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Superhero party!

*** I can’t believe it has taken me over a month to produce this blog post…..so here goes…****

photo 3(1)SUPERHERO PARTY!!!!

Ever since I can remember my son has been obsessed with superheroes. It all started when his dad bought him these books and would spend a few minutes a night going through the “characters”. As you can imagine, it also brought out the “inner child” in my husband.

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It seems every Halloween, DDD is coming up with another superhero costume and can always be found dressed up in costume. So when January came along, it seemed fitting that he have a superhero party for his 8th birthday!!!


His selected breakfast of choice: Cream Chipped Beef!!!!


I love this kid!

I have often entertained the idea of having just a few friends join DDD at a laser tag arena or to go to the movies for the day, but DDD LOVES all his friends. He has such a big heart that there isn’t a CHANCE he would want to have to pick who to invite. So…  It always comes down to selecting a fun theme and having a party at the house.

We used Evite to send an online invitation to the 16 boys he was inviting since his birthday comes up so quickly after Christmas.

These two pictures were definitely going to add to the fun…Thank you Ross….$9.99 each….and they are definitely going in DDD’s room.

photo(12)I used the Walmart and local Dollar Tree to help me gather some stuff for these cute “goodies” to go home.

                         Walmart: (pack of 4) Avenger mask; activity pack of crayons, and a pad; red ribbon

Dollar Store: 50 piece Avenger puzzle

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I also used the Walmart for these cute plates and napkins. I hit the Dollar Tree for the colorful tablecloths and utensils.

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So…I love all these awesome party decorations that are on etsy. You can literally order the stuff a day before (let’s not forget what a procrastinator I am…) and print it out. I opted to go with one that was not personalized in case I wanted to reuse the file for something else. It was also a cheaper option.

Superhero Birthday Party Package Collection Set Micro NonPersonalized Printable // Retro Superhero - B27Nz1

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I used these decorations to write up about the food I was providing. To add place card tags to the table, etc. They are just a fun addition to a party.

Now….for the yumminess that was the food.

I forgot to take a picture of the hot food as I was serving it right out of the oven…. we had:

  • Mighty macaroni (a home baked favorite)
  • Wonder dogs (mini hot dogs in puff pastry)

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  • Kryptonite Kiwi

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  • Thor’s hammers (pretzel sticks with cheese slices)

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  • Super shields (Oreos)

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  • Toxic Venom (Sherbert w/ginger ale)


So this part of the party was ALL the hubs and he did not disappoint…

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Our superheroes fighting while they await direction…

  • Toss the boulder over the banister.

(The hubs used several pieces of newspaper and crushed them together and held it was duck tape so they looked like gray rocks. The boys then had to throw them over our banister. Super cute….so fun.)

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  • Sock’em josting

We brought the girls balance beam up from the basement along with their gymnastics mat. The Dollar tree provided these cute “sock em” type inflatable punching gloves. We paired the boys up and let them take turns trying to hit each other off the beam. Everyone loved it! We ended with one big battle with everyone using their sock’em.

  • Practice Webbing

We used some silly string from the dollar store to have the boys hit a moving target that my husband was holding. We lined the boys up on our front porch and yelled out each kid’s name. They have about 30 seconds to try and hit the target. The game ended with an attack on my husband…..and then me!!! haha.

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The birthday cake!!!

I’m a huge fan of fun cupcakes (which are also way easier) but DDD wanted a fun cake. He got pretty excited when he saw me going through his action figures for inspiration. This is what I ended up with….its hard to really see…but it is suppose to be green lantern spiralling up through the earth; Robin riding in on a motorcycle; and Captain America breaking through the rock and debris. I used oreos to make the “dirt” look and used two cupcakes on top of a regular cake to create “mounds”. It was a hit!!!

We ended with opening up all his presents !!!

DDD has already started planning his next party…..

It is always such a joy to see DDD with all his friends.

I am so thankful for the love and joy that friendship brings.

God Bless,


Daddy’s gifts…..priceless loveletters…

My husband recently returned from a work trip to Florida with two little yellow ducks for Mini Me and Miss Missy. Work trips are always hard on the kids but sometimes Daddy will surprise them with a little “I was thinking of you” present. As I came in Miss Missy’s bedroom to give her a little kiss goodnight, I saw her sweet little face asleep with her arms wrapped tight around that duck……with her arms wrapped tight around the neck of her dad, cause…let’s be honest….that’s really what this duck is all about. This  little duck reminds her that she is loved….deeply….by her daddy. Who wouldn’t want a crazy, yellow duck!!!!

Two girlies and a duck

Two girlies and a duck

Vintage Teddy Bear Figurine Collection

It looked something like this……=)

This duck reminds me of my own “duck” growing up. It was a teddy bear figurine that my dad had purchased in a little country store in North Carolina. But to understand…..let’s go back for a minute….

When I was a young girl, my dad wasn’t very involved in my everyday activities. My mom would buy me birthday presents and say that they were from my dad and he would smile, looking to see what he got me. I was a kid…but I wasn’t stupid. I knew my dad would have no clue what to get me or what I even liked. But, I was a daddy’s girl and I hung on his every word. I longed for anytime I could get alone with him, which wasn’t very often. My dad was traditional…he worked long, hard hours as a fire chief, and expected his wife to take care of everything “inside the house”. However, I think he neglected to see his true “calling” as a young father. His upbringing lacked the tenderness that my children get from their dad, and I believe that made it difficult for him to assume that he would really know how to be tender…he just struggled not to be rough. I think he neglected to see how vital he was to my upbringing. What he didn’t realize was that…I thought he hung the moon…=)

My birthday weekend, my dad was out of town. His dad was physically struggling and my dad had returned to his childhood home to help out. I will never forget that night when he returned home. He said, “hey…Tammi. I have a birthday present for you”, and handed me a brown paper bag. My mom, who was busy in the kitchen, came through to see what it was. I’m sure she was just as stunned as I was. From that bag, I pulled out the coolest bear figurine. My dad proceeded to tell me that he stopped off at our “family favorite ” antique store and picked it up for me. At the time, I was obsessed with teddy bear figurines and had started a collection on top of my dresser. I had NO IDEA that my dad even knew that. After thanking him, I ran to my room to find a place on my dresser for that bear, a huge smile across my face. My dad…remembered. =) My dad…thought of me….=) My dad doesn’t remember that bear or that memory….but I do. That bear found his way to my college dorm and later in my first born’s baby nursery.

My dad was the first “knight”, this princess ever met. He taught me to respect myself and desire the best. What about your princes and princesses? Do they have a knightly daddy? or A queenly mommy? As parents, we must constantly be aware of the genuine needs our children have for love and affection. Our children just want to be loved. To be cherished. To go to bed at night with happy memories of a childhood filled with yellow ducks and teddy bear figurines.

God bless,