Sunday, April 21, 2013

Party Time...1993 style!

Anton's 30th birthday party was a hit. We had a fabulous candy bar, full of our favorite candies from our childhood. We served hot dogs, cheese puffs, Bossio macaroni salad, Grandma Winkler's fruit salad, Lemon Cake and Lunch Lady Peanut Butter Bars. All favorites from our childhood. We also jammed out to some great early '90's music. 
Lemon Heads, Fire Balls, Bazooka, Pixie Sticks, War Heads, Whoppers, Cry Babies, Laffy Taffy, and Jolly Ranchers
My favorite part of the night, though, was all of the outfits that all of our guests put together. 
Here is the birthday day boy and one of his greatest friends, Daniel. 
Anton's rockin' an outfit inspired by FPOBA, a classic!
Daniel's outfit is truly 1993 inspired. A neon shirt with puff paint words "2 Legit II Quit", cut off jean shorts, rolled down socks and some fancy Fila tennis shoes. 

Here's a closer look at the rolled down socks. 

Geoffrey and Amanda, my brother and SIL, came in a pair of outfits inspired by their childhood. They were wee babes in 1993. Geoffrey is in athletic shorts and a Reptar t-shirt and Amanda has on some fantastic wind pants and a My Little Pony t-shirt. 

Cody was a huge Michael Jordan fan and dug out this sweatshirt to commemorate his childhood. 

 A couple of self taken pictures with my mom and the birthday boy. 
Robby and Rebecca visited a thrift shop and scored on some great items. Robby's jeans were a high-light of the evening. Robby was really small as a child and had to wear elastic waisted jeans. Needless to say, we all enjoyed the look. 

 I found this Kelly Kapowski shirt on clearance and had to get it! I wore it pulled to the side. Also, these no-tie tennis shoes with tall socks. My favorite part, my hair, a true 1993 fashion of the 11 year old Tasha.

Here's the birthday boy donning two of his gifts. 
 All in all, our evening was a blast. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Anton Is Turning 3-0!

In just one week Anton will have a birthday. Each year is significant, but this year is one that we consider an extra special birthday...the big 3-0! That's right, he will be 30.

Last year, we celebrated Anton's birthday with a Roaring 20's Whodunnit murder mystery party. It was a huge success and something that you can read about here. With the success of that last year, the challenge was on for this year's celebration to be even more great and grand!

Anton nearly cringes at the idea of something more great and grand. His idea of a fun celebration is our family and an easy dinner. He is not a big fan of being the center of attention. He did, however, give me permission to make this birthday a little more of a big deal with him turning 30 and all.

So, I got to work researching and looking for great ideas for a 30 year old themed birthday party. I was pretty excited when I came across the idea to do Born in the 80's. There are so many fun things to do with that theme and the outfits were sure to be entertaining.

Anton is not a fan of surprises, so I decided to share my idea with him. His reaction was less than pleasing. He assured me that he is not to fond to the 80's. So, back to the drawing board I went.
After some frustration, my SIL Amanda decided to brainstorm with me and we came up with a brilliant theme. Though we were born in the 80's, most of our childhood memories are from the early 90's, with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air being an all time favorite childhood memory. All that to say, we are having a Come As You Were...1993! party to commemorate Anton's 30th birthday.

I was 11 and was wearing stirrup pants and a baby doll dress with scrunchy socks. I decided that I probably couldn't find anything like that for our party, so I had to a little bit of research for ideas. I settled on an oversized sweatshirt, leggings, scrunchy socks, and some white simple tennis shoes (most likely Keds). Anton isn't a fan of any of his 10 year old options, so he is opting for an outfit from FPOBA. We are sure to have some great photo ops from our party.

For our menu, stay tuned! We did stock up on some of our favorite candy from the decade (complete with War Heads, Bazooka Gum, and Sixlets.)

Where were you in 1993? Better yet, what were you wearing? What was your favorite candy?

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lessons in Parenting

K-A-DOUBLE R-I-N-G-T-O-N....Karrington that's me.
If you were to ask Karrington how to spell her name, this is how she would respond. I started singing her this song a few years ago for fun. She liked thinking that she had her very own song. Now, she can spell her 10 letter name. Turns out singing her name wasn't such a bad idea after all. I feel like such a proud mama when she confidently spells her name aloud.

As we get ready to enroll Karrington into Pre-K for next school year, I am feeling an immense amount of pressure, as a mom, to make sure that she is completely prepared to be the smartest kid in class. I say that jokingly, but how do parents push their children to do their best without pushing them too hard. I found myself correcting her coloring the other day. She had grabbed a marker and was scribbling all over the page. I know that her class has been working on coloring in the lines, so I asked her if she was doing her best. She looked at me and said, "no." Then, Anton looked at me and said, "Really? Did you just ask our 3 year old if she is doing her best."

I know, this all probably sounds ridiculous and that I clearly have a problem.

I was talking with our elementary principal about this today. She mentioned that my feelings were completely normal. With Karrington being our first born, and only child, we hold the bar much higher for her. I don't want her to feel an undo amount of pressure, so I will constantly have to keep myself in check. Our principal told me that every child has their own talents and ability that God has given them. I must be confident in knowing that I am raising her to be confident and to know how to hone the talents and treasures that God has given her. My job is to know how far to push her and to push her for her own growth, not to be better than all of the other kids.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cultivating International Relationships

My experience with cross-cultural relationships/international relationships began in high school. When I was a junior in high school, our family decided to host an international student. We were placed with a student from South Korea who was the same age as my brother. At first it was fascinating to learn about his culture and to have him try and experience new things from our American culture. His first American experience with our family was Saturday donuts. What a treat! :)

Our first student never really involved himself in our family. He stayed in his room a lot and didn't find it important to become more involved in the American culture. He didn't stay in America for long. It was very apparent that he missed his country and culture. I can't say that I much blame him. I really miss my country and culture when I am abroad.

Though, our first experience wasn't the greatest, our family decided to give hosting another go. This time was different. We were placed with a student, Chris, who loved doing things and being involved with our family. This was the beginning of a life long friendship and a great opportunity for us to teach our children about having friends all over the world.

Chris and his family recently visited us with a group of children from their mom's school in South Korea. It was fun to see Karrington interact with them all of them. She enjoyed asking them questions and telling them all about her toys. She didn't worry about a language barrier, they were simply her friends and she was glad to have them around. She especially adored Chris. She even lovingly called him Uncle Chris. I am excited to know that she will gain a valuable education in having friends all over the world. I captured a few moments of her with Chris and his younger brother Danny, who also lived with our family.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Our Adoption Photo Book

Photo books are the perfect gift for any occasion.

A friend of mine inspired me to put together a photo book for adoption. We know that God has a great plan for our family and that He has the perfect little baby out there for us. We don't know when the time will come, but we do know that it will be perfect. Until then, we would like to share our book with you.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Top 10 Moments (with pictures) of 2012

Grammy and Big Daddy visited during Spring Break.  
We had a beautiful sunny day for our Easter egg hunt. 
We celebrated Anton's 29th birthday with a fabulous 1920's Who Dun It party. 

We camped out on our back driveway for an evening waiting for the solar eclipse. Too bad the clouds moved in right before it all took place. 

Anton and I celebrated 6 years of marriage. 

 Karrington celebrated her 3rd birthday with a Minnie Mouse birthday party. 

I traveled to South Korea. This is a picture a Namsum Tower in Seoul. 

 We celebrated my 30th birthday with a bite size birthday party made complete with chocolate chip cookie and milk shooters. 
Grammy and Big Daddy visited us again at the end of summer. 
We visited our Northwest family in November and had a perfect amount of sunny days. We were able to have an amazing photo shoot done and caught some great moments. 

Karrington had so much fun with her cousin Jemma.