Cartwheels and Cupcakes

Last year Chloe had a Perfect Pinkalicious Party. This year she wanted to have a gymnastics party, so that’s exactly what we did. We went to Schafer’s School of Gymnastics, which is actually where I used to go as a kid. I even had one of my birthday parties there too 🙂 . That’s me in my stunning red leotard. The room looks exactly the same 20+ years later.


She did gymnastics with her friends and then they had lunch and cupcakes. Aren’t the cupcakes so cute?! (Not to mention, delicious!) A friend from work made them for me.

party 1

For party favors we filled water bottles with candy and attached jump ropes. I found the cute tags on etsy (here), printed them on card stock, and attached them with ribbon.

party 2

Since I don’t know most of the kids’ addresses, I set up this little sign. Now we’ll be able to write everyone a thank you note.

party 3

Chloe had the best time! Here are some photos of all the fun.

If you like Chloe’s shirt, you can order one here!




Summer Bucket List

Today was the last day of the school year. Summer break is officially here!!! (Not that I needed a break because I just got back to work 21 days ago, but hey- I’ll take it 😉 ) As excited as I am, I know these next two months will fly by, as time always does, especially when you have children. In order to make sure I don’t find myself saying “Summer’s over already?! I feel like we didn’t even do anything!” I decided to brainstorm a list of things I want to make sure I do with the kids. I came up with about 65, but that seemed a little too ambitious, so I narrowed it down to 50. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, my summer bucket list!

summer bucket list

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Jump to the Letter

On June 1st I went back to work for the first time since I was pregnant with Miles; which explains why I’ve been MIA recently. Only a week and a half until summer break though!! haha

Anyway, we were playing outside this afternoon drawing with chalk on the driveway. Chloe wanted to write the whole alphabet, but she forgot how to make some of the letters. I told her I’d write it and she could copy me- which ended up turning into a game. Don’t you love when that happens?!

We played so many different games with the alphabet. She was entertained for a good hour, and it only took 2 minutes to set it up. That’s the best kind of activity as far as I’m concerned.

jump to the letter

  1. I’d call out a letter and she would jump to it.
  2. I’d call out a sound and she would jump to it.
  3. Follow the leader- she would jump to random letters (saying what they are), and I had to follow her
  4. She would throw a rock and say the letter it landed on. Bonus points awarded if she could think of a word that begins with that letter.
  5. She had to try to make it across the driveway without stepping on a letter. If she accidentally stepped on one she had to say what it was and what sound it makes.

The list goes on…

It’s funny how something so simple could be so engaging to an almost 4 year old. Now if I could just think of something similar for Miles…