Friday, August 13, 2010

Crayon/Color Party

I mentioned in my previous post that Katelyn loves to color, paint, and draw, so I thought it would be fun to do a crayon/color themed birthday party. It turned out to be such a fun theme!

the invitations

the front door sign
(it bugs me that the crayons and the "happy birthday" are crooked, but I didn't have the time or energy to go back and fix it)

the cake
(got the idea off the internet)

the take home "bags": little bucket, pack of crayons, coloring book, a little candy, and a crayon eraser
(this is a great time of year to do this theme because all the school supplies are such a great deal)

Katelyn added her own little touch and drew a picture for all her friends that came and then I wrote a little thank you note at the top and helped Katelyn write her name.
The Activities:

While everyone was arriving the kids did some coloring.

After everyone arrived I read the book "The Crayon Box That Talked".
Then we played a few games. I didn't get pictures of the first two games which were running relays while holding a large inflatable crayon and throwing the inflatable crayons through a hula hoop. These next two pictures are from our made up version of freeze dance. On the invitation I had asked the kids to wear their favorite color shirt. So we put on some music and let them dance, when the music stopped they ran to the color of card stock that matched their shirt. Then we mixed it up a little and had them run to a color that didn't match their shirt. They had so much fun with this game. Ashley felt like she should run to pink because she was wearing a pink skirt.

Then Katelyn opened her presents and loved everything she got.
We finished off the party with some cake and ice cream. Then they just played with toys until it was time to go. All of the kids were so good and Katelyn was a happy birthday girl!

I just had to add this last picture of Katelyn in her princess dress. She has been asking for a Sleeping Beauty dress for a long time. She finally got her wish and has worn it almost everyday since. She had a great weekend full of celebrating with her party on Saturday and then her actual birthday on Sunday. My mom was able to be here for Katelyn's birthday and that made it extra special.
Our 4 year old princess!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

On August 8th

(photo taken by my brother, Eric)

Katelyn turned 4 years old!!!

4 things about Katelyn:

1. She loves to color, paint, draw, and create.

2. She loves to dance and just started taking ballet and tap.

3. She is very coordinated and can kick, throw, hit, and catch a ball really well.

4. She has a great imagination.

1 day old

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old (I am loving how she posed for this one.)

4 years old (She was not in the mood for a picture. So no smile, but I did get a little smirk.)

Some other things I want to remember about Katelyn now that she is four:
loves to be a helper, very good at folding towels and wash cloths, likes to do the dishes (just mainly playing in the water), loves having painted toenails, can identify her letters and knows the sounds, likes princesses, likes girly things but can get her hands dirty and play rough and tumble with Luke and daddy, enjoys doing puzzles, favorite shows: Hi-5, Ni-Hao Kai-lan, Yo Gabba Gabba, and Sesame Street, likes to play games on the computer, can be quite moody ;), likes to go shopping with me, loves preschool, LOVES popsicles and likes to eat, says the "c" and "k" sound like a "t" sound (so "cake" sounds like "tate"), likes playing with play-doh, loves music and will often make up songs using instruments she creates from toys, plays really well with Luke and sometimes plays well with Ashley ;)

I Love My Katelyn!