Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Plan for Fun

Grandma Pat and Melissa cleanup
In this last month of being pregnant, I'm exhausted and my kids are getting the rough end of the deal. We recently hosted a Sibling Shower in our home, preparing our children for the JOYS of being a big brother or sister. It lifted their spirits and gave them the playtime they were longing for.
Of course the morning of the party, two families called in sick. My stomach dropped, feeling sorry for those little ones laying helpless in their moms arms while the well children grieve the loss of a fun day here. A party minus 9 kids - that's a party in January for ya! [We really missed seeing you gals and kiddos!]
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But the show must go on! The house was clean (cleanest ever), my mom and sister were here to help, and I wasn't about to reschedule. We still had 13 other kids to entertain.
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Following my Sibling Shower party directions with printouts made it a breeze. I had seen the idea on a few websites, but no one had created kid-friendly instructions or game sheets. So it is all done for you > HERE.

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We hung up our baby pictures and collected scrap fabric squares to make a quilt for Baby Eddie. Just awaiting the fabric of our ill guests before I begin sewing.
Quilt - fabrics

We played - oh so many - games! The kids had an absolute blast, enjoying the games and prizes. The moms joining in here and there.
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   Everyone went home with a full goodie bag. My mom was running the stairs for this and that, so much she's not in the pictures! :( Oh my goodness, we slept good that night. But it was soooo worth it. What a wonderful occasion to spend time with friends and family.
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   Even the after party with Daddy was fun. Since our kids were so good, I gave them each a special prize to play with. Squinkies, Bizu beads and Playdoh are their current favorites.  We enjoyed the leftovers for supper… mmmmm!

Cozy Carpet

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In other news, the kids have been enjoying their Christmas toys and other toys whose bins have been dusted off.
Car Set from Uncle RodMagnet Paper Dolls
Dora the Exporer playtime
They are addicted to their Vsmile Pocket and Super Hero movies.Sabrina with VSmile gameJonathan watching Super Hero Squad
Mom and I got the pictures hung that have been leaning on walls around the house for one year since we moved in! And Tom finished the office cabinets so I can be MORE organized.
Grandma Pat and Melissa cleanup
I am officially ready for Baby Eddie to come. In the meantime a dolly is saving a spot for him in the bassinet and the cocoon I crocheted for him.
Crochet Baby hat and cocoon
I swear, sometimes it looks like it's breathing.




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6 comments:

  1. You do throw a great party! Thanks you for inviting us - it was a wonderful afternoon!

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  2. Hi Melissa,

    I did think that was a real baby in the bassinet and cocoon. Your little Eddie will be so comfy in that cocoon! You're a great mother to have a sibling shower with so many fun activities for the kids. Your mom sounds like a wonderful grandma to your children too. You are blessed!

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  3. Congratulations on your baby boy to come. I pray that you find comfort in the next few weeks. Thank you for your advice with my morning sickness. I love this Sibling Shower!! I will have to do it for sure!! Many Blessing to you and your family.

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  4. Hi Melissa! I'm your newest follower. I just love the Sibling Shower idea! Very fun! I should have had a few of those in the past! Congratulations on the new little blessing!

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  5. What a great post...and a great idea to have a Sibling Shower. Congrats on your newest to come!

    Thanks for linking up to the Catholic Bloggers Network...I hope that it becomes an awesome network and resource for all of us Catholic Bloggers!
    Love your blog!
    Monica
    www.EquippingCatholicFamilies.com
    www.CatholicBloggersNetwork.com

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  6. Love the cocoon you made!!! Beautiful and I have to admit, I really had to look hard at the doll...thought it was real! LOL I'm also expecting. I actually go in next Thursday. Ready and waiting :) Stopped in from Catholic bloggers.

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Thank you for reading about our family. I look forwards to sharing ideas, joys and struggles. God Bless you in your journey!

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