A few days ago, Sam and I went to Caleb's 2 year old birthday party. Caleb is one of our good friends and his mommy is a good friend too! It was an enchanted little party because the entire theme was sweet and simple: making cupcakes. Of course, all the kids had no problem throwing on the sprinkles and eating lots of frosting. It was funny because I forgot how quiet a 2 year old birthday party can be. With Sam being 6 and very talkative and energetic with all his friends, walking into a room of little ones making small noises is something I have not been used to... but I liked it. Other than celebrating Caleb being the great age of two, my favorite part was seeing all the handmade things that Caleb's mommy created. She made his shirt with the two on it( actually, not the shirt, but cut the two and placed it on the shirt) very clever, very cute. And then....
The Birthday Crown! Love the crown. So beautiful and it goes with all the other things Katie made, like the....
....bunting that hung between the door ways -little yellow and green polk a dots. I think bunting makes everything look so festive and cheerful. It would be fun to make bunting for ordinary days so when there is a day that needs to have an extra "zip" to it. Hang up the bunting!
And after the kids gobbled down cupcakes and teeter tottered around the yard, the kids went home with this- a little crayon holder that wraps up and ties with a ribbon! Love it! Thank you Katie for being such a clever and fun mommy who turned a two year old birthday party into extra sweetness with your homemade creations. Yep, I think you have some Marie Claire Idee -ness ( French craft magazine) flowing through you! You're an inspiration...makes me want to get some needle and thread out and make something.
This past weekend I had an art show in my hometown of Cedartown, Georgia. This show is not just an ordinary show, it is one that I look forward to every year because I see friends from childhood. There is something about friends that you have known since grade school. These are the ones that you played Barbies with, had spend the night parties and rolled yards, rode bikes with, and even got in fist fights with. These are those treasured friends that will last a lifetime. They know you in ways that only childhood offers and it really is a true gift.
This weekend was a special one because two of my oldest friends from Cedartown were at the art show. It was great being with them and what makes it even more special is that their children were with them as well. One of my friends who I have known since first grade, Gretchen, had her two girls with her and they became my official helpers for the show. Her youngest one had the calculator and helped me price my paintings which was very helpful. She would go up to a painting and punch in the numbers... 53983322++... and then on to the next painting. Both her daughters were so much fun to be with and they painted beautiful masterpieces during the show. Creativity was buzzing everywhere!
Thank you Savannah and Elsa Quay for your great help! Tiff and Greta, thanks for being such dear friends.
Love you all!
Cowboyland today at the Robinson house. Notice the colorful bandannas! It was so much fun getting Sam and his 3 friends outfitted and ready for their battles. Helping them pick which bandanna they wanted to wear was it's own adventure. ( the right color was a big deal!) I love to watch boys play and use their imagination; they come up with the most creative little stories and little lands of battles. One minute they are shooting hoops in the driveway and the next minute they are running around as cowboys in their "wild west". My dear neighbor, Sarah, ( and mom of the two boys on the left) wrote this today about her boys... loved what she said. "There are times when I find myself ready to chastise them for being too wild, too loud, or getting too dirty, but then I step back and realize that they are merely exploring the world around them. They are LIVING." I need to remind myself that same thing. I remember before Sam, I used to be so judgmental of how moms let their boys run around. I thought to myself, "Oh, they are so wild!" But now having a boy, I have been humbled and realize that boys need to run and play and jump and shout. Love what Sarah said, "these boys are living." They are explorers and are taking great adventures every day. They have curiosity and crazy fun all mixed together. So cheers to these little cowboys... enjoy your littleness, enjoy your free spirits and may you all stay young at heart and curious and full of wonder all your days!
After the wild west is won and the day draws to a close, I see this little 5 year old's sweetness and my heart melts. Wouldn't trade Sam's joy and true love for life for anything. He is a boy full of wonder and glee...love his personality, his laughter, his smile, his sweet brown eyes. And to think this little one is on the verge of turning 6. The countdown has begun and he enters a fresh new age in 6 days.