10 Disney Frozen Party Ideas – Food, Games and Fun!

10 Disney Frozen Party Ideas
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Last Friday we had a fabulous Disney Frozen Pajama Party with Lexi’s 3rd grade Homeschool Group.
(The group is called Classical Conversations - sadly we were missing two of the girls.)

Frozen friends

Alexis wanted me to do her hair like Elsa’s coronation.

So this was our version.

(I followed this video >> here <<. There is ribbon in her bun but it’s hard to see.)

Frozen Party Elsa's Hair

Pizza was on the menu but is not show below.

Here was our menu:

Frozen Blue Punch

Blue Party Punch with snow<<<click on the link for recipe

Frozen Olaf in a Bag

Frozen Olaf's Nose

Frozen Snowballs

Frozen Snowman Snack Mix

Frozen Sven's Ice Chips

The Craft

While waiting for all the girls to arrive, we cut snowflakes out of coffee filters.

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The Games:

Pin the Nose on Olaf

Frozen Party Pin the Nose on Olaf

 

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 Hot Teacup

(played just like “Hot Potato” to the tune of “Let It Go”)

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Mirror Mirror On the Wall  - Who’s the fairest of them all?

(Have each girl sit on their pillow. One girl stands in the middle and says “Mirror, mirror on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?” Then she hands the mirror to one of the girls in the circle. The girl looks in the mirror and says ” girls with brown hair or girls with a dog or girls with white socks…”  All the girls that fit the description get up and switch seats – the girl left without a seat gets the mirror and continues the game.)

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 A Scavenger Hunt

(I used lyrics from the Frozen Songs, for example: “Love is an open _____.”
So the girls look for an open “door” to find the next clue.
All of the clues were found >> here << as free printables)

Frozen Scavenger Hunt 2

Movie Time!!!!

Frozen Movie Time 2

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We had such a fun evening together!

The girls danced around the room singing all the songs in unison.  Our family feels incredibly blessed to have these girls in our lives.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

** Back in 2009, I had a Cinderella Party for Lexi.  If you are interested in seeing how I did that one – click here.

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What I’ve Feared All My Life

Lexi's birthday

One of our favorite annual Birthday traditions is a Daddy/Daughter date to Friendly’s Icecream Shoppe.

This is a really random post that has no spiritual implications but I have a confession…something I’ve feared for 38 years…

Dogs.

Yep – it’s lame I know.

It’s been a problem that has hounded me (no pun intended) since I was a child.

I LOVE people. And when you are afraid of a family’s dog – let’s just say – that family…does not love my fear of dogs.

I’m a huge inconvenience to have over because these poor dog owners ie. my real life friends – have to put their dog in the basement or their bedroom or laundry room or outside.  Oh – it’s so sad. I hate that I have this irrational fear.

So you say.  Well, what happens if they don’t put their dog away…sometimes I keep my cool. For example, at Christmas time my husband’s brothers dog walked through the house (a 90 lb dog that had gotten out of his cage) and I kept my cool.  If it had decided to actually hop up on the couch with me or barked at me – well the composed Courtney would have left the house and a frantic one would have showed herself.  I would probably jump on your back for a piggy back ride!  (Just saying I think that could happen – I wouldn’t really know from experience or anything. lol!! ;) )

So the story goes like this.  Alexis loves loves loves dogs.  She collects stuffed animals that are dogs, reads books about dogs, watches youtubes about dogs, begs for one all.the.time and insists on petting every dog we pass wherever we are (which is usually a deep breathing exercise for me).

So my husband is allergic to dogs. Praise the Lord! We have an excuse not to get one!  So it was easy to say – “sorry honey, but daddy’s allergic.”

Until one day my husband said – let’s get her a fish or a rabbit or….do you know where this is headed????

Yep – a puppy. Let me introduce you to “Snowball”.

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Alexis turned 9 this past Tuesday and her dreams are coming true – (this could be a nightmare. Lol.).  This sweet puppy is only 2 weeks old, so I have 6-8 weeks to prepare for the arrival.

I have never had any pets before – another weird fact about me right? Not even a gold fish friends!

It’s time I face my fears.  Now I’m not real brave…because this dog stays quite small.  She’s a hypo-allergenic Bishon. But it’s a start.  You have to start somewhere right?

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So dog lovers- any advice for this first time puppy owner?  I have no clue what I’ve just gotten myself into but I’m excited and looking forward to tackling this fear in 2014!  Maybe, just maybe if I come to your house – you can let your sweet dog roam free without having to give me a piggy back ride! Lol!

Do you have a dog – what kind?  Help me set my expectations for what’s coming into our home – I’d love to hear!  And does anyone know where I can get tranquilizers for my visits to Petsmart and the vet?  Haha – I’m kidding…well half kidding.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

My Birthday Present

August 26th, is my 38th Birthday – cue the confetti!! :)

And it also happens to be my dear friend and recipe extraordinaire’s birthday too – Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen! This photo below was taken of us on our birthday 2 years ago.  We are birthday twins – - I love sharing a birthday with her and I love how God works even in these small details of our lives.

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My gift to myself is a day off from writing (so this will be a very unspiritual post lol!).

But I’ll share with you a present I got on Saturday (a few days early) from my husband.

First – let me say that I asked for this – so this was not a hint from him that I need to change.  And secondly, this is not a paid ad or anything like that – we paid full retail for it and I have not tried it out yet – so I am not “endorsing” this!

birthday fitdesk

 

It’s a desk – with pedals – ha!  It has a flat surface where I can set my laptop, iPad or Bible and work – while I pedal.

We all know that a sedentary lifestyle is not only unhealthy, it’s dangerous for our health.  And since I’ve taken up blogging and writing a book, I’ve spent a lot of hours sitting. SO, I saw another blogger instagram a photo of her FitDesk and I knew immediately I should give this a try.  It won’t be my “hard” workout for the day.  I will still use my elliptical in the evening for my 30 minute cardio workout.  But I am hoping that in the early morning or late afternoon, when I’m doing my Facebook, Twitter and blog browsing I can get some blood pumping.

I mentioned I got this gift a few days early because my husband has to work late on my birthday :( boooooooo - so they’ll be no celebrations on my actual birthday – but he did take me out to dinner on Saturday at one of my favorite restaurants –Red Lobster :) .  Here are some pictures from that night (the kids love the lobster tank and my husband was using his engineering degree to engineer a tower out of the coasters and toothpicks lol!):

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After dinner, I got to enjoy my kid’s first scrimmage.  Alex is playing football for our public school team and Alexis is a cheerleader FOR his team!  Alex had two great tackles Saturday and Lexi’s gymnastics classes are finally getting some use!

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This week we begin our first week of homeschooling.  I’ll share our first day of school photos and our curriculum a little later on the blog.

That’s all for now!! Have a great new week everyone!

Walk with the King!

Courtney

DIY: Outdoor Lawn Twister

DIY Outdoor Lawn Twister

 

This is such a fun outdoor game to play with a big crowd! 

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I’m always looking for fun party ideas and I found this idea on Pinterest. It’s pretty much self-explanatory on how to do it! :) 

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I bought some paint and made a pattern out of cardboard.  Then I picked a spot and started painting.

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If I did this again, I would measure between the circles because the lines were a little crooked – oops!

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You can make the grid extra large if you are expecting an extra large crowd — that way everyone can play at once!  The more the merrier!

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 Chime In: What are some of your favorite outdoor summer games to play?

Walk with the King,

Our April Fool’s Day Tradition

 If you hang out on Pinterest  – you have seen some fun ways moms are being playful with their children on April Fools Day.

image via KateherineMariePhotography   

 
But this is our tradition…

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It’s Lexi’s Birthday –she is my little April Fool’s baby and trust me, when I was delivering her, I was feeling sorry for the day she was coming out. lol! April 1st is her day –she’s 8!

 lexi turns 8!

We had her party at a bowling alley –here she is with some of her cousins and daddy.

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And the Grandma’s came and watched. My Grandma on the left is 90 and on the right is 93! Aren’t they beautiful!

And the other Grandma (my mom) bowled!

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I wanted to get a picture of me and my two sisters…but one of the sisters {ahem} would not cooperate.  Guess it’s hard to be the big sister of a blogger. lol!  It’s extremely common for my family to duck out of photos when I pull out my camera –they all know where it could end up.  Sometimes I reassure them, “these photos are only for my memories.” but…

–April Fools!!! :)

Here’s my oldest sis – she looks good from behind right ;) ! 

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And my middle sister – the more cooperative one. lol! :)

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And the family!

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Alexis was a very high energy baby and rarely wanted to sit long to be rocked once she could walk.  So I remember the day we decided to move the rocking chair out of her room so we could put a brand new doll house in the rocking chair corner. 

It was Christmas Eve. She was 3 1/2. I had to hold her tightly to get her to stay on my lap and then it happened – she fell asleep on me. And for the last time, I rocked her to sleep in her room in that old rocking chair. It was a bitter sweet moment as I looked at my little angel in my arms, I remember a tear trickling down my cheek as I knew it was our last night to rock together in that corner of her room.

Are you are a weary mom today? This poem by Karen Kinsbury is one of my favorites titled:

Let Me Hold You Longer

(Warning:  get your tissues ready!)

Long ago you came to me,
a miracle of firsts,
First smiles and teeth and baby steps
a sunbeam on the burst.

But one day you will move away
and leave to me your past
And I will be left thinking of
a lifetime of your lasts…

The last time that I held a bottle
to your baby lips
The last time that I lifted you
and held you on my hip.
The last night when you woke up crying,
needing to be walked,
When last you crawled up with your blanket
wanting to be rocked.


The last time when you ran to me,
still small enough to hold.
The last time that you said you’d marry
me when you grew old.

Precious, simple moments and
bright flashes from your past-
Would I have held on longer if
I’d known they were your last?

Our last adventure to the park,
your final midday nap,
The last time when you wore your favorite
faded baseball cap.
Your last few hours of kindergarten,
those last few days of first grade,
Your last at bat in Little League,
last colored picture made.

I never said good-bye to all
your yesterdays long passed.
So what about tomorrow-
will I recognize your lasts?

The last time that you catch a frog
in that old backyard pond.
The last time that you run barefoot
across our fresh-cut lawn.

Silly, scattered images
will represent your past.
I keep on taking pictures,
never quite sure of your lasts…

The last time that I comb your hair
or stop a pillow fight.
The last time that I pray with you
and tuck you in at night.

The last time when we cuddle
with a book, just me and you
The last time you jump in our bed
and sleep between us two.
The last piano lesson,
last vacation to the lake.
Your last few weeks of middle school,
last soccer goal you make.

I look ahead and dream of days
that haven’t come to pass.
But as I do, I sometimes miss
today’s sweet, precious lasts…

The last time that I help you with
a math or spelling test.
The last time when I shout that yes,
your room is still a mess.


The last time that you need me for
a ride from here to there.
The last time that you spend the night
with your old tattered bear.

My life keeps moving faster,
stealing precious days that pass,
I want to hold on longer-
want to recognize your lasts…

The last time that you need my help
with details of a dance.
The last time that you ask me for
advice about romance.

The last time that you talk to me
about your hopes and dreams.
The last time that you wear a jersey
for your high school team.

I’ve watched you grow and barely noticed
seasons as they pass.
If I could freeze the hands of time,
I’d hold on to your lasts.

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For come some bright fall morning,
you’ll be going far away.
College life will beckon
in a brilliant sort of way.

One last hug, one last good-bye,
one quick and hurried kiss.
One last time to understand
just how much you’ll be missed.

I’ll watch you leave and think how fast
our time together passed.
Let me hold on longer,God,
to every precious last.

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In the midst of fevers, spit up, diapers, dishes and homework we moms can grow weary. We can forget all the firsts and LASTS that our children are progressing through as we wish for the next season – one we dream to be easier.

Today I hold my Alexis a little closer. So proud that she’s such a sweet 8 year old and yet sad that the baby, preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade days are forever gone.  She used to love Barney, the Mickey Mouse Club and Curious George but she grew up overnight last year and informed me those shows were for babies.  When we walk by Gymboree (my favorite store to look for deals in) - she no longer lets me window shop…she wants more grown up clothes now. :( Lasts are passing us by. The door of the little years has slammed shut in my face. Gone forever!

Weary moms enjoy your children today!  Don’t waste time wishing the little years away.  Sit back. Relax.

Enjoy them because I can testify, they will not last forever. 

Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”NLT

Walk with the King!

 

My Greatest Teacher

Today (March 11th) my greatest teacher turns 10 years old! My first born son, Alexander, has taught me more than anyone else about sacrifice, enduring love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, patience, joy, self-control, anger, endurance, obedience to God, and humility. In just ten short years, this little guy has taught me lessons I have needed to learn to mature in my walk with God.

 

Psalm 127:3 says “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him.”

 

 

This boy – this little boy that God has given to me for a short time – is my reward. Some days are so rewarding. And then there are days when the sacrifice and patience that it takes to train him does not feel like much of a reward and I am reminded – God is not just doing a work in this little boys life – but he is using this little boy to do a work in my life.

 
 
 
Through my parenting challenges and hurdles God has drawn me closer to Him as I have sought Him in prayer and in His word. God has used this boy to teach me. As I look at Alexander, I see a mirror – so many of his flaws are partly my own flaws. I tell him to be patient with his sister – while I am impatient with him. I tell him to use self-control while steam is pouring out my own ears. But each year as he grows one year older – I notice that I also have grown one year older. As he matures, I mature. Together we are growing in our walk with the Lord and becoming more like Christ as God reveals our flaws through the flow of family life.
 
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Alexander is the perfect child for me. God created him in my womb and placed him into our family because God knew that this is the child that we needed for his glory. And we are so thankful for him.

 
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 Happy 10th Birthday Alexander – You are my favorite little boy in the whole world!
 
Walk with the King!
 

 

My Grandmother’s 90th Birthday Party

This past weekend we had a family reunion.  It was my Grandmother’s 90th Birthday.

Here’s my mom and her three younger brothers with grandma. 

 

Grandma has a been a rock to the whole family. She loved her husband till the day God took him home, despite some very hard times including my grandpa being too weak to walk and an invalid for years. She truly is the most grace-filled and hardest working woman, I have ever known –a real life Proverbs 31 woman!  Grandma loves Jesus and loves her family.  

To get to the reunion, some family traveled from far away and others live just up the road.  There is NOTHING as wonderful as having family all together in one room.  And like all families –we are very quirky!!!  We are loud.Loud.LOUD.  This was an adjustment for my husband when he entered the family! 

I have one Uncle {ahem Richard} who never comes for a visit without mentioning how HUGE our hair is.  What can we say? My sister’s and I grew up in the 80′s and we love BIG hair –notice in the pictures I wore my hair straight?  I knew the “huge hair” comment was coming – and it did…and we laughed at our family’s signature ways.

One of the gifts to Grandma was a memory book my mom put together for her (using Snapfish.com). 

 

It had pictures from the past.

And the memory book included pages and pages of handwritten letters and photos from everyone in the family.  I read the book cover to cover and started crying on page 1…I was a mess by the end of the book! Grandma is SO deeply loved by her family. 

The world defines success by fame and fortune…

but Grandma–

Grandma’s success is defined by faith and family.

 And so Dad opened our dinner in prayer –turning toward the author and perfector of our family’s faith. 

 

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2

 

 And I look at the pictures of our family praying and I see a little boy at the head of the table.  

That’s my Alex –about to turn 10 in just one week. 

And my heart melts…my boy,

–at the head. 

It was just how the seating arrangement worked out (not meant to be significant) but for this mommy, that’s my heart’s longing –

that one day God would raise him up to be a Godly head of his family.

That he would always remember that success–

 is not defined by fame or fortune…

 but by faith and family.

 

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” ~ 3 John 1:4

 

 

 Dear Grandma, I know my sister Jen is reading this to you {my sister reads my blog posts to grandma}, thank you so much for following Jesus.  I think of Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, when I think of you. 

Long ago there were two roads ahead of you – one would take you towards God and truth, the other would take you away from God and His truth. You chose the road less traveled and THAT has made all the difference in my life.

My mom followed you down the path you chose –on this road less traveled.

My sisters followed my mom, and I followed them down this path behind YOU.

And now our children are following us on this road less traveled.

Faith.

Family.

Success.

Grandma – you have affected generations to come and I pray that we will perpetually pass on your faith to future generations until Jesus returns. 

“His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” ~ Luke 1:50

I pray that one day when I turn 90 years old (Lord willing), there will be a room full of love gathered around me just as you had this weekend.  Thank you for being a role model to me.

I love you!

 Walk with the King,

 

**Chime In: Are you a first generation Christian or has your Christian faith been passed down from generation to generation?  Who in your life, took the road less traveled, and made a difference in your life?

 

 

Happy Birthday to My Husband!

Photo Credit: Fawn at HappyWivesClub.com

Today (Saturday) we celebrated my husband’s birthday!  The kids decorated the kitchen to surprise him when he got home from a business trip yesterday.

 

 He’s 38 today!  Happy Birthday honey!! 

 I love you yesterday, I love you still.  I always have…I always will!

Walk with the King,

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