Sunday, October 9, 2011


After the Jumpin' Jacks party, Jared & Angela's birthday gift for Victoria was a surprise of taking her to Build*A*Bear. She has wanted to go for a long time now, but they have wanted to wait until this birthday so she would be able to remember it a little better. We got to tag along for the trip. I have never been through the 'experience' of a Build*A*Bear before and I thought it was the neatest thing for little kiddos!

When you first walked in, you had to pick your un-stuffed animal. They had examples of what they would look like on the wall. Then you take your animal over to the next area where you can grab a sound insert to go inside. You can listen to all the different sounds. Victoria picked one that says a few different things each time you press it.

After you have all of your inserts and such ready, you head over to the stuffing station. This was so much fun! The worker helps the child get ready to take care of their animal by having them name their animal and do things like rub their tummy so they will always be fed, pat your head so you will make them smart...all while she gets the animal ready to be stuffed by putting the thread in. But, my favorite was the heart they put inside of their animal. Before it goes in, they hold it to their heart and make a wish for their animal. So cute!

Victoria then pushed the pedal to make the stuffing go inside her bear. After the worker sewed her up, Victoria took her over to the wash station. The machine blew air on the bear to make sure it was good and clean!

TA-DA! I present to you..."Hearts"
...I wonder how she picked out that name... ;)

Next is time to shop for some clothes. And this girl takes after all the other girls in her family. She can SHOP! ;)
"Do we want this one?....Or this one??..."

"THIS is the one!"

Then with a little help from mom and dad, she takes her to the dressing room to get dressed and ready to go home with her.

Last step!...Printing off a 'birth certificate' with your animal's name and date of birth.
What a fun place! Victoria had so much fun picking out all of the special things for her bear and we loved watching her!

Hearts is in good hands...She will take special care of her bear.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Gift Time!

Loved the colors from all the bags!

Goofing off before the real kids came in.

It's......Party Time!!

Make a wish!...

Presents! Presents! Presents!

Victoria opening Clint & Kristen's gift...

Clint assessing the situation...Thinking: "Man, we did good!" ;)

...Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...

Great Party! Great Family!

Victoria's Jumpin' Jacks Party

Friday night Hubs & I drove into town to spend the weekend with the fam. It was Victoria's Birthday party weekend and we were excited to make it in for the big event. She had just turned five and she had been dreaming of having her party and Jumpin' Jacks for a long time now. I joined the girls in helping get the party favors together.

Did I mention that this little one was so excited for her party?!

Once we got there, the kids started running around and having so much fun. We barely caught Victoria to stand still and take a 5 second picture with her dad.

The kids voted to have the lights turned off and the disco ball on for the party. It was a pretty cool effect but made it super hard to get any good pictures of kids running around in the near dark!

But we still caught a few of the excitement!

I'd say this was one of the favorites...the big slide! They loved to all get up there at the same time and then all go down screaming the whole way. So fun!

As a matter of fact, it looked so much fun, that the big kids gave it a whirl too...!!!

Who's to say big kids can't have a little fun too? ;)