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Last night and tonight have been spent scouring the internet for ideas and patterns, especially free downloadable ones, for Lego theme party decorations, crafts, favors, etc. Yup, it’s that time of year. It is about five weeks until Anderson turns 5! He has requested a Lego party which makes sense because that’s all he ever wants to play with these days.

I’m thinking of making individual rubber stamps of a Lego type figure or block that we can include in the goodie bags for kids. I’ve made hand carved rubber stamps before but it has been a while and I’m not sure if I still have my cutting tools. I’m hoping I can find them this weekend and settle on some easy graphics and buy my erasers and get started because I think I will need some place between ten and twenty! Then I can use a set to make some stickers for the goodie bags, too.

My daughter is making Lego brick shaped crayons and will get started on them as soon as the mold arrives. I think she’s making the cake or cupcakes this year, instead of me. I’m the one that usually makes and decorates them. But it’s her turn and she wants to do it so I’m good with that.

We have a couple of games for them to play and a craft, all with Legos! These kids will have fun and it will be a blast to watch them.

I’m glad Spencer is not old enough to know about requesting a birthday theme because their birthdays are only four weeks apart but within the next couple of years, that will change and we’ll have to do two themed parties in a four week period! Whew! At least they are both boys so there’s a chance the little one will be into some of the same things his big brother has been into so we can do a repeat!

This was the cake I made for Anderson's first birthday.

This was the cake I made for Anderson’s first birthday.

This is the cake for his fourth birthday.

This is the cake for his third birthday.

This was for birthday number 2.

This was for birthday number 2.

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I read a lot and as I read, I often write a quote from a book or an idea for something I want to write.  I jot down prompts.  These notes and little “jottings” are written on whatever piece of paper is near me, an envelope, the back of a flyer, the bottom of a statement, whatever is nearby.  And five times out of ten, these pieces of paper get thrown out as they are mistaken for trash.  There go all my notes!  Oh well, at least by writing them down I increase the chance that I will remember them.

In the last years before my youngest turned 18 and went off to school and a life on her own, I would look for small notebooks of blank paper that I might be able to fit in my purse or in a pocket.  Not anything expensive; just some small notebook.  Sometimes I was lucky and found tiny ones at the Dollar Tree, sometimes I was not so lucky and had to resort to the back of envelopes and other trashables.  My daughter was usually with me when we shopped around town.  In fact, it was usually my daughter that was shopping and I was just the chauffeur.  I would keep myself busy “just looking” as she shopped.

For Christmas of 2012, one of the gifts she gave me was a notebook that she made in one of her classes.  It’s about 5 inches wide by 3 inches tall.  It is hand bound and the cover is hand covered with fabric that she selected for me.  The pages are blank so I could use it without regard to staying on the lines or in the grid.  It was not only a thoughtful gift but it was extra special because Susie made it herself with me in mind.  She said she had made it small enough for me to fit into a purse or pocket but large enough so I could write more than a couple of lines on each page.  She explained how she had selected the fabric for the cover so that it would be pretty, colorful, but not show dirt or smudges easily.  I could tell she put a lot of thought into it and that made it that much more special.

I love my little book and for awhile, I was hesitant to use it so that it wouldn’t get messed up or so that I didn’t use it all up.  Then I decided that I would use it as she had meant for me to use it and so now, when I sit and read a book, my little notebook is nearby ready to accept any jottings, ideas, quotes, that I might set in it.  What I will do when the pages are all filled I just don’t know.  In the meantime, I will enjoy it as it was meant to be used.

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