Nine Years Old


Howdy, readers!  I apologize for the quiet around here.  I had things to blog, and I kept intending to bank a few entries besides, but time was not on my side.  The girls started dance, I spent two afternoons in Big Sis's classroom - one reading and helping with a project, the other bringing birthday treats! - and Saturday we hosted Big Sis's birthday party!  She turned nine years old on Saturday.  She was quite excited that her actual birthday fell on a Saturday, too.

We decided to have a tie-dying party in the backyard, this year.  I hung a banner and a couple of tissue paper fans across the shed, and I did buy a plastic tablecloth for the table outside, but that was all the decor we needed.  We had beautiful weather on our side - mid-seventies, no wind.  It was just a huge gaggle of girls, rubber-banding then squirting white t-shirts with dye!  When they were not taking their turn, they were playing.  Just playing.  Between the swing set and the fairy house and the red wagon and bubbles and the ball toss, we had no reason to organize games or anything.  My favorite part was watching kids who had just met - family friends meeting girls from school, for example - play together like they've always known each other.  It was so much fun!



For the tie-dying, I used the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit.  (I got it at Michael's using a coupon.)  I hadn't tie-dyed shirts since I was in Brownies!  Big Sis attended a tie-dye party when she was five, and remembered how much fun she had.  Plus, she has developed an affinity for peace signs and tie-dye, my hippie child.  This seemed simpler than using the old-fashioned RIT dye dipping method. We banded our Fruit-of-the-Loom boys' t-shirts in the design of our choosing, then squirted them with the bottles.  After that, I wrapped shirts in plastic wrap and stick them in old grocery bags with their names on them.  Unfortunately, when I'd turn away to wrap a shirt, I'd lose track of the actual dyeing.  Some of them may have gone a little overboard with the dye.  I gave parents the option of leaving the shirts with me to finish - they had to soak in the dye for 6 to 8 hours - but only one took me up on the offer.  I've seen two of the shirts that went home, and they turned out well!  Crossing fingers on the rest.

Big Sis wanted an ice cream cake, so we got a yummy, rich one from Freddy's Frozen Custard.


After the cake was consumed, she opened her presents in front of the fairy house.


I finished rinsing and washing and drying shirts the next day.  I think they turned out well!  The one on the left belongs to a friend, the one in the middle is Big Sis's, and the one on the right is Little Sis's, which is not tie-dyed at all:  she just wanted to go to town with the squirt bottles!



I plan on getting some posts prepped and scheduled this week.  Nose surgery on Thursday - wish me luck!


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  1. Awwww what fun. I want a tie-dying party. I love it! Happy birthday Big Sis!

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    1. It was a lot of fun! I got to see another shirt this morning. Hers looked great, too. She said her youngest sister's shirt turned out dark, but she liked it - it was fall colors! (Sounds like I'd like it, too.) :)

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  2. Happy birthday and all the best wishes to lovely Big Sis! What an amazing idea for a party! The t shirts turned out great. Wishing you the best of luck with your surgery! :)

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    1. I don't know that I would have thought of this party idea if she hadn't attended the one for a pre-K friend, back in the day. I liked the idea of a messy backyard party that required little to no decorating, with built-in party favors. Seriously, even after buying the shirts (3 packages of 8 for cheap) and two dye kits (I panicked and bought a second kit, just in case), it was an inexpensive party for this many kids!

      And thank you! I'm not looking forward to the procedure, but I'm looking forward to the results in the future! :)

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  3. How fun is this??? Wow, she must have loved all of this! I love ice cream cakes and hardly ever get to have any :( the shirts are just darling and hurray for awesome perfect weather! it always makes me sad that J and I have winter birthdays and I can't just turn her and her friends loose in the backyard. BE WELL for the nose surgery!!! I'm so happy to have all this behind you soon, I hope!!!!

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    1. Haha! I'm not a big fan of ice cream cakes. I like ice cream with my cake, and I love to mix them together, but there's usually so little cake... However, I do love Freddy's, so it was a pretty good one, as far as ice cream cakes go. :)

      I had hot summer birthdays, where we invited the neighbor kids and the one friend from school I'd keep in touch with over the summer. That is the downside to a summer birthday. Big Sis has her late-summer b-day after school starts, though, and Little Sis has had some lovely fall weather the last few years. I'm trying to figure out what to do for her party this year. It's on a Saturday, too, but it's also the day after Halloween. People might be a little tuckered out!

      And thanks. I'm getting nervous now, but my hope is that it will all be worth it when it's over, right?

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  4. Happy Belated Birthday to your little girl! It looks like a wonderful birthday party you had organized for her! Lucky kiddo! I wish you good luck with your surgery!!!

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    1. Sorry, slow to reply here! Thank you on her behalf and on my own. The party was a lot of fun. Surgery was not, but it hasn' t been that bad, either. ;)

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