Posts Tagged ‘2011’

{May the Force Be With You} Seattle Area Childrens Photographer

March 7th, 2012

My boys love Star Wars. For Christmas a couple of years ago, my husband kindly bought me Lego Star Wars, which I deemed safe enough for the kids to watch. Besides, LEGO!  Have you seen how cute those little LEGO figurines are of Han Solo, Obi Wan, and Yoda? Now, my kids haven’t even seen […]

 

My boys love Star Wars. For Christmas a couple of years ago, my husband kindly bought me Lego Star Wars, which I deemed safe enough for the kids to watch. Besides, LEGO!  Have you seen how cute those little LEGO figurines are of Han Solo, Obi Wan, and Yoda? Now, my kids haven’t even seen any of the Star Wars movies, but my oldest became obsessed. For his birthday, we did a Star Wars theme. I scoured the internet for days beforehand, trying to find the best ways to have a low budget yet still cool, Star Wars themed party. (For future reference, there are actually Star Wars Party Book, and a Star Wars Craft Book which I did not know about until after the party. Hopefully these links will help another hapless parent out in their party planning.). A few weeks of planning, some sleepless night, and 31 kids plus a very happy birthday boy later,  seemed to thoroughly enjoy all our hard work.

This year, we told him he had to limit the amount of people to how old he is turning.  🙂

So onto the party pictures! I included links to everything, and hopefully this can help some other parent with a Star Wars obsessed kid. **WARNING** This post is long and picture heavy!

1. The Invite

I just used evite, but I found some cute wording and the invitation stated this:

In a Galaxy Far, Far away… A boy of destiny was born. The Jedi council named him {NAME} and they knew that he was the chosen one.

In the six years that has followed his birth, he has been learning the powers of the force. Recently though, the Jedi knights have called upon young Padawan {NAME} to seek out Future Jedi.

Your presence is requested on sunday May 1st for Padawan {NAME} birthday party! The trials will begin promptly at 11:30am at the Jeidi Training Academy (aka our home). Please Advise the Jedi council as to whether you will be accepting the challenge of the trials. Future Jeidi siblings may also partake in the trials. May The Force Be With you!

 

2. The Lightsabers, aka what I used instead of giving out goody bags.

I will admit, I kind of hate goody bags. My kids have food allergies, so if it’s candy often they can’t have it, and if it’s a toy it just ends up broken in the car on the way home from the party. So I found instructions on how to make foam light sabers, and made them as party favors. Simple and inexpensive! Cut a pool noodle in half, slap on some duct tape and electrical tape, and you’re golden. Bonus is, they don’t hurt when your kids beat the tar out of each other in preparation for Jedi Training. 🙂

Seriously, who doesn’t love a lightsaber?

I put them in buckets for the kids to grab, along with some neon colored labels and a sharpie to make name tags. 

 

3. The Imperial Decree

I wanted to make sure the kids kept the lightsabers OUTSIDE so we made up this sign, one by the lightsabers, and one by the door at parent-height. I downloaded the Star Wars Font to make the sign.

 

4. The Padawan Robe

I googled around, and this Star Wars Robe tutorial was the easiest one I found. For 3yards of fabric, I was able to make two small robes (one for each of my kids) for less than $5 total.

my son loved it so much he would wear it everywhere, even to tae kwon do.

 

5. Death Star Pinata

We couldn’t find an actual Death Star or Star Wars themed pinata, so here is what we did instead. I bought a baseball pinata (any round pinata shape would do, actually), and my husband spray painted it silver. To cover the hole we had to cut in it to put in candy, we put an upside down coffee lid.  He added on details with a black sharpie, and it turned out pretty well!

 

6.  The Cake

The cake was extremely cool. I found this tutorial on how to make an R2D2 cake. My fabulous friend Auntie Heather’s Fancy Cakes made the cake for us.  I made the inside cake (dairy and nut free!) and she put it all together. It was glorious and oh so amazing.

 

Details of the cake.

This thing was incredibly awesome. People couldn’t believe it was cake! Here’s a picture of the cake cut apart, poor R2D2 is getting devoured by my youngest.

CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

 

7. Star Wars Cooler

My husband’s coworker graciously loaned us his R2D2 cooler, which we used as a prop and to store “adult” beverages. My kids loved it and kept hugging it.

 

 

8. The Games

We played Jeidi vs. Bubbles (I had two parents with bubble machines, and the kids were fighing all the bubbles), which the kids really enjoyed. I made an obstacle course the kids had to run in, where I had parents holding lightsabers out either above head level, or low enough so the kids had to duck or jump over it, which they all LOVED. We also had Star Wars Bingo and a Pin The Lightsaber on Yoda game, but we didn’t get around to either of them. Mainly, this is what the entire party looked like.

 

 

Overall, I think everyone (parents, kids, birthday boy) had a great time, my son thought we were the coolest parents ever, and all the kids of all ages had a ton of fun chasing each other with their lightsabers. I hope if you’ve read this through, you got some good ideas for your own Star Wars themed party!

 

Shared at Spaceships and Laser Beams Boy Party Ideas!



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{Baby W. Three Weeks Old} Seattle Area Newborn Photography

February 21st, 2012

Baby W was a dream baby. He pretty much slept and let me pose him any which way for the entire session. The family was so laid back and go with the flow, even when we had the inevitable accidents which happen when you hold a naked newborn. I also captured one of my favorite […]

 

Baby W was a dream baby. He pretty much slept and let me pose him any which way for the entire session. The family was so laid back and go with the flow, even when we had the inevitable accidents which happen when you hold a naked newborn. I also captured one of my favorite sibling poses ever in this session, with Baby W. and big brother. Thank you for letting me into your home and capturing these sweet moments with Baby W!

 

Meet Baby W.

He was a looooooooooong baby. So adorable and squishy though.

Contemplative baby.

These cute hats were knitted by Baby W’s aunt.

Adorable frog baby!

The sweet daisies were placed there by big brother

Big brother and Baby W.

He slept through pretty much the entire session and let me pose him

A sweet storyboard with dad and Baby W

The entire family!

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{Two Sisters} Seattle Area Child Photographer

January 31st, 2012

I’m a out loud talker. If I’m in the grocery store, I’m the person talking about what’s on my list, and where can I find the red wine vinegar. My husband makes fun of me for doing this, but even he concedes that when you ask for something, you have a better chance of someone […]

 

I’m a out loud talker. If I’m in the grocery store, I’m the person talking about what’s on my list, and where can I find the red wine vinegar. My husband makes fun of me for doing this, but even he concedes that when you ask for something, you have a better chance of someone answering your question than if you never ask aloud. The age old adage, “ask and you shall receive”. Along that vein, a friend of mine was posting on a social media site that all her parents wanted for Christmas was a picture of both her girls together in the dresses they received from grandma. There were several problems with getting the picture as a) my friend works out of the house, b) the girls are both under the age of three and dragging them to the mall seemed like a chore and c) it was about a week before Christmas. I offered to come over to her home and take pictures of her girls for her. I’m way behind in my blogging, since these pictures were taken last month, but it was a win-win situation for everyone. Thank you for letting me photograph your adorable daughters!

 

Meet Older Sis. She was a hoot to capture on camera, and was so fun!

 

Ok, sit primly in this chair? I can do that for you, Ms. Photographer.

 

Little Sister was a tougher nut to crack to get to smile at me.

 

Look at those eyes! So soulful.

 

Older Sis was a dream, she pretty much did anything I asked. I love her expression here! It came out a lot.

 

But oh so adorable.

 

I finally coaxed a real smile from Little Sister

 

Oh look, I got them both into the same frame! Aren’t those dresses just precious?

 

And a last picture of a pretty pretty pink princess.

 

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{Santa at the Space Needle} – Seattle Area Child Photographer

December 10th, 2011

I was at Starbucks the other day and saw that they had a “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” coupon. You buy one adult Space Needle ticket, and you get one adult ticket OR two youth tickets FREE. Adults tickets are $18, youth tickets (ages 4-12) are $11, and 3 and under are […]

 

I was at Starbucks the other day and saw that they had a “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” coupon. You buy one adult Space Needle ticket, and you get one adult ticket OR two youth tickets FREE. Adults tickets are $18, youth tickets (ages 4-12) are $11, and 3 and under are free so the buy one, get one free was a great deal. In addition, Santa Claus would be up there in his rocket ship as well. Here is the blurb from the website:

Seattle’s Coolest Santa and his Out-of-this-World Workship

December 10-11 & 17-24: 11am – 5pm* 
*Santa will only be here until 4pm on December 11
The coolest, hippest Santa Seattle has ever seen will be chillin’ out with a couple of his elves at the top of the Space Needle this holiday season. Eager to show off his super-sleek WorkShip, Jolly St. Nick will be on the Observation Deck to meet and greet guests and take pictures in his shiny ride.

After telling Santa what is on their wish list, kids are invited to visit the arts and crafts station on the Observation Deck to make and take home a complimentary holiday keepsake.

My boys have never been a huge fan of Santa Claus. They love the abstract idea of Santa, but when faced with the real life Man in Red, it’s another story. I’m pretty sure I have the only kids who have cried and ran away from Santa, who dared to wave at them from 20 feet away. Last year, when my oldest was five, he surprised us by actually asking to go visit Santa and having his picture taken with the Man in Red. My younger son, who was two at the time, was not a big fan. This year, he’s six, and been all over the whole Santa thing. My youngest…still not so much interested. But, they both love space, and rockets.  Plus, my husband had not been up to the top of the Space Needle since he was a child, so we planned a family outing to the Space Needle. It was one of the rare, sunny, and clear days in the Seattle winter, and we had a gorgeous view on top. It was also super windy and cold, so we did not spend a lot of time on the observation deck. Rocket Santa was as awesome as he promised to be, and my oldest son was enchanted by his visit with Santa in the rocket. My younger son…not so much. In fact, he outright refused to make eye contact with Santa, or take the candy cane from Santa’s elf helper. Oh well, maybe another year.

In all, if you are looking for a different Santa experience, I would suggest going up to the Space Needle!

 

At the observation deck on top of the Space Needle. Please note that two out of three photo participants were cold and grumpy. 

Waiting in line for Santa Claus

Someone was a wee bit excited

They were really nice and gave parents photo opportunities as well. I’m a little sad my oldest is out of focus but he was way more interested in getting back to talk with Santa rather than look up for pictures.

My youngest wouldn’t even get in line with us.

He was much more vested in checking out the view from the telescopes

Older brother wanted a turn as well

As a bonus, we found an actual mound of actual SNOW in the Seattle Center. King of the Mountain!

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{Book inspired crafts} – Seattle Area Lifestyle photographer

December 7th, 2011

I’m grateful that we live in an area with a fabulous library system, with some awesome childrens’ programs. We go to the library weekly and get new books, and my kids love choosing and picking their own books for reading at home. We also love going to story time and listening to the great childrens’ […]

 

I’m grateful that we live in an area with a fabulous library system, with some awesome childrens’ programs. We go to the library weekly and get new books, and my kids love choosing and picking their own books for reading at home. We also love going to story time and listening to the great childrens’ librarians read, sing songs, and tell great stories. I get inspired by both the storytelling and the repeated reading of of the boys’ favorite books, to do interactive crafts with them. It helps promote literacy, pre-reading skills, and also is very hands on and fun. Sometimes when the boys are being super wiggly and can’t sit still for a story, they’ll still listen to it if they can follow along with their own crafts.

Here’s one of our favorites, and a must have book for any house. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

 

I got the idea from The Crafting Chicks for this craft. Toilet paper tubes, some green paper, and foam stickers I had plenty of in stock! The boys loved finding the different alphabet letters as we read the book, then putting them up to climb on the “tree”.

My youngest took finding space for all the letters quite seriously

I covered the toilet paper tubes in brown paper to make it more tree like.

Chicka chicka boom boom!

 

Here’s another book we love in this house. My Heart Is Like A Zoo

In this book, each letter in the alphabet is represented by an animal. And all the animals, are made up entirely of hearts. So here are some of our animals made of heart drawings. We have a heart frog, and a heart lion.

Then, we cut out a bunch of different sized hearts out of scrapbook paper.

And we glued them together to make animals. Here is my younger son’s bunny (he had some help with the glueing and pasting)

And here is my older son’s blue heron. He did this one all by himself.

 

And another fun book to turn into a craft.  Dog’s Colorful Day.

 

 

For this craft, I just cut the dog out of paper, then gave them colored markers. As we read along in the story, they put colored dots on their dog. Later, I cut the dots and dog out of fleece to make this fun read along craft we could do over and over again. Here is my youngest son’s colorful dog rendition

And my older son. Please forgive the awesome face he is making for the picture. 🙂

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{Thumbprint Snowmen} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

December 2nd, 2011

Tiny handprints are a sweet and easy way to remember just how little your child was once upon a time. There are a ton of different handprint and fingerprint craft ideas on Pinterest and around the web. Last year my kids and I did thumb print snowmen and had a blast making them. We used […]

 

Tiny handprints are a sweet and easy way to remember just how little your child was once upon a time. There are a ton of different handprint and fingerprint craft ideas on Pinterest and around the web. Last year my kids and I did thumb print snowmen and had a blast making them. We used them as gift tags, and note cards as well. This was a pretty easy and fun craft! I even let my older son cut out the edges with pretty scissors and he was so excited to be able to make the tags.

 

We precut all the tags and then I let the kids go to town

My son was a machine! He lined them up and whipped them out assembly line style

I love how my sons accessorized the snowmen. Scarves, check. Hats, check. Purse, check!

We even made thumbprint Christmas trees next to some of the snowmen

And of course, a thumb print snowman was the perfect card to leave for Santa’s cookies

 

 

 

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{Santa Beard Props} – Redmond/Eastside Lifestyle Photographer

December 2nd, 2011

We live in the Pacific Northwest and spend a lot of time outdoors. My husband is also an avid commuter cyclist, so we also spend a lot of time at REI.  Last weekend we were at Redmond Town Center (which is kind of an outdoor mall) so he could gear up for winter cycling. Since I’d rather […]

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We live in the Pacific Northwest and spend a lot of time outdoors. My husband is also an avid commuter cyclist, so we also spend a lot of time at REI.  Last weekend we were at Redmond Town Center (which is kind of an outdoor mall) so he could gear up for winter cycling. Since I’d rather chew my arm off than deal with two rambunctious kids inside such an interesting store as REI, the boys and I hung around outside and played while he got to do some shopping. I had made some simple Santa beard props (white paper glued onto a popsicle stick), and had some fun having the boys pose with them while we played outside.

Santa beard! This smile just cracks me up because you can see he’s missing some front teeth.

This was about as cooperative as my youngest got with his Santa beard prop

One of my children was very cooperative in posing and smiling for mommy. One of my children was way more interested in waving his prop around and hamming it up for the camera. Can you guess which child was which?

They have a great little music park at Redmond Town Center. I love the green fence behind my oldest contrasting here with his red hat.

My youngest was more interested in the bread I was using as a bribe, than smiling at mommy.

 

 

At the end of the day however, his true personality comes out. I call this the Joey Tribbiani pose, with a “Hey, how YOU doing mommy” look in his eyes

Peek a Boo! I see sheer joy in a child’s face.

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{Fall Crafts} – Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

December 1st, 2011

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, but I figured that I should dust off the old blog and share what’s going on in my life lately. I’ve been taking a break from the business side of photography for the past year for various reasons. In taking this break, I’ve reconnected to […]

 

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, but I figured that I should dust off the old blog and share what’s going on in my life lately. I’ve been taking a break from the business side of photography for the past year for various reasons. In taking this break, I’ve reconnected to what drew me into photography in the first place, which was my love of capturing the joy and wonder every time my kids learn something new. Lately, we’ve been enjoying our gorgeous dry, fall weather.  One good thing to come out of the obnoxiously bad Seattle summer was that we’ve been having a lovely, lovely fall. The leaves around here have been turning GORGEOUS colors. At every park, and every walk, the boys and I pick some leaves off the ground, take them home to press, and then I had a bunch of pretty leaves for pretty art crafts and projects.

Leaf Fight!

Dried, pressed leaves ready for crafting. I love the assortment of colors.

I used this leaf lantern tutorial to help make these lanterns with the boys. They used them as flashlights for our nightly walks.

Then we took up mask making.

First we painted on some glue

Then we added glitter. Lots and lots of glitter.

Lots and lots and LOTS of glitter.

And after drying overnight, voila! Who is that masked child? I think he looks a little bit like an owl.

My youngest was very very serious behind his leaf mask.

And even mom and dad got to join in on the leaf mask fun as well