Category Archives: fun things

pumpkin time!

We try every year to get to Apple Hill and hit the pumpkin patch for our Halloween Jack-o-lantern needs!  So for FHE we loaded up (most) of the family and headed out.

Daddy grabbed his pumpkin,

and I had mine,

ha! I LOVE that picture! here is his normal face:

When we got home we finished the night off with roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on our little bonfire (are bonfires supposed to be big?, so is that an oxymoron? )

It was a perfect fall day and we had a great time!
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backyard movie night

We celebrated Dillon’s 14th birthday by having a backyard movie night.  We invited the family, had cake and ice cream and watched Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure on the side of the house while munching on 3 different kinds of popcorn from the “popcorn bar”.  It was SO fun!

here are some of the crazy cousins:


here is a really bad pic of the movie, but you get the idea…

last minute cake decorationg:

The cake was really good, i doctored up some mixes to make a choc/vanilla marble cake and made a basic chocolate frosting..

The best cake mix doctoring I have come across:

mix up the batter according to the directions, and in addition add:
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
big dash of salt
1 TBS vanilla extract

YUM!

During the movie Molly went in the house and came out a little later with sticky fingers… upon investigation I found this:

I am actually surprised it wasn’t much worse… she annihilated a cake I made a couple of weeks ago….

Here is what I did for the popcorn bar:

I made the popcorn cones for everyone, and bought scoops at the dollar tree for serving.  The cherry popcorn was the favorite, it was totally gone at the end of the night, but my favorite was the pb n chocolate!

All in all it was a hit and we can’t wait until our next backyard movie night!

valentines 2010

Here are the valentines Chloe is giving out this year:

I found the idea on a blog somewhere and I can’t find it again to give credit! oops…

I took the picture, then fancied it up on Picnic,  then sent the print off to Walmart for a bunch of copies.  (here is the actual photo, taking a photo of a photo doesn’t translate too well eh) …what a cute girl!

Then I rounded the corners with my fancy schmancy corner rounder punch thingie, then I used an exacto knife to cut slits at the top and bottom of her hand and inserted the oreo pops. Fun and easy!

Love it!
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missing: my brain

I thought that once I had my little baby that my brain function would return…hmmm…. not happening.  I am attributing this to lack of sleep. (she still eats every 2-3 hours, round the clock.)  I hope that is all it is, and not a new permanent state of being.   So when I saw this nursing bracelet idea I was thrilled, because it will help take up some of the slack left by my missing brain.  The problem was I could NEVER remember what time I fed Molly last, and two hours goes by fast, and I was always trying to figure out if she was fussing cause she was hungry or just tired.  The bracelet has a little move-able charm that you set to the time you last fed the baby.  Each bead represents 15 minutes.  You also put it on the wrist of the side that you need to start feeding on next time – another thing I could never remember.

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I made mine using glass beads, plastic number beads and memory wire.  I made the charm using a lobster clasp, small jump ring and a heart charm.  I bought everything but the number beads at Walmart. ( I bought the number beads online, the nearest craft stores are half an hour away, and I wasn’t heading down there anytime soon…)  To make your own, first bend the end of the wire into a loop and start stringing the beads:  start with the number 1, string three beads, add number 2 and so on until you get to 12.  After 12 you add four beads and end the bracelet with another loop.   Attatch your charm and you are set.

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I made it on Saturday, and I am loving it so far.  I want to find some silver number beads to make one with, cause I will be wearing this all the time now….

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The blessing of God on you!  And Happy St. Patricks Day!!

Here is Chloe’s festive hair do for the day: A Four Leaf Clover!!

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It survived school pretty well, I would have taken a picture this morning, but Chloe had misplaced my camera!

I got the hairdo from Adopt a Do.  I have recently discovered hair blogs and am submitting Chloe to all kinds of hair torture, but she is pretty willing so far!