Wednesday, July 8, 2020

runDisney Mad Tea Party Virtual 5K

Last week, my friend Melissa and I (along with Brayden and Melissa's dog Tink) completed the first leg of the runDisney Summer Virtual 5K series, the Mad Tea Party 5K! 

With the state of the world as it is, I knew another runDisney event wouldn't be in the cards for me this year, so signing up for this race series was perfect!


We decided to complete the first portion of this race series at Melissa's house. This was a new (to me) route, and we had a lot of fun along the way!


Their neighborhood almost makes a 1 mile loop, so mile 1 hit in no time.

Around the end of mile 2, I noticed something in the water of the ditch alongside the road...


Can you see it? It's a water moccasin and it looked like it had just eaten dinner due to its fat belly!


Naturally, our mile 2 stop had to be taken with the (not so friendly) snake! Yikes!


Needless to say, our mile 3 was just a tad bit faster than the previous two! We were ready to be finished!


Melissa's dog Tink came along for our 5K (which Brayden loved) and had a great time!


Before long, our 5K was complete! I'm so glad we decided to do this together. We can't wait for part 2 and part 3, coming in July and August!

The last time I completed the runDisney summer 5K series was the inaugural year (back in 2016) and I've enjoyed this one just as much as the first! Reading back over part 2 from that race series reminded me about the snake I came across in the grass during that run. What is it about the runDisney summer virtual series and snakes? I'm not sure, but I hope it doesn't happen again!

Did you register for the runDisney summer virtual series? If so, how has your running gone so far?

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Brayden's 4th Birthday Party (Cars Themed)

During the COVID quarantine earlier this year, my son turned 4 years old. Originally, we'd planned to back up his party into May which then turned to June. Even though it was 2 months late and super small, he still had a blast and that's what truly matters!


The theme for his party this year was Lightning McQueen! I found a LOT of ideas on pinterest and wanted to share them with you here today.


Ka-chow! Brayden's swim outfit (including shoes) were all from Shop Disney last year.


The idea for our shirts also came from pinterest and I had a friend make them. We loved being a part of this pit crew!


At the entry way table, I included a few pictures as well as an "about me" age 4 print out. I'm not sure how long I'll keep those up, but they've been a fun tradition since his first birthday! Also, the "tires" are inflatable pool floats from amazon. They even got a double use - later in the day, we used them to play on the water slide!


Included in each kids gift bag was a sheet of stickers, a grab & go pack, a little toy car, and a "piston cup". I also threw extra candy from the pinata in there, too!


In the living room, I decided to make banners from my silhouette machine again. The one you see on the TV included symbols from the movie (such as a lightning bolt, a route 66 sign, the number 95, and "4th" in the Cars font). The mantle held the traditional "Happy Birthday Brayden" banner as well as a couple of photos and the "FOUR" letters that were purchased from Hobby Lobby. (Basically, I've been keeping those letters every year, adding the additional ones that I need and repainting them to match the party colors.)


In the kitchen as far as food goes, I tried to be as "COVID cautious" as possible, so every platter included a set of grabbers! If the item could be individually wrapped or bagged, it was.


How cute are these tags? They came from pinterest!


Peep the coffee condiment package in the white bowl! (If you're a Walt Disney World fan, you recognize them!) I knew they would come in handy one day! :)


Coffee and parties at my house go hand in hand!


For the main food, we offered hamburgers and chicken nuggets. Nuggets might be my child's favorite food group.


Throughout the house, I had various photos that were taken between our photographer in October as well as our Disney World trip in February. All of the photos that were framed had something to do with Lightning McQueen. These frames are also the same from his prior birthday parties, I just re-paint them to match the party colors!


I used the front table to hold the cake and cookies! At first I wasn't going to do a helium tank but then changed my mind when I saw that I'd already purchased the foil balloons you see here! (Initially, I'd purchased all of the decor back in March when his party was supposed to be in May, so I couldn't remember all I bought!)

The orange cones were in a box of 8 and I placed them in various locations throughout the house. I also purchased the cones on Amazon.


Our same cake friend from previous birthdays made his cake and I think it turned out adorable! I added the cars pieces (they were from his Christmas advent calendar) as well as the Happy Birthday Brayden banner in the back. The candles were purchased from Amazon.


My friend that made his cookies the past several parties also made these! Aren't they precious?


As an added touch, I thought it would be fun to have the Cars movie playing on the TV (without sound) and the Cars soundtrack playing throughout the house/outside on our Alexa home system! It worked beautifully!


As a final indoor touch, I found these posters from the opening of Cars Land at Disneyland and printed them out!


Since a good majority of this party was set to take place outside, we added a few pieces of decor out there, too!


I know you can't see it well, but there's a big "Ka-Chow" on the fence!


Apart from celebrating with family and friends, the highlight of the party for Brayden was his water slide! Initially, I had plans to let him swim and his friends join him from 11-noon, then stop and do cake, eat, open presents, etc. However, when family started to arrive at 11 a.m., Brayden wanted to get out of the pool and hang out with them. It was his party so we went with it!

 

While waiting for the burgers to finish cooking, the kids took to the trampoline!


Time for presents!


Due to COVID, we sang happy birthday and blew candles out on a cupcake instead of the big cake! Whomp whomp.


This kid is a Paw Patrol fiend! I have a feeling that will be his birthday party theme next year!


Another highlight of this party and something Brayden had looked forward to for a long time was the pinata. He couldn't wait to get to that candy!


After the pinata, it was time to SWIM and boy were they ready! I'm serious when I say that my child did not get off of that water slide from the moment they began swimming at his party to about 6 p.m. that night! It was well worth the money spent to rent it!


After a majority of the kids all left, the adults hopped on the slide with Brayden for a little fun! I seriously loved this thing!!


At the end of the day, it was a great party and we all had a wonderful time! We loved being able to swim, hang out with family and friends, and simply celebrate the life of our sweet "big" four year old! If you'd like to see a video recap of the party, check out the link below! :)


Thanks for following along! KA-CHOW!

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