Sunday, May 25, 2014

Chip Turns Twelve!

We had Chip's 12th birthday party yesterday!  What a ball he had with his friends! 

The table was set and we were ready for his friends to arrive at 10:00 a.m.!  This is going to be an all day affair! 

Chip's cake was a sweet creation made out of Krispy Kreme donuts. 

We had the garage set up with supplies! 

The kids started arriving and it was time for some boy fun! 

They started out with some flying helicopters in the driveway. 

Then it was time for whiffle ball. 

Then they switched to football!  

Then it was lunch time!  I made Chip's special recipe - Taco Cups for the masses. 

Boys like Taco Cups.  Two of the rugrats ate seven!  That is a lot of Taco Cups!

Quick pick of the fellas and then we were off to Jump Street for some intense Dodge Ball play. 

After Jumpstreet we came back to the house for "cake"! 

Sang Happy Birthday and blew out some candles.  These boys can also eat some donuts.  Record set at this eating event...five donuts!  Their parents are not going to thank me when they all go home with stomach aches! 

Next up, we were back outside getting our science on!  We mixed baking side with hair conditioner and shaving cream to make fake snow. 

One of the boys said "This is like a spa day for boys!"  They mixed and poured and slathered and spread and basically made a giant mess! 

Then we built volcanos with food coloring and poured on the vinegar!  Lava ensued! 

It was cool!  And seriously smelled like Easter Eggs! 

Next up - Water Balloons!  Everyone got a bag full and they were off and running! 

Screaming, running, throwing, laughing.  Good stuff! 

Some carried weapons!   They went through the balloons so fast!  It is kind of like an Easter Egg hunt where you fill up 100s of eggs and the kids find them in like 2.6 seconds.  

Then it was back to whiffle ball. 

The little kiddos were playing against Hubby and Harry.  Two against seven. 

Then it got fun, because it started to rain!  

This sweet boy had swimmer's ear, so we had to protect his ears from the rain!  No way he could miss this fun!  Thankfully, this little Kenny Chesney look alike rocked the sweet hat! 

Boys playing in the rain.  I just don't think it gets any better than that. 

This kid could not have had a better time if he had to! 

I think this big kid had a pretty good time too!

The gang. 


The rain kept coming. 

They just kept playing. 

My world.

Good time had by all!  

Happy Birthday my sweet Chip!  Hope the year ahead is filled with as much fun, joy and happiness as yesterday!  Wouldn't that be a great year?   Love you to the moon and back!  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Graduation Party


The house is decorated and could not be more perfect!  The slideshow was playing with some awesome music!  Thanks Max for pulling the slideshow together!  It was wonderful! 

The Popcorn Bar is ready! 

And super cute....never mind that I thought we would need 10 big bags of popcorn and we only used two.  Details, details, details! 

Speaking of details...look at this little jar of Smarties with this cute sign. 

The cake was un-boxed! 

The guests of honor were dressed and ready!  This is the only picture I got with the four of them in the same shot!  The gorgeous girl in the picture is Carlos' girlfriend. She is also a graduating Senior.  Happy smiles all around. 

Family shot! 


Proud parents. 

Moms loving on their boys.  I know someone took a picture of me and Tyler, but I have no idea what camera it ended up on.  There were a TON of cameras in action all afternoon. 

The Street Taco guys showed up and set up.  It was a great operation.  They brought with them a 75 pound rack of deliciously seasoned pork (the orange beehive looking thing in the picture)!  The meat was rotating on this big giant rotisserie and they shaved bits of meat off with a knife as it was needed and served it up with these small corn tortillas, topped with a combo of pineapple, onions and cilantro.  They had several salsa choices to put on your tacos that were outstanding.  For a "come and go" event that lasted five hours it was a perfect choice.  Everything was served piping hot because they shaved off the meat as it was needed.  

The food was a huge hit and I would highly recommend these guys to anyone. 

Guests started arriving and Tyler was happy to have some of his theatre buds show up. 

The little brothers warmed up the Photo Booth. 

The food smelled great and people started getting in line to try it out. 

Beautiful little tacos with a huge punch of flavor. 

They also brought beans and rice.  We had tons of appetizers like cheeseballs, dips, cheese and crackers, fruit kabobs, chips and salsa.  So much food!  

Marcela and Cindy are happy the party is underway! 

Chip chillaxing by the pool! 

Anna and Kaitlyn continued to help at the party along with their friend Sara Beth.  
They took tons of pictures with Cindy's very cool old school Polaroid camera.  
Such a fun idea and the pictures turned out great! 

Within an hour the place with crawling with people!  

Beth and Tony were there! 

Hubby entertaining some of the young guys. 

Beth and Tyler.  Man has he grown since she first laid eyes on him as a four year old! 

Chip had to get in on the Ms. Beth action! 

My turn!  She is and has been such a wonderful friend to me and I sure do love her! 

Hanging out in the sunroom!   
This house has so many wonderful seating areas and people were able to spread out and not be crowded at all.  Fantastic! 

Fun in the photo booth.

Photo bomb.

The boys from the neighborhood were all there.  So awesome to see what fine young men they have turned into.  How blessed we are! 

Hanging with friends.

Peggy and Cindy! 

Peggy, Clay and the cutest little patootie ever.  His name is Grey and I wanted to take him home. 

Jake arrived.  Now the party can start! 

Let's cute the cake! 

Anna and Allie are here!  Great girls!  
Allie is Tyler's friend that is also going to ASU!  
Sun Devils are getting some of the best kids Round Rock has to offer! 

The Vasquez clan hanging in the sunroom.  

Tyler getting in line for another round of tacos. 

Ms. Conner dropped by for a visit. 

More guests enjoying the beautiful weather. 

Tyler's theatre gang.  Can theatre kids be called a gang?  Probably not.  Let's call them his theatre posse!   No, that probably isn't right either.  How about his theatre troupe?   No, too formal.  

They are his peeps.  That is what they are....his peeps.  

Tyler had to leave his party early to go direct a play at school!  It was so nice of our friends to change the party time so he could attend for the first three hours.  He had a great time. 

The party went on without him. 

Me and my sweet Chip! 

Dad and Chip.

Who's party is this anyway? 

Love this picture of Cindy, her sister Susan and their beautiful mother, Tita!  
Lovely women inside and out. 

The Templetons (minus BJ) came by! 

Street tacos are a huge hit and the beehive of meat is getting smaller. 

Fun in the photo booth with some beautiful young women.  I think the "I'm With Stupid" made an appearance in almost every single shot! 

Me and Nancy.  Just a sweet and precious friend. 

Me and Hubby!  
There were about six takes of this picture before he would stop rolling his eyes back in his head of sticking his tongue out.  Behave! 

The Templeton kids getting in on the action. 

Sunroom pow wow!  

Things winding down.  Ryan and John still have big smiles for the camera! 

Clay is thrilled that he gets to share his chair!   

Love this picture!  Peggy and Ryan and Marcela and Carlos!  

Then they were photo bombed!

Sweet neighborhood mommas!  These gals are just the best and I am so happy we are raising our kids together!  It takes a village and this is an amazing village! 

Me and my girls.  We had so much fun!  
I think that is the sign of a party well done, when the hosts have as much fun as the guests!  

Blessed, blessed, blessed.  

Two weeks from yesterday these boys walk across the stage to get their high school diplomas and begin the next chapter of their lives. 

We need the boys to all graduate from college at the same time so we can do it again! 

Hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures from the party.  

Now, moving on to the next thing...Chip's birthday!  My boy is going to be 12 on Thursday!