Our precious boys...

Our precious boys...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Caleb is 3!

So....now that Caleb has been 3 for almost 4 months...I finally found some time to blog about it. Cut me some slack...it's summer.  ;)

It's crazy hard to believe that my little baby is now 3 years old. These past 3 years have seriously flown by. Caleb brings such joy to our lives. We are so so grateful.

My love of themed party planning this year brought me to.....CURIOUS GEORGE!

All of my boys LOVE Curious George.. It's one of the few shows they all can sit and watch nice together. So, when one of our local little party dollar stores was going out of business and had Curious George plates and napkins on mega sale, I snatched them up and bam...I had a theme planned in January. ;)

Fast forward to mid-April and I realize Caleb's birthday is a few weeks away. Yikes! Time to plan! Why does it always sneak up so darn fast?

So just some quick ideas were thrown together mostly with things I already had for party supplies, other random Curious George books and things we already had around the house, and some work on Print Shop.

One of my favorite parts is creating the invitation. This one may be one of my all time favorites:

Party Table

I lucked out and remembered there are "Curious George" fruit snacks so got those as a party favor.

Beautiful cake made by Anna Minutillo. She never disappoints! 
It was sooo pretty! Love the simple bright primary colors. 
And of course it tasted AMAZING!

We had the Curious George lunch box and I used a $1 black easel from the Dollar Tree to display a book we also already had. In the red bowl is dried bananas which no one was a fan of. ;)

I wrote Caleb's name on a cute little banner I bought on clearance.

And the Birthday chalkboard was a $3 Target find that we can use over and over again!

Monkey Juice!

I purchased this drink jar a few years ago for around $20 and wow, 
we've used it so many times for parties. Definitely worth it!

As I mentioned before, the clearance birthday plates and napkins that made me pick the George theme!

Took all our Curious George books and made a little reading nook for guests!

"Snuggle Up and Read A Book!"

We had a triple birthday party with Caleb's cousins, Ava and Cora. 
They all have birthdays within 12 days of each other.

Here's the gift table:

So grateful it was a gorgeous day and we could all be outside!

I googled "Curious George free printables" and found some word finds, coloring sheets etc. to set out for kids to work on.

The May birthday kiddos!

Opening gifts!

Look what big brother, Eli, made for Caleb. So sweet...

Love this sassy birthday girl!

Cake overload!

Happy 13th Birthday Ava! 

Happy 3rd Birthday Caleb! 

Happy 10th Birthday Cora!

Big boy blowing out his candles!

All the Cox grandchildren. AND ALL LOOKING AT THE CAMERA!!!! 
It's a miracle!

Silly kiddos

My boys and both sets of their grandparents!

My sisters and parents took a quick selfie together. 
We need more of these!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Caleb. We love you dearly!

Friday, November 4, 2016


And then they turned 6 years old on September 13th!

{But I'm posting this in November. It always seems to take me awhile to get these birthday blog posts up!}

Here are my big boys on their special day after Kindergarten...with surprise balloons. You have no idea how much these kiddos like balloons. They mostly use them as weapons, but it was their day. ;)

The boys love "Wild Kratts" (an educational children's animated show on PBS) and wanted that to be their theme. But time is limited and that theme seemed to specific for me and wanting to find easy, fast, and inexpensive decorations, etc.. Plus when I started looking up things to do with that theme, my brain went crazy with seeing so many great ideas. I wanted to do them all and had to tell myself...NO...STOP!!

So....after some begging, I convinced them to just have a WILD ANIMAL theme. (And it was so much easier to find cheap and fun items to go along with this!)


Here are the invitations I created on my print shop program on my computer:

It worked out again this year to have their family birthday party on my parent's farm in August before school started. The weather was beautiful and we had a special time celebrating. 

I found these adorable animal masks for super cheap online. 
Thank you, Amazon Prime, I don't know what I would do without you!!

Cousin fun:

The table:

* The black banner was purchased at Walmart for only $3. 
It's chalkboard paper so the letters written with chalk can be erased and the banner can be used over and over!

I hit the jackpot at the Dollar Tree because they had so many "National Geographic" items there that were perfect for wild animals. What a coincidence. I was so excited!

Goodie bags were filled with these goodies I purchased there:
- activity place mats (16 sheets for $2)
- tear off sheet animal activities (40 sheets for $1)
- animal print pads of paper (4 for $1)
- 8 packs of Crayola crayons (3 for $1)
- sheets of animal stickers (4 for $1) (I cut them up.)
- colored pencils (12 for $1)

And the zebra print loot bags were for $1 (20 bags) at Walmart.

So I split them all up and goodies bags were filled very inexpensively:

I used little animal figurines we had at home for decorations on the table:

The cake!

My friend, Shaylah, created their cake this year. Not only was it beautiful, but it was delicious as well.  The photo isn't the best but on the tiger print it says, "Eli" and on the zebra print it says, "Will."

Everyone loved it!

She even made the inside cake to be animal print!

I still can't believe they are SIX!

Eli's turn:

Will's turn:

Like I said before, I hit the jackpot when looking at the Dollar Tree and found a bunch of "National Geographic" items including these alphabet animal cards. I purchased 2 packages so they could do a matching game. $2 total. Win - win!

Wild animal placemat worksheets the kids could color and work on during the party:

We had a joint party with their cousin, Ryder as her birthday 
is the week before Eli and Will's. She is one year younger. 

We tried to get a nice photo of them all together. You can see how well that went...

Ha! Love kids! :)

Happy 5th Birthday, Ryder!

Happy 6th Birthday Will & Eli!

The birthday party guests enjoying lunch:
(I forgot to take a photo of the food spread! 
But trust me, it was good!)

Spoiled with gifts:



In early September, at our home we had a friend birthday party for the twins. I used all the same decorations, etc. 

Although I made cupcakes instead of doing another cake. I found smaller plastic animals at a party store in my town for $2, so we put those on the cupcakes and then each child took one home.

The table:

The punch:

We already had an animal game where you match the mommy with the baby. So, we did timed team races to see who could do it the fastest!

And the animal alphabet card matching game again:

Another game: a different version of "I Spy" with little animals.

And there you have it. The "Wild Animals" theme! 

I just love planning themed parties. I wish I had time to do more but this keeps me happy for now. :) You can do so much with a little creativity and finding inexpensive items. 

I think all the kids had a blast. I sure did too.

Mission accomplished! :)