Awesome Possoms! Troop 1391 Goes to Camp part 1

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Our troop was so excited to go camping we had worked up to our overnight in a cabin (next a whole weekend!).  We had prepared all summer long.  We have our summer meetings outdoors so we just made all our meetings camp related, our crafts were all geared towards camp, camp songs and we talked about the Leave No Trace principals. (that last part miiiight have been lost on most the girls but we are working on it!)

At our first meeting we sought out just where we would go Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland has several camp sites you can check them all out on the website http://gsoh.org/camps/camp-sites/ .  We decided on our first try we would go to the one closest to home just in case anyone needed mommy or daddy.

Our first craftish item that the girls made  were sit upons but a much easier way….with duck tape and reusable bags from JoAnne Fabrics.

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 We stuffed them with paper and some cushion made them as flat as could be and duck taped all around the edges cutting where the straps were and making them easier to carry.

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The we went all Duck Tape crazy and made our camp buckets my Troop Mom and I saved kitty litter buckets and I bleached them all out.  I made a flyer to get the parents involved because A. Duck Tape can get expensive and B. After we made the sit upons I knew the girls would need A LOT to finish a bucket.  Therefore, we made it a family project and darn if they didn’t have some cute buckets!  (My own Daisy refused Mom and Dad’s help and it was just as cute (-: )

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Here’s mine (- : I love sheep !

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For our next meeting we went to the Jackson Township Firehouse and had first aid training (this was before my Daisies started I don’t think they could sit through it)  The firemen were amazing they even researched the way the Girl Scouts teach first aid to make sure they didn’t deviate from anything the girls may learn later.

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They were very involved…

Fotor1123234049Our Troop Mom was able to set all this up for us and even had the hospital she works with (and her personally) donate enough for each girl to make their own first aid kits. (Ms Erin donated the boxes thank you!!) After all this we gave the girls a first aid test at the next meeting (4 weeks after the training) to see what they remembered. They did great! and after all this got the first aid patch (-:

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Now knowing that my little ones would have a little trouble sleeping without a night-light we made our own lanterns….with glue, glitter and small jelly jars we used ribbon tied onto the lid added a 48 hour flameless candle and DONE.

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I would give it up to 24 hours to dry to before putting in the flameless candle (-:

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The next few meeting we worked on the No Trace Principles

( http://www.girlscouts.org/for_adults/volunteering/articles/leave_no_trace.asp )

and what they wanted to do when they got there.  Every one wanted to hike so the rest was up to me …. luckily I live for planning LOL~!

Stay Tuned for Part 2 (-: Happy Scouting!

Troop 1391′s First Bridging Ceremony

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I had planned for months and was so excited for our Bridging Ceremony.  We had rented out a hall at one of our local parks and I did soooo much research on Bridging, Re-Dedication and Investiture Ceremonies.  Not to mention I racked my brain with fun things to do for the girls and their families.  My co-leader had just had a baby girl and I needed to make this as easy for her as possible so I jumped in.

I kept seeing where the rainbow was the thing to do for a bridging ceremony that’s all it took…..everything rainbow!!

I knew from the get go I would need something at the tables to occupy the younger siblings most my girls had them LOL!  I used Oriental Trading company for a lot of the decorations and what nots.  Lets just say I am glad I didn’t trade in the Edge for my Sonata back then or this couldn’t have happened.

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I found rainbow crayons and I made little rainbow crayon holders and printed out free girl scout coloring pages from anywhere I could. I just Googled free girl scout coloring pages and BOOM there they were.

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I also made for the tables lollipop flowers in a pot I used more felt and ribbon and SO wish I got better pictures!

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Added grass

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then the lollipops!

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Now since this was our first investiture, re-dedication and bridging ceremony I will add this to my post ….. full disclosure I was clueless how to do the actual ceremony part.  I read every blog, book and article on what other troops did.  That’s when I saw that we could do a Scouts own for this and well I won’t sugar coat it it was awful…..we had the brownies fly up to junior and walk over this bridge we borrowed from our service unit and sang the friendship song.  We called names out and pinned the re-dedication girls handed out patches and well…..took pictures and it literally lasted one hour and 15 minutes and that was with the families eating and talking.  It was horrible.  I blame myself and this year that will not happen, simple decorations and food more on the ceremony.  But I did do a kick butt job on the decorations and take home goodies (-: !

Here are a few shots of the short and just plain not put together ceremony…I even made these for the girls to hold….it made no sense what so ever Oh I can not wait to redeem myself this year LOL

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I had them all read a line from a poem that part worked out pretty well! (the socks with that dress on my daughter NOT so much)

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Here is the poem :

I Am A Girl Scout
I am sunshine...the sparkle of merriment in the eyes of my youth.
I am a doorway out of the commonplace into a new, exciting experience.
I am a purpose-for-life, which will make the later years of the girls I love rewarding.
I am noise... and a silence with warmth in it.
I am laughter...and a quiet revolution, which seeks the comfort of a listener.
I am energy and a touch of living service.
I am youth and the slowly emerging habits that make matured experience worthy
I am the today and tomorrow that is being shaped.
I am habits, ideals, ways of living, confirmed attitudes in the souls of youth.
I am the giver of gifts that fall not away, that time will not quench, that riches will not deceive.
I am a home to which a heart can unfold.
I am a force that holds you near to each other no matter how different people are.
I am a spirit that forever sings within your heart.
I am love - deep, sincere, devoted love.
I am part of you - for though your feet may pass my door, in my memory you will live eternally.

I am a Girl Scout.

(Author Unknown)

Now back to what I did do well !

I wanted a photo booth so I made all the props and My co-leader at the time Abby hung all the streamers on the wall for a back drop. I didn’t get a good angle HECK I didn’t get any pictures but this and one other.  I had my now co-leaders husband act as photographer and I begged but only got a few from the parents.

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My little ginger headed Brownie was quite fond of the mustache (-:

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I also bought from oriental trading these key chains all the kids who came could make for their parents my daughters was a little less of a rainbow and more like a colorful chain LOL ~

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My neighbors husband who had a daughter in the troop at the time made the cake I saw one on pinterest I loved and this cake genius made it even as his step daughter was too sick to be there!   (as for the had been in the troop yes this is a late post and sadly 4 of the girls dropped out and yes I have taken it hard )-:  but we have more coming!)

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And because we are Girl Scouts when we realized we didn;t have a knife to cut the cake our GS Mom Jennifer used dental floss!

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The parents all signed up to bring the food which was great or we would have just had cake at this point we spend the troop funds on the rental of the center so we needed to save for anything else we wanted to do this year (like  COSI).

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I covered big cans in felt and added a rainbow touch for the forks and spoons to be held

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And I knew that I wanted the girls to have a rainbow colored candy bar so I tried my best! Not as awesome as the ones I have seen but as long as they got the candy I don’t think the girls even noticed.

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I even had little bags printed up for them to take their loot! (- ;

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My now co-leader Erin made this awesome poster that the girls all signed too!

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The girls had fun I do believe and our next one is just around the corner so planning begins…….NOW!

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Two Peas Theater Presents……

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It all started with this awesome invite created on my Smile Box account how cool is this? (and yes the girls did walk in on a red carpet outside (-: )

Once we saw on Pinterest all these awesome ideas for outdoor movie parties I just knew Py would love that for her 9th Birthday party.  So as you know I don’t know small.  I mapped it all out for our back yard there would be games,  photo booth, concession stand, outdoor screen my husband would make and sheets to sit on.

But then the rain came…for TWO WEEKS straight, cheer practices were cancelled my Girl Scout meeting was cancelled all because they were outdoors.  At this point we invited almost 25 girls because hey backyard right?

The more we watched the weather the more we knew ….. this house was going to be packed. I had already made a few things for the OUTDOOR party but now I had to get creative and figure out where to put all the decorations…

So where to put the light up poster was supposed to hang on a fence??

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How about up there when it got dark the lights around it blinked it was really cool!

Now how about the monster home-made screen Dad of Two Peas made?

I had to clear out the dining room OMGosh ….these kids will have to sit on blankets and pillows in there can you say sore tushies~ We took a picture to see if it fit we used a different base for the party and then kept it in the garage so out cats wouldn’t ruin it overnight.

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and then we hung the photo booth from the ceiling not as much to it, now if it was outside like planned it would have been a lot better.

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I had to move the dining room table into the playroom which made for a very crowded area,

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Here are some of the decorations :

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but the one cool thing is the playroom was already movie themed!

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We served pizza lots of pizza LOL and cupcakes made to look like popcorn….my friend Stacey helped the day before and they turned out awesome!

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We didn’t get to do a concession stand like we wanted but still had concession stand foods!

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Popcorn, candy and nachos (-:

After the kids ate the pizza and had fun with the Photo Op we got to the cupcakes then…

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Once we handed out cupcakes Py opened her gifts and then

we sat them down for a game Py wanted to do, she made it up herself !

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We printed out some screen shots of movies and found different quotes for movies she liked.  While Chad set up for the movie Pyper started her quiz show….

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Our friend Art helped judge who held their hands up first to answer and they got chocolate coins to keep track of who one the top two got Monsters University posters as prizes. (For the record her friends Rylee with 5 out of 20 and Abigail with 3 out of 20 won!)

Once the game was over we handed out the concession style snacks:

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Not one not two but three kinds of kool aid !

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It just seemed easy that way since they were already squooshed in!  We shut the curtain to the kitchen so it would be darker this was a temporary curtain just added for the party.

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The girls kept peeking in the kitchen LOL

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As well as the party wet and the girls really did have a great time stay tuned to the end of the post for the top 5 things I learned from this party !

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Girls, pillows, bedspreads and food every where!  Oz The Great and Powerful played on (-:

Here are some pictures of the fun !

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Luckily we were able to contain the girls in two rooms so most the adults stayed in the kitchen !

OH ! Here are a few of the smile box posters I made just for Py we had these in the hall way where the bathroom is.

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These were great now the things I learned from this party:

1. Ohio weather absolutely stinks when it comes to July b-day parties might as well always plan for an indoor one.

2. The 50% of all the people you invite will show rule does not apply to 9 year olds only 4 didn’t show we had 17 girls here Super Fun but always count on many not actually RSVPing and have extra thank you bags for the end of the party!

3. Make sure when putting the movie you intend on watching at the party on the invite that the DVD is actually out, neither movie was so Oz filled in for the Croods.

4. Indoor movie for 9 year olds …DON’T BOTHER unless it is a movie they never saw and reaaaaallllly want to see Py’s movie party was more like a food fight and who can be the loudest party LOL

5.  I love my hard wood floor and sweeper we used three large bags of nacho chips pretty sure when the blankets were pulled up two and a half  bags were crushed under there. Also if using blankets you actual have on your bed I wouldn’t get kool aid…yikes two out of 5 bedspreads stained )-:

But honestly Py called it the best party ever gave me a hug in front of all her friends and said she loved us, and that is all I needed to hear (-:

Once the parents came we handed out the thank you gifts or swag bags and the best party ever was over.

(thank you popcorn boxes were from the dollar tree all the contents were from Party City)

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Two months of planning for a three-hour event…. and yep she is worth it!

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Her little sister thinks so too (-:

Pyper Pea’s 9th Year Interview

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Pyper is 9!  

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So it’s that time of year and this time when I broke open the old lap top to start her interview she jumped up she was so excited.

  This is the best part of my birthday Mom! (That made me feel pretty good J )­

Pyper What is your favorite song?  Heart Attack by Demi Lovato I can tell by the way you belt it out in the car !

Who is your best friend?  You really? Yes and I love you (Hmmm maybe because I just took her shopping at her fave store LOL but I will cherish that answer forever )

What is your favorite game at recess?  Tether Ball….Why?  Because I finally get to win at something …. Awe  that was sort of sad what games do you not win at? I don’t know (well ok then)

What is your favorite Breakfast food?  Yogurt and Granola (Well I guess some thing do change this is the first in 9 years its usually pancakes) Lunch? Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich How about dinner?? Pizza (used to be her favorite lunch food wise some things NEVER change!)

OK how about your favorite movie?  I can’t say until I see Monsters University …fair enough and Book?? Dork Diaries…..(she read this whole series I need to buy the last one though!)  and your favorite tv show? Austin and Aly (maybe because that is what is on right now LOL)  OK how about ice cream ??? what’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip….gross Py every year I say gross to your ice cream favorites… Oh Mom!

Py what is your least favorite thing? To not be able to hang out with my family and friends… again I saw AWE 

Favorite thing to learn?? Science  that’s my girl I would like to thank our mutual love of Dr Who (:

What would you do with a million dollars?? What I would do with a million dollars is buy stuff for my mom instead of buying stuff for me and daddy and Phoebe.….why? because my mom (who she is talking to by the way) who always buys for us and I want to buy her stuff back…thank you baby (-:

OK quick answers!

What is your favorite:

color – blue    smell – flowers    clothing – dresses shapea peace sign A peace signs not a shape it’s a symbol Py….fine a star.  (THIS WHOLE SHAPE EXCHANGED HAPPENED JUST LIKE LAST YEAR SO FUNNY!)

Who is your favorite boy?  Daddy…. why is he your favorite?  Because he is the one who made me here…I can not refute that.

If you were a baby animal what would you be?  A baby cheetah Cute!

OK my favorite question…what is your favorite thing about sissy?? That she cares for me (she said this after much thought and as her sister was staring her down, it was so sweet I teared up then immediately dried up when Phoebe screamed that Pyper’s foot was touching her eek) …

2 questions Py wanted me to ask her last year that we will continue to ask:

What is your favorite type of music?  Pop; Like Diet Coke? MOOOOM (hee hee)

What is your favorite flavor of gum?  Extra Lemon Square  ME TOO!

As Py gets older I can see the changes in her answers that just shows how much she has grown.  This years interview  was awesome as usual but even more awesome was seeing how much love this pea has in her answers.  I will always treasure these interviews. Happy Birthday to my first Pea  love you so much!

(you can look back at old post to see her previous interviews)

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Troop 1391′s First GORP Cermony

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This summer our troop will be getting ready for camp, and I plan on doing  something camp oriented at every meeting until we go.  This meeting we did the Gorp Ceremony so they could learn about this tasty trail mix and have a meaningful ceremony too. Total cost for the below was $88.74 yes I could have gotten the less expensive versions but it was our first one so I splurged on the girls.  Next time I will be more frugal (-:

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I had each girl come up, sanitize their hands and take an ingredient…..

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The awesome thing is I have 14 scouts and there are 14 ingredients it was perfect! ( although my co-leader did step in the night of our meeting as one was a no show)  Once they all had something they stood in a circle with me and a trash bag in the middle….now as a side note always use a very strong trash bag I had no idea it would get so heavy (-:

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with each line I read the Scout would add her ingredient into the bag…(oops fuzzy pic!)

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I had a bunch of Moms at our meeting that night once I put the heavy bag on the picnic table, they took over and mixed it. (I think they were excited to eat it too) 

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We gave it to the girls in cups while they did a craft and even shared with a Boy Scout Troop that was there making terrariums.  Although a side note I am still a little salty about the boys not saying thank you…..ANYWHO

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Here is the script for the ceremony it was very fun!

Girl Scout Gorp Ceremony

This ceremony can be used as you create some very special gorp with your girls
before heading off on an outdoor adventure.

Today we will build a nifty snack to nourish our bodies. It symbolizes how the
many ways of Girl Scouting nourishes our spirits.

We have a Promise and a Law. On our honor, we will to do our best to be fair
and square.
So we will begin with CHEX.

Girl Scouts come in all colors, from all races around the world. Every Girl Scout is
a sister no matter where she is from, no matter the language she speaks, no
matter the color of her skin. God loves variety, and Girl Scouts are the colors of
the rainbow.
So we will contribute M & Ms.

Some of us are tall, and some of us are small. When we get together, size
doesn’t matter at all.
So we will add PRETZEL THINS AND MINI MARSHMALLOWS.

Sometimes we are nutty. We love to joke and play. We’d love to put a Girl Scout
smile into everyone’s day.
So we will toss in NUTS. (Or shredded coconut or corn nuts in case of nut
allergies).

Sometimes we are quiet and thoughtful. We have special gifts of love and caring
to give in service to those who need our help.
So we will sprinkle in TEDDY GRAMS.

When we get together, we seem to make circles. We may sit in circles, play circle
games, and make a Friendship Circle. You could say that we are well rounded.
So we will roll in CHEERIOS.

When we are busy planning a project, or doing a craft, we pop with enthusiasm
until we’re done.
So we will pop in POPCORN.

Girl Scouts respect all living things. The earth is our home, and we want to keep
it safe for everyone.
So we will release GOLDFISH & ANIMAL CRACKERS to the mix.

Girl Scouts are “chips off the old block”. Girl Scouting began in 1912. Since then
we all have been part of an old tradition, and are proud to be part of the future.
So we will drop in CHIPS.

We get a kick out of learning new things, helping others, singing, and being
together with our friends.
So we will kick in KIX.

Young Girl Scouts may be hard to resist because they are fresh, sweet and new.
But the older scout maybe more fun, because she has more experience.
So we will put in RAISINS.

Girls who come to Girl Scouts bloom. They are like little seeds we water and
warmly shine on to grow up strong.
So we will finish with scattering these SUNFLOWER SEEDS.

So we can see that when we mix together the many ways of Girl Scouts we end
up with something truly special!

Here is the PDF if you want to print it out I found it on Google !
http://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/documents/GorpRecipe.pdf

I am so excited about our meetings aimed at camp I will be sure to post more when I can (-:

I want to go to Pizza Planet, Mommy!

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Last year we went to Disney World, it was the oldest peas second time and the littlest peas first time.  Before we got there Pyper was sure to tell Phoebe everything she remembered and that we had to eat at Pizza Planet like on Toy Story.  And of course we did!   Now one year later Phoebe sparks up about wanting to eat at Pizza Planet, so we explained its at Disney and we would have to wait until next year.   She was so sad and just walked away.  That is when the light bulb went off and I talked to Dad of 2 Peas….we are going to have to have a Pizza Planet night just for Phoebe.   After all I had just spent a whole month full of 8 Girl Scout cookie booths and she didn’t get to come to those as she is still a tag a long and not a Daisy until this September.  She did so well when I had to be gone so much that she deserved something just for her.  Her sister wanted in on the action too and what she did was just awesome!   So on a Friday that my Mom was at her daycare for her monthly late night.  I told my husband to pick up Phoebe a little late so that Py and I would have time to decorate the kitchen.  We weren’t going over board just enough to make her feel special and have fun.

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I had printed out the aliens from the claw machine to hang everywhere (see them on the light too!)  Pyper had this job while I hurried up and made a couple of signs to hand in the hallway and the front door.

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Pyper was so excited to show me what she made at school…..menus! not just any menus either …adult menus and children’s menus LOL she even made a connect the dots and color area in the children’s menus she amazes me and was so proud (-:

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I had found some things at Kroger of all places that I ended up buying just a couple of toys for her one was the alien from the Claw Machine so we made our window into a quasi claw machine with Pyper’s arm as the claw LOL

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We used the other toy as a center piece to the table, set out the menus and pizza making supplies and waited.

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One last touch Pyper wanted to play waitress so we hurried up and made this from an envelope and pinned it on an apron….this kid makes me so proud to want to be crazy with me LOL

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Once Chad got home we ran outside Pyper with her apron on, told her to come in the front door so she could see the sign.  She can’t read much yet but she knows the pizza planet sign!

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This was her face when she first saw the her sister and the sign….priceless “Mommy does that say Pizza Planet?”

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She walked in as Toy Story (the first one of course!) was playing and was just in heaven.  YEAH! she liked it (-:  So we made our pizzas

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and while they baked Pyper played the Claw with Phoebe, she colored her special menu and played find the alien.

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YUMMY PIZZA made by the peas themselves

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After we finished our pizza we finished watching Toy Story.  (that’s pizza planet right there!)

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Then danced to the closing credits You’ve Got A Friend in Me ….

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It didn’t take much to make this little peas night ( hardly any money at all!) and I loved doing it the memories we made that night will last. They are always asking when we can do it again.  And I keep one of the aliens on my computer to make me smile remembering.

Oh and Chad thought he would pick up a second job …

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Pizza Delivery Man for Pizza Planet HAHAHAHAHA had to make some funnies for him too (-: