Saturday, October 22, 2011

Celebrating Our 6 Year Anniversary

Our Unity Candle

Happy 6 year wedding anniversary Cookie Man!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

To Celebrate Our Marriage - DAY 17

I am still participating in the 31 Days of Love Challenge at Time-Warp Wife.

 "31 Days of Love" will challenge you daily to live beyond yourself, 
to put aside your preconceived ideas of what romance should look like, 
and seek out true love that is sacrificial and intentional." 
-Darlene Schacht
I decided to keep it private and work on it through journaling and lots of prayer.
I find it has already helped me so much as a wife.

Click on the above link and read the daily challenges! 
They are amazing.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

Thursday, October 13, 2011


And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 
~Matthew 4:19

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Star Wars The Party

A long, long time ago 
in a galaxy far, far away,
A boy was born.
His name was UNO.
This is his party.
{cue Star Wars Theme music}

Cookie Man challenged me to a budget of $60.
And I did it!

I made the invitations,but only made 6 to pass out.
I did have them printed for $1.50 total!
The kids were told to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars Character.

The party favors, the light sabers took half of the budget, $27
but I wouldn't have traded that for anything.
They were great!!
Battle on the Galactic Grass
UNO recieved his gifts from us the day of his birthday.
The gifts became part of the party decor = FREE.
Birthday Gifts = Free Decor
The Millennium Falcon was a gift from Christmas. The Helmet- a garage sale find
I normally would have made the cupcake toppers
but I saved the packaging from his gifts and 
with my 1 1/2" circle cutter began to cut out the images from the packaging!
It was super simple and FREE!
Cookie Man's mom made the cupcakes = FREE!

UNO and his sisters
We ordered pizza, which was $30.
For drinks, I made Lemonade with ReaLemon Juice and Sugar, which I already had = FREE!
DOS as Princess Leia

For games/ activities, Cookie Man recorded Star Wars music and sounds on the iPad.
It definitely set the mood of the party.
Imagine kids swinging their light sabers and the light saber sound echoing in the background...AWESOMENESS... = FREE!!
Cookie Man drew the Death Star on the back wall, it was for a game that we didn't end up doing 
but it looked great! Outdoor Decorations = FREE!
Kick the ball at the Storm Trooper

We had the jumper up that my sister gave me for my birthday = FREE!
Each kid also received a Jedi Training Certificate that Cookie Man found on the internet.
Cookie Man edited it in Photoshop.
(Also, there is also a typo on the certificate...Padewan instead of Padwan)
TRES... the cutest Darth Vader and her Jedi certificate

I usually get so caught up in the presentation of the party that I don't really think of cost.
I am happy Cookie Man challenged me.
It was definitely simple and stress free!
I'm not really sure where this fits in to the theme but I LOVE HIM!!
UNO had a great time with his friends...
and THAT is the most important thing!
Happy Birthday UNO!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Star Wars Party- Party Favors

When UNO finally decided on a birthday party theme, 
I started searching for THE perfect take home favors.

Hello! Light Sabers!!!

I searched for ideas that ran from pool noodles, to dowels, to PVC pipe.
I chose PVC pipe.
I saw a post about making them here.
I made my adjustments to share with you.

My light sabers are 2' long...  the perfect length for 5 year olds and under.

The above link has her's 3', which I think is great for older kids and adults.

I went to Home Depot to buy the supplies.
They even cut it for me.
(Thanks Adam!)

Note: It is cheaper to buy the super long pipes than to buy pre-cut ones.

For 1 Star Wars Light Saber
2'- smallest PVC pipe
2'-  Pipe insulation that fits over the PVC pipe
6"-  PVC pipe for insulated pipe to fit snugly inside
Grey Duct Tape
Colored "Duck" Tape

Slide the Insulation over the thinner PVC pipe

Slide the Insulated pipe into the 6" pipe

This is what your light saber looks like before taping

wrap the handle with the grey duct tape

A light saber, this is going to be.
(NOTE: Yoda would have said this to me if here were reading this post!)

Next, wrap your colored duck tape overlapping the grey at the base of the handle

YES! The force is with me!! A Light Saber!!
Honestly, it took me about 15 minutes to make one!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday UNO!


You don’t raise heroes; you raise sons. 
And if you treat them like sons, 
they’ll turn out to be heroes, 
even if it’s just in your own eyes.  
~ Walter Schirra Sr.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

To Celebrate Our Marriage- DAY 2

Search me, God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my anxious thoughts.  
See if there is any offensive way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting. 
~Psalm 139: 23-24

Saturday, October 1, 2011

To Celebrate Our Marriage

7 years ago, September 14, I met the man God chose for me. 
The weekend we met in person
 On October 22, we will be celebrating our 6 year anniversary.
In Vienna on our honeymoon
  My love for him grows stronger with each passing day.
YUP...this is him!
Today is the beginning of "31 Days of Love" Challenge at Time-Warp Wife.
 "31 Days of Love" will challenge you daily to live beyond yourself, to put aside your preconceived ideas of what romance should look like, and seek out true love that is sacrificial and intentional."-Darlene Schacht
 Join me as I fall in love, all over again,with the man of my dreams!

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13:1-13