Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Perfect Peppa Party

If you've been paying attention to my bunch over the past few years, you'll know July gets crazy.

Nathan turned eight last Tuesday and we celebrated his sister the very next day. Nora has entered the Not-So-Terrible-But-Still-Pretty-Stubborn Twos and though I've neglected to mention it here, you better believe she has been living it up. She's still belting out the birthday song from her crib. While I need to catch you up on this spitfire of a kid, today we're talking about her party. Her Peppa Party.

This was just a small family party, but we still went to town on pink and blue decor because A) it's fun and B) you're only two once! As for the menu, the only thing that actually involved ingredients were our classic meatballs {frozen meatballs, jar of Heinz chili sauce and a can of cranberry sauce}. To go with the theme, we served chocolate pudding Muddy Puddles, Mr. Potato Chips, and fresh fruits and veggies from Grandpa Pig's garden. This will make more sense if you've met Peppa Pig. Also, we had Cheeto puffs and chocolate chip cookies. It was Nora's party, after all:

Prior to the big bash, this was Nora's favorite sentence: "Peppa party? Peppa cake?" You should've heard her gasp when we opened her special treat. Peppa cake, indeed. Too bad we had to go and set it on fire:

Don't worry, she got over it and enjoyed every bite. She kept that smile on her face for present time, too. I knew this year was going to be good because Nora is the most excitable little kid I know. Everything fills every inch of her body with joy and she can't help but let it spill out through her face. She was so very excited for present time {see first photo}. She squealed with each gift and then took it to a grown-up for the opening and assembling processes. She has had a blast baking cookies, rocking babies, and toting around her new purple purse.

Thanks to everyone who made Nora's day extra special, despite the stink eye she may or may not have thrown your way. This baby girl is bursting with character, but I guess you can say she fits in perfectly:

{This was the best take. I promise.}

Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nathan: Age 8

Today this cool dude turns eight years old.

That's dangerously close to double digits and I'm not sure how I feel about it, honestly. However, the celebrations roll on! Nathan's friends met him at the local water park once again this year and splashed the night away. He had such a good time and I heard, "This is the best birthday party EVER!" more than once. We dined on shark fin cupcakes {shoutout to Jonathan on his fondant skills}, we watched Nathan rip into lots of cool presents, and every party-goer who met the height requirement conquered the big slide. It was a good day for a special kid.

Happy birthday to the guy who will always worry about the needs of others, who volunteers to clean the Cheetos off the carpet, and who provides an excellent {albeit small} shoulder to lean on. I know that sounds wild to write about a kid who's only been around eight years, but that's Nathan. Every time I think about the characteristics he brings to the bunch, compassion is number one. He has a genuine care about the world around him and he's going to do big things, I tell you. Soon, too - he's been quick to tell me he's now halfway to a driver's license.

In line with Bauer tradition, I asked the birthday boy to sit down for an interview this afternoon. If you're curious, you can compare these answers to past years' interviews here and here. Without further ado, Nathan at eight:

Birthday Interview: 20 Questions
  1. What is your name and how old are you?
    My name is Nathan and I am eight years old.

  2. What is your favorite thing to do?
    Play Minecraft and play with my family.

  3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
    I'd like to be an artist because I'm good at drawing.

  4. What is your favorite food?
    Fried chicken. Any kind of fried chicken, really.

  5. What is your favorite TV show?
    Spongebob, but my dad doesn't really like it.

  6. What is your favorite animal?
    Cheetah because they can run really fast.

  7. What is your favorite toy?
    My Legos because you can build whatever you want, like lots of tiny houses.

  8. What's your favorite thing to wear?
    I guess... clothes? I really like that shirt with surfboards on it.

  9. What do you do really well?

  10. What makes you laugh?
    YOU make me laugh when you say funny stuff and Owen makes me laugh when he pull his pants down.

  11. What are you afraid of?

  12. Who is your best friend?
    Owen because we have fun together in our room.

  13. What's the best thing about your little brother?
  14. I like that he makes funny faces.

  15. What's the best thing about your little sister?
  16. She plays action figures with me a lot.

  17. What do you like to do with your parents?
    I like to watch movies with them.

  18. What do you love to learn about?
    Math because it's fun to add.

  19. Where do you like to go?
    I like to go to Nana's because she has fun stuff like World of Warcraft.

  20. What is your favorite book?
    Nonfiction books about bugs.

  21. What is your favorite movie?
    The Croods.

  22. If you had one wish, what would it be?
    That everything at the store was free so I could grab everything in an aisle, put it in the cart, and just leave.

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