Saturday, May 29, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The two boys in this picture can only be referred to as
cool cat daddios!
A nice passerby offered to take our picture in front of this lovely bamboo forest. She just so happened to have a camera identical to mine! Thanks lady, if you're out there!
Note to self:
Stop bending down in all the family pictures. It is neither flattering or necessary! No one ever said you have to be level with your kids for pictures. Everyone knows you are taller than them, as you should be.
Charlie (accidentally) got some sun on our little trip but I'm not really sure if it was sun or just redness from the heat because it was gone by the next morning. He was loving it while we were cruising him around in his stroller!
Here we waited patiently in line for the train while we watched in amazement at how the algae and moss that was floating on the pond in the background was sucked down a drainage pipe that was right beside us. It was so gross, however, we just couldn't look away!
I was mildly disappointed to see that they've moved the flamingos from the entrance of the park and have replaced them with parrots or macaws or whatever you want to call them. I mean, yes macaws are impressive, however, I think they lack the wow factor that the flamingos have. But that's just my opinion. And, if I recall, I don't think anyone from the zoo ever asked me what I thought about it.
The success of this trip has emboldened us to venture out as a family more often, and that excites me!
(This trip to the zoo happened a month before our trip to Chattanooga, but I am just now posting the pictures from it!).
Brave we've become.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
You start out with just a standard pack of Oreos. I think next time I may try double-stuf but I can't vouch for how those might turn out because I've never tried it.
You put them in a food processor (or a blender might work as well) but I don't think you could crush them up fine enough by hand and I'll show you why.
It needs to be about this consistency to make the creamy texture necessary for the next steps. Andy no, I did not remove the cream. It will be black like all you used was the cookie, but I promise the cream is in there.
This is what is will look like and it is moist to the touch.
Then I bought these miniature cookie cutters because the original directions from the website I linked earlier called for a small flower shaped cookie cutter to make the bottoms of the
I bought these colored candy wafers that worked perfectly for dipping once they were melted. They also came from Hobby Lobby. Be sure you follow the melting directions precisely like when it tells you to use the defrost setting on your microwave, DO IT, trisha.
We used the bottle cap I mentioned earlier to narrow the bottoms of some of the balls, which we then dipped in brown chocolate and let dry. Once that had dried, we dipped the top in colored chocolate and added the decorations that made it look like a mini-cupcake! So cute!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
They are three of a kind.
It seems surreal sometimes to think that I have three sons. I mean I'm still the cool party girl that snagged the hottest guy around, who just turned twenty-one and only works three days a week, spending all the other days doing whatever I want to do, right?
What? What's that you say? That's not me anymore?
Because in my head it still is.
Anyway, Arch the Barch and Ava Tolbs were in prime condition in their matching bows(his bowtie, her hairbow) that Trisha made! He was just starting to toddle around these days.
We tried so hard to get him to walk that day that he went on a one week walking strike, simply proving what I already knew to be true.
You don't mess with the Arch.
Taiden Elizabeth made her appearance and she was a precious angel! So stinkin' cute! Mikey seems to think she looks like me, and I can't disagree because Ava and Teagan don't even begin to look like me at all, so I take that as a compliment! Can't wait to get to babysit them sometime soon! I need some femininity around here, and so does Ava Claire!
Mikey needs a daughter. I still feel like there's one out there for us. He is a great dad to sons, obviously, but he'd be incredible for a daughter. I still want that for both of us! But want is all I can do!
Mom made all the kids ( even Charlie and Taiden) matching chocolate bunny shirts with their names monogrammed on them. They were so cute!
Archer is chillaxin' in the lounger out in the beautiful weather!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
and at the sale at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Gardendale!
I bought this $160 highchair for $60 and I swear it looks like it's never been used! It matches our kitchen table and chairs almost perfectly.
Our table is counter-height (that's just a fancy name for those tables that are taller than normal ones) and this reaches right up to it, and the wood stains are almost identical!
Now on to some of the big boys buys (they are in the same size clothes, so they share a closet, and everything that goes into that closet!
2 color coordinated Gap T-shirts $10.00
Ralph Lauren swimsuit: $8.00
It feels so good knowing all the money I've saved!