Thursday, May 12, 2016

In the kitchen

There's cake. Every event calls for cake as the grand finale' for a any accomplishment. 

The recital after party was no exception. Ballerina cakes were googled and we came up with these. 

The little dancer choose #3 and the adults in charge choose #4. So we do both. 
For #3 we ordered a Wilton molded doll dress pan which was exactly the shape you see in the picture. It took 2 boxes of cake mix. Cooked for over 60 minutes because it's so much batter in that funny looking pan. Bought a Barbie Ballerina. Wrapped the Barbie torso and legs in Cling Wrap to put into the hole of the cake skirt that was cut out from the small  top end down thru to the wide bottom. It was easy. Pink icing spread all about and pink crystals thrown around on the wet icing. I'm the first to admit I'm not a cake decorator, so don't judge too harshly. 

The original and the duplicate. 

Then the #4 was a no brainier. We ordered it from the bakery. Here's the original idea and the duplicate. 

The bakery 2-tier cake was pretty and neat and so delicious as a bakery cake should be. 

The "other" one served its purpose for the delight in a little girl's eyes to see a Barbie Ballerina in a cake that she chose. The Barbie came out of the cake nice and clean for a token of the day. 

Maybe too much was done for a small affair. I do tend to go overboard on everything. It's the lasting impressions (good or bad) that make the memories. 

Go big or go home, I say. 


Monday, May 9, 2016

The Weekend

You May is loaded with fun so far with a birthday, a play date, a Mother's Day, and a first dance recital. 

A Birthday 
Happy Birthday to our oldest. He's a busy guy with work, family, boating and dirt bike/four wheeler riding interest. 

A Play Date 
Me and my little man spent the day together while his parents were with friends for the Tickfaw 200, an annual fundraiser poker run on the river. That is where boats register with the charity and then make designated stops along the river and collect donations from spectators for the charity. Over four hundred boats from the southeast were registered for this years event. 

I guess you could say this was his parents play date with their friends on a beautiful spring day. 

Our play date was a little different than theirs. We rode bikes, played ball, watered the veggie garden, took a walk around the block and helped ourselves to plenty of snacks. 

It may look dangerous, but no injuries were had during snack time. He just insisted on getting his own cup and bowls and things. 

A Mother's Day 
Everyday is Mother's Day. I don't take one day out of the year to make extra special. Probably because I don't have a living mother or mother figure in my life so I make the most of me being a mother everyday of the year. I cherished all my cards from the day, the lunch, the cake, and spending the day with family. Here's to all Mother's, everyday, all year long. 

A First Dance Recital 
We've waited for this all school year long for her first recital at three and a half years old. And we were not disappointed. 
She gave it her all on stage and off stage.

 Her group performance was to "Who's afraid of the big bad wolf", and they were the little pigs. She was lively and did all her steps to the routine, maybe they weren't all in unison, but they were cute. 

How they act so grown up one minute and then can certainly throw a tantrum the next minute. 

Baby sister was right there to cheer her on. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Upon returning

After being gone a few days, I arrived back home expecting to see grass and weeds growing out of control and flowers and plants dry and panting for water. 

But, the grass is green and flowers and blooms are everywhere. I came home to an ancient rose bush that survives everything that comes its way. I don't even know it's name. 

It's flowers are huge with layers and layers of petals. And it's fragrance is that of any favorite perfume. 

It's an old bush and has been neglected,  sad to say. It needs some TLC this weekend. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Helllloooo from Coyote Canyon

We couldn't say no to an invitation from our oldest to Arkansas RV camping with them and their friends. 

Though, the objective is to supply housing and backup support for their little one while they were on treacherous four wheeler trails with adults. 

While the adults were away in the daytime we blew bubbles, rode the little bike, searched for bouncy balls that bounced behind the couch, and rode into town one day. 

The adults first day was a 72 mile rocky boulders trail up the mountain. The second day was a 68 mile easy trail with caves and small water falls.  

The third day was the easiest day with a short easy trail ride for all with a little rock climbing, water falls, and mountain creeks. 

And river rock skipping and throwing rocks to splash. 

We collected a few rocks to take home. I came away with a real white quartz rock. Not quite big enough to redo my kitchen counter tops though. 

Sharing the RV life. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Home Spa Day

Company came. So we made it a girls day with dress-up, a make-over, and a mani-pedi. 

What mawmaw wouldn't make it extra special, extra fun. Even if the mom and dad needed to chill just a bit. I don't know why the parents were getting a little  nervous. 

She did my face, too. She kinda went with the Monster High look of those dolls that are on the shelves in the stores. 

Then the mani-pedi. She was so in to this. Her mom polishes her nails and toes often. But it's just something new when you're allowed to have complete control and do it yourself. 

Tho, there were a few spills on the floor, and on the clothes and I had to act like and say everything was fine, no problem.

Her mom gave in and let her do hers after I persuaded and bribed her to participate in the fun. 

I think the mom actually enjoyed the moment.

Company left. What happens at mawmaws stays at mawmaws. 

The parents wanted to kill me for letting their child do this. Especially when I was out of nail polish remover when it got time to clean her up. We did get the make up off and get her back to clean. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Team Care

I played the part of chauffeur, doctor, nurse, pet sitter, medication giver, and all around house guest while my patient has oral surgery and recuperates. 

Funny how everyone laughs and has a lot to say except the patient.  

I'm protecting the innocent here with a photo edited picture with a hat because we all know we don't want our picture taken when looking our best is not a priority in pain mode. 

Well wishers came with comfort food and to check in on her which makes for an easy job for me. 

TEAM CARE consisting of me, her dog, and all her well wishers and deliverers of food did a fine job getting her well. 

Just call me and I'll be there. 

Whenever you call me, I'll be there
Whenever you want me, I'll be there
Whenever you need me, I'll be there
I'll be around, yeah

Whenever you call me, I'll be there
Whenever you want me, I'll be there
Even if I have to call, I'll be there
I'll be around

Just call me on the phone, I'll be there
I'll never leave you alone, I'll be there
Just call out my name you know I know you know
I'll be around

 The Spinners - I'll Be Around Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring in the wilderness

It's been spring for a while. Way before the official day on March 21st or so. Only complaint has been the rain, the floods, and more rain. 

But things are shining bright and giving shout outs to spring. 

Azaleas were the first to welcome spring. The bridal wreaths are cascading down with white. Roses have tiny buds bursting open. Deep purple iris' are in full showing. 

And lavender wisteria hanging around beautifully. This one wisteria combined from two plants on the front fence at the roads. They began as tiny wild runners that we pulled up along a deserted side of the road about 7 years ago and replanted them at the fence. They grow and grow and grow and bloom and bloom and bloom every year at the beginning of spring. 

The only down side is they don't last very long. The flowers will be gone very soon and only an abundance of green leaves will be there. So it has to be enjoyed and shared while its at its peak. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hello April

The first two days of April have been gloomy with a little sun peeking out now and then. It makes me antsy and fidgety. I need something to do to calm me down. 

I went by Hobby Lobby to get my fix. Fabric and fancy trim is good medicine. 

My vision for a Singing in the Rain themed preliminary pageant for Our Little Miss is a spin off on rain gear colors and duck print fabric. 

It quite possibly will all come together in a few days. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Good Friday Camping

We are one year into our RVing trips. So plans were made for a one year trip RV-ersary with some of the family. We democratically choose the place nearest to everyone to make it a holiday event so they could come and go or stay and go home for Sunday Church day. 

We booked Natalbany Creek Campground. It had good reviews, Easter activities for kiddos, and less than an hour from everyone. 

Friday was arrival, set up, and Easter decor. My special purchase of a six foot enflatable bunny from Amazon took center stage for the two day activities. 

Egg dyeing was a success. Thirty-six eggs were dyed, glittered, stickered, and a few cracked and a few eaten. 

Little ones and adults alike were all hands on with the egg fun. 

The campfire took care of cooking our dinner of hotdogs and polish sausage and chili and s'mores. This is like the best way to cook with no mess. No work. No clean up. Each cook their own meal. That rates a 10 !!

Turning in for the night didn't happen till midnight because Cohen informed everyone he was staying up all night. He almost made it. He and I were the last ones to snooze off. 

Saturday would be campground activities day with a scheduled egg hunt, a parade,   and splash pad fun. 

We weren't admitted into the egg hunt because while waiting in the lineup the announcement to show your orange wrist band for admittance was made and I had forgotten to give ours out. I had received the participation orange wrist bands for each of us at the time of arrival on Friday and had put them aside and forgot about them and ruined the egg hunt for us. 

The above picture is the start of the hunt without us. The picture below is us on our lonely way back to our site.

Note: We had our own egg hunt later on during the day at our own campsite area with eggs filled with candy. 

The parade had the Bunny as the Grand Marshall and other campers following in their decorated golf carts. 

Candy, beads, and toy novelties were thrown to parade watchers as we watched from our campsite view.

We made it to the splash pad for a short while. Good it wasn't crowded. Bad the water was not warm as the brochure stated it was a heated pool and splash pad. 

We ended the evening riding bikes around the park and playing in a sandpile behind our site. Then Pizza. Baths. And everyone leaves to be home on Easter Sunday morn. 

I rate all RV trips we take. This one being a seven out of ten.  Location. Clean. Activities/Entertainment. It was good, but  not over the top. 

It was a Happy Easter. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016