Ava and Lola have been so excited about seeing Mamma and Papa in real life. For the past 7 months Mamma and Papa have lived in the Skype app in our laptop - or at least that's how it seems to the kids :)
I thought it would be a nice surprise to have a few decorations ready to welcome Mamma and Papa when they arrived at our apartment in Berkeley. Ok, so I might have gone a little overboard but it was fun making the decorations and Mamma and Papa were certainly surprised!
Here's a little look at what greeted Mamma and Papa on their arrival...
|Ava and Lola with their special t-shirts, flags and bunting|
T-shirts, flags and bunting... yep, we went a little overboard!
Ava and I made the bunting together. As usual I did all the boring stuff (printing out the flags, cutting them out and assembling them into bunting) and Ava did the fun stuff (colouring the flags and drawing pictures). Lola helped out a little with the colouring too. She loves to copy whatever her big sister is doing and is really getting into colouring and drawing.
Once Ava had decorated all of the flags and I'd cut them all out I set about assembling them. I used cotton twine and colourful Japanese washi masking tape for this. Nice and simple.
|Ava decorated bunting in beautiful patterns to welcome Mamma and Papa|
|The bunting even included pictures of Mamma and Papa|
|Lola coloured in a few pieces of the bunting too|
|The finished bunting|
Ava also drew a welcome picture of us all to hang on our front door. I like how Mamma and Papa have switched heights!
|Ava, Lola, Mummy, Daddy, Mamma and Papa|
|Ava and Lola get ready to head out to find Mamma and Papa|
My favourite part of the welcome was the t-shirts that I made for the girls to wear. I took Ava's drawings of Mamma and Papa from the bunting flags and printed them on t-shirts with Ava's handwritten text: Mamma and Papa USA 2012.
The girls love wearing their special t-shirts and they'll be wearing them as much as possible while we play tourist with Mamma and Papa.
|The official "Mamma and Papa USA 2012" tour t-shirt - available at all good souvenir stores!|
|A little one for Lola and a big one for Ava|
And last of all we made flags. Once again I printed, cut out and assembled the flags while Ava decorated them. Ava held a "Mamma" flag and Lola waved a "Papa" flag.
|A warm welcome|
Welcome Mamma and Papa!