Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Spunky Ramona- The Book Collection

Beezus and RamonaRamona the Pest (Ramona Quimby (Pb))Ramona the Brave   [RAMONA THE BRAVE] [Paperback]
Beverly Cleary started writing the Ramona series with the first book "Beezus and Ramona" setting Ramona's age at four years old.  Harmony and I have been reading this collection based off of our love for the movie that came out in 2010, Ramona and Beezus .

Ramona is full of love, character, and spunk.  She and Harmony are very much alike (which is why Harmony adores the books).  Ramona is always finding herself in predicaments or conflicts because of her curiosity, and often, she is told that she just needs to "grow up".  You can read about her adventures through Pre-K until she is much older.  This series is also about family, siblings, and unconditional love no matter what your transgressions might be.

The best part of all?  It leaves my little five year old wanting more, chapter after chapter! 

What chapter books do you enjoy reading with your children?

Candice S

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fancy Nancy Party

The Decorations
We celebrated Ms. Harmony's fifth birthday with Fancy Nancy party that sported finger foods, tea sandwiches, fun fancy decorations, fancy sunglasses, and more!  It was a hit! 

Mark (my prince charming) and I scrambled Saturday morning, frantically at that, to clean the house, hang the decorations, and make the finger sandwiches.  Most of our "Fancy" decorations were made out of recycled articles, such as newspaper, book pages, and bottle caps.  I worked on the decorations every night for the past week, and had quite a bit of fun making them!

The Invitations
Fancy Invitations were decorated with scrapbook paper, ribbon, and sequins. Harmony decorated them all by herself and had a blast! On the back it read, "You are cordially invited to a Soiree. Soiree is "Fancy" for party!!" 

The Food
  • Popcorn with Pink White Chocolate
  • Teddy Grahams, Tortilla Chips, and Wheat Thins.
  • Salsa and Hummus
  • Strawberries and Blueberry Salad
  • Cucumber and Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Finger Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter and Fluff AKA Fluffernutter Finger Sandwiched
  • Carrots and Celery with Ranch Dressing
  • Watermelon Balls
Fancy Crew

Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion BoutiqueFancy Nancy
Fancy Nancy: Tea Parties

The girls decorated their fancy and glamorous glasses inspired by Fancy Nancy.. and then made these awesome dessert plate hats inspired by Vanessa at Silly Eagle Books.

Of course we played a fancy rendition of tag, created beautiful pictures with side walk chalk, and blew a million bubbles- all the while, baby brother followed the girls around like a little puppy. :) We also made forts in the living room, ate a ton of cake with sprinkles, and had fun jumping in the massive amounts of balloons.
Overall, it was a total success!  Happy Birthday to my vibrant and spunky, Harmonious!

Happy Monday!

Candice S

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