I try to read a book or a couple of chapters of a large book every night before my daughter sleeps. After the story is done she always begs for another story, so I tell her one. What has now become tradition every night are silly stories that go in crazy directions because they go like this…..
“once upon a time, there was a peacock who loved to…..(I pretend to fall asleep, so my daughter whispers Mama wake up) . play hopscotch on the big …... (I fall asleep again, she says mama). front lawn of the whitehouse, and just as the peacock jumps up in the air she lands on a. (asleep again…mama). giant marshmallow and gets stuck, so she has to call the . (snoring now…mama!). pizza delivery guy to eat lunch so she can eat the marshmallow for dessert. Then she is so tired so she flies back to her ….. (asleep again…mama wake up). seashell and climbs in to go to sleep, the end
Each time my daughter wakes me up after I’ve pretended to sleep she finds what I say next hilarious. I just say the first random thing that pops into my head for each story. A couple nights ago it ended up being about a snail who went sledding and ate pickles, another time it was a pony to waterskied and made friends with a rock and ate sunbeams.
Last year my daughter wanted to have a Tangled themed party. So of course I sought out to make it colorful and fun. I used lots of different colored streamers to make the room festive, added balloons and even found hanging paper lanterns on a string. There were wall clings added to the walls and later moved to her room after the party. Party favors were simple homemade candy melted into Easter flower molds which look just like the special flower from the sun. Lastly the cake I wanted to be of Rapunzel’s birthday wish to see the lanterns. I’ve seen so many pictures of cakes that are of the tower but she wasn’t happy there, so why make something like that for a celebration? I first bought the small doll set with the boat and made a simple cake and decorated it to look like the water with the lanterns reflecting in it. Next I found a large piece of cardboard and painted the backdrop on it. I purchased the little battery operated tea lights and cut the very tip off the flame, I poked through a pencil to make holes randomly where I wanted to put the lights and cut out tiny pieces of yellow tissue paper. Then I glued the paper folded in on each side around the lights. They all created a beautiful flickering effect of real lanterns. Both my daughter and husband were in awe over my creation. The photos dont do it justice. That backdrop was saved and now stays on my daughter’s shelf.