Buzz-Cut, Carrot Cake, Food, Festivities Kind of Weekend

What a great weekend. But before I start in on our fun weekend and birthday festivities for Bill, I just have to post this picture of Erin from the other night. She had just finished eating pizza and we gave her a popsicle to hold for the first time by herself. Results below:

Last night we went out to Fells Point with friends to celebrate Bill’s birthday (it’s on Feb 28). This morning I got up with the kids, took them to church, then out for a bagel. Next to the bagel place was our usual barber shop. So Will said to me, “Mommy, I think I need a haircut. I need a buzzcut.” So after we got our bagels and came home, Bill buzzed Will’s hair. It looks adorable!! I love it, and he does, too!

Mid-buzz

Handsome!

When the kids went down for a nap (well, only 1 of them slept. Guess which one didn’t?! That’s right, WILL!) I made icing for the carrot cake I made for Bill yesterday (recipe from America’s Test Kitchen). Carrot cake is Bill’s favorite cake and actually one of the only cakes he will ever eat! He’s a lucky man – carrot cake from scratch! But I’m not going to pretend I’m a baker or that I have it all together. It was a total mess as I was making it yesterday. The kids were crazy and cranky and the kitchen was a disaster and I made the supposed to be 2-layer cake unevenly, which resulted in a 3-layer cake :) . Anyways, that’s a whole other story and I will still post my cake photos PROUDLY!

After this, I NAPPED! When the kids woke up, we got together with my family and our in-laws for an early birthday dinner for Bill at Sakura (a hibachi restaurant). It was especially fun because my dad and my younger sister had just returned from a week long mission trip with our church in Costa Rica. My sister in-law went to Costa Rica, too, and was home until Monday morning before heading back to college in NH. It was fun as always.

After dinner, we had carrot cake and gave Bill his presents.

Messy but yummy!

Of course, Will and Erin lucked out from Mom-Mom ;-) Erin got 2 adorable outfits and BOY OH BOY did she LOVE them! I have never seen her react that way to clothes or any present before. She ran around the house holding the 2 hangers babbling, yelling, laughing, and dancing. I wish I could’ve captured it. I tried to get a picture but she wouldn’t stand still for me.

I realized tonight I didn’t even have a picture of the birthday boy! But since his actual birthday is on the 28th I have some time to come up with something.

All in all, it was a fun-full-filled weekend and now I am exhausted. Good-night to everyone and I hope you all had as great of a weekend as I did!

Chill Pill

It’s a Friday night and oddly enough I got the energy and motivation to go to the gym, which never (I mean never) happens on a weekend, especially a Friday! So I get the kids to bed and head to the gym only to be dissapointed. It was closed early for maintenance! I couldn’t believe my luck. So, driving home I did some thinking.

I’ll back up a tad. I’ve been looking for a computer. Be it Netbook, Laptop, or MacBook. Tonight I found a great deal on ebay and bid on it, but was outbid moments later. I was pretty dissapointed and felt like I’d *never* find the right computer (that’s right, I said never. I was being that dramatic). Bill said, “well, I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.” So I thought, maybe he’s right. Maybe I just need to hang tight and simmer down. About 5 minutes later, I got an email saying that the person who outbid me couldn’t purchase the item, and I was offered it again. I guess it was meant to be!

So when I realized the gym was closed, I tried to tell myself that “working out just wasn’t meant to be for tonight.” Instead, I decided to grab a bottle of wine on my way home, write a post, and dress up in bright reds for a photo shoot. Not to mention spend some quality time with Bill.

Moral of today: Slow down, take a chill pill, and stop worrying about the things I can’t control. They will work themselves out!

Thanks to Bill for his amazing photography skills!

Fashion Fun

I’m so excited about today’s post! The idea started when I bought a new pair of pants – and they are green!! I love them and wanted to take a picture to show ‘em off. My amazing husband, Bill, is the one in charge of these AWESOME shots. Along with my green pants, I also decided to include pictures of some of my favorite pieces of jewelery.

In addition to the stupendous green pants and jewelry, the idea snowballed and got even better when Will came downstairs this morning fully dressed and I thought it would be so fun to add him in, too. The thing about Will is, Bill and I both believe that it’s awesome for Will to dress as he wants in whatever he wants (of course, not shorts in winter), but you know what I mean. It’s a way for him to express himself and it’s a battle I don’t think is important enough to fight with him. Granted, I always make sure to tell him if I don’t think something matches, and when he comes home saying his friend didn’t like something he was wearing, I always offer to help him pick something out. But even after these things, he has never stopped picking out his own clothes, and I LOVE that about him!! In his pictures, notice his folded up pants to expose some of the orange lining – also one of my favorite things he does :)

Shirt and pants from New York & Company

Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Personalized necklace from The Vintage Pearl

Michael Kors Ring

Michael Kors Watch

Thanks again, Bill, for the pictures!

Weekend Randomness

Phew! What a weekend and it’s only Saturdy night – 2 more days off to go! Today’s post is about silly randomness!

First off, on Thursday I brought Will’s sheets and blanket home from day care to wash and on Friday when I went to pick them up again, there was a plastic bag with my *clean* underwear in it. Lovely! I guess it somehow got mixed up when Bill washed his sheets the night before.

Today, Bill and I started the afternoon off right to an awesome run in the woods near our house. What a great workout and what a beautiful day!

Also today, Erin took notice of the camera on my iPhone. She really enjoyed making faces at herself. I had to snap a few shots!

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Will and I were also able to entertain Erin by tying a shoelace to her binky and walking her around with it. You wouldn’t believe how entertaining that is to a child!

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Last but certainly not least, Bill cut up my New York & Company credit card tonight after my latest shopping spree. Although I might add it was completely necessary because I needed new pants/shirts desperately. I am not, however, justifying the use of a store credit card. I should have never gotten it in the first place :( This is why I don’t own a credit card – it just gets me into trouble. BUT NOT ANYMORE!!

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Also, until I figure out something different or stop being lazy and start using the desktop computer, this is my setup. Not sure what to make of it.

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I’d say so far we’ve had a pretty good weekend! How about you?!

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Valentine’s Day Food & Fun

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I was so excited about making valentine’s day fun for the kids this year. When they woke up this morning they came downstairs to some chocolate and balloons (YES, chocolate for breakfast)! Will had a nice party at school with snacks, v-day cards, and a craft. I made the kids homemade mac & cheese for dinner – one of my favorites (I’ll write the recipe below), and after dinner we decorated heart cookies with icing and sprinkles.

It turned out ANYTHING but relaxing. So silly and not how I had planned at all – it was so laughable. For starters, Will and Bill weren’t hungry for dinner, and Erin didn’t like it (I, for one, DID enjoy it). Then the cookies were a total mess! And to top it off they made Erin cry. I am still perplexed by this little incident; what child or adult cries at cookies?! There were icing and sprinkles on almost every surface of the table and counter, as well as on my work clothes, Will’s face, and Erin’s shirt.

It was so fun and funny! I will always remember this valentine’s day.

Enjoy some pictures from our day, and check out the mac & cheese recipe below from America’s Test Kitchen.

Good Morning!

Decorating cookies...or...eating the icing :p

...still perplexed...

Creamy Stovetop Mac ‘N’ Cheese

8 ounces macaroni (2 cups)
Salt
2 large eggs
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1 tsp dry mustard, dissolved in 1 teaspoon water
1/4 tsp Tabasco
Pepper
4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
12 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (3 cups)

(If you want some crunchy crumbs for the top, use cracker crumbs. Ritz crackers work well. You can substitue Monterey Jack or Colby cheese for the cheddar in this recipe.)

1. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large pot for the macaroni. Stir in 1 1/2 tsp salt and the macaroni and cook until almost tender but still a little firm to the bite.

2. Meanwhile, mix together the eggs, half of the evaporated milk, the mustard mixture, Tabasco, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.

3. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Set the pot over low heat and stir in the butter until melted.

4. Stir in the egg mixture and half of the cheddar. Continue to cook over low heat, gradually stirring in the remaining milk and cheddar, until the mixture is hot and creamy, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

The Food Fairy

Do you have a food fairy? Do you know what a food fairy is? Well we have a food fairy here in our household. He brings assortments of delicious foods right into our house – even stocks the cabinets overnight. He will bring lots of goodies! All you have to do is wish for him to come.

Ok, we don’t really have a food fairy. We have “the peapod man,” as Will calls him. And I’m pretty sure Will believes all of the things I wrote above. For any mom (or even dad) who never feels as though they have the time or energy to go grocery shopping after the kids are in bed or during the day and missing out on your kids, I strongly encourage you to try Peapod from Giant. It has made my life a whole lot easier! I know this sounds a bit like an advertisement, but it’s really just a tip for anyone who has never heard of it or always wanted to try it but weren’t sure if they wanted to.

So, what are you waiting for? Get online and order ;-)

Understanding Lego Mania

Growing up, my favorite things to play with were purses, barbies, dolls, and things of the like. I never played with Legos and never had an interest, or, as I recently found out, an understanding of what “Lego Mania” really means.

When Will turned 5, Bill decided to introduce him to Legos since he played with them all through his childhood. Little did I know how completely awesome they are or how interested Will would be in them! This past weekend Bill brought out his Legos from when he was a kid – a huge box. And now…I’m hooked!

Our weekend consisted of hours upon hours in Will’s room putting different silly things together. Even Erin decided she wanted to participate and wade through the massive amount of Legos. Today we took a family trip to the LEGO store and let Will pick out something to put together tonight – my first Lego building project ever! And let me tell you, if you’ve never bought Legos and put them together out of the box – DO IT! It was so fun, especially to do with Will. Here are some pictures from our weekend:

Bill's old collection

Set-up

Finished!

It wouldn't be "Lego Mania" if we didn't tear it apart and create something different afterwards!

 

 

“Those” Shoes

I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.
– Tammy Faye Bakker

Tammy Faye Bakker – I don’t really know anything about you, but you are absolutely correct.

After such a crazy Friday and Saturday, feeling as though I didn’t even have a chance to catch my breath, I was looking forward to an early bed time for the kids and a nice quiet evening with Bill watching the Super Bowl with some snacks and much needed adult beverages. Sparing you the details – that’s not how my picture perfect night turned out.

Needless to say, I arrived at work on Monday morning feeling more exhausted than ever and pretty much (shall I even admit?) useless. I needed “me” time, and I needed it badly! So I stopped my pity party at about 11:00 am with a little coaxing from Bill and decided to take matters into my own hands. I went to Fells Point in Baltimore and did some retail therapy. That’s right! I lost the guilt – lost the pity party – lost the “perfect organized” Mom facade and shopped.

Know what I found? You guessed it – I found “those” shoes. You know, the ones that are just perfect? That match with almost every item in your wardrobe? That make you feel pretty and hip? “Those” shoes, and they actually taught me something. It IS ok to let the Mom role go every once in a while and do some things for myself. It’s the only way to catch my sanity!

So next time I’m feeling overwhelmed or down, I’ll just pick up “those” shoes that I bought on my escapade to Fells Point, and remind myself that I can still be spontaneous, daring, and cool!