Harold and the Purple Crayon

Last year Ike’s birthday party theme was the book “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.  As a keepsake to him, everyone who attended signed his copy of the book.  It was such a nice keepsake for him, I wanted to have another book for him this year.

Harold Party

Harold and the Purple crayon is a great toddler sized book, since coloring is becoming a very hip thing to do at two years old, and because there’s simple illustrations and a simple story within the book  Harold takes a giant purple crayon on a moonlight walk and draws a big adventure.  There’s only a few words on each page, making it a very manageable book for a kid who likes to “help” by turning the pages.

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Taking elements from the book was fairly simple as the book is illustrated entirely in purple and white using simplistic shapes to create imaginative scenery.  I took three scenes from the book and recreated the lines using purple streamers on white easel paper.

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Since my main party guests were two and under, I decided to forgo the organized games for free play.  We rolled up our area rug and replaced it with more easel paper to make a giant coloring mat.

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With purple balloons for some added fun.  Ike was laying and bouncing on them before the party and I was briefly concerned that someone would pop one and all hell would break loose.  There were some nibbles but all the balloons survived and no one went home screaming.

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More purple decorations.  A monochromatic color scheme proves for endless decorating options.  But we kept it pretty minimal.

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I printed a few coloring sheets from a free education website for the more advanced coloring kids.

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I baked and decorated his cake myself.  I think I’m pretty good at free hand doodles, if I do say so myself.  I did not free hand the number two, I used a cookie cutter and purple sprinkles.

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There were also chocolate cupcakes.

 The food was relatively simple, and kid-friendly.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly AND cheese sandwiches

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Mexican dip, Mixed Fruit, and roasted vegetable pasta salad

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Honest Kids in sippy cups and Lemonade.

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Fun coloring on the floor.  Ike did this for approximately 30seconds before running off to police the other kids away from his favorite toys (all of his toys and also while he’s thinking of it don’t touch his crayons!).  Two is super fun already guys.

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This shirt!

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I made shape crayons as favors from all the “vintage” crayons I found around the house while collecting purple (and blue) crayons for the party.  They were complimented by farm animal coloring books.

And one final craft, was this #2, which sort of ended up blending in with our other photos on the built ins, but I still love it.  What a year!

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Week Twenty Six

Happy Advent/Christmas/Happy Snowflakes and Hot Cocoa season!  Christmas is so my favorite time of year.  I am so looking forward to matching boy/girl pjs this time next year!

Week 26

Survey:

  1. How big is baby this week? A head of lettuce, this makes me think of cabbage patch kids.  And now I’m anxious to buy my daughter baby dolls.  
  2. Weight Gain?  Ummmm, I like ice cream.
  3. Do you feel that it is a boy or girl?  It’s a GIRL!
  4. Are you wearing maternity clothes yet?  Yesss…
  5. Do your wedding rings still fit? Yep!
  6. Weird cravings this week? No, things are actually starting to feel a little crowded in there, limited room for pizza and ice cream.
  7. What do you miss most? Remembering things
  8. Movement? I think I have a little gymnist.
  9. Sleep? ZZZZzzzzzzzzz
  10. How are you feeling?   Still super twitchy and now a little itchy, think we should probably mention this to the doc.
  11. Things I cried about this week.  When Mark Richt retired, I don’t even like Georgia…
  12. Best Moment this week. Making smoothies with Ike.

Week 26

My glucose screening test is next week.  I am normally not a super big binge eater, I do have a little bit of a sweet tooth, but I can usually satisfy it with a piece of fun size candy or a bowl of cereal.  For some reason though, for the past three weeks I have been eating ice cream and cookies and cake (thanks for THREE birthday parties Ike) like they are going extinct!  I barely passed the GD test with Ike and now I’m super nervous.  I think I need a piece of cake…

Two!

He’s been two for over a week now, and I still cannot believe how time has flown!

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For real little guy?!

You’ve mastered so many new skills this year, taking your amazing little personality to brand new heights!  You’ve learned about a hundred words, so many new songs, you can get dressed (and undressed), you can feed yourself, you can dance, you can jump, you can climb, you can do puzzles, you can say your ABCs!  You amaze me every day and I am so excited for what you have in store for this year!

Ike’s Favorites:

Favorite Foods

  1. Avocado
  2. Blueberries
  3. Strawberries
  4. Noodles
  5. Broccoli
  6. Ice Cream
  7. Most other food put in front of him.

Oddly enough he asks for cake after singing Happy Birthday to everyone but does not care for the actual cake, he also frequently requests pizza for dinner but also does not appear to like that either.

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Mommy I need cake, sing happy birthday need cake.

Favorite Songs

  1. Old MacDonald
  2. Wheels on the Bus
  3. Happy Birthday
  4. Baby Bumblebee
  5. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  6. One two buckle my shoe
  7. Row Row Row your Boat

Favorite Toys

  1. School Buses
  2. Airplanes
  3. Slides
  4. Guitar
  5. Play kitchen (also real kitchen)

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Favorite TV shows 

(Please don’t judge us)

  1. SuperWhy
  2. Handy Manny
  3. Harry the Bunny (Aka “a bunny”)
  4. Thomas the Train

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Favorite Pieces of Clothing

  1. Helicopter Pajamas
  2. Dragon Shirt
  3. SuperWhy Shirt
  4. Spiderman towel
  5. Koala bear hat that is way to small for his giant head

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One week into being two and we have found that Ike is behaving, very TWO-ish.  I can see how this phase may be misconstrued as terrible.  Personally, I think you just need to have the right mindset.  You see, I am completely prepared for this to be the most difficult to take him places, hard to get through the day, patience-testing year.  Now that my bar is set low enough to need a shovel to bury it, things can only go up from here!

Cheers to Two!  It’s going to be amazing (or at least not as terrible as I already think it is).

PS Ike had three total birthday celebrations, zero of which were on his actual birthday.  He had a Montessori birthday “lesson” at school, a Harold and the Purple Crayon party at home, and a SuperWhy birthday over Thanksgiving at Grandma’s.  More to come on the party animal another time.