Thursday, January 7, 2010

Loving to plan

I am a planner by nature. I LOVE to plan things down to the tiniest details, though I do not always follow through with everything. I have two big projects I am working on right now. The first I mentioned in my first blog... K's school. Yesterday four boxes from christianbook.com showed up via UPS. I do not think I can even begin to describe how excited I was!!!! I have begun receiving the stuff I ordered for her school!!!! What a joy to sit down with the kids around me, going through the contents of the boxes. K is ready to dive into the new books now - I think she was bummed to find out she has to wait until she is done what she has already started. For those who d not know, she is using ACE right now. I love the way they incorporate the Bible into everything... as it should be considering without God we are nothing and have nothing, but I fee it is "behind" on so many different levels and does not have the interactions I desire to have with the children. It is almost independently done. Growing up, I was often times ahead of the other students and therefore worked independently the majority of the time... I did not want that with my children! Hopefully the curriculum I have chosen for the rest of this year and next year will crrespond better with what Brad and I desire for our children's education.

My other big project right now is S's first birthday party. I am SOOOOO excited, though flabbergasted at the thought that she is indeed turning one. We have decided to go with a teddy bear theme, though quite honestly she could take or leave hers :) Usually I make the majority of the decorations and what not, but we decided to order our decorations this year. I will be making gift bags/tote bags out of some "blue jean teddy bear" material I have leftover from the bolts I bought to make the nursery sets. The decorations we found at www.birthdaydirect.com matched it beautifully! For favors I am also looking at giving jars of homemade playdo with a bear cookie cutter. Activities are going to include making bear party hats, making bear name tags for the stuffed bears (everyone has been asked to bring their favorite teddy bear), making bear jar lids (for the playdo), and making bear-pops. All we are doing for food this year will be cupcakes. Our invitation list was pretty small this year... it seems like most of my close friends have moved away. We have some in North Dakota, others in Virginia, and others in Japan. Come to think of it, all three of those families are military, lol. There just are not many kids S's age that we hang out with... a few, but not many.

I'm not sure what else I am going to plan this year... I need to finish planning the family vacation, the garden, K's party (W's will be in Maryland), and eventually L'. I know K wants a horse party. Not sure what to expect from L. W is having a firetruck party - should be a lot of fun - Grammy is in charge of that one in Maryland. I'll post more as soon as I get some details planned - and I will of course post pictures eventually too :)