Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Bowl Full of Cheerios

We managed to empty all four boxes of cereal and a jug of milk all in the same morning. How often does that happen?! And the cool thing was, that was after I had everyone choose what they wanted. I didn't even force anyone to eat a certain kind of cereal just so I could get rid of a box. It just magically happened. It made me happy.Now, if I could just magically get rid of all of these little guys at the same time. Any takers?They weren't nearly as easy to line up and get a picture of. This was take 10 and I finally just gave up. But aren't they cute?! You can have one if you like. I'll even throw in a bowl of cheerios.

Gourmet Desserts

Tonight we had a "Gourmet Desserts" Cooking Club. Thanks for the fun ladies. Here is what I came up with.
It was so fun to spend the morning creating. I loved making chocolate leaves and meringue shells. And then when I put it all together I felt such a sense of accomplishment. Lately I haven't been much of a homemaker so it felt good to put myself in that role again.
And Steph joined me as well. Anyone who reads her blog knows she is all about gourmet. She made the cute little chocolate pumpkin and turned a pumpkin roll into a gourmet dessert. She was also the one who took the pictures of our yummy desserts.
They taste even better than they look. I love food!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008


Stephanie has decided she has a new style. She calls it her Shabby Chic look. The shirt in this post is part of the new style. She looks super cute anytime she's sporting her new style. All this talk of style has made me reflect on my own style. I've been trying my hardest to figure out just what my style is. Conclusion: I have absolutely no style at all. Here's proof.

1. Stephanie stopped by while I was cleaning out my closets. One of the dresses that she forced me to get rid of was one that she wore to her 9th grade dance. Other clothes reminded her of past boyfriends she had when she would wear the clothes or places she had been. Most of my clothes are hand-me-downs from those who help me have a little style.

2. I still have not replaced the swans in the bathroom. For that matter, I still haven't replaced the fancy mirror/lights either.
3. Once I get myself to decorate something, which I never enjoy, it stays forever. It's all I can do it make it happen in the first place.

4. These are the only two things hanging on my walls in my bedroom. They are the only two things I've ever hung on my bedroom wall and it might just stay that way until I die. I've never painted my bedroom and have no decorations in it. It's the room I know no one will see so it's the one that's in true Heidi style=no style at all).

4. We still have the same super ugly, gold fireplace doors that were put in when the house was built in 1979. Someone with style would not be able to look at that day after day. Let alone for seven years! They would also struggle with the white dishwasher and microwave and the off-white oven. For sure that is breaking the style rules!
5. Heather recently told me that everything in my house is very functional, not stylish, just functional.

I could go on and on. But the beauty of it is, I just don't care. As I thought about trying to find myself a style (because when you hang out with someone who carries style off so well it makes you kind of want it) I realized that it is just a part of life that I don't really feel like I can pull off and when it comes down to it, I really don't want to. For whatever reason, it's very stressful for me to decorate anything and I only ever do it because I feel like that's what I'm supposed to do. Everyone else does! If it wasn't for peer pressure my house would have even less decoration that it already has. Not to mention the fact that I HATE shopping. And to have style you have to shop.

So this is my confession that I know that I have no style and that I'm very content with that fact. You don't even have to feel sorry for me! That doesn't mean that anytime I see Steph dressed up real cute I won't be a bit jealous, but if I can just hold on a few years I'm sure they will be handed down to me and I'll get my turn being Shabby Chic. (Hint, Hint!)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Happy Birthday Abbie!

Happy 9 years to you Miss Abbie! Abbie likes to have as much fun as possible so her birthday week was great. Now that she's older I don't have to do any party planning. She decided exactly what to eat, the games we should play, who to invite, what she would have for breakfast, lunch, dinner-every little detail. She's a planner like her mom.

At her B-day party (held a few days early because her actual birthday was a busy day) she wanted hot dogs, chips and pop. I put out some fruit in an attempt to make it at least a little healthy but noone was interested. Oh, and notice the missing front tooth. Abbie, also like her mom, has been very slow at losing teeth. Until this point she had only lost two. We were hoping she would lose another before her big party so when it fell out the day before we were all thrilled. Abbie picked classic games for her fall party. Donut on a string is always a hit. The adults had to try it as well-Rick was the champ. Steph and I were laughing to hard to swallow.
Bobbing for apples-The adults had no desire to try this one out but the kids liked it.
A pinata was also on the list of things that we had to do. I'm not so sure we'll ever try that one again. Too stressful for everyone. All of my kids cried at least once during it and I was sure someone was going to get hurt. But we survived and the kids will only remember the fun. Musical chairs was also on the list. I didn't get pictures of this but I did record what Emily was doing during it.
I love this picture! Taken right as Abbie was making a wish. I loved making birthday wishes as a kid. Magic. And notice the awesome cake! You can see a better picture of it on Steph's blog. She never ceases to amaze me. On Abbie's actual birthday we started the day with crepes for breakfast and then I sent her off to school. I had fun meeting her at school for lunch and was glad I made it through the four-minutes-of-silence without talking. Love that toothless grin!
Steph provided a B-day afternoon school snack and then Heather took over while I taught piano. They made grahm cracker castles and ate lots of candy. She went straight from Heather's to soccer practice where we brought cupcakes to share with the team.
Then she had her favorite dinner, salmon lingunie. She didn't eat much because of all the other yummy stuff she had eaten, plus she had to save room for donuts! Too much junk-I know. But it's a party! Steph had already made her fancy cake and I wouldn't even attempt to make one myself so this is what she got. Of course, it was what she requested as well. And here she is with her favorite present, a new pony for her dolls. The picture was supposed to be with just with her aunts because they gave her the pony, but I was feeling left out so I snuck in at the last minute. Abbie planned the perfect birthday for herself and had a perfect day (minus a few traumatic moments-probably a result of all the sugar she had that day!)I had to include this picture of Holly as well. We had given her a cookie, left the room and came back just moments later to find it smeared all over her face. Very impressive. And this picture of my lovely hairdo. I let Connor and Emily have at it and this is what they accomplished. They were both very proud of it and were mad when I finally said I was done.
Isn't life great?!