Wonder Woman Lunch

  
I made this lunch for my little Wonder Woman.

Per request she got a ham sandwich

Topped with Strawberry roll up

The Wonder Woman symbol is made out of American Cheese

Her crown is homemade banana bread with a pepperoni star

And I had to include her favorite Babybel cheese with a star cut out

MC2 School Lunch

Tonight our little miss put in a special request for tomorrow’s lunch and I felt so out of it because I had no idea what she really cool show she was talking about lol. So after immediately googling what the heck Project MC2 I discovered that it was about kid spies that are also into science so was I was happy to comply (yup the inner science geek came out in me…judge if you want to 😉). 

So I came up with the following lunch and got a thumbs approval from our secret agent….I mean from A-Bear. Lol

  
Sandwich cut into a rectangle and with the help of provolone and some edible markers it now looks like notebook paper.

Pepperoni cut into MC2 with some mini cookie cutters.

I converted a stick of colby cheese into a pencil with a pink sharpie marker for the eraser and a pen for the details.

Lastly to finish off the look I filled a test tube with green sixlets.

Avengers School Lunch

We are SUPER excited for A-Bear’s first day of school tomorrow. She requested a special cold lunch for tomorrow so I knew it had to be something I haven’t done before so I came up with a lunch for our super amazing girl.  

Go Fund Me – Arron’s Medical Expenses

Arron is one of my best friends, he is truly one of those individuals that is genuinely there for others and has a personality that people are naturally drawn to. He would never ask for help himself but really needs our support right now. If you are able, please donate! Every little bit helps and is truly appreciated.

 Go Fund Me – Arron’s Medical Expenses

Friends and Family,

I’m Stephanie, Arron’s friend and manager. I’ve worked with Arron for almost 5 years and one day in November of last year I remember seeing him at his desk doubled over in pain. He was very pale and looked very sick. I told him he needed to go to the emergency room but being the stubborn man that he is, he refused. I called my best friend Amber, the love of his life, and told her that she needed to make him go. As soon as she saw him she knew that something was terribly wrong and she forced him to go to the ER right away. I remember calling to check on him and finding out that he had internal bleeding which was why he was so pale. He was admitted into the hospital that day, which was the day that changed his life. They found a mass in his rectum which was diagnosed as stage 3b rectal cancer. The mass almost completely obstructed his bowel and had to be removed immediately.  After this first surgery he had an ileostomy bag that left burns and wounds on his body. This stay had an out of pocket expense of $2,200. About two weeks before Christmas he was admitted back into the hospital to reverse the ileostomy, which was another $1500 out of pocket expense. The process of healing from the reversal of the ileostomy has been a long, slow process that is still ongoing. Starting in January of this year Arron began a very aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatment which was Monday-Friday every day for six weeks. This has left an out of pocket expense of $3,600. He is currently in phase two of treatment which is 3 hours of infusion treatment at a facility and 2 days at-home chemotherapy administered by a pump, every other week. 

Anyone who has met Arron immediately loves him. He is kind, caring, and has an infectious smile and laugh. He has a heart of gold! Last year when one of our other friends was going through a tragedy Arron was instrumental in helping with a benefit. The funds from this benefit enabled another good man to provide for his son and focus on his new found role as a single father. 

During this entire time, Arron has been out of work which is compounding the financial strain for him and his dear family. Arron and Amber also take care of his elderly parents. The pressure to provide for the family and cover medical expenses is something that I don’t feel my dear friend should have to worry about. To ensure Arron’s recovery I am asking for help from friends, family, and the community, to open their hearts and help a wonderful man and a great family.

‘Arron’s Medical Expenses’ http://dm2.gofund.me/u2j2w4

Sleeping Beauty Party

 
Our little darling chose Sleeping Beauty as this year’s birthday theme. So for the color palette we chose different shades of pinks, white & gold (especially gold sparkle…a princess just HAS to have her sparkle). We used doilies and tissue paper to make the banners which turned out beautiful and completed the look.   

 For the girls we made them beautiful crowns (tutorial) and gumball necklaces. I got the idea for the fabulous necklace stand from Life Ann Style 

 
For the Knights we picked up chest armor and shield from Dollar Tree and spray painted gold. For the swords I was originally playing around with the idea of making them wood swords but remembered how rough boys are with each other and decided to go with inflatable ones since they would most likely be smacking each other with them lol.

(Image coming soon)

For our princess we bought this amazing hand-made Aurora Dress from Miquel Zotto, even after letting her play in it most of the day it held up extremely well and is still as beautiful as the day it arrived.

 
We opted for sandals instead of dress shoes but was not disappointed with the pretty pink sandals I got on Zulily.  

Per the request of the birthday girl Josh, myself and my parents also play dress up for the day (yes we are totally kids at heart too). Daddy got to be King Stefan and I was lucky enough to be Queen Leah. So I based our outfits off of the characters.  

  My dad’s outfit was so much fun and was super easy to make in order to make King Hubert’s character come to life.

The gift bags were book bags that we transformed into customized bags for the kiddos.   

We simply used our refurbished buffet table as the gift table and hung the Happy Birthday banner to complete the look.  

Then the birthday girl opened her presents on a pink chair made suitable for a princess. 

   There were so many details it’s hard to fit them into one post, there was a huge inflatable dragon flying above the tables, goblets for the girls, mugs for the boys, adventure coloring books, chicken, roasted potatoes, pinwheels, cake pops, French vanilla pink velvet cake, and other goodies galore.

  

    

At the end of the day we were blessed to have so many friends and family join us to celebrate another wonderful & healthy year.  
 

Spook-tacular Lunch

Ok I finally did it!
I have made the coolest lunch Alyssa has gotten yet 😄

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This spook-tacular lunch consists of:
Tombstone = Ham & cheese sandwich
RIP = Candy lettering
Foliage = Broccoli
Fence = Carrots held together with kabob sticks
(pointy ends cut off)
Ghost = Peep
Jack-O-Lantern = Cutie with the face drawn on with a black sharpie
Sour cream & onion Pringles (Lyssa’s favorite)
Topped with a gummy tombstone

2014 Hot Air Balloon Festival

Lyssa has enjoyed the hot air balloon festival every year since she was an infant whether it is the sunrise launch or the night glow. This year her BFF was able to come with us for this spectacular event. Arie & Alyssa were such good girls getting up in the morning especially considering they couldn’t fall asleep before midnight due to the excitement (even though we tucked them into bed at 8:30pm lol).
We made the girls hot coco to drink on the ride up to Springs and bundled them up then the look on their faces when they saw the balloons filling up all around us was so cute! They kept pointing to the balloons and picking out their favorite ones. Totally adorable 😄

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The pink camo one was the girls’ favorite balloon

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After the launch we let the girls play in the bounce houses for a bit….ok ok them playing gave us the chance to rest while we watched them play for a few minutes.

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Between the playing & the lack of sleep the girls were tuckered out by noon lol.
Warning totally sappy mom moment coming soon…here is the pumpkin at the hot air balloon festival down in NM.

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Lepik / Gonzales 2014 Fall photo shoot

it doesn’t matter how many beautiful photos hubby has taken or videos he has edited I still love seeing his work. However I am especially thrilled by his most recent photo shoot…mainly because it was of our family including my parents!

We decided to take an earlier morning trip up to San Isabel for some family pictures so we grabbed our coffee and hit the road super early since it takes just shy of an hour to get there.

When we arrived the view was breathtaking, the rising sun was reflecting off the lake and the leafs were a sea of red, orange and yellow with a hint of remaining green. I wished we could have stayed up in the mountains ALL day! 😊

Here are my favorite pics:

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Alyssa Hope, my beautiful, kind-hearted, little miracle.
I cannot believe she is already this big..

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Josh & myself with our baby girl.
She is becoming more of a Daddy’s girl every day…I am waiting for the day where mom is no longer cool (hopefully that is still a very long time away)

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Here are my amazing parents who have taken my brother and I on some amazing adventures and join us on many of the new adventures we experience with their grand-daughter.

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Lastly the love of my life & I got this pic before we completely lost the good lighting.

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Best post by a involved parent EVER!

So I just love how some people chastise and belittle other parents for going above and beyond for their children.

It wasn’t understood why some parents go through the wasted effort of making fun & healthy lunches…I mean come on shouldn’t EVERY kid be eating hot lunch instead of taking a special lunch from their parent?!

This post from one of my favorite bloggers (lunchboxdad) is the perfect response to those people who criticize other parents for making special lunches for their kiddo(s).

Thank you Beau for standing up for yourself and all of us other parents who lose some extra sleep to make fun lunches and make our children’s day a little extra special!!!