Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Funny Things Kids Say...

Ok, so, my good dear brother and sister-in-law are also expecting a baby. Due about 2 weeks after me. This is their first, so everyone is REALLY excited for them. My husband and I were explaining to our youngins the other day that aunt A.K. is having a baby too. Levi pipes in: So mommy, is aunt A.K.'s belly gonna get big just like yours? That sure makes momma feel "skinny." Not that I did anyway... just sayin'. At least they're honest. HaHa.

For anyone interested...

So, in my last post I made a comment about the sloppy cake being a long story. Well, I thought I'd share that if anyone is interested. I originally started to make the cake on Friday, that way it had time to cool, and I would have most of Saturday to decorate it. It seems, however, God had other plans. I started the cake around noon-ish on Friday. My mom came to see me on her lunch break, and I had asked her to stop at the store and pick up some icing and a few other things that I needed for the party (that way I didn't have to go to the store by myself with all three kiddos). So, I get two bowls out, one for chocolate cake, and one for yellow cake. (I usually make it half and half) I begin putting my ingredients in the bowl, I am letting Levi and Lydia help, so it's going pretty slow, then I remember, I usually double the recipe for my large pan. I already have the flour and sugar in the bowls, and the sugar is still open so I decide to finish sugar first then go back and add my second batch of flour. Well, I run out of sugar, no big deal I just substitute brown sugar in the chocolate cake. I begin to add the rest of my ingredients, but then, I run out of cocoa. It's inevitable, I have to go to the grocery store. Finally, I get home, add the rest of my ingredients, beat them according to recipe directions, bake the cake, take it out of the oven, let it cool, take it out of the pan... it looks like rubber! What happened? I make this cake all the time, why didn't it turn out? Next morning, Saturday, day of the party, I tell my husband to taste it, maybe it taste's ok and we can still use it. Nope, it also taste's like rubber. I'm racking my brain trying to figure out why it didn't turn out. Then, as I'm doing the dishes I remember, I never went back and added the rest of the flour. Throw it away, start over. I redo everything, bake it, take it out, let it cool. Again, I forgot one cup of flour in the yellow cake, but the chocolate was good. I just wasn't meant to make a good cake for this party. Lesson learned, stop trying to do two recipes at one time, measure them separately. For those of you that can measure out more than one recipe at a time and not forget half of the ingredients in one or the other, I applaud you!

Birthday

 Well, just recently we celebrated my two oldest's birthday's. We put them together again this year, well, just because it's easier. They are still young enough that they're not wanting to invite their "own" friends, and one doesn't have to sit and watch while the other opens presents, they can do it together! Besides our youngest will be turning one this year, so we'll want to do his b-day kind-of big.
 Last year I made the kids a "Thomas the Train" cake (because they love Thomas the Train). And they have been asking for another train for this years party since. Levi wanted an Emily, and Lydia just wanted purple. That is, up until about a week before the party. Lately, the kids have been infatuated with knights and castle's. Levi says He is a knight and Lydia is a princess and he must save her from the dragon. So, recently they requested a castle cake. So, I winged it, and this is what they got. Please, don't laugh at the sloppyness of it, I only had about an hour to decorate it... long story.



 Here, is a close-up of
  the knight and princess
  on the cake. I thought it
   would be cute to actually
  make it Levi and Lydia,
  and the quickest way I
 could think of to do
that was to simply cut out a picture of their face and tape it to little figurines. Which we borrowed, Thanks Uncle Caleb!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Daddy's UK fans

Well, this pic was taken QUITE a while ago, but I thought I'd share it anyway. Their father is a die hard UK fan, so as of right now they have no choice =) Just to give you a little update on the kiddos. My youngest has started walking, not proficiently, but still walking. And the two oldest are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new baby brother or sister. They will be waiting a while yet seeing as I'm not quite halfway there. Well, that's all for now.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cheerios...

Okay, so have any of you out there heard the new song out by Steven Curtis Chapman? Well, it's about doing every little thing you do to the Glory of God! Now you may be wondering what that has to do with cheerios, but if you've listened to the song you'll know. No matter what you're doing, sweeping the floor, picking up cheerios, whether you're a lawyer, or flipping hamburgers, do it for God's Glory! Lately, I have been getting so tired of staying at home day in and day out. I get stir crazy, and so tired of picking up the couch pillows 200 times a day, oh, and picking up cheerios... all the time. I've been wanting to get a part time job or something, just to get me out of the house. BUT, part time doesn't pay for child care! Well, then I hear this song, and I also listen to a lecture (recommended by my dear mom-in-law) called 24 hours is all you get by: Susan Bradrick. Well, I've changed my mind, or my heart per say. And decided I don't need to get out of the house, I just need a BIG attitude adjustment ;) Well, my husband and I are slowly trying to devise a schedule, and make our lives Glorifying to God. I'm excited!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Coming Soon...

       Well, coming very soon (I hope) will be a post about a quilt I just finished. I have made a few other quilts in the past... and maybe someday will post pics. But this particular quilt I am blogging of is the first quilt I EVER quilted. (I just tacked all the rest) Well, to be honest, turns out I am a VERY slow quilter. I would probably get faster with more practice, but we'll have to see bout that. So, long story short, my mom actually quilted probably 3/4 of it. (hides face in shame). However, I did to the top and binding myself. That's something, right?
         My sister gradated High School in 2010. So, Christmas (of 2009) I gave her an i.o.u. for Christmas, and promised her a handmade twin size quilt for her dorm. Um, yeah, well, she has already finished one year of College, and the quilt was still not finished =( So this summer I was determined to get this quilt DONE! So, with the help of my dear mother (thanks mom) it is finally finished! At least my sis will actually get to use it this year.