Monday, November 26, 2007

Holiday Cheer

How was everyone's holiday?

Good, I hope.

Ours was pleasant. We dined at my parents house on Thanksgiving. It's the first time in a few years that we haven't had two places to eat at that day. Rodney's parents went to Mississippi this year so only half the food! (and honestly, thank goodness for the reprieve) I helped my mom and brought a few dishes of my own. Nothing super spectacular. Just some very southern, whipped banana pudding, green bean casserole and some garlic whipped mashed potatoes.

The day prior I had a customer pick up my version of the Thanksgiving turkey. You won't find any bones or meat in this turkey. Just spongy cake and vanilla buttercream. Of course there's a few fondant vegetables thrown in and some drumsticks/ wings made of rice krispy treats as well!

Did I mention that it snowed here on Thanksgiving? IT SNOWED! We usually get some snowfall here in North Texas but I don't think any of us expected it on Thursday! What a nice surprise, it was beautiful.

Other than that...

We did a little research on the black friday sales that were happening this year and decided that some things were worth the mayhem. So Rodney bundled himself up in 3 or 4 layers of clothes, hats, socks and with his iPod, gameboy and blanket in tow, he headed up to Toys R Us Friday morning at 1:30. He was 12th in line. We don't normally participate in these kinds of things but they just so happened to have a sale on the bounce house we wanted to get Rylee. Miles' Christmas present was also on sale, as was Rodney's dad. (can't mention them here for obvious reasons) He somehow managed to get all three items when they opened the doors at 5. There were 500 people in line.

What's even crazier than that? When we were driving home from my parents house Thursday evening, we drove by a Best Buy and there were already at least 60 people in line.

IT WAS 6:30!

We ventured out Friday afternoon, Saturday and yesterday. We got quite a bit of shopping done. We're almost done with both of our family's. I think we have one of my brothers left and a few friends. I went and got about 80% of Rylee's shopping done this morning, so we're close to being done with that as well. I still need to shop for the boy and he needs to shop for me. I did get one thing for him over the weekend - he knows about it because I made him stop by and get it after toys r us (he figured it out earlier in the day) - a shop vac.

For any of you mommy's out there who like Babystyle - they are having a decent sale going on right now. 40 % off of one clothing item, buy one get one half off toys and books. I took advantage this morning.

I forgot to show you guys - this is how Rylee's room turned out with the new decals!

I'm happy with the way they came out but MAN! They were a pain to put up. My right index finger still has a blister.

And now, I'm very pleased to show you all this cookie cutter. My wonderful husband MADE this for me. I wanted something to match the invites for Rylee's party and after searching online, in craft stores and several different cake shops, I figured I wasn't going to get what I looking for. I just so happened to stumble upon an article on Cake Central that gave instructions for making cookie cutters and I sent them to Rodney to see if he thought we could pull it off. He came home with this:

EXACTLY what I was looking for!

If anyone ever needs a personalized cookie cutter or something along those lines, we're taking orders now!

What are you guys asking for, for Christmas? Have you done any shopping yet?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Exhaustion City

Well, it came and went.

Half-way through the day and I felt like I was going to fall over. Parties are a lot of work!

(pictures to follow)

I started to feel sort of under the weather Saturday evening and got progressively worse Sunday. I've just been feeling very achey and tired. My throat's a little sore and it's been sneeze city for me lately too.

I had a small cake to make on Sunday, which I was able to do pretty easily. Yesterday was Rylee's 2 year check up and after dealing with her there, I got home and realized that I'd completely forgotten about a cake I was supposed to make for Tango for today. So, on top of the very elaborate turkey cake I had to start on, I needed to begin another. We ran to the cake shop for some more supplies and to the store for even more supplies. I came home and started working. I worked from about 1pm until 3:30 am. I haven't been that tired in a really, really long time. Thank goodness I had Rodney here to help me. I'd probably still be working on that cake for Tango if he hadn't been here.

Birthday Pics!

The Cake

The cheesecake cups I made!

The Flowers:

The Cookies:

Before the party, blowing up some balloons:

The birthday girl!

One half of the food:

On the menu was:

Italian Lasagna, Mexican Lasagna
Green Salad with choice of black beans, tomatoes, corn salsa, cheese, ranch or italian dressing
cold spinach dip in a bread bowl with wheat thins or tortilla chips
Chocolate Cheesecake Cups
Pecan Sandies
Pomegranate Lemonade
Cookie favors and birthday cake! (a strawberry tier and a vanilla tier)

Opening gifts:


Just like Mommy's (works too)

Cake time!


Miles, on one of Rylee's new presents

Bounce house mania!

The party was great. Great people, great talks. A special thanks goes out to Jess, who came over and helped me get everything together and ready! I think this might have been the easiest party we've ever done together! It was also pretty fun doing everything in the new space, made things a lot easier! Rodney was also a pretty big help, he did all of the dishes after the party and worked really hard on the yard the morning of. Oh! And to The Davis family for volunteering their bounce house! What a good time for the kiddos!

Now it's time to start on the NYE party!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Be my little Baby

My baby girl turns two this Saturday.

My baby girl turns two this Saturday!

At this time, two years ago, I was probably at my doctors office getting checked for my high blood pressure. Waiting, hoping and praying that she would come soon.

I can't believe it's been two years and that today my daughter said, "what's wrong mommy? need me kiss you owie? I kiss it. Is okay Mommy? I'll be right back. Two seconds"

She's such an amazing little girl. She's definitely got a lot me in her and it's joy to watch her grow every day. It's a honor to be her mommy!

A quick look back, over the last two years.

Just born

Happy Birthday (2 days early) Rylo!