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25 Jan 2012 1 Comment
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I’m having a little bit of trouble believing that the 100th day of school is here already! Before you know it, I’ll be writing about the last day…
Wildman’s homework for this special day was to place 100 edible things into a bag for snack or “brain break” as his teacher calls it. He chose Froot Loops. I poured him a big bowl and asked him to count out 100 before eating the rest for snack. He quickly made two piles of fifty and scooped them into the bag to take into school. He was quite eager to down the rest with a little milk as his afternoon snack yesterday 🙂
His second homework task involved cutting out a large number “100” (not forgetting the middle of the zeros) and gluing 100 things to it. After brainstorming several options, Wildman finally settled on beads for his 100 things. He also insisted that I fire up the hot glue gun while he counted out 10 piles of 10 beads to glue on his number. So, that’s what we did. Even though there are hot glue strings all over the place, I’m happy he chose that adhesive. It dried super quick and it holds the beads firmly on the cardstock.
Happy 100th Day from our neck of the woods!
23 Jan 2012 1 Comment
Last Wednesday, I turned 36 and Cutie Pie turned 5. We celebrated with a little party of close friends and family that night. J put together an awesome get-together for us complete with our favorite pizza, the amazing Angry Birds cake for Cutie Pie and my personal weakness- a cookie cake! Yum!
Earlier that day, my dad’s mom (my Nana), stopped by to wish us a happy birthday. I love this photo of Cutie Pie with her 🙂
Cutie Pie was thrilled to finally have a kayak of his very own! Now we’ll be a kayaking family! J and I have a double adult one and both of the boys have their own now. Since the weather has been so nice, we need to take advantage of it by taking the kayaks out. Somehow we managed to skip right over winter and landed right in the middle of spring here. Crazy!
Both of us got ridiculously spoiled this year. It was so nice sharing our special day with everyone!
I got some serious gifts like this gorgeous original painting by our friend, Terri McCutchan. My mom totally surprised me with that one! I absolutely love it and have it hung in a place of honor on a wall that you see when you enter through our front door. It fits perfectly with our style.
And I got some not so serious gifts like this one lb. Snickers bar. A slice ‘n’ share! Just what I need while trying to get in shape for our April trip to Puerto Rico!
It was a wonderful birthday and I’m so lucky to be able to share it with my baby boy! I really don’t feel any older, thank goodness. Age is a frame of mind, yes? If that’s true then I’m holding at 25-ish 🙂
22 Jan 2012 1 Comment
Cutie Pie wanted an Angry Birds cake for his birthday just like Wildman. J did not want to order the exact same cake from Publix, however. He wanted something a little more special… Something a little more 3D for Cutie Pie since he is the Angry Birds champion of our household. Seriously, I’ve never seen the game played with more accuracy or more nonchalance than when I’ve watched Cutie Pie play. It’s pretty amazing.
So, J set forth on an Angry Birds cake topper quest. I had no clue about this until a little white box showed up on our doorstep. The box was full of individually wrapped things. When I asked J what was in the box, he excitedly reported that they were Cutie Pie’s Angry Birds!
These things are handmade from fondant and are probably the most spectacular cake toppers I’ve ever seen! The detail is unreal! J’s mom kindly made the green iced chocolate cake. It tasted so good!
We convinced the kids not to eat them so that we may reuse them on future cakes. They’re too pretty to eat!
You can pick up your own set here, if you’re interested. They have all sorts of different topper themes to choose from. The sea life ones and Yoda are pretty amazing too!
18 Jan 2012 1 Comment
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Cutie Pie and I have a birthday coming up on Wednesday! J and I gave Cutie Pie the option to go anywhere he wanted to celebrate his special day in lieu of an actual birthday party with a bunch of kids. On a side note, I’ve instituted the every-other-year plan for birthday parties. Wildman chose to go to Legoland and it was so much less stressful than planning and implementing a party. It’s nice to have a year off from that craziness.
Anyway, we told Cutie Pie we would take him anywhere he’d like to go: Disney, Sea World, Legoland, Busch Gardens, zip lining at the zoo… He chose bowling of all things! This is what he chose to do last year for his birthday too. So, J looked into it and saw that our local bowling alley hosted cosmic games with the black lights, lasers and all on Saturdays from 3-5 PM. J invited a few of Cutie Pie’s closest buds to join us and away we went.
The kids had a total blast bowling on their own lane with the bumpers installed. Cutie Pie amazed everyone by winning with an even 100 points!
J, Big Red, Flash and I had our own lane next to the kiddos. I bowled my highest score ever on our first game. A 117! I beat all the guys (J by just one point) and then proceeded to steadily get worse from there… It could have been the bowling alley gin and tonics that were my undoing. Big Red was the one who suggested that we have a round of G&Ts and set out to procure them from the sketchy looking bar at the back. The first set were awful as I sort of expected. I kept looking at my drink thinking something was not right. Then I remembered a neat trick that I saw on Pinterest. Tonic glows in black light! The snack bar operator come bartender had made our drinks with club soda by mistake! The drinks were not glowing. Once they were remade, they tasted so much better and looked really pretty too. Thanks, Pinterest! You helped me troubleshoot my bowling alley beverage! 🙂