The Birthday Recap

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 🙂

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday to Us!

 

 

Cosmic Bowling

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!  🙂

Beach Fishing

Our ridiculously mild winter carries on here in Florida and as a result, the beach fishing has been great!   We brought the poles down to the beach a couple of times last weekend and ended up with a few keepers- 2 whiting and 2 sheepshead.  The guys caught a bunch of tiny jacks that we released.  Big Red managed to reel in a sting ray.  We even ordered pizza one night for dinner from the only local place that is willing to deliver to a beach access.  I love living here!

Here are a few photos from our time at the beach:

And here are pictures of the pretty moonrise and sunset from Saturday.

To say that we’re spoiled living here would be an understatement.

Waffle Saturday!

Guess who got a new double waffle iron for Christmas?!  Yahoo!  I love waffles almost as much as Donkey from Shrek.  J had been paying attention when I raved about the Hampton Inn waffle makers each time we’ve stayed at one of their hotels.  Now I have my very own!

I got up on Saturday morning thinking about how good waffles would be for breakfast and decided to finally take my new toy out of its box.

The boys and I whipped up this quick batter that made six big waffles:

Waffle Batter

2 eggs

2 c. of all-purpose flour

1 3/4 c. milk

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1 tbsp sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat waffle iron.  Beat eggs until fluffy.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth.  Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray.  I used the measuring cup that came with the waffle iron to scoop and pour each waffle.  Cook until golden brown (or until the time went off, in my case).  Enjoy!

Wildman had blueberry syrup on his and Cutie Pie opted for my favorite- straight up, pure maple syrup!  Mmmm!  The whole family gave two thumbs up!

  

Um, Merry Christmas?

I really have no excuse for why I’ve been an absentee blogger except to say that the holidays did, in fact, swallow me whole and just now spit me out the other side…  Do you feel that way?  We had some kind of craziness or activity every single day leading up to Christmas.  All good things but all serious time drains.  I’ve got a ridiculous amount of photos to share that I will now dump into this post.  I want to end this year by remembering all of the amazing things we did this holiday season yet I know this isn’t the most appropriate way to present this information.  But what am I gonna do?  I simply ran out of time to post each story individually…  Perhaps things will be better in 2012 in terms of blogging consistently?  Well, better in terms of everything would be really nice too.

Let’s see, I left off blogging on December 13th…  What happened next?  Oh, yes!  Our city’s annual Santa-on-the-fire-truck tradition.  He came zooming by our house at 9:30 PM on December 15th.  We’d been hearing him since 6:30 pm and had waited outside pretty much the entire time.  At 9 PM, I finally had the kids get into bed thinking he was not coming down our street after all.  Then the music and sirens got louder and louder.  The boys shot out of bed just in time to see Santa go speeding by our house!

I also invited Cutie Pie’s preschool class over for lunch during the last week of school before winter break.  We had a yummy assortment of preschool-friendly foods with plenty of pizza, salad and sangria for the moms 🙂  Then the kids camped out in front of the television to watch the new Ice Age Christmas movie on DVD.

Cutie Pie’s preschool Christmas program was on Friday, December 16th.  It struck me while sitting in the audience surrounded by all of the loving friends and family that this will be our last Christmas program at the preschool…  Cutie Pie will be entering Kindergarten in the fall and Eastminster will become a distant memory for him.  Bittersweet, indeed.  And see that little girl with the white fur trimmed dress in the first picture?  Her mom informed me that their entire family will be moving to Shanghai with her husband’s work in March.  It’s an exciting adventure for them but it will be so sad to see them go.  Wildman was in the three’s class with her middle son and Cutie Pie is now in VPK with her youngest daughter.  It’s funny how lives overlap and you get used to seeing the same familiar faces everyday and then one day they’re gone for whatever reason.  You realize how much you enjoyed their company over the years.

Saturday, December 17th brought the Satellite Beach Boat Parade!  It was our first time participating.  We were so excited to be a part of this cool Florida Christmas tradition!  We left the dock with Big Red, his kids and our across-the-street neighbors at 5 PM.  The parade began at the north entrance to the Grand Canal at 6 PM.  The weather could not have been more perfect- clear with wonderfully mild temperatures.

On Saturday night, after the boat parade, we quickly changed into our best vintage polyester and headed over to our friends’ Disco Funk Christmas Party!  What a crazy fun evening!

The Sunday before Christmas brought sugar cookie decorating with the cousins and breakfast for dinner!

We delivered Christmas goodies to the neighbors and hosted a little family party for Wildman’s 7th birthday on Monday, December 19th.  He insisted on an Angry Birds cake from Publix and was thrilled with all of his amazing gifts including a sweet child-size kayak from J and I.

On December 20th, we hosted a little beach bonfire for Wildman’s classmates to celebrate the last day of school before winter break and also roast s’mores in honor of Wildman’s birthday.

This post has grown much too long!  Looks like I will have to break it up into two.  Stay tuned!

A Surprise

It’s not secret that my dad and I don’t have a relationship.  So, it came as quite a surprise when a huge package arrived from him on our doorstep last week.  I know he’s trying to reach out to his grand kids and I’m trying to keep an open mind.  It really was a thoughtful gift considering model trains are his hobby.  The boys were over the moon to receive a train for around our Christmas tree.

I’ve always wanted one too.

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