“Where the Wild Things Are” 3 year old Birthday Party

Would you believe that a “Where the Wild Things Are” birthday party would be so much fun for adults and children? Well, it’s true AND it was so fun to plan. My almost 5 year old (the birthday boy’s older brother) is already asking for his “wolf suit.” Although, we may think of another theme by March. If you are interested in “how to,” here are the details:
I drew the invitation with map pencils and based it on the book illustrations. I just changed the words to read:
“The day Maddux wore his wolf suit
and played one game and another
his mother called him “WILD THING”
and said “Let’s have a party!”
“And now,” cried Maddux, “let the wild rumpus start!”
The king of all wild things- Maddux is turning three!
Where the wild things are- (our address here)
Wild rumpus- 11am-12:30pm, Saturday, December 5, 2009
Hope you can celebrate with us…
we’ll eat you up, we love you so!
I’m going to get the invitation scanned in at some point and I’ll add it here.
I made a “Where the Wild Things Are” costume for the birthday boy. I watched the following video and with the exception of a few things that didn’t work- followed the directions to make the suit. I even used my Nannie’s very handy sewing machine!
Next up, the cakes. This was really really fun to do.
I found this website and loved the “wild thing” cake. Our invitation had the boat on it, so I decided to make both! I used homemade almond flavored fondant to make all of the flat decorations and to cover both of the cakes. The fondant is easiest to work with when it is cold. For the “wild thing” hair, I used a buttercream icing. That was my favorite tasting cake, because it had two kinds of icing. Gotta love a girl with a sweet tooth!
Maddux’s costume- included a homemade fleece wolf suit with claws, an attached hoodie with ears and whiskers, a fur tail, a ruling stick and a furry gold crown. Our son happily wore his costume for the entire party and beyond.
This was a wonderful party for all of our children and guests. Outside, we had a bouncy castle and a cotton candy machine. All of the guests decorated and made their own crowns. And, I found “where the wild things are” rings on ebay that we gave everyone in their gift bag. Also, one of my best friends from LA sent us hats from the movie for the gifts bags as well.  Those were a big hit- especially with the parents.
Hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as we enjoyed doing it. This is a really fun party!

Trinity Turns One!

It’s official! It’s Trinity’s first birthday today! Yeah! Happy Birthday, Trinity! We are so blessed to have you as our daughter. You are healthy, beautiful, kind spirited, loving, funny, peaceful, easy-going, happy, silly, girly, lovely. It is hard to believe you are one today. We were so excited to meet you one year ago. And you are more than we ever dreamed and prayed you would be. God protected you during a storm and brought you to us safely. You have been the calm in the wild storm of our lives ever since. We love you so so much, ladybug!
On Saturday we had a party for our little bug. She had an amazing time celebrating and LOVED all of the attention. She lit up when the room began to sing “happy birthday.” It was so precious.
Me and T with some sweet friends.

Bakri having a ladybug cupcake.

Grandmother and Ashley.

The buggy food table.

Trinity enjoying the food at the party.

Standing on the table….eating a cupcake.

With Amira and Steve.

It’s my party!

Making her way around the room.

Here she comes!

I painted this for her room. It is “almost” finished. I found some paintings I liked online and used several of them for inspiration. I like the result so far. And I really enjoyed the response from the boys. They were so excited to see me paint this. It was really fun!

I want more food!

With her guests

More party guests.
I took several more pictures, but haven’t been able to download them yet. As soon as I do, I will add them here. xoxo, me

Celebrating My Dad’s 70th Birthday

Ephesians 6:1-4 says “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Today, we honored my father on his 70th Birthday. It was a joyous celebration as he was surrounded by family: his wife, son and daughter-in-law, daughter, daughter and son-in-law, brother and sister-in-law and 6 grandchildren (5 grandsons and one granddaughter.) His family is his living legacy. We are raising our own children to walk with God and follow the example given to us by our parents.

Happy Birthday, Dad! May we celebrate many more birthdays!

Trinity & Grandfather

Doesn’t this one look like a classic baby doll?

Aunt Sally greeting the kids

Jimmie & his brother Evan Morris

Aunt Patricia & Trinity

Bakri patiently waiting for lunch.

James and the big ship

We had our celebration at a restaurant on the ship channel

Dad and his birthday cake

The papparazzi & Christian


Linda & Jimmie

Yummy birthday cake!

Linda & Jimmie and Sally & Morris. These four have been through a lot through the years. Their faith and love have gotten them through the good times and bad.

Somebody likes birthday cake, just a little!

Grandfather and ALL SIX of his grandchildren!

Dad and his three children

The original Maddux five.

Somebody REALLY LOVES her Aunt Patricia.

Christian, Bakri, Trinity, Anthony, Maddux & James with Grandfather

Gabriel & Mason’s First Birthday Party in California

To end our amazing California vacation, we celebrated the first birthday of our twin nephews- Mason & Gabriel. The party was on the patio of a Mexican restaurant. We all had a great time. And it was a perfect party for the kids. There was even an appearance by Spiderman (who sounded a bit like Gilbert Gottfried at times.) Which is really funny because our kids know his voice from the movie Aladdin- he is the voice of the bird.

It was wonderful to be able to celebrate their birthday. We were able to be in California for their birth, and to be able to come back for their first birthday, was such a special time for us. We are especially thankful to Moustapha’s mom and dad for including our family in this trip. We had a great time!

Bakri turns Four!

Our first son, Bakri was born on March 24, 2005. Unfortunately, my disk driver is not working on this computer, so when I went to put in a picture from the day he was born, it wouldn’t upload. So, I’ll just add that later. For now, we can look at this cute one from when he was 19 months old.

I would like to say a few things about our Bakri. He is an incredible kid. He is talented. He loves music, drums, guitar, piano, dinosaurs, insects, memorizing things, spelling and baseball. He has a vivid imagination and loves to act out scenes from books, movies, songs, or episodes from sesame street. And he is really good at it. He has filled the last 4 years of our lives full of surprises, firsts, laughs, and so much joy. It is amazing how much he has changed and developed in the last year. There is such a huge difference between a 3 year old boy and a 4 year old boy!- Thank you, Lord! I know there will be many more challenges and many more blessings ahead. We look forward to them and to a life of growing with Bakri as he grows into the man God intends for him to be. We are so thankful that God blessed us with Bakri. Our hearts overflow with love for our beautiful boy! Happy Birthday, Bakri. We love you!

We recently celebrated Bakri’s fourth birthday with one of his most favorite activities- a baseball game! We live down the street from Rice University and are now fans of Rice Owls Baseball. And why not? They are a great team. The ballpark is really nice and its an inexpensive way to see good baseball.

Grandfather and Bakri!

Grandma and Jiddy!

Bakri hanging out with the Rice Baseball players.

Aunt Patricia, Maddux, Christian, James and Uncle Michael having fun at the game.

The birthday crowd! We were quite a crowd!

The kids lined up in front of the field at the birthday party.
Baseball cookies courtesy of el-hakam momma’s kitchen.

The party under the tents…it was a windy day, but it only barely sprinkled once. We were thankful to have no rain!

The birthday boy! Jiddy, Bakri and Maddux (in Jiddy’s hat)

Singing and cake!

Arriving to the game and party with Trinity.

Group cousin hug!

Bakri’s friend Janie! Isn’t she adorable!?!?!

After Bakri blew the candles out (and spit on the cake, oops) he enjoyed removing the evidence. Every kid got a cute baseball ring from the cake. I thought that was a clever idea. I wasn’t in charge of the cake, so I’m not sure who thought of it.

1-2-3 Go!

Maddux and Bakri took 10 rides on these pretend roller coasters. It’s not nearly the same as the real deal. But, they liked them a lot.

Christian loves cake!Yes, Maddux has his hand in his mouth in this picture. And yes, there is clearly cake icing missing from his side of the cake. What can you expect when you put a cake so close to a 2 year old?…he only has so much restraint!
James on his 4th birthday. The whole family was feeling a little under the weather that day. Michael was really sick that week and my dad found out a few days later that he was suffering from pneumonia. Luckily, everyone is doing much better now.

My dear friend, Holly came to town with her son, Owen. And we met up at another friend of ours- Jordan’s home. My boys and Holly’s little boy are like a stairstep. Each one a little bit smaller than the next. And they had the best time together, just running up and down the driveway. Luckily noone got hurt. They only collided a couple of times! 🙂 Boys will be boys. I wish we could all hang out a lot more. But, when you don’t live in the same city or state, you take what you can get.

Jordan also has a baby boy. But, he is too little to run on the driveway just yet. Speaking of, last night I was asking Bakri about a boy from his school I mentioned the child’s name and he said no- not him, Baby (blank- I don’t want to put his name and offend the older one!) But, it was interesting that he knew just how to differentiate and let me know which child of the same name that he wanted to spend time with- and it was Baby. So, I guess we need another playdate at Jordan’s soon!

We celebrated our nephew’s 4th birthday last month. He and Bakri are just a couple of months a part in age. And they get along great. They love a lot of the same things- music, baseball, the astros and Chuck E. Cheese. This was a Chuck E. Cheese party with a guitar birthday cake. Fun!

Trinity was sporting a holiday party dress for the occasion. She likes to dress up!

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Maddux’s Birthday Party

Our two year old boy, Maddux. He is such a precious kid. He has a big personality and knows what he wants. And knows how to ask for it. He also knows how to throw out of control fits for what seems to be no logical reason. And then he knows how to melt your heart with a kiss or an “I love you so much, Mommy.” We love him so much! And are so happy that he is our boy!

What a great day! We celebrated Maddux’s 2nd birthday at our House on Saturday. It was a really fun time. It was also the first time for the kids to be at home in 2 1/2 weeks. We were out of the house the entire time our kitchen and other rooms were being painted. The painters did an amazing job painting, but unfortunately, didn’t seal off the rooms that did not need paint. So, we ended up with paint dust from the paint spray in every room in our house. It was a nightmare cleaning it all. And we literally had the backsplash tile being put in at midnight the night before the party. But, we made it and it was a success. Not exactly the cleanest house anyone has probably ever been in. But, for what we were dealing with, it was good enough! Maddux was just thrilled to be home and to play on the new playground in the backyard. It took some big time convincing to get him to come inside for singing and cake. But, luckily, he decided to. Jiddy and Maddux celebrating Maddux’s birthday.

Grandma with Maddux at his birthday party.

Maddux with (from left to right) his cousin James, brother Bakri, cousin Athena, and Birthday Elmo.

M-A-D-D-U-X wooden letters and number 2s. Terrific 2 was the theme of the party!

Bakri and Maddux enjoying the picnic table on their new playground.

Our kitchen (almost) finished before the party. We didn’t discover until just before the party that our stove, which we are refurbishing, didn’t fit in the space. Luckily, the marble guy was able to come today and “shave” off enough of the countertop for it to fit. It turns out it was his mistake, so we didn’t have to pay to have him fix it and now our stove fits!

Here is the subway tile that was finished at midnight before the party. Moustapha designed and installed the stainless steel countertops himself. He used a local company to wrap the substraights. (I’m not sure if I am spelling that right.) Anyway, he did an amazing job with the stainless steel countertops! Way to go, Moustapha!Here is another picture. This one shows that the vent hood is not yet finished. Moustapha is having the same steel place wrap the hood in stainless. That should be finished before Christmas. I know it will look really nice.

This video is kind of long. It starts with us singing happy birthday to Maddux. Definitely watch that part. But, don’t worry about watching the whole thing, unless you want to! 🙂 Also, if you listen to the singing closely, you’ll be able to hear Aunt Melinda singing quite loudly. Notice, she is not singing to Maddux, but she is singing to MARSHA! Hope you like that one, Marsha! We never forget you! LOL!

Take care everybody and Merry Christmas!
Bekah and family