Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"That was a Good Trick!"

The boys love playing tricks on me. There's rarely a day that goes by that I don't hear, "I was just tricking you!" So... yesterday it was my turn!

I started the day off making them their normal omelets and what they thought was flavored water.

I sat at the table and talked to them like everything was normal and waited for them to take a drink.  Once they went for the first sip and realized that nothing was coming out of the straw, they both looked at their glass in confusion.

Aiden figured out what was going on as soon as he pulled the straw out of the glass. It took Holden a little longer:

Once Holden realized it was jello, he said, "Why would you do that?! Now we're going to have to throw my straw away!"

There were no other pranks until after dinner.

I made parmesan chicken with spaghetti squash for dinner. The boys were not thrilled. It took them an hour of picking at their food before I agreed that they had eaten enough. It was almost 8:00 when their daddy got home. I warmed him up some dinner and called for the boys. I told them since they didn't like the meal I had made earlier, I had made them a second meal: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy (with butter), and peas.

Aiden said that he knew it was a trick as soon as he saw the "peas." They were "so obviously" Skittles! Holden went straight for the peas as well. He shouted, "Hey Skittles! It was so nice of you to give me all of my favorite color, Mommy." So the peas were quite obvious but definitely a big hit.

I found the recipe for the "meatloaf and mashed potatoes" on

I think my favorite was the mashed potatoes and gravy. I used a scoop of vanilla ice cream and mashed it a little with a fork, poured some caramel syrup on it, and added half of a yellow Starburst as "butter." Holden was very hesitant to try the "mashed potatoes" at first. But after his first bite, he said, "That was a really good trick, Mommy!"

We had a really fun April Fool's Day. The boys are already asking me what I'm going to do next year!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flashback Friday: A Valentine Story

Let's travel back to February 2012.

Holden was 2 years old and I wanted to do a project with him that was a little festive and would add some Valentine cheer to our home. I decided on a salt dough heart garland.

First, we made the salt dough (1c flour, 1/2 c salt, 1/2 c water) and cut out our hearts, making a hole near the top with a straw. Then I baked them for 2 hours at 250.

Once our hearts had cooled, I gave Holden some red and white paint on a plate and allowed him to discover that he could make pink.

When he grew tired of painting, I covered the hearts with glue and let him sprinkle them with tubes of red, white, silver, and gold glitter.

Once the glue had dried, I covered the hearts with a sealant to better preserve them and put them back on the cookie sheet to dry.

It was at this point that Matt came home. He went into the kitchen while I was playing with the boys in the living room. Suddenly, he called to me," I think you may have baked these cookies too long. And possibly added salt instead of sugar?" I ran into the kitchen to see that he had taken a big bite out of one of our salt dough ornaments glitter, glue, and all. I explained to him what they were and asked how he couldn't tell that they were covered in glitter! He just said, "I didn't know. I thought that was a new kind of sprinkle." Admittedly, I can how he could make that mistake, but I couldn't help but tease him about it over the next few weeks!

Anyways... I made a garland with the remaining hearts using several silver pipe cleaners and hung it above our television.

I thought it was pretty cute and actually left it up way past Valentine's Day because really hearts are for any time of the year right?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Why Everyone Needs to Know How to Order a Cake

I've been struggling with how to start my blog again. Do I just write about what's going on now or do I try to recapture some of the events that took place over the last four years? I have a LOT of cute pictures... 

So I think I'm going to do a little back and forth and have some "filling in the gaps" posts every once in a while. 

This post is a little random, but was the last thing saved in my drafts when I stopped blogging.

We moved from Alaska back to our hometown in Tennessee when Aiden was two months old. So up until his fourth birthday, we had always celebrated at my parents' house and they had always bought his cake. His fourth birthday was going to be a bit different. We had moved to DC and were going to be celebrating with just our little family of 4.

So a week before his birthday, I took Aiden to Safeway and let him pick out the cake that he wanted. He chose one and I placed the order. I didn't think anything about it again until the day we picked it up. I mean really, how hard is it to order a cake?

Well... I gave the lady in the bakery my name and she went in the back to get his cake. She came out carrying this GIANT pink box. I just thought, oh my gosh! That is not what I ordered! She said, "You ordered the sheet cake?" I just nodded because in fact, I had ordered a sheet cake. I had never ordered a cake before and had no idea that I was supposed to order 1/4 a sheet cake!

The lady opened the box to let us look at it and Aiden's mouth (and probably mine too) dropped open. "It's humongous!" he said. He was ecstatic. "I bet you're going to have a really big party, aren't you?" the lady asked. He nodded and I just smiled really big and said, "Yes we are!" A big party of 4!

As the lady closed the box, I glanced at the price. $56! Maybe that's a normal price for some people to pay for their child's birthday cake, but not for us.  I just knew that Matt was going to be so mad at me.

The cake was so big that it wouldn't fit inside the back of the shopping cart. The lady suggested that I put it underneath the cart since my hands were already full with an 8 month old baby. This worked fine until we were in the parking lot and the box slid off the cart onto the pavement. I stood there for a second feeling sick and not even knowing what to do. Luckily, a man rushed over and offered to carry it to the car for me.  Once he left, I hesitantly opened the box to see what kind of damage was done. Fortunately, there was only one small imperfection.

Aiden was so excited that he couldn't stop talking about his cake. He kept saying, "I can't wait to show Daddy how big my cake is!" whereas  I was trying to think of the best way to confess my big mistake! I told Aiden, "I think you need to let me prepare Daddy for this cake before we bring it inside."

It was definitely a memorable birthday!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My How Things Have Changed

Obviously a lot has changed in the last four years!

Here's a quick view of Then (2010) and Now (2014).





If I were naming my blog today it would go from choo-choos, cars, and lip gloss to Minecraft, sports, and well... lip gloss. My love of lip gloss is one of the few things that have remained constant. Well that and the craziness of living in a house full of boys!

Guess Who's Back? Back Again...

I've been away for FOUR years?! Oh WOW!

A quick explanation before diving right back in! I went through a LOT of stuff when I quit blogging in 2010. Stuff that made me really unhappy and stuff that I don't really care to dwell on right now. Once I had gotten past that, I felt awkward returning to my blog with such a huge gap in the timeline. I tried starting a couple of brand new blogs, but I couldn't get excited about them the way I had this one.

And then I FINALLY got a smart phone recently and loved that all of my blogger pictures showed up in my photo gallery. I hadn't visited my blog or looked at many of those pictures since I stopped writing so it allowed me to relive some of the precious memories that I had recorded. It made me realize that I missed blogging and having the stories behind the pictures at my fingertips. It makes me sad that it took so long to get to this point (especially since my baby is now 4 years old!), but I'm here now and I'm going to make the best of it.

So.. four years later....

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Favorite Time of Day

I'm a night owl. I just can't make myself go to bed early when there are so many things that I can do when I finally have some time to myself. However, once I finally do get to bed I love sleeping in and since sleeping in isn't possible very often, I've never been much of a morning person.

I've always been a little tired and grouchy in the mornings. My morning grumpiness even earned me the nickname "Hornet" from the time I was a little girl until I graduated from high school. My dad would always say that it was best to avoid me any time before 10 am.

However, mornings are now my favorite time of day.

See my little tiny share of the bed between the boys?

Mornings are for fuzzy baby hair and rumpled bed head.

Holden always wakes up with fuzzy hair and reminds me of a little baby bird :)

Mornings are for excited babbling and brothers "wrestling"

Mornings are about hugs and smiles and cuddles.

For my little guys mornings are all about the possibilities that each new day holds. They always wake up with big smiles, eager to start the day. It's a precious time and I'm going to enjoy it. With or without sleep.

Shopping With The Boys

Normally, I don't take the boys to the mall. We usually stick to Safeway or Target and that's a chore that I never really look forward to! On the rare occasions that we do end up at the mall, I would never even think about trying anything on. Well, this evening I was reminded why that is.

The boys and I are in Tennessee right now and I agreed to take my 11 year old sister to the mall while our mom was getting her hair done. The boys were great while we ate dinner in the food court. Then Aiden got a little wild, running through a department store while pushing Holden in the stroller, making up karate type dances to music playing in the shoe store and then Holden started screaming to be held...

With my sister pushing Aiden in the stroller and me carrying Holden on my hip, it was calm enough for me to think that it might be a good idea to try on some cute summer dresses at Wet Seal.

All four of us filed into a dressing room and it started out really well. Mandy held Holden and Aiden sat quietly on the bench. It wasn't until I was trying on the last dress, that Aiden got bored. That's when he decided to open the dressing room door and scream,

"Look at my mommy! She's NAKED! Look at my NAKED mommy!!!"

I peered out the door and there were 2 teenage boys sitting outside the dressing rooms. My sister started cracking up. This made Aiden laugh and he kept shouting for everyone to look at his naked mommy.

Just to state a fact. I was never naked in the dressing room. And when he was yelling that I was, I was still wearing the dress that I had been trying on. I don't think I will be trying on anything else unless someone is watching the boys outside the dressing room!

Who wouldn't want to go shopping with these little guys?!