Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Circus is In Town

I love the circus. It's not a childhood memory for me, in fact, I think this is really a adult-on set fancy for me. I possibly went to the circus once or twice as a little girl, and frankly don't remember... but have been several times as an adult. In fact, one of my first dates with my husband was to the circus! We hooted and hollered from the stands eating bad food and sipping neon snowcones. What could be better than that?
When our kids were born, we didn't immediately head off to the circus. Our kids have always been a little alarmed by loud events... so we waited a couple years, and finally braved the production.... and a production it is. They've definitely changed the whole circus experience into a Las Vegas type event... it's gotta have a story line, some actors, some pyrotechnics, flashing lights, and, then, of course, sprinkle in some circus-type acts.

Possibly one of the more entertaining parts of the circus is the beginning, when we wade through the animal protestors... I'm glad everyone has an opinion. The show was entertaining enough, but to be honest, I would love to step back in time, and go to a circus back in the "Water for Elephants" time-- early 1900's, when the circus travelled by train. Good thing there is lots of vintage circus imagery for me to travel back in time to relive. On my docket is a vintage circus Party Kit. I can't wait to make it.... keep posted.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to School Again

My daughter started first grade today. The craziest thing is I remember when I started first grade! Here I am in the picture above, wearing my favorite snoopy outfit. I loved that dress!

Before this time, I’ve always thought... “I wonder if my daughter will remember this... or that,” given I don’t really have many vivid memories from before 5 years old or so. Well, now I can safely say to myself, “she may remember this for the rest of her life.” Eeeeghads. The pressure is now on. Time to create some good memories!!

To the rest of the mommies out there with school-age kids--- congrats, you’ve survived another summer, and now the kids are back in school. As much as I’ll miss summer, I’m looking forward to a little more time for myself!

Enjoy those few hours before the bell rings!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Olympic Material

Did you watch the Olympics last night? That seems to be the question du jour these days. We have and we’ve loved them. I don’t know where I’ve been for the last several summer and winter olympics... possibly knee deep in mommy-ing 2 little babies and before that, belly up to a bar watching a band before kids and marriage!! Either way, I don’t remember the last time I actually sat down and watched the Olympics.

This year has been different... probably because a) I’m not heading to bars like I was in my 20’s and early 30’s and b) we’ve got kids now that LOVE to watch TV. I didn’t think sports would entertain them, but they loved it. They loved figuring out who was ahead, who was American, who was Chinese, and all the other things you do when you watch the olympics.... dreaming that possibly some day you may be there yourself.

Swimming was also something we watched in detail... especially since I my daughter is on a swim team and loves the water. Of course it was Michael Phelps this and Michael Phelps that... and then the “here’s the woman that’s just a little older than mommy...” when we watched Dara Torres.

It was a lot of fun watching there faces at each close event... also explaining some sports that they’ve never really seen. Although we had many late nights, it was well worth it. Can’t wait until winter Olympics in Vancouver. Should be fun to watch!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Grand Prix Monaco

No, we did not just return from the Cote d’Azur to watch Monaco’s famous Grand Prix race... I wish. We did, though, try to create a little of the Mediterranean in our own backyard, though, when we threw a birthday party for my son (who just LOVES race cars) and my husband (who just loves French wines!).

The party was a perfect theme for both-- I could satisfy the french wine desire, since Monaco borders up to those lovely southern vineyards, and I pleased the car lover with vintage race cars!

We even added a little gambling, to add to the Monte Carlo mood. I was a bit concerned that our make shift blackjack and roulette tables would be ignored, but what a little wine and a gorgeous day will do for party goers... Many guests jumped right in to act as dealer while I made sure food was ready and folks were mingling!

I had such a great time creating this theme, that I couldn’t help myself but to make it one of bnute productions Party Kits as well. Check out the Grand Prix Race Car Party Kit page for details... and if you want any more ideas, feel free to send me an email!