Category Archives: special occassions

Thanksgiving Project from Pinterest

I don’t really “get” pinterest.  It has never once let me pin something.  Not once.  But it does let me like things.  And I did find some things to like. 

And a friend does a pinterest project link up on Tuesdays, so here I am.

Here is my project that fit the bill!

First the girls and I talked about what pilgrims were and why the came here, to be able to worship God freely in the way they chose.

Then the chocolately fun began.

Each hat goes together like this:

One fudge striped cookie, stripe side down, cover with think layer of chocolate frosting, put one miniature reeses peanut butter cup upside down in the center, put small dot of frosting on front center of peanut butter cup, attach a reeses pieces.

And Voila!

Oh What Fun!!! Get Ready for Cuteness OVERLOAD

Did I mention we’ve had lots of Birthday fun this last week?  I was sure I did…You know, where my oldest turned 5 and 4 days later my youngest turned 1…yeah, yes, that.

Last night was Patrice’s turn. 

Check out the fun she had with her cupcake!!

Patrice Turns One!!!!

Big Birthday week around here.  Caitlyn turned 5 on Wednesday and Patrice turned 1 today!  This has meant lots of cupcakes and a few tears by mama to see her babies growing up.

I love having a baby and there is just something symbolic about the first birthday to mark the end of those days.

But I will admit this reminded me she’s not quite ready to leave the nest

Love me a baby taking a nap in their high chair

I have been crazy emotional about Patrice’s birthday.  Truly crazy.  And some people have very sweetly listened to me whine (thanks #ppdchat mamas).  But today I got a bit of a wake up call.  I got to thinking, yes, it is a tad bittersweet to have her slowly leaving the baby phase, but you know, it’s…what’s supposed to happen!  So there is nothing really sad about it at all!

There are tons of rough things that people are going through.  People I love on-line and in real life are dealing with real stuff.  Real hurts.  Real problems.

And while I will admit, I will probably shed a few more tears, it will be done in proper perspective.  And mostly for joy that she is growing so sweet and happy.

Here she was a year ago today…

And here she is one year later:

What more could a mama ask for?

And as a P.S of fun…Caitlyn came in today and said, “I was helping daddy lawn the mown.”

Making Pretty candy–Try Something New Thursday

Do you ever just run out of time?  I do.  I have this many things I want to get done and, well, this amount of time or number of days to do it in.  I feel that way about Valentine’s Day this year.  I had big plans.  I wanted to make pink cereal treats and cut them into hearts.  I wanted to make heart shape pancakes and cookies.  I read about Valentine’s Day Brownie pops on a blog.  I wanted to make them; that one, I at least got to the store for the materials, but could not find what I was after, so I bought a candy making kit instead.  It was quick and easy and the girls loved it!

What plans did you have for Valentine’s Day? Did you get them all done or are you going to try and turn them into spring projects (like I am!)?

Sweeter than Candy at Doc Sweets’

The girls and I recently went on a little adventure and I thought Valentine’s Day was a great time to share about it.

We went to Doc Sweets’ Candy Company in Clawson.  I must admit this was our second trip.  I found it to be such a cute place, I asked if I could come back with my camera and talk about it on my blog.  They were ‘sweet’ enough to say yes.*

I thought getting a Valentine’s Day present for daddy was a great reason to go.  So we headed there to browse through the yummy treats of now and yesteryear.

We found a huge aray of colored M & Ms and all flavors of Jelly Belly jelly beans.  But the first thing to catch our eye were the kid shopping carts.

We found yummies in the packaged candy.

And in the rows and rows of bulk candy.
Who wouldn’t have fun when you get to use a pretty scoop?

Sue loves violet.

Caitlyn picked pink.

Patrice wanted it all but she doesn’t have teeth.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pez dispensers are on Sue’s wish list.

*the lady I spoke to actually said camera’s are always welcome.

Valentine Cakes for Try Something New Thursday

Linking up with the Inspired Housewife


I find blogging inspiration in lots of places. This week I saw a TV commercial and became obsessed with making what I saw there. Here are our creations.
(Daddy got involved this week as only daddy can)

washing dishes so we can get to decorating our cakes
Frosting, check
chocolate candies, check
more frosting, double check
chocolate candies, yes please!
One of our finished products

What have you tried lately?  Do you have any fun ideas for Valentines Day?

Link up and show off your projects?

Birthdays and Sweet Sillies

The first birthday is fun for the parents.  A sense of accomplishment you have survived as parents.  The second birthday it is cute to watch your little one interact with the people who come, but they still don’t get the point.  But by the time that third one rolls around, they are ready to PAR-TAY!  And Sue was ready this year.  And she hit the jackpot.

We celebrated with family on Thanksgiving, remember the awesome dinosaur cake?  Then we took her out for her actual day and finally this week we had some friends come over.  And she was blessed with fun play time and wonderful gifts.

She was pooped after all that partying.

And not to leave out my other cuties, I took some snapshots of them this week too.

100th Post and My Sue’s Birthday

Today, my funny, smart, cute, charming daughter Sue turns 3.  Wow.  It seems like yesterday we were living her birth story.  But no, yesterday we were putting up Christmas lights and going Black Friday shopping…

And the day before that we were celebrating Sue’s birthday with family at our Thanksgiving Day feast.  I have mentioned before, at least once, how wonderful my hubby is.  And as great as a husband he is, he is an even better daddy.  And he really showed off with Sue’s cake. 

The girls have been watching a lot of Dinosaur Train on tv, so somehow Sue decided she wanted a dinosaur cake.  Daddy was teasing our friend, who makes wonderful cakes, that it needed to be 3D.  Turns out he got to make it a reality.  A quick internet search showed him how to make the cake…and the rest had to be caught in pictures…

Yup, this masterpiece was finished up in our laundry room.

Didn’t want the Birthday girl to see the creation!

Have you ever seen something so cool?  I can promise you, nothing you have ever seen was done with more love than this cake was by this special little girls wonderful daddy.
And in honor of my 100th blogpost, I will randomly select one commenter from this post to receive a CD of wonderful, basic sewing patterns.  Comments can be made either directly on this post, on the facebook post for this blog entry or in reply to the twitter for this post.

Even More Recent Projects

I have been going a little crazy with projects lately. You might have seen one of them, the photo book. I’ve done a couple of those. And otherwise I’ve done some sewing. I FINALLY figured out what I have been doing wrong when making skirts for the girls 🙂

Before you feel too bad for Patrice, she was happy as soon as the stroller started rolling

And here is a picture of little Miss Patrice getting ready to go running with mommy.  She is buried in projects from mama.  A snow sack I made when expecting Sue (my very first project on my own) and a wearable blanket I made originally for Sue, but she never really wore it.  I think Patrice might get more use of it jogging with me.

Here is daddy’s creation of a birthday cake for Sue (she will be 3 on Sunday).  Isn’t it awesome?!

And some sister love…

Christmas on the brain–5 ? Friday

Here are my thoughts on Mama M’s 5 Question Friday.  Check out her blog hop for more fun!

1. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?

I, like Mama M, choose to birth all natural, so that hurts, like wow.  But it is an empowering pain.  Really.  So, I would say that is my most painful thing, but it is too rewarding to be considered truly painful.  So, I’ll chose pancreatitis as my really painful thing.  As some of you may know, last year I had an outpatient procedure that went all wrong.  Some of the dye got in to my pancreas and caused pancreatitis.  9 days I was in the hospital.  It was horrible.  Morphine and some more powerful drug took the edge off it, but it was bad.  And it made eating or drinking food painful for a long time!

2. How much sleep do you get at night?

Well little Miss Patrice is 3 months old.  My sleep comes in chunks, but I think if I add it together I get about 6 hours, but that is while I am still off work.  Once I go back, that number will likely be lower…uggghhh.

3. How long did you believe in Santa Claus? How did you find out that he does not exist?

I don’t remember.  Santa Claus used to come to my great grandma’s house on Christmas morning while all the family was there.  We all talked to him and sat on his lap.  Little did I know it was MY dad dressed up in there!!!  He would drop my mom and I off and then say he had to go back home to put wood in the furnace (at that time my whole family heated our homes with wood, so it was not unreasonable someone was often running home to put wood in a stove), change into his suit, get white make up in his beard and mustache and head back to delight us kids.  My mom did not tell me for several years it was my dad, and my dad was mad when she did.  How cool is that though?

Even after Santa Claus was out of the picture, my mom waited until I went to bed to put out my gifts.  One year I decided I wanted to be Santa.  So I set my alarm, that was incredibly loud, to go off at 1 in the morning.  I did not hear it.  It rang and rang.  Finally my mom came and woke me up so I could go put the gifts I had for my mom and dad under the tree!

Another year, money was really, really tight.  There wasn’t going to be much for Christmas.  My mom was great at finding lots of little things so my sisters and I had gifts to open.  We got toothpaste and toothbrushes, undies, one year pencils with our names on them and lots of yard sale treasures.  And normally a doll or something.  But this year was going to be smaller than any before.  But someone decided to be “Santa” that year.  My Little Ponies were popular and someone gave me a My Little Pony barn and ponies.  It was so cool.  No one has ever fessed up, so that year, I KNOW “Santa” came to my house.

4. What was the last movie you saw in a theater?

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  It is my absolute favorite children’s book.  They did a good job with the movie!

5. What do you wear to bed?

Nursing pjs, of course!
Thanks, Mama M for bringing up some great family memories with your questions!

The above question about Santa started a conversation between a friend and I facebook. We both have young children. I asked how her family handles Santa Claus and focussing on Jesus at Christmas. I really appreciate her input as we navigate this same issue with out kids. I wish my kids could be oblivious to Santa, but we live in this world and even this morning they asked to watch a cartoon that includes Santa. We tell them Santa is a fun part of Christmas but what we celebrate is Jesus. Toward this end, I found a great book, Santa are you for Real? that gives a very simple, fun explanation of the history of Santa while talking about the importance of Jesus.  You can use the following link to find it and other great resources.

306299: Santa, Are You For Real? Board Book Santa, Are You For Real? Board Book

By Harold Myra / Thomas Nelson

In this book children will discover that there really was a Saint Nicholas. Through colorful illustrations and a heartwarming story, children and parents will learn who the real Saint Nick was, when he lived, and why he gave gifts. Most importantly, you’ll see how the original Saint Nick set an example for us today by keeping Christ at the heart of Christmas. Written by Harold Myra, President of Christianity Today, Inc., this trustworthy story is accompanied with fun, whimsical illustrations. For ages 2-5