute little miniature Star Wars battleships!
They are simple to put together and are made up of small but very few pieces. I was actually going to hunt down these pieces and pull them together for the contents of each cupcake, but I found out that most minifigure collectors had bought the Advent Calendar set specifically for the 6 figures that came with it and were selling the ships (unopened) for about $1 each on Ebay. That made my life a lot simpler! I ordered enough ships for the entire class (and a couple leftover).
Next I had to figure out how to stick a candle in somewhere. Since these cupcakes were made of tissue, I needed some kind of elevated stand for the candle… I went on a hunt in Rex’s room and came away with this. One of his many creations.
I taped the Lego plate that the ship and troopers were on directly to the platter and arranged the “cupcakes” all around it. Voila! My fake cupcakes that passed the school guidelines for no sweet treats!
This trick definitely works better on kids (or adults) who prefer Lego toys over cupcakes!
About 3 years ago we started the tradition of the Advent Calendar during the Christmas season. Over the course of the 3 years we’ve customized it to tailor to what my little boy is into. This is his favorite part of December. And it also makes it easier to get to Christmas when you have something to look forward to every day.
Last year I bought the Playmobil Police Advent Calendars. It wasn’t the prettiest of things. It came in a box with perforated “windows” you could punch out and open each day.
This year I found a Lego Star Wars one on Amazon! Here’s the link to it if any of you have a little Star Wars fan in your family. I ordered it immediately.
So I scoured pinterest for some ideas for alternate and unusual ways to create an advent calendar of sorts. Here is what I came up with using stuff I already had in my home.
To make the tags I found some card stock and used my 1″ hole punch to make 24 circle cards. I also cut up some 2″ square cards to glue the circles on them. I thought about printing the numbers out before cutting them up but it was just too tedious. So I just wrote out the numbers myself
I glued the numbered circle to each square card, attached the corresponding numbered door to the back of the card (each door had instructions on how to put the pieces together), punched a hole and strung my ribbon through
I purchased 3 potted poinsettia plants and placed them on our shelf in the kitchen. I spread out the bags around the plants. I love the color theme and how they tie in with the poinsettias. They actually look like leaves around the plants!
Today my impatient little 5yo will get to open the first one! Let’s just say I’m really glad I hadn’t finished this particular craft any earlier than 2 days before Dec 1. I don’t think I could take anymore 5yo bargaining and conniving to figure out how he could open one earlier than the first day of December!
I grew up without ever celebrating Halloween. It was not part of our culture where I’m from. I remember watching all the Halloween festivities with haunted houses, amazing costumes and tons of candy on TV shows and movies enviously. My first Halloween where I got to actually dress up and pick my own pumpkin to carve came when I was about 20 or so after I moved to the US. Well I might as well have been 5. I LOVED it. And every year after that I’ve always dressed up in a costume come October 31st.
Now that I have two young children it’s a whole new world of Halloween fun. Before the kids came I always got Grizz to dress up in cheesy matching couples costumes with me. Yes we were one of THOSE couples. He of course put up with it. I remember one year we even went out as Pocahontas and John Smith! Trust me, if I could have, I would have gone door to door and asked for candy too!
Well guess what? Now I can! Apparently when you have kids with you it’s ok to go trick or treating even if you’re 36. Imagine that. So now, through my amazing children, I get to live this wonderful holiday I never had as if I were 5 again. I thought about bringing a Halloween candy bag to collect my own but decided I’d just “share” Yoda’s
Every year since my son turned 2 we’ve always had a Halloween family costume theme. And my Grizz always takes a deep breath, puts on whatever I tell him to and we take the kid(s) trick or treating in our neighborhood.
The stores and their owners on the main drag in our neighborhood are always decked out and ready for the hundreds of kids that start flooding the sidewalks at 5pm. But this is SF. We don’t always get candy. And we trick or treat at the neighborhood nail salons while women are getting pedicures
I love that we can just walk 2 blocks for some of the best trick or treating in the city.
After collecting as much candy as they could carry the kids and their families all gathered at our place for even more fun and pizza.
I thought Halloween was awesome when I was 20. With my own kids to share it with today it is even more fun than I could have ever imagined as a child. I’m happy that my children are getting to do all things Halloween every year. Especially since I never did.
It’s a busy day for us all. Lots of games and a parade at school that I’m volunteering to help with as well as Trick or Treating tonight! So I will leave you with a peek into what our day is gonna look like.
I can’t wait to take my Jedi’s trick or treating today. We’ll have more pictures later this week with Grizz and I in costume too. For now I’m off to tackle and enjoy this fun holiday!
Rex’s godmother was here recently and spent the night with us. (He adores her!) She brought him a great Star Wars calendar. Such a perfect gift for him. The woman knows her god-son. Or reads my blog. Either way, he loves it. He wanted to start using it right away unfortunately we have to wait another 3 months before we can start making notes and drawing pictures of important occasions on our new calendar.
He came home from school the day after she left and decided he wanted to write her a thank you card. And no I did not plant the idea in his head. He just decided he wanted to all on his own. So I let him select some tools to make his godmother a card.
He told me what he wanted the card to say. I wrote it out for him on our craft paper lined table. And he copied it word for word all by himself onto the card. Then he started decorating with the stamps. I realized that this whole thank you card thing might have been an excuse to play with his star wars stamps but if it was, it was a good one.
I’ve also noticed he likes to decorate everything the same few ways – Hearts, flowers, stick men and crossing things out with a slash or an “X”. For the colors he either chooses pink. Or orange and black. (He has ALWAYS loved pink)
The child threw the biggest tantrum ever when at first I wouldn’t let her. So in the end to keep the peace and allow my son to make his card without her yanking at him every 2 seconds, I set her up with a couple of washable markers and some paper. That was all she needed and was completely happy with her little art-making-station. So Godma, if you’re reading this, the other paper in there with a whole bunch of *ahem* abstract art, well that’s from Jack-Jack just for you.
After we were finally done with our card (the project took 2 days since my Rex wanted to take breaks and only wanted to work on it when his creativity sparked. Artists! *sigh*) we had to mail it. The closest mailbox in our neighborhood is in front of our favorite bakery. We bundled up and walked up the street for some coffee and breakfast…
And no I don’t know the whole look he was going for with his outfit that morning. I asked him about it casually and he mentioned something about being an FBI Police Officer. I didn’t dig any deeper. Hey, it looked like a legitimate FBI Police Officer to me
But then he wanted to switch it to a traffic cop look at one point I think… I don’t question too much anymore. I just enjoy the imagination and creativity his little 5yo mind comes up with whenever I can
With the start of Kindergarten I’ve learned that my son needs EVERYTHING he takes to school labeled! At preschool there were only 8 kids in his class so his teacher kept track of everything the kids came and left with. Well with a 22:1 child/teacher ratio at kindergarten and 3 kindergarten classes, I definitely could not count on his teacher to keep track of his stuff. And once I learned there was at least one other boy with a Captain Rex lunch box well, I quickly went to work coming up with these luggage name tags!
So I knew I wanted to make something quick and easy, Star Wars themed and out of the foam sheets I had on hand. I decided on luggage tags. At first I thought I would try and draw the Storm Troopers free hand. Ha! My experience making the Star Wars peeps obviously gave me lots of confidence in my Storm Trooper drawing skills! Well I remembered I had ordered these stamps a couple of months ago and decided that it would be much easier to stamp the Storm Trooper helmets than drawing them
I looped it around the handle of his lunch box and hot glued it together. I was a little concerned that the hot glue wouldn’t hold but I’ve yanked hard on it and it seems to be pretty durable. If it comes off I’m going to make the next one using a brad to secure it.
Lots of fun possibilities to personalize this more with the other characters and colors of foam sheets I have. But for now, my Rex knows which lunch box is his!
Oh and I also tagged his backpack!
We really liked our Fathers Day T-Shirts we made so I decided to make us some Star Wars themed ones.
I had picked up this coloring book from Michaels awhile back for a couple of bucks and found it to be a great resource for pictures I could trace and cut from. Definitely better than anything I could find via Google Image search.
When MY Rex saw how cool mine looked he was upset he had chosen the helmet for his shirt. Of course I had extra shirts. I know better by now. So I let him pick another design and started working again
The second time around I knew I didn’t have to trace every single detail of the picture. I just needed the outline and some minor details that I could cut out to give it shape and structure. It went by much quicker.
I’ve decided I’m gonna make one for the babe too! I’ve already got the T-Shirt. Now to pick the design… Stay tuned!
For months both my Rex and I have been saving for this. We finally reached our goal. So this weekend we broke my Lego Fund and emptied his wallet of savings for by far the most elaborate (and expensive) set he now owns.
We’ll post pictures of the finished ship soon. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
That almost NEVER happens. Seriously, I think the last time we BOTH got to go to happy hour together sans kids while the sun was still up was probably before they were born!
Our niece was able to babysit unusually early one sunny evening so on a whim we decided to skip our movie date and head to happy hour by the water where all the kidless grown-ups hang.
It did start to get a little chilly after the sun went down so we moved this two-person party indoors next door where it was warmer and had a TV! Yep this was the game where our rookie Crawford had his first-career-hit GRAND SLAM. I totally called it too! Not kidding. It was bases loaded no outs when he came to the plate. Grizz said the rook would find a way to hit into a triple play to end the inning. I called Grand Slam baby. I’d say it was 50-50 one of us was going to be right
Hmm, not sure where that storm trooper snuck in. Hehe. We had hit a Star Wars sale earlier that day and Grizz claimed him and has now decided to bring him along on our date nights. I think he just misses our son when we’re out. Big softy.
We got home to find both kids sound asleep. One in her crib and the other in ours. Sigh… that’s how it goes in our house. Pretty soon they’ll BOTH be in our beds when we get home. It’s ok. We roll our eyes and pretend to complain but really we love how close they stay to us