Monthly Archives: September 2010

I Interrupt This Blog…

…to promote a giveaway that a friend is doing on her blog. 🙂

Remember my post about this adorable dolly I got from my friend who makes them herself? She has a blog and a little crafty business called Threaded Basil that is really too cute to miss.

Anyway, she is giving away a Kitty-Kat-Kitty dolly (also very cute) on her blog, and you really don’t want to miss it! Go here for details, and HURRY, as she will be drawing the winner on Friday. I just did the math and that’s the day after tomorrow. Oops. HURRY!

Life Lesson #7384: Sometimes it’s Just Good to Smile and Nod

Ever had something happen to you that was rather inconsequential yet just odd enough that you felt the need to vent about it somewhere, and the internet seemed like the best place?

Wait, I guess that’s what Twitter and Facebook are for. Hmmm.

But this little story will take more than 140 characters, so I’ll just share it here.

So, anyway, earlier today I was walking through the parking lot into Target, when a 30-something year old man, pushing a cart past me stopped and spoke to me in a friendly tone. Here is how the interaction went:

Man: Have you seen where I parked my car?

Me: Excuse me?

Man: Have you seen where I parked my car?

Me: [unsure if I heard him properly] Um…where I parked my car?

Man: No, where I parked my car?

Me: [creeped out blank stare]

Man: [breaks into hearty laughter, as though he’d just told a really good joke] How are you doing today? [Said as he started to continue on his way]

Me: Fine. [quickly moving along]

I was rather disturbed for about 3 seconds, wondering if he’d noticed my wedding ring or pregnant belly — but then, as the automatic entry doors closed behind me, I heard him beginning the same interaction with an older couple that was walking a few hundred feet behind me:

“Excuse me, have you seen where I parked my car?”

“Huh?….”

Bottom line is, I am pretty sure he was from another country, maybe new in town, and this was simply his attempt to be friendly with his fellow shoppers. Unfortunately, he apparently hasn’t yet found the fine line in American culture between being friendly and just sounding like a creeper.

Kind of sad that it’s so hard to tell sometimes. Maybe if I had to do it over again, I would have been a bit more friendly…

…no, if it happened again, I think I would still move along quickly!

It’s a Girl!

Well, we had our ultrasound on Friday afternoon, and were delighted to find out that we are expecting another little girl:

Norah!

Here she is:

As you can see in the second picture, she decided to start sucking her thumb while we were watching her. It was a truly amazing ultrasound…I could’ve sat & watched her all day!

We are so excited to meet her!!!

The Cake

I grew up in a home where the cake was a key part of each child’s birthday celebration. Almost every year, on the night before our birthday parties, my mom (who is amazing in the kitchen) would bake a 1/2 sheet cake and coat it with a white layer of Betty Crocker buttercream frosting. She would also mix up the remaining frosting in a variety of vibrant colors. My dad (who is an amazing artist) would then go to town decorating the cake to fit whatever the theme of the birthday party was, decorating almost entirely with a star-shaped frosting tip. They would literally stay up almost half the night creating these cakes! I wish I had a photo of one of those cakes to share with you; they were true works of art (though, at the time, I didn’t realize how much work they took)!

So, as you can imagine, as we start to celebrate my own kids’ birthdays, the cake is key for me. For W’s birthday this year, I borrowed my mom’s 1/2 sheet cake pan, cake platter, and frosting decorating tips/bags. I also got the skinny from her on the cake mix she uses (3 boxes of Duncan Hines baked for 1 hr at 325) as well as the exact frosting recipe. She told me she felt like she was “passing the torch”, which is kind of fun. 🙂

As I mentioned in an earlier post, W decided that he wanted his cake to have his favorite things on it, and he even provided a handy list:

  • Crayons
  • Toy Story
  • Cars
  • Farm Animals
  • Star Wars
  • Legos
  • Waffles
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Chips
  • Apple Juice
  • Mater (*made out of chocolate)
  • Fire Engine

I saw it as a challenge. I baked and frosted the cake, and then (after a few trips to Walmart and the Dollar Tree :)) did my best to decorate it according to his wishes. Here is what I came up with:

  • Crayons
  • Toy Story
  • Cars
  • Farm Animals
  • Star Wars
  • Legos
  • Waffles
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Chips
  • Apple Juice
  • Mater (*made out of chocolate)
  • Fire Engine

As you can see, I got most of them checked off the list, though apple juice, Thomas, napkins, waffles and Mater-made-out-of-chocolate just didn’t happen (I mean really, where would one find a Mater-made-out-of-chocolate?!). I’ve forbidden myself for kicking myself over these omissions, however, and am choosing to focus on what did end up on the cake. 🙂

Yeah…not the most amazing work of art (do you like the way the brown frosting border is sliding off the edge of the cake in that one spot? :)), but it was fun to make.

And…we have LOTS left over. Lots. Turns out a 1/2 sheet cake is a lot of cake for 13 people. A LOT. LOTS. In retrospect, I probably should have invited you all over for a cake party earlier this week.

We could have dined on cake and Spumoni ice cream and discussed our favorite things.

Now He Is 3

3 years ago tonight I woke my husband up at 2 am. I was a week away from my due date and I thought the baby had punched a hole in my belly (I was a little tired). Turns out, I was in labor. 🙂

12 hours later, this happened:

Aaaaand…BAM!

Suddenly we were parents to a beautiful baby boy, and things have never been the same…and my, how time has already flown!

Today we are celebrating the birthday of our little buddy — 3 years of his joy, his hugs, his silliness, his strong will :), and his growing heart.

I sure love everything about him and thank God for him every day!

Favorite Things Cake

W’s birthday is coming up next week, and we have a little family party planned for Saturday night.

Now I am big on the “theming” part of my kids parties. I love coming up with a theme and creative ideas to use for my kids’ parties — particularly for the cake. Two years ago we had a puppy dog party…last year it was Cars (the movie)…and S’s last birthday party had a garden theme.

So naturally, this year I expected to have another single theme. I wondered what it would be. I thought about what W has been into lately. Farm animals? Toy Story? Legos? Lots of elaborate ideas came to mind. Then I asked W what he wanted to be on his cake.

Well, he wants a favorite things cake — that is, a cake featuring elements of several of his favorite things.

So much for my single-theme plan!

He’s been pretty insistent that this is what he wants, though, so I am rising up to the challenge (er, trying to at least!).

So tonight I decided to ask him what exactly he would like on his “Favorite Things” cake. Here is the list we came up with:

  • Crayons
  • Toy Story
  • Cars
  • Farm Animals
  • Star Wars
  • Legos
  • Waffles
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Chips
  • Apple Juice
  • Mater (*made out of chocolate)
  • Fire Engine

Hmmm. I truly do have a challenge ahead of me. We shall see how this goes…yikes.

(and yes, he was pretty insistent about the “paper towels” and “napkins” thing. It’s actually not the first time he’s mentioned them when I asked what he wanted on his favorite things cake…so I guess we’ll keep ’em…?)

Ay-yay-yay…. 🙂