The audacity of those critters, party planning and more

Mice have returned to our garage. What are they thinking? Don’t they know we had to kill all of their friends? :oP Ugh. Jody went out the day after discovering them and bought more of the poison food so hopefully they won’t last long or have the chance to reproduce as much as they did last time. They are such dirty critters. We’re going to leave the poison stuff out there on a regular basis now to hopefully deter a new crowd from repopulating the space every month or so.

We had a really hot weekend here and it doesn’t look like we’ll see a break anytime this week either. It’s in the 90s outside and feels almost as hot (since we don’t have A/C) inside.

These past few days have been really good productivity-wise for us, despite the high temps. Jody got a bunch of things (yard stuff) done this weekend that were on our “list” and I got more stuff (cleaning up the house) taken care of today.

My parents and sister will be here in a little over two weeks to celebrate Ava’s 2nd birthday with us, so we’re trying to get the house in order, plus prepare for Ava’s party.

I got the party invitations printed this weekend, but still need to do a little more work on them because I’m not happy with part of how they turned out. I also need to draw up a map with directions to the park we’ll be having the party at. I decided to go with a low-key Sesame Street theme. I figure I’ll have some Sesame Street stuff on the invitations, I’ll buy a few Sesame Street accent items – like napkins and goody bags – and then some Sesame Street helium balloons. I’m not really keen on commercializing her birthday as it is (not to mention how expensive all that stuff can get), so I’m trying to just add some accents and otherwise just have lots of primary colored stuff. But I figure Sesame Street is one thing that she really, really likes, and it’s her birthday, so I think this will be fun. :)

(By the way, if your kids are into Sesame Street, I discovered today that there are coloring book pages you can print, games, music, and other fun activities online at Sesame Workshop. That image above is something I made using pictures from the site that I will incorporate into Ava’s invitations.)

We’re not inviting as many people this year as we did last year, so I’m also planning on serving more food – brunch and then cake or cupcakes. I just need to get started making the mini quiches and breads and freezing them now so I don’t have to bust my butt the day or two before the party.

Ava got her first pair of Crocs this weekend. They are bright pink just like mommy’s, but they look so much cuter on her feet than mine do on mine. ;) She loves them and I figure they are great shoes for her to wear this summer.

Oh, I got to meet my friend Brandy’s new baby Trajan this weekend. :) He’s a little doll. (It turns out he was 8 lbs., 10 oz. at birth after all – not 9 lbs., 10 oz., but either way, she’s still my hero.) I forgot how squirmy newborns can be though and I felt all awkward holding him. Ava was very sweet with him – touching his hair and his ear and foot softly. She’s a nurturer and I think she’ll slip into the big sister roll with ease.

Hope you all have a nice week and find ways to beat the heat if you are having record highs too!

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that we had a power outage on Sunday. It fried the power supply in my computer (and I was so scared it had damaged much more because you could smell something had burned in the computer), so we had to drop $60 to buy a new one. Jody installed it Sunday night and everything was fine on the computer. What a relief!! I need to get my butt in gear and backup all of my photos and other things that are important to me before I end up losing it all. Gulp.

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5 thoughts on “The audacity of those critters, party planning and more

  1. WOW, Amy. Guess it is hard to believe that you poor folks don’t have A/C. With temps reaching the 90′s down here in March, it would be unthinkable. Anyhow, good luck on the BD party!

  2. It sounds like the party is coming along very well.
    I can’t wait to be there; to see how much my punkin has grown; and talk to her about all manner of things.
    I will pack my red crocs so that we can prance about town in them together. :)
    Please offer my congratulations to Brandy, Dax, and Creed. Or if they are reading this, congratulations! I can’t wait to meet Trajan for myself.
    I wish you all much love and climate comfortability. See you soon!

  3. Roy – I can’t imagine living w/o AC in TX, but here it’s sort of tolerable, though I’m sure you will hear me complain about it a lot. ;) The dry heat makes it easier than if we were in a humid area.

    C-ster – We’re looking forward to your visit too. I know Ava will have lots of fun playing and chatting with you. Won’t we all be cool in our Crocs together? LOL Doesn’t mom have a pair too?

  4. We just went through the birthday thing with my twin girls (who just turned 2.) Hubby and I walked through walmart and found pooh (the theme) horns and then stuck small bottles of bubbles, playdough, and sidewalk chalk (a VERY big hit in our neighborhood) in the bags. Fairly inexpensive, and the kids liked it.

    The only other pooh thing we had was the cake. The kids didn’t care. ;-) So don’t feel like you need to go nuts.

    I’m not at all surprised Ava is ready to be a big sister. I know she’ll be great.

  5. patti – thx for the tips on filling the goody bags. i was thinking a coloring book, crayons, bubbles and maybe a few other things. sidewalk chalk would be great cuz they could use it right then and there at the park. :)
    no, i’m not going to go nuts, but we’re having the party during lunch time so i feel like we need to serve some food besides cake.
    happy b’day to your twins! :)

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