Saturday, March 24, 2012

Our Low-Budget Star Trek Party

Mojo requested a Star Trek themed party for her 11th birthday. A google search for “Star Trek party” turned up party supplies and favors from the new movie, but the original series is Mojo’s current obsession. MamaBear had to get creative, while staying within an impossible party budget, while throwing it all together quickly. Y’all know I love a challenge.

The first thing I did was print invitations from my printer. Printer ink, paper, a laminator, and laminating sheets are homeschool supplies I’m never without. (Click on these to enlarge them.)
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Communicator badges were also easy to make from the printer and laminator. I found a set of adhesive-backed pins from Wal-mart for $2.
My artist, Sunshine, created a poster for “Pin the Communicator Badge On Spock”.IMG_4424

Do any of you parents out there wonder if your children’s stuffed animals breed at night while you sleep, and you donate a couple bags of toys to charity every other month? Yeah, us, too. I just happened to have a couple bags of toys sitting in the back of my van. I gave the teddy bears the option of going to the resale shop or going on “Extreme Makeover Start Trek Edition” and a couple of them volunteered to be made over as Tribbles.  We then used a round red tablecloth and some pie pans to make a transporter pad. And we tossed the Tribbles onto the transporter pad.

We made a game of matching alien pictures with the names of their races.

We never got around to playing “Naked Time Tag”, but that was on the list. I know, that sounds just wrong. But remember the episode “The Naked Time”, where the crew picked up a virus from a planet, and it made them all act crazy, and they passed it to each other through touch? Yeah, something like that.
(Originally, one of my internet friends gave me the idea for “Borg tag”, where the children “assimilate” each other with clothes pins. But Mojo informed me, “Mama, there were no Borg in the original series.” Oh. Right.)

For food, we had a small intergalactic buffet. We included Earth favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers, and pretzels. We also included Vulcan veggies (you know, because Vulcans are vegetarians), Klingon bloodwine and gagh, and Romulan Ale. (I even practiced saying "You are eating serpent worms" in Klingon. hehe)
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D@mnit, Jim, I'm a nurse, not a cake decorator! (Sorry, I could not resist.) But Mojo really liked it, and that’s what matters!

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We found plates, napkins, and balloons in red, yellow-gold, and blue shades similar to the Enterprise crew's shirts. We were all amused that, for no apparent reason, the red balloons kept popping.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Aunt Martha’s Quilts

My Aunt Martha surprised us all with new quilts. No special occasion—she had just been wanting to make them for us! The kids and I were all thrilled. There is nothing like snuggling up in soft, warm, homemade goodness. And as we have all been fighting off a cold virus this week, they couldn’t have come at a better time!

IMG_4209Gem got a quilt with princesses.
Caveman got a quilt with Spiderman. Juju got a quilt with cats, balls, and Thomas. Of all the kids, I think he may have been the most excited! IMG_4218 
Mojo got a quilt with horses, and Sunshine got a quilt with bright colors. And as you can see in these pics, she also made pillow cases for the kids.

Greg and I got throws in bright, funky, tie-dyed colors to match our den. I have so appreciated snuggling up in my recliner under mine. It makes my “cozy spot” even more cozy.

And I originally forgot to add a pic of Gigi’s quilt! So here is an update…

Thank you so much, Aunt Martha!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

DaddyBear’s First Race

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3-2-12 DaddyBears 1st race 06I sure was proud to see him cross the finish line!
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Afterward, we went to one of our favorite hang-outs to celebrate.
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