Ramblings from the middle of the night…
It’s been since Tuesday (today is Friday) that we went to the Huntington Beach Library Festival of Folktales and Baby Bug got her face painted. She STILL will not let me wash the green flower off her cheek. I’ve resorted to sneakily trying to peel off one petal at a time but it’s not working. She runs away from me like I’m trying to peel her toe nails off or something.
I think she thinks the face paint is like fingernail polish and you have to leave it on until it wears off. She LOVES finger nail polish. Yes, I took her to a nail salon once (or twice or maybe five times) and let her get her nails painted. I know. I’m spoiling her rotten and I intend to stop that right now. But she loves it so much! It’s hilarious.
The other day we went to the grocery store and because half the parking lot was being repainted, we had to park way over in the back 40 next to a nail salon. Before I could even unbuckle her from her car seat, she was taking off her socks and shoes in anticipation. Which is sort of unexpected because it’s not like we had talked about going and it’s not like we had ever been there before. I guess she spied the giant painting of a dragon lady fingernail on the salon window and figured that was where we were headed. Which we weren’t. I always love to start off a trip to the grocery store with a tantrum over green fingernail polish. Good times.
I’ve been able to reason with her about her flower on her face with the bribe that I might paint another one on her face if she lets me wash this one off. She seems to think that’s okay and then even asks for a “red red rose like mommy’s” which is actually a big scab on my nose from a zit that I wouldn’t leave alone. Don’t you love kid’s interpretations? I have a red red rose on my nose. How sweet.
So far I have not gotten any cooperation out of her though. Discussions are one thing. Getting near her with the wash cloth is a whole other story. I may have to resort to pinning her down and ignoring the shrieks if it doesn’t wear off soon.
Thankfully, we had swimming lessons today and the one-two-three dunking sort of wore away at it a bit. I’m just afraid that the paint isn’t good for her. With all the paranoia about plastics these days, I’m thinking the puffy paint they used at the library can’t be that good. Who knows.
While I’m on the subject of face painters using puffy paint, how cool is that? I’ve been dying to have someone hire me to be a face painter for their kid’s birthday party (anyone? anyone?) and now I find out via the HB Library that you can skip that greasy stage paint and just use puffy paint?!! I didn’t get a chance to look at the bottles up close but they sure looked like the ordinary stuff you buy at a craft store. I’ll have to research that further.
So that’s my news. The Library festival was awesome. I have a little movie over here of the live entertainment (bad quality, sorry). I think all moms should check out their library’s summer event schedule and if your local library sucks coconuts like mine does, then skip over to Huntington Beach (if you’re local) and go to their events. A little birdy even told me they are giving away tickets to Legoland. Nothing to sniff at since Legoland tickets are SEVENTY BUCKS these days.
Seventy dollars! Who do they think they are? Disneyland?!! I don’t know. I haven’t heard that many great reviews for kids Baby Bug’s age but I’m dying to go anyway because I just love legos! My brother and I always played with them as kids. I think that was the one toy we agreed on. (Speaking of legos, my friend Deliajude had a lego birthday party for her son way back in March. Isn’t that a cool idea? I’ll have to save that away for my party site.)
I love libraries! Have you ever been to the Cerritos Library? It is awesome, especially the kids section. There is a t-rex there – the real thing (well the bones, anyway). One wall is an aquarium. The teen section looks like it is out of Harry Potter. And there is artwork throughout the place, including glass pieces by Chihuly. For more info, go here: http://www.ci.cerritos.ca.us/library/library.html
Puff paint huh? The events around here still use the normal craft paint. Wonder why it is so expensive to get into Lego Land. I think it’s cheaper to to to Sea World than Lego Land.
I just saw a recipe for homemade (non-toxic) face paints. Maybe at Crafty Crow, Green Mom Finds, or Design Mom? Too many blogs to remember. Try that old internet search.
We took the kids to Legoland when they were 1, 4 and 5 and they loved it. I loved it. More than the 5 days spent at Disneyland. They even had a toddler area and the whole park was much more family/small kid friendly than Disneyland.
(I’m on the whole Starbucks card thing with Jeannie- I’ll get it straightened out)
I’d not seen it before, but oh my goodness Baby Bug looks like you in that top photo!
Really, puffy paint? That would be pretty awesome since there are zillions of colors, and even some with glitter in it!
Too bad you aren’t in Ohio, I would hire you for the boys party in a heartbeat. I tried to find a face painter last year, and I came up with nothing.
We live down in San Diego and I have to tell you, we hung out at Legoland quite a bit when my daughter was baby bug’s age. Now that she is 9 we don’t go very much anymore. I recommend the annual pass- go 3 or 4 times in a year and you’ve gotten your money’s worth.
Also check the local papers- I think they were running a promotion for adults at kid’s prices? And they used to give a AAA discount. Still, the best bet for us was always the annual pass.
Check your friends, too- our local schools give out buy one, get one free admission coupons. It’s worth a visit (or three or four!)
I’ve done face painting a couple of times (for friends’ & school parties) and it really is a whole lot of fun. Never have seen the puffy paint.
Oh, and btw, Anna Sofia has been sporting the same unsightly Incredible Hulk tattoo on her arm for a week. Yes, it was a week ago today that I made the mistake of applying it. I’m very talented at doing so, OBVIOUSLY. ha ha ha (She has bathed many times since but the sucker will not come off and she won’t let me scrub it off)
I have to take the girls to HB library. Sounds like a fun place. I have to second the Cerritos Library recommendation. My parents live in Cerritos so Emily has been to that library quite often. She loves the aquarium wall.
Good luck getting that green flower off lil miss BB. At least she’s attached to something normal. Audrey found a stash of that fake green easter basket grass and insists on holding on “strand” when she goes to sleep at night. To quote someone brilliant :P “Kids are weird”. hahahahahahaha
FUNKY MONKEY PHOTO
You’re baaaack!~ Missed ya and BB!
You gave me a great idea with the face painting for an open house for my photography studio. What kid doesn’t love face painting. So cool!
And the first pic…. WOW does she look like mini-you, Brenda!
I love BB’s outfit in the last picture! SO cute and girly! Girls cloths are so fun!
I would totally hire you for face painting at Jaia’s party. can you fly to BC, Canada? Haha!
I could just hear it now, “so why are you going to Canada?” “Um, I have a gig!”, “what kind of a gig?”, “(cough cough) Face painting at a birthday party”. Hahahaa!
I helped out with face painting at my daughter’s school. We made our own with about 1 part body lotion to 3 parts tempura paint.
Maybe you could paint BB’s other cheek before washing off the flower?
She’s so cute. Hunter STILL (after a few months) talks sadly about when his tiger face went down the drain. The things kids remember… crazy!
I wish the Irvine library was that cool! But–we go semi-regularly to story time at Hush Baby at the District in Tustin. By Whole Foods on Jamboree… On Mondays at 11 there’s a crazy old lady (maybe not that old) dressed like a princess that does face painting and always brings a bunny the kids get to pet.
We love that bunny.
Libraries are awesome and have such cool events. $70 for Legoland?! Ouch.
Baby oil. Remover of tattoos and face paint. When you was her up sneak a little onto your fingers or wash rag.
I love the Library. Well, except the part of the whole adventure where the kids need to remain quiet.
If we lived closer I’d hire you to face paint at our parties, I’d pay you by letting baby bug come and play on the bounce house:)
$70 for legoland seems steep, then again everything is steep these days except my paycheck. Why is that?
Baby Bug is SO PRETTY!
My daughter (now 8-1/2) has always loved having her face painted and, like BB, NEVER wants to wash it off. We figured out a few years ago that if we carefully press a toddler wipe to her face and hold it there for a moment or two, the image will transfer. Now we do that before bed and let it dry out for her to keep (until it eventually gets lost!)
I’ve heard that Legoland is only good for kids under 6. After that, they just don’t care for the rides anymore. Maybe you should rethink the taking BB?
Also? I’ve always loved the Tustin library. I hung out there as a kid. Now I take my girls to the summer programs when ever we are in town. I think we’ll check out whats going on at the HB library next time we are around.
LOOK at her cute shoes!!
I wanna know – how many shoes does that li’l girl have?
So. stinkin. cute.
I love the zit interpretation.
You’d better put your foot down and get a washcloth to Baby Bug’s face before she becomes one of those kids who shows up for school picture day with a temporary tattoo in the middle of her forehead (and there’s nothing quite like a parent realizing it’s picture day and screaming, “Oh God! Does anyone have nail polish remover?!”).
Our library isn’t as cool as yours. It sure sounded like fun. All we have is reading time for the kids, who would think, reading??
And Lego, is our favorite toy here. I am going to go and check out your friends party. A Lego themed birthday this August just might be in the cards.
Isabelle is like that with band aids. My honey made the mistake of buying some with Sponge Bob and Go Diego Go on them. She wears them like stickers and always wants them even when she doesn’t have an owie.
I think it’s adorable that BB has face paint on. But if you don’t want it on her face, tell her you’ll draw something new on but use washable markers. Isabelle has drawn all over her face with those markers. Then we take a bath and she doesn’t realize it’s washing away until the morning and she happens to look into a mirror.
Love and Laughter,Amy
If you go to the Legoland site they have a Mom’s club for moms of kids under 4 yrs old. you pay something like 450 bucks and you can go one day a week for a year. Sounds pretty swanky but being in Long Beach and having an explorer the ga$ would kill me.
I just drafted a post about my love for Legos too. You should go down to Legoland, she is at the perfect age for that place!