Starlets and Super Heros

Monday, November 2, 2009
Isabelle waited until two days before the holiday to tell me she did not want to be a ballerina in her pink tutu, she wanted to be Fancy Nancy for Halloween; a character from her favorite book.
“Great” I thought. Fancy Nancy is known for being…how shall we put this…eclectic! We’ll just rummage through the dress-ups and pull together all the beads and bangles and scarves and such and we’ll have a Fancy Nancy.
Oh no! Izzy pulled out her book and showed me she wanted to be “this Fancy Nancy”. She went into great detail about a specific blue ruffly dress that she wanted to wear.
I found material I’d had buried somewhere and dusted off my sewing machine. The results: a cross between a bridesmaids dress from the 80’s and Violet Beauregrde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Very blue. Very fluffy. Very Izzy! We added a boa and she was delighted!
My fearsome Batman. Tristan has worn this three years running. Think we’re going to have to branch out and be a new superhero next year.

Abi the beautiful Bride (Im going to treasure these childhood pics on her wedding day!)
Evie was an Indian Princess for the Fall Festival and Grandma found a darling Ladybug costume for Trick or Treating.
Britain in the sari her Daddy brought her from India (I decided to remove the red Hindu dot before going to the church fall festival:-)
Do tell…what did you (or your little ones where applicable) dress up as?

Sugar High!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Its become a tradition in our family to celebrate the girls 3rd birthday with an ice cream sundae party.  Isabelle went shopping with me to pick out all the syrups and sprinkles and toppings she fancied.  A glowing California sunset made a perfect backdrop for her pink party.   (This is a great age-appropriate theme for any of you looking for party ideas!)

-A giant tub of multi colored ice cream balls (wrap individually in syran wrap so it doesn’t turn into a melting pot)

-A cone castle.  Dip cones or waffle cups in white chocolate and colored sugar sprinkles.  Stack on tiered platters

-Cupcakes decorated like ice cream cones with a cherry on top

-Bowls of M&M’s, peanuts, crushed Oreos, maraschino cherries, whipped cream, chocolate sauce….your imagination is the limit.

Let the guests have at it!  I would strongly recommend this being a lawn party rather than staged in your living room!

Izzy was way more interested in filling cones to the brim with sprinkles than eating ice cream.  🙂


I took her for a date on the morning of her Birthday to Starbucks.  She took her time selecting a Vanilla Buttercream Cupcake and a “pink shake” for breakfast.  (Why not – your birthday only comes once a year!)  We sat at Barnes and Noble and read all the Fancy Nancy books and she got to choose one.  These books are DARLING!  My child who has been called “Izzy” since the day she was born introduces herself to strangers as “Princess Isabelle Katherine S’miff” all the time.  Fancy Nancy is SO her!

We concluded our day at a restaurant on the water in the mountains.  She ordered waffles for dinner and then was presented with a giant platter of cream coated, chocolate smoothed ice cream by the waiter for her birthday.  I think its sufficient to say she has had her quota of sugar for the YEAR!