Thursday, June 9, 2016

Holiday RVing

I gave tribute and honor on Memorial Day to all those who served our country for our freedom. 

We celebrate with red, white, and blue for the USA and as the beginning of summer. And includes outside food and some form of water. 

We made it a RV trip with all the holiday trimmings. 

Red, White and Blue
The flag flying high. And on the table cloth.  We said the Pledge Allegiance several times, hoping to instill the tradition in the kids.

Red, white and blue festive head bands to wear while watching the parade go by. 

Even the pets were in sync.

The food 
We needed food for three days of RVing with eleven people coming and going. Each couple was assigned a meal to plan and prepare. Food included: 

🍔 the must have dogs and burgers and condiments. 

🍲 jambalaya with beans and salad 

🎏 fish dinner freshly cooked 

🍳 eggs, pancakes and bacon for breakfast each day

🍪 And everything in between. 

Water Fun
There was pool play and splash pad fun. And a giant water slid that we were too little to really want to participate in. 

There was beach balls and bubble blowing, s'mores and bike riding, and a parade.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Baby Blue

A grandbaby boy of a friend of my sister is expected soon. So here's a little welcome for the little one that I was asked to make. 

A baby blue blanket and booties to snuggle him in. Congratulations and best wishes to the family. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Birthday

The Minnie Mouse birthday girl turned two. She was one happy little girl. 

She wore her Minnie Mouse outfit I made for her. 

She blew out her own candle. 

The adults enjoyed her cake, ice cream, and Minnie Mouse cutout decorated cookies. And there was jambalaya, pastalaya, beans, and rolls. 

She had plenty of help opening her gifts. 

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Friday, June 3, 2016

New to me

My trusty ride, sidekick, home on wheels, dining on the go,  etc. for 13 years has been replaced. His name is Brad. (Haven't you seen the car insurance commercial?) With 299k miles it was time, especially since things haven't been going so well with him with his old age,  aches,  and pains. 

So I went from that to this. 

I've christened her Felicity. We're on the road again. I'm treating her with kid gloves for now. But I'm sure that won't last very long. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

It's A Minnie Mouse Thing

A Minnie Mouse birthday outfit is being created for a 2 year old. 

I've had the most re-cuts, rip-outs and seam-redo's on this than I've had in a long, long time. I'm holding my breath that it is successful. I need it in 3 days. 

With a little sparkle. A lot of bows. Ruffles everywhere. It should be a hit and blend in with all the Minnie bday banners, cake, and props. 

It's gonna be a Minnie Mouse Birthday Party. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Round and round we go. 

A little one had a severe ear infection. His mom sick, too, she thought she must have the flu. I'm called to the rescue to HELP. 
  * help keep him home from daycare
  * help take him to doctor 
  * help give mom down time to
      recuperate from her illness 

It's all in my job description. A job I'm happy and blessed to have.  My "mawmaw hero powers" gets everyone well and back to normal and I'm on my way to my next "mawmaw hero" assignment. 

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.