We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Valentina's 5th Birthday


First off I must say I am LOVING this new blogger layout and design face. Holy cow it makes uploading pictures sooooo much easier!

Anyway, on to Valentina's birthday party.

Valentina decided to have a Strawberry Shortcake theme. I was kind of glad that it was something girly, something different from her last party, which was pirate themed.


The goodies for the boys. The soccer thing you see below the sunglasses (which are below the dinosaur book) is a magnet I made. I had all these cool glass things that I could glue anything under them and then glue a magnet and I could make a magnet out of anything!


This is what the boys saw what they got, a bag with a green tie.


The girl goodie bags. Again, I made a magnet for them but with a strawberry. The bows were courtesy of Aunt Holly from Kick Ass Bows. As soon as I told her I needed some Strawberry Shortcake bows for gift bags she made those suckers up and sent them immediately! She even threw in some kick ass Harajuku themed ones just for Valentina :) We love (and miss) you Holly!!!!



The cake. It was a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. I was up until 2 am making cupcakes and frosting the cake. I looked all over on Pinterest coming up with cool ideas for a cake. This was a sad, sad not even close replication of one that I liked. But I'm okay with how it turned out, I'm just never showing anyone what the inspiration was. Josh had been over the night before and saw the original one on my computer. He asked what it was and I told him. I also assured him that what he would see the next day would be a MexiGhetto version of it.


The day of the party! Time for the guests to arrive! This was Valentina's 4th wardrobe change of the day and nobody had even showed up yet.




The dining room table set for the kids.


The balloons and "poufs" I made. You can see the poufs hanging on the upper right side of the photo. Martha Stewart sells them for like $6.98 for two big ones. I made those for less than $1.00.


The banner. When I bought the Strawberry Shortcake stuff at the party store they didn't have a "Happy Birthday" banner so I made one. Again, I found some ideas off Pinterest and THIS I'm happy about.  I think it turned out pretty good and I had all the paper already. I'm going to hang it up in her room.


Some smaller poufs. Those were probably .10 each.


It has become something of a tradition to have cherry chip cupcakes for birthday parties. Mom gave me the cake stands for Christmas.


The cake and cupcakes. I found these super cute daisy candles in pink and green that matched the color scheme.


Valentina, not realizing that she had actually turned 5 a month prior.

So that was Valentina's 5th Birthday.

It also marked the fact that Valentina has now had more birthday parties without her TT than with.