Thursday, May 14, 2009

T minus two days = lots of prep work

Alex and Nate turn 3 on Saturday, which means Case Casa has been full of a flurry of emotions and preparation. I wrote earlier this week on HDYDI about my feelings on the boys turning 3. For those who don't want to click through, I'll summarize to say that I feel sad at how quickly the time is passing by. I'm finding the hardest part of mothering is learning to let go little by little as the boys grow up.

First up in the preparations department - gifts. Fortune (and blogging) smiled upon us as Goddess opened her etsy shop Teeny Tiny Quilts just in time for us to put in a birthday order. We wanted something special and handmade for the boys but I am not crafty, so this was a perfect solution. Nate and Alex have stuffed puppies they treat as their children, and the first time I saw Goddess' doll quilts, I knew the perfect gift for the boys: quilts for their beloved puppies.

I gave her the bare minimum: two dog-themed quilts, one red, one blue. She ran with the idea and knocked it out of the park. Here's what the boys will be getting from us (picture courtesy of Goddess' crafting blog where you can see more quilts):

Gorgeous! I can not wait to see the boys' faces when they open them. YAY HANDMADE!

Next up in the preparations department - landscaping. It is no secret it has been a busy and expensive three years for us. After putting together a landscaping to-do list for the summer, we realized we would spend almost every weekend in the yard instead of enjoying the pool. We hired a landscaper (she is awesome, email me if you want her name) to complete the list. In just two days, almost everything is complete!

One work still in progress is putting rocks under the deck. The ground under the deck stays moist most of the year and the boys now immediately head there to play "dig." They recently came up with the game "throw dirt on each other's heads when mom and dad take bathroom breaks." The rocks should stop that game for awhile. (Here Nate is "watering" the rocks.)

She also bed-edged our entire property. While the noise was deafening when it was occurring, the results are magnificent - clean, clear edges between the grass and pine straw. Loves it.

We're also throwing a birthday party at our house. The theme is "messy party" and I'm very excited to see how it turns out. I did have one last shout-out. Via Twitter, I found the Mudpuddle Twins CafePress shop and they have the cutest stuff for multiples ever! I could go crazy in that store. I have my eye on a matching set of "See you later alligator" and "After while crocodile" shirts for the boys. For the party, I bought this yard sign and again, loves it:

The rest of the preparations I must keep off my blog so as not to ruin the party on Saturday. Let's just say PLEASE OH PLEASE hope for clear skies because we've got a lot of people coming and a lot of mess that will be made if everything needs to move indoors.

Yesterday I finished up the big whopping birthday letters to the boys that I plan to auto-post here Saturday. After I spent so much time picking out the pictures to go with the letters, of course I managed to get cooperation from Nate to take a great photo. I don't feel like going back to edit that post, so here's a bonus picture of Nate for you!


London said...

Hope that Saturday is rain free for you!

Oh and I love those quilts. Quilting is big in my family, but even I've never seen anything quite that nice. (Please don't tell my mom I said that!)

Beth said...

Awesome Laura! Poor William. I composed my letter last night, at 11 p.m., after watching LOST. As if my brain could really function after that. WTF????

Sadia said...

Happy Birthday (in advance) to Nate and Alex, since I doubt I'll be online the next couple of days, with my own birthday party preparations underway.

I LOVE the blankets!

(You'd think I could remember their birthday. It's mine too.)

Joanna said...

A messy party? That's a great idea. I hope the weather holds for you.

Mommy, Esq. said...

Wow you are amazingly organized!

Erin said...

Such a full post! So much going on.

Those quilts are so cute. I'm gonna have to check out her shop. Etsy is getting dangerous...

Your yard looks glorious! Hope the weather holds out and you have a grand Messy time OUTSIDE! For some reason I think the kids could care less if it were inside or out....but YOU would!

Goddess in Progress said...

Hooray on so many levels!

-thanks for the linky love! I'm so glad you like them.

-Three cheers for landscapers! Now, if I could only get mine to SHOW UP!

-Can't wait to hear all about the messy party! Wohoo!

Stacey said...

Have a great 3rd birthday party!

Megan said...

you put me to shame! quilts! signs! rocks! landscapers! awesome!! enjoy! can't wait to hear all about it!

Jim said...

Rocks under the deck? You can ask Elizabeth what she did with a rock when she was little - it didn't become weaponry; it was unique.

I once put rocks around a volleyball court and wished I'd put down grass or something else because the rocks just scattered everywhere. Then again, it wasn't level around the court, so perhaps the contour of the under-deck area being flatter will help keep things where they belong.

Joanna said...

The name of their throwing mud game had me rolling with unexpected laughter. You clever writer, you.

Bert Bell said...

Father you say we have not because we ask not...I am asking for a lovely day for Nate & Alex's special day. Let it be sunny and warm from morning till night. May it be filled with Your love & abundant blessings of joy!

Happy Birthday dear Nate & Alex! May the Lord bless you richly on your birthday!

Carrie77 said...

I am having a hard time accepting that Nathan will be 3, too. Its going so fast, and when Autumn turns 3 it will really be hard as she is our last. Sigh. I LOVE the handmade quilts! Etsy is so cool!

Sandra said...

PARTY! PARTY! PARTY! Sounds fun. You should be proud of all that you have accomplished! Have a great time.

The Adventures of Carrie, Brook, Finn and Reid said...

WOW! Busy little bees you all are at Casa Case. Love the quilts, love the signs and love the landscaping! Our boys like to "water" too. Thankfully AK is never under water restriction.

Good luck with the rest of the prep, but it looks like you have everything under control.