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quite the Q weekend

quite the Q weekend

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there! It’s been a good day today! Not because there were any amazing gifts, or meals or flowers or anything like that… but just because it’s a sweet day to recognize women…as mothers… and be given an extra tight squeeze and be sung to by the primary children at church!
I used to not like mother’s day… and I remember thinking that a nice mother’s day would be a day AWAY from the children… with no hair to comb, shoes to tie, diapers to change, meals to prepare, fights to break up, toys to pick up etc. etc. etc.  I think I also used to sit in church on mother’s day and think about all my inadequacies as a mother…  dwell on my weakness, lack of patience and wish I was a ‘perfect’ mother… whatever that is!
I feel different now.
I think that I have accepted that I will never be ‘perfect’… and that motherhood just gets more challenging, more complicated as the children get older… I guess when I also tend to think of it as a day for MY mom! So mom… happy mother’s day. I love you!! I appreciate you… in a way that probably required me becoming a mother myself!

Mother’s day was only PART of our crazy weekend!
Qunicy’s 6th birthday was Friday and her little party was sat morning. we had a ‘glamour’ party! And I have to say, it turned out SO fun!
I only let quincy invite 5 friends, I swear, she  had 30 girls on her guest list! She helped me make these cute invites- I got the pillow envelopes from Paper Source forever ago, and was happy to have a cute use for them.
The plan for the  party was to give each girl and “up-do”, take photos, decorate a frame to take home, and eat decorated ice cream sandwiches.
To decorate, we needed a little station for the hairstyles. I hung a mirror in the kitchen and put mini-lights and a feather boa around it.  em helped me get enough ‘fake hair pieces’ from targets all over the valley for each girl.  Then em let me use the paper lanterns she  used for girl’s camp…we hung 23 little paper lanters with big pink tissue paper flowers attached all over the kitchen… dang they turned out cute! 
i decided to make the ice cream sandwiches from my home made choc. Chip cookies… and WOW they were so much better! The little girls loved them.

all in all, I probably had as much fun planning and preparing for the party as the girls had experiencing it! quincy was so happy, and so thankful for my efforts! Hard to believe she is 6!





  • Angela

    13 May, 2007 at 10:12 pm Reply

    Happy Mothers Day to you!!! What a great reflection on today! And what a great birthday party! I love everything you did. And those photo frames are so adorable!

  • gillian

    13 May, 2007 at 11:39 pm Reply

    Okay, TOTALLY cute B-Day party!!! The lanterns are FAB!

  • melissa

    13 May, 2007 at 11:48 pm Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day! The party looks fabulous- Happy Birthday Quincy!

  • PROLIX from la Normandie

    13 May, 2007 at 11:56 pm Reply

    Help/Aidons Madeleine Mc Cann :
    {ThE fReNcH tOuCh}
    ze artsy english-français blog

  • paige

    14 May, 2007 at 4:05 am Reply

    loved your post….so encouraging.
    i can often times feel so discouraged about what kind of mom i am too…
    anyway–glad ya’ll had a blast for Q!

  • Nicole

    14 May, 2007 at 4:25 am Reply

    What a fantastic outlook on Mother’s Day, I totally understand your old feelings about it, been there done that!
    I LOVE love love the glamour party idea, I may have to incorporate a bit of it into Caitlynn’s Sleepover party next weekend!

  • Brigitte

    14 May, 2007 at 4:39 am Reply

    Happy Mothers Day to you too !
    I’ve never thouth that way (maybe don’t have time to actually think about it) but i can relate to what you’re saying !
    and that party !! How cool isthis !! will make great LOs !!!
    Brigitte from Australia
    (c’est ‘fun’ de Creer)

  • Catherine

    14 May, 2007 at 5:48 am Reply

    What a cute idea for a party!! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Sonia

    14 May, 2007 at 6:04 am Reply

    What a fab idea for a party! I just love it!
    Hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day!

  • Alison Love

    14 May, 2007 at 7:09 am Reply

    Looks like the girls had lots of fun!

  • Nicky H

    14 May, 2007 at 7:34 am Reply

    You are an awesome Mom! This cool party makes me wish I had a daughter! (Or that I was young again!) LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture frames with awesome pictures of the girls in them!

  • Dawn Bibbs

    14 May, 2007 at 7:45 am Reply

    TOO cute!!! What a super fun idea. Glad everyone had a fun party and that YOU had a special Mother’s Day!

  • Kim Loewen

    14 May, 2007 at 8:19 am Reply

    Those latterns are adorable! And the party looks like it was a hit! So fun! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day! You are definitely a Super Momma!

  • Talia

    14 May, 2007 at 8:22 am Reply

    okay…so stinkin’ cute. you are getting me VERY excited to do birthday parties for my girls. i think lots of parents just see doing the bday parties as an obligation and do the “simplest” activities/food they can come up with….but look how much fun your parties are and so cute and the kids will remember these special parties forever…that’s what i want to do for my girls! and the thing is…you can still do “simple” things that turn out so great! thanks for sharing heidi, and happy 6th bday, quincy!!!

  • diane mcvey

    14 May, 2007 at 8:27 am Reply

    That party looks like such a dream!! I only had boys, so didn’t get to do that fun stuff! It looks like you had a great day, and Happy Mother’s Day to a wonderful Mom…YOU! I can’t wait to see the new baby…not that much longer! You have such adorable kids!! 🙂

  • Kim Griffin

    14 May, 2007 at 8:45 am Reply

    Heidi, you are so energetic and creative…you give the best parties on the block i’m sure!!! glad you had a great mother’s day and i hope eric is doing better!!!

  • Amie

    14 May, 2007 at 8:49 am Reply

    Sooo cute!

  • Shealynn

    14 May, 2007 at 8:54 am Reply

    What a *GREAT* idea!! My daughter’s 5th birthday is this weekend… she is going to have the most friends over she has ever had at a birthday of hers, so she is THRILLED! We are doing a “fancy” party. 🙂 We’ll see how it goes!!

  • Shealynn

    14 May, 2007 at 8:55 am Reply

    What a *GREAT* idea!! My daughter’s 5th birthday is this weekend… she is going to have the most friends over she has ever had at a birthday of hers, so she is THRILLED! We are doing a “fancy” party. 🙂 We’ll see how it goes!!

  • Sara

    14 May, 2007 at 8:56 am Reply

    You do such a great job putting effort into making it special for your children, in everything you do. That is what inspires me! I am in your AYTR class and you have really shown us how to make it count 🙂

  • Jennifer S.

    14 May, 2007 at 9:13 am Reply

    ohhhh wow! I want to go to this party! Giving me ideas for my girl’s 6th b-day this month too! Thanks!
    7 gypsies has the cutest mother stickers. I love the one that says, “Rules for motherhood, thrown out the window” it’s something like that, can’t remember the exact quote. It’s amazing the dreams I had about what kind of “perfect” mother I was going to be and reality. But I know I am trying my best!

  • Tammy

    14 May, 2007 at 9:39 am Reply

    Heidi!! way too cute–that glamour party for quincy! all the rage now w/ little girls– and i’m getting some awesome ideas from you for when my little girl gets bigger (she’s 1!) i can’t wait!! 🙂 my son who will be 6 in june just loved looking at the pictures from cory’s pirate party!
    also, glad to hear you had a nice mother’s day! it is a day to reflect on all the blessings that being a mom entails, and i guess you really do appreciate your mom all that much more once you become one yourself! so surprised though to hear you have “doubts” as a mom, as you always are so put-together and i strive to be that “perfect” mom that you always seem to be!! 🙂

  • deb

    14 May, 2007 at 10:03 am Reply

    oh to have Heidi Swapp as a mom! :o) Simply adorable as is each of the little girls.

  • Michelle Howell

    14 May, 2007 at 12:05 pm Reply

    What an amazing party! Your kids are so lucky.

  • Jolene George

    14 May, 2007 at 12:05 pm Reply

    Oh how I wish I had a daughter. What a sweet little girl party. You did an amazing job.
    Happy mothers day Heidi. http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  • Kimi

    14 May, 2007 at 1:14 pm Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day!
    What a cute party!! I love the mirror idea and giving each girl their pictures as a party favor! I only wished to have a party like this!

  • lindsay

    14 May, 2007 at 2:22 pm Reply

    so you know you throw a great girl party when adults wanna come…that loos so stinkin cute and fun!

  • Carrie Lammert

    14 May, 2007 at 2:25 pm Reply

    Inadequacies as a mother? Are you kidding me? I think you are one of the most awesome moms ever.Your energy amazes me. I would love to be one of your kids although that would be hard to explain as I am older than you. Fabulous party. So cute. I had 3 boys and so missed out on all the girlie stuff. But there’s always grandaughters!

  • LenaS

    14 May, 2007 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Well H, you pulled it off again–another amazing B-day party for your little one! Love all your photos TFS. Quincy and friends R sooo cute. Happy Birthday Quincy. 6 already? How does it feel to be all dolled up? U have a FABULOUS Mom–give her lots of love and respect K? I’d love to meet your Grandmother someday too…we have a major life-altering event in common.

  • tena

    14 May, 2007 at 3:49 pm Reply

    love your party stuff Heidi….the girls look so cute. Happy birthday quincy. TEna

  • LenaS

    14 May, 2007 at 3:56 pm Reply

    Uh, Oh…I should be doing BPS assignments! Quincy, I forgot to add that I remember your birth LOs hanging up at ML and how happy your Mom was to finally have a girl–look how quickly she converted to the PINKside. You R a FABULOUS daughter.

  • Lisa M. Pace

    14 May, 2007 at 4:54 pm Reply

    How fun! What an adorable party. Looks like the girls had a blast. Happy Birthday Quincy.

  • Jen

    14 May, 2007 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Your glamour party is a GREAT idea!!!! My daughter turns 6 in November and I’ve been trying to figure out a fun idea to celebrate!!! I may have to take a stab at it. Thanks for sharing. Also, not that I am an expert but all it takes to be a great mom is the unconditional love and care you give them… But I know how you feel. Have a wonderful week!!!

  • Karalynn Tyler

    14 May, 2007 at 8:32 pm Reply

    What a fun girlie party! I hope you don’t mind but I have been using you for some inspiration today and not the scrapping kind. See my daughter Anna was born about two weeks before you had Capri and now I just found out that my husband and I are expecting a little boy in four months. Don’t ask how I ignored the fact that I’m five months pregnant for this long… it’s a long story. However, when I saw my tiny baby’s face on the ultrasound today I knew it would all be okay and I thought to myself, “If Heidi can be a great mom with two coming so close together AND have three other children and still have the time to be creative, then I can do it too.” And of course I realize that every child is a blessing and God’s plans are far greater than our own. So thanks for giving me a bit of comfort that things will work out for good since you have been so calm and cool about having two so close together.

  • Traci

    14 May, 2007 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Hey Heidi,
    Great party decorations! Did you use a button maker for the invitations? And the pillow envelopes…did you buy them with polka dots on them already?
    Traci from Alaska
    [email protected]

  • Hannah-Cherie

    14 May, 2007 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Wow! Your the coolest Mom ever! I want to be just like you when I have kids! Happy Mothers Day for yesterday! 🙂

  • Lyn Dwyer

    14 May, 2007 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Love all the party stuff ……how cute are those pillow cases?
    I bet the girls had such fun…..a real girly party with such fun activities……not sure who the biggest kids is Heidi…..QUINCY or MUM…..sorry you Americans say MOM….
    Lyn (Australia)

  • Jen

    15 May, 2007 at 5:45 am Reply

    How cute are those pictures and the whole theme?? Before reading it, I swore you hit Libby Lu’s!

  • Kat (Lovebug Kat - the chatty one)

    15 May, 2007 at 6:03 am Reply

    Happy Mother’s Day all.
    What an amazingly fun looking party that is!
    I love the picture frames for the end of the party, an awesome memory for those girls I am sure!

  • Juel

    15 May, 2007 at 7:35 am Reply

    Wow Heidi, you are the party Queen!!! My daughter will be 12 this year and you have given me so neat ideas!!!

  • amanda

    15 May, 2007 at 8:01 am Reply

    Wow! I love your ideas for birthday parties and hope you dont mind but I jotted them down in my idea book for my own children. Thanks for ALWAYS inspiring me. and happy mother’s day to you!

  • Pam Klassen

    15 May, 2007 at 11:24 am Reply

    Love the party theme, decorations – everything. From a mom with TWO boys this looks all very PINK to me! Love it.

  • katarinasmama

    15 May, 2007 at 11:55 am Reply

    WOW! What a great party…I may have to party-lift for my DD! The hair is fan-tab-u-lous!

  • Laura

    15 May, 2007 at 3:05 pm Reply

    I loved this post so much because I can relate very much to your feelings. I think we all need to be better about accepting our faults and noticing our strengths more. What a wonderful birthday party… you are always just sprewing creative wonderful amazing things and I love that through reading your blog, buying your stuff, and the mags I can soak it all in. I am not naturally as talented as you or even close!

  • Kyra

    15 May, 2007 at 3:07 pm Reply

    Too cute… my daughter will be 10 this fall and I knwo that even she would still love doing this for her friends. Fake hair, and photos… What girl wouldn’t love that? Your a genius !!! ¥ Oh, Happy Birthday Quincy…

  • Deanna

    15 May, 2007 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Wow- Heidi – if I ever get to be a Mom I want to be lik you. What fabulous ideas for a little girls parties. Everything is so cool! You always impress and inspire me.

  • Bonafyde

    15 May, 2007 at 11:28 pm Reply

    WOWZA! I love the glamour party, looks like a ton of fun. I gotta say I’d love to go to a party like tat now, even at my age! lol I have two DS’s and four Stepsons so you can believe that should God ever grant me a girl she in for TONS OF PINK! 😉

  • Rita Weiss

    16 May, 2007 at 3:57 am Reply

    What a fabulous idea for a little girls birthday party Heidi! NOW, do you have a great suggestion for a 9 year old boy? My son’s is in 2 weeks and I’m scramblin….. HELP! Love your blog. and your Distresser. Check out my blog. 🙂

  • Lisa D.

    18 May, 2007 at 4:58 am Reply

    Girl you are going to put Ms. Martha out of business. LOL!!! Love everything you did!

  • Heather

    18 May, 2007 at 10:29 am Reply

    I read somewhere (can’t remember where, so I can’t cite the source) that “There is no ONE way to be a perfect mother, but there are a million ways to be a great one.” As a striving perfectionist myself, this quote has completely changed my outlook on motherhood. Thought I’d share.

  • Annie Adams

    21 May, 2007 at 11:35 am Reply

    The party looked gorgeous…are you working on that party planning book yet?

  • Suzanne Cummard

    28 May, 2007 at 9:30 pm Reply

    Can I be friends with Quincy?
    I loved everything so much, I had to show someone… I’m sure my husband was bugged at me pulling him in to see it, BUT… HA.
    I am very inspired since I have a 3 year old princess! Thanks for sharing & giving ideas!

  • kelly

    8 June, 2007 at 2:05 pm Reply

    what a fun party idea! i think i’m cursed with little boys, so i’ll have to live vicariously through other people.

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