Saturday, June 24, 2017

My Go-To Homemade Dessert

A few years ago I went to a barbecue and said I would bring a dessert. My kids were napping, so I couldn't go out to buy anything.  I scoured my Pinterest boards and came across Funfetti Blondies from Baked By Rachel where I already had all of the ingredients on hand. Which, as you know, never happens. And, seriously, you too will likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry (butter, sugar, brown sugar, all purpose flour, salt, vanilla, eggs, sprinkles and chocolate chips).

What's great about this recipe is that the cook time has them come out perfectly underdone. You know the kind where you take a little bite out of the pan, then keep going back for more and next thing you know it's all gone. Or is that just me?

I am now known for this dish at a certain summer cookout. It's super easy and ready in about 25 minutes, so it's quick and delicious!  Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Find Me at My New Home

I will still periodically post here about my kids, but if you have been with me for the long haul (since 2008), I will be posting party ideas, things I love, tips, etc. on my public instagram page.  You can follow along here: Hope to see you over there!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

All caught up

I am not sure if I have mentioned this, but three out of five of my inlaws are eye doctors.  Around Christmas I kept noticing that Emmy was blinking a lot, so my sister-in-law said that my brother-in-law should really check out Emmy's eyes.  Sure enough, Emmy has a bad astigmatism and is very far-sighted. She was not at all excited about the glasses.  Like at all. But has come a long way and wears them daily now.  (If you are looking for a local eye doctor, my brother-in-law was awesome with her.)

To get her excited about glasses, I did get her a few things and would recommend this to anyone with a girl getting glasses. They definitely didn't get her excited, but I think the books helped a lot!

Bought her matching doll glasses on Amazon:

I also got her a doll that wore glasses. She honestly couldn't have cared less about the doll, but gave them to her on the day her glasses came in.

Another piece of advice I have is if you can, get another pair of glasses. We already had her break a pair and it was nice to have a second pair while they were fixing them.  Granted, I got a good deal since I am related to the eye doctor, so that may not be a feasible option depending on the glasses your child needs.

Emmy also started dance this spring. I like that her class is a mix of jazz, hip hop and gymnastics. She some days says she loves it and others doesn't, so we will see if we pick it back up again in the fall. 

On the other hand, this little guy LOVES soccer. I am not even kidding you. He is so athletic. He goes to Soccer City once a week and it is the highlight for sure. He talks about it, wants to wear his "soccer clothes" all the time and even loves to kick the balls at home. It really is so cute!

At soccer, they give the kids stamps when they are finished with their Little Kickers Class. Holden and Emmy tried to recreate that at home.  The price you pay for a little peace. Haaa!

We also took Holden and Emmy to bowl for the first time on a rainy, cold Saturday. They both had fun, but Emmy lost interest after about 30 minutes, but this boy didn't want to stop. Give him a ball (or a tv show) and he's happy. 

A big first for Emmy is she had her first sleepover at our house with her cousin! Tatum and Emmy play so amazingly well together. Tatum is so sweet and easy-going and always lets Emmy be the mommy. Ha.  Love their sweet imaginations.  Emmy says her one wish is that Tatum could be her real sister. How sweet is that?

This fall, Holden had ear infection after ear infection - three in six weeks. He gradually went from being such a sweet child to the.crankiest.child.ever. Even when he didn't have an ear infection.  We were referred to the ENT and he hadn't had an ear infection in a few weeks. So many people said to try the chiropractic route, and if I am being totally honest, ain't nobody got time for that. (Too many appointments per week, etc.)  Anyway, we decided to go ahead and do the surgery. 

He is honestly a changed child.  He still has his two-year old fits, but is sooooooo much sweeter and happier. Right after the surgery, the doctor came in and told me that Holden had so much yellow gunky fluid in his ears that he had to vacuum it out and his adenoids were so enlarged. So, all in all, glad we had it done!

Emmy and Tommy went skiing again around Spring Break with his family.  Emmy went to ski school and had a blast with her cousins.  At the time they made arrangements for the trip, Holden was seriously so cranky and wouldn't wear a coat, so I decided it would be easier to stay home with him. In retrospect, I think he would have done fine since he was feeling so much better. There's always next year. Ha.

Other than that, the kids are enjoying the spring!

Emmy and Holden also went to meet Peppa this weekend. Emmy and Tatum were huge fans (though Tatum broke the news to Emmy that it was just a person dressed up as Peppa - haaaa), Holden didn't want anywhere near her!

Hope to be better about posting now that we are all caught up!

New Years Eve

This New Year's Eve was a little more fun and festive than those from the past few years. It actually involved going somewhere and getting dressed up!  Tommy's cousin, who has become a good friend of mine, got married on New Years Eve at the Philbrook. Emmy was a flower girl and I came out of floral retirement to do her flowers.  I loved doing flowers again, loved it, but I am not interested in getting back into the business. That's a lot of hard work. My mom and my former floral partner and Maria's family helped a  ton.  The wedding didn't start until 7, which is around when Holden normally goes to bed, so we left him home for this one.  The kids had a great time dancing! Emmy is my night owl (and still early riser) and loves to have a good time with her cousins!

 Here are some pics from the night:

 The bouquet was as big as me.  Haaa! It definitely fits Maria's personality - go big or go home. Ha!

It was so fun to work with Brenna again. The floral bouquets for the tables were as big as us!

Emmy as a flower girl. 

So you can see the proportion of the bouquet with her dress. 

 The Philbrook still had up their handmade paper snowflakes and was gorgeous.

Also, for helping with the flowers, Maria got my hair done with her girls. OMG. I loved it. I have now invested a small fortune on curling wands, hair curling spray, hair spray, a hair glove so my hands don't get burned. Ha. 

I was seriously in love with my hair. For the record, I have literally had the exact same hair style since I was born. (Minus the awful bowl cut my mom gave me when I cut my own hair AND the bags. Ugh.) 

It really was a great way to ring in the New Year!

Since we last talked...

Soooo...I apparently forgot I had a blog. Ha. Here's what we have been up to since 2016!

We had a great Christmas season. It's my absolute most favorite time of the year and both kids were so into it this year! (Well, Holden, 2,  as much as he could be.) They both loved Christmas music and Emmy, 4,  LOVED decorating the tree. So much so, that she decorated my big tree, her little tree, SueSue's tree and Mimi's tree. Maybe I have a little interior designer on my hands.  Ha.

We literally packed every Christmas tradition into the month. Literally every one. Ha.

We spent almost all of our time with our cousins, which is always so super fun. Emmy and the girls decorated gingerbread houses. 

Emmy may really one day be Clark Griswold. She loves Christmas so much. 

We met Santa. Except for Holden. He's super NOT into any character of any kind. Still.

Went to the Philbrook gardens.

We made cookies for Santa.  

Made Christmas doll houses.

Made Christmas ornaments. 

 Went to the German American Society's Kristkindl Market. 

 Met a Yeti at Bristow's Christmas Unwrapped. 

Not pictured: the multiple times we went to look at Christmas lights and Emmy's sweet Christmas performance at school. :)

These pics were taken on Christmas Eve. Ha. We might have overdone it. Lol.
Actually, in the pic above, Holden had his second ear infection within a few weeks...I will get to that part of the story in another post.

And Christmas morning, Santa arrived and left the gifts under the kids' tree!

We celebrated on Christmas day with my inlaws (and mom and sister's family came, too) then we celebrated again on the 26th with my mom. 

I absolutely love this time of year and am so glad my kids share my enthusiasm for it as well.

I will do a few posts to catch up to today! 

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