Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Day of Preschool

I'm behind, I just skipped over our entire summer. Maybe one day I'll go back and update it (probably not). If I wait a few more months, my header will be back in season!

 I just uploaded some pictures I took today and figured I might as well post them. Alyssa started preschool today. She has been wanting to go since the older kids went back to school in July.
So, she was super excited that today finally came.
 This little boy wasn't so excited. He lost his best friend and was quite upset about it.
Fortunately, it is easy to get out of the house with only 2 kids, so we went a few places and he was easily cheered up.

Monday, June 27, 2011


It's really crazy that it's the last week of June and the kids' summer vacation is almost halfway over. It was about time the weather cooperated so the kids could get in some good wet summer fun.
Ahhh, the carefree days of summer.

Monday, May 16, 2011

On the Menu

Apparently, someone in this house really likes spare ribs...

Thursday, April 28, 2011


I've put off moving Benjamin out of his crib as long as I could. But, Isaac is getting too big for his current bed and it's time to move him into the crib.  So, I pretty much had no choice.  Benjy is obviously loving his new found freedom and the fact that he can get up when he wants. I'm not loving the fact that he doesn't stay in bed anymore. Once (if ever) he learns to stay in bed and sleeps good in it, he gets to move in with the big boys.  Surprisingly, Aaron and Collin are super excited to have him join them.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Happy Birthday, Benjamin

Today was Benjamin's 2nd birthday. Since he and Alyssa love to watch Jake and the Neverland Pirates, the kids decided he should have a pirate cake. I have been watching and reading all kinds of tutorials online to learn how to make and decorate cakes. I also found some really great ideas for a pirate cake.

 It seemed like it was a race to get the presents opened as fast as possible.  Fortunately, he had many helpers.

 We love you Boo Boo and are so glad you are a part of our family!  Happy Birthday.

 And this cute little guy, just sat and enjoyed the action (and enjoyed playing with the leftovers).


About 15 months ago, some of our best friends moved in across the street. Last Thursday, they moved away. My kids were heart broken. They stood at the door and cried as they drove away. Luckily, they are cousins and we will still see them, just not as often. The day before they left, my mom had a picnic lunch for the grandkids. It was kind-of cold outside, so we had it in her basement.

We are sad they moved away, but so happy about where they are headed. We love you Colette, Cole, Hallie & Eli.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Ever since making Aaron's cake, I've been spending lots of time online getting tips on baking. I put some things I learned to use and made these cookie bouquets for the sisters I visit teach. I love these sugar cookies and luckily only had 2 leftover to eat myself! I hope the girls enjoyed them as much as I did.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Baby Face

I made these cupcakes for my sil's baby shower. Tessie told me they were blog worthy, so I thought I'd share. I saw them online and couldn't pass up the opportunity to try them. It took pretty much the whole day to make them, but I think it was worth it. They turned out pretty cute and were quite fun to make.

Look at those cute little toes!


Last week, the kids' toothbrushes started dissappearing. Each day, a couple more would be missing. I figured it was Benjamin and I thought I'd find them as I cleaned up during the day, but no such luck. On Friday, I started on a load of wash. As I was pouring, a toothbrush came out with the detergent. I laughed and looked inside. This is what I found.

The little stinker had put 10 toothbrushes in there!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Aaron's 7th Birthday

Aaron turned 7 on Tuesday.
He asked for a cake with the little yellow guys from Despicable Me. After searching online, I got a few ideas (and found they are called Minions). This is the first cake I've done with fondant. I'm not sure I love the taste, but it was fun to try something new.
I also saw this idea for cute little Twinkie Minions. They were a hit with the kids.
A couple of months ago, Benjamin slobbered on Aaron's Nintendo DS. Aaron tried to clean it under the faucet. It came clean, but needless to say, it was ruined. Apparently, we never had the "water ruins electronics" talk. Anyway, he was devastated. I knew then that's what I would get him for his Birthday. As soon as he opened it, he left the party to reunite with his dearly missed friend toy. Grandma and Grandpa Marchant also spoiled him with clothes, games, and an activity bag for our trip to Hawaii. It was a full house, but we are glad our family came to help us celebrate. We love you, Aaron!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday Project: Dandelion Wall Art

I did all my Saturday jobs yesterday (Friday), so I could have time to do what I wanted today. I chose this project. Heather and I saw these at Bed Bath and Beyond. But, since the set is kind-of pricey, we came up with our own affordable version.

I'm quite happy with the way it turned out. And, I saved about 75% doing it myself!