Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

35. That's my new number. I had a hard time with 35 for some reason. Hopefully 40 won't be so bad. My birthday was a great day though.

It started with me answering the door to find this...



And then later, I opened the door to find this...



Pete came home to pick me up for us to have lunch with Sam and had a little surprise. When I opened the door, he had the cupcake in his hand with the candle in it. He sang "Happy Birthday" to me. And had this...



A dozen cupcakes from Gigi's...



Birthday Surpise, Cherry Cordial, German Chocolate, Red Velvet...and I don't remember the names of all of that chocolate goodness. If you aren't familiar with Gigi's Cupcakes, you should be. Gigi doesn't mess around. These are some SERIOUS cupcakes.

Later that afternoon, we took the kids to Mom's and celebrated with them. I got a basket with some goodies and a Cricut. And a date night with Pete.


We had dinner at Pauli's and then went to the movie...



Between movie options and just being busy, we don't go to the movie very often. The more I heard about The Blind Side, the more I knew we had to go & see it. And if you have been living under a rock and don't know about it, let me just say...grab someone, spend the 20ish bucks and go see it. It is worth it. We will own it when it comes out on dvd/blu-ray. The story is touching, and it stirred up memories and emotions from when we had our foster daughter 6 years ago {in fact, she was with us on my birthday 6 years ago}. It left me wondering if we might get back into fostering once the kids are a little bit older. Or do something to help in some way...

I enjoyed the day full of surprises - from the goodies to the night out with Pete and the tug at my heart with the reminder of that sweet foster baby.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Trouble

Have you ever played Trouble? My brother, Matt, and I played plenty of games growing up. My grandparents had it at their house. And we played a lot. When we spent the night. When we camped in their camper.

It seems that the tradition has carried on. Sam {& Grace to some extent} play Trouble with Grandma.


Sam's turn...




Grace was pleading her case with Grandma...


...and putting on the pout...




Sam was contemplating his move...



...and he eventually beat Grandma who proceeded to "get him" by tickling him for beating her.




Good times!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Pete - 39

Today is Pete's 39th {I really can't believe that!} birthday. We celebrated with a sans-kids lunch at Ruth's Chris, dinner with the kids & my parents at Cracker Barrel, gifts and cupcakes. We will celebrate with the rest of the family soon.


I don't know exactly why - maybe they are easy - but i have been on a cupcake kick lately. Maybe it is my inability to make 2 or 3 perfect cakes for a round layered cake {or unwillingness to "fix" them if they're not}. Or the fact that I can't seem to ice cakes like I want them to be. Anyway...I decided to make german chocolate cupcakes for Pete. For his birthday.


A little sidetrack...

As you can see in the picture above and more closely in the one below, my cupcakes aren't all iced with coconut pecan icing. I cheated and bought a tub of icing - which is actually pretty good. I'm not sure what the Betty Crocker & Duncan Hines people are thinking, but their tubs WILL NOT ice 36 cupcakes. Unless they are mini cupcakes. Maybe. Or you get icing on a knife or spreader of choice and run it across the top of the cupcake once. I have made cupcakes 3 times recently and have had to have extra icing. It actually works out okay because Sam & Grace generally won't touch anything that doesn't have white icing on it. I picked up some Pillsbury Easy Frost {I think} to use for the occasional cookie icing for the kids. It tastes pretty good, but the presentation isn't always so pretty. Not to worry though. Grace just licks it off anyway.




Back to partying to celebrate 39...

We gave Pete his present when he got home from work. The kids were excited and couldn't stand to let him check out his stuff on his own.


Happy Birthday Pete! I enjoyed our lunch today and our time together as a family this evening. Hope you had a great day! And have many more to come!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The decorating has started...

I broke down and bought a lighted palm tree that I planned to put in our foyer. {And now I'm prepared for when I retire and move to the beach. LOL! Or want to celebrate Christmas at the beach - a more likely situation. We DID ring in the New Year on Maui one year, you know?} There is room in there for something small - skinny - and I thought it would be good since our regular tree won't be seen from the front of the house. It was a little big so it is living in our dining room instead. The view from the street won't be as good as it would be in the foyer, but it does fill the corner nicely {and I'm working on fixing the ugly cord mess}.



So the decorating has started. I hope to have our non-tree decorating done by Thanksgiving. Wish me luck!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween

Saturday was a super busy day at our house. We started the day with Sam's last soccer game. Since it has been raining for 2 months and it rained most of the night Friday, it was cool and wet. Really wet. Water standing on the field wet. By the time the game was over, Sam looked like a pig in a pig sty. He had fallen in one of the puddles on the field and had mud from head to toe.

{My camera was accidentally left on the desk at home. I have no pictures. And I'm not real happy about it. Although...one of the other kids' mom was suppose to send me a link to hers so maybe...}

We got Sam cleaned up, went to lunch, and then came back home for the kids to nap. While they napped, I baked cupcakes and and Pete got the pumpkins ready to carve after the kids woke up.


I also put some potato soup in the crock pot and roasted the pumpkin seeds.


Once the kids were up, Pete got busy carving the pumpkins...






It's never too early to teach Sam how to use power tools.

And the kids & I started decorating the cupcakes.






I made Mummy Dogs {thanks Laura!} to go with the soup. I think Pete enjoyed them more than the kids did...


It was finally time for Sam & Grace to get their costumes on for trick or treating. Meet Peter Pan and Tinkerbell...


They were super excited to go trick or treating, but they couldn't get excited about making pictures.

We went around to the 5 or 6 houses in our neighborhood that were participating. After that, we met up with Pete's sister & family to trick or treat in the neighborhood behind us. They came to our neighborhood when we lived in our old neighborhood. Pete's sister & I talked about getting together this year, but we never settled on a plan. After our short run in the neighborhood, Grace was SCREAMING that she wanted to go to Aunt Stacy's house. We later found out that Stacy's boys were upset about not trick or treating with their cousins. I guess we know for next year...

Batman & Dracula with Peter Pan & Tinkerbell

It is hard to tell in this picture, but this house was one of the more decorated houses. They had skeletons, lights and as Grace said, snoke. She was pretty scared by the snoke at this house. And asked several times later if the house we were going to next had any snoke.


Tinkerbell flew...on Daddy's shoulders...


Sam's jack o' lantern...


Grace's jack o' lantern...


We ended the evening with cupcakes and a viewing of the Monsters vs. Aliens Halloween special at Stacy's house. It was a good thing that daylight savings time ended that night...cause we needed that extra hour of sleep.