Monday, July 24, 2017

Five Year Old Twins

Archer and Avonlea chose to go to Chuck E. Cheese's for their family meal out.  Grandma Betty joined us for the fun and very kindly offered to treat us all.  The Smiths joined in on the fun too.  Not a lot of food was eaten, but the kids sure had a good time!

Archer and Avonlea are so excited to be starting Kindergarten this year!  They are going to be in the same class, which I requested.  They have always been with each other, and I thought having their best buddy by their side as they start school would help them feel more secure.  They still play together often and well, but they are starting to have different interests and different friends.  They choose to play separately a lot of the time now too.  I asked them the following questions as newly turned five year olds.  Here are their responses.

What is your favorite color?  - Orange
What is your favorite food?  - Macaroni and Cheese
Where is your favorite place to go? - Chuck E. Cheese'sWhat is your favorite TV show?  - Puppy Dog Pals
What is your favorite movie?  - Sing
What is your favorite book?  - Everybody Poops
What is your favorite thing to do?  - Play Animal Jam
Who is your best friend?  - Gavin

What is your favorite color?   - Pink and Purple
What is your favorite food?  - chips, fruit snacks
Where is your favorite place to go?  - Jump Around Utah
What is your favorite TV show?  - Bo on the Go
What is your favorite movie?  - Trolls
What is your favorite book?  - Pinkalicious
What is your favorite thing to do?  - Play Barbies, color, play dress up, Play Doh

Who is your best friend?  - Hope

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pj Masks Birthday Party

Archer and Avonlea chose to have a PJ Masks themed birthday party for their fifth birthday.  There were about 10 friends who joined us for the celebration, along with Auntie Rie, and Pappy and Grandma Betty.

All the kids were told to come in their pajamas.  We provided the masks and bracelets to complete the costumes.  They could pick from Catboy, Gecko or Owlet.

We did some super hero training where the kids went through an obstacle course to perfect their PJ Masks skills.  They jumped and run fast like Catboy, to use their super strength like Gecho and to fly like Owlet.  Then we played duck, duck, goose, but with hero and villain names from the show.

We had fruit, Kool Aid and cupcakes for refreshments.  Then we opened presents and each kid was sent home with some chocolate popcorn and a PJ Masks blower.

Thanks family and friends who joined us for the fun!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Eleven Month Old Violet

I struggled to get a good picture of Violet for this month's photo shoot, because the girl would not stay put or look at the camera for a moment.  She is so busy!  I finally had to ask Greg to pick her up and hold her still so I could get a picture.  Violet is on the move, exploring the world nonstop.  We all have a lot of fun seeing her find joy in the little things.  Her very favorite thing this summer has been playing in water.  She loves swimming and splash pads.  She cracks up when she gets splashed; she has no fear of the water at all.  Pappy and Grandma Betty are staying with us right now.  She has taken to them so quickly!  I was surprised because she's very cautious with people she's not used to.  But from the morning they showed up, she went to them and held her arms out for them to pick her up. This is what is going on with Violet at eleven months old.

She's learned: to hold herself up

She likes: table food, self feeding, ice cream, water play, toys, remotes, phones, playing with her siblings, binkies, being held, cow's milk over formula, sippy cups, Mom, Dad and Palmer especially

She dislikes: being alone, blueberries, peas, getting her diaper changed, being confined

Things about her/she does that makes us laugh: growls, high pitched baby babble, squeals, toothy smiles and big belly laughs

Monday, July 3, 2017

Cub Camp

Palmer went to Cub Camp for two days.  The first day he went to a camp called Construction Junction.  There he toured a train and shot BB guns, among many other fun activities.

The second day I was able to accompany him as a chaperone to Dragon Masters camp.  The boys made leather bands, carved wood, practiced with a sword and shield and did some archery.  It made for a lot of fun and a lot of dirt!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Palisade and Manti Pageant

We went on a day trip as a family to Palisade State Park to join our friends, the Fordhams and the Smiths, who were camping there for the weekend.  The campsite/lake are just beautiful!  We played at the lake, rode canoes, played in the sand, jumped off the party deck and the kids caught little fish in nets.  Violet took a nap in my arms on the beach as I talked with friends.  It was all lovely!  We ended the visit with a yummy spaghetti dinner together at their campsite.

Then Greg, myself and the kids went on to the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti.  We experienced a small Mormon miracle ourselves and happened to find a parking spot right next to the temple grounds, only minutes before the pageant started.  The kids, especially Palmer and Brody, loved the pageant!  Greg and I both thought it was better than we had remembered and felt the spirit strongly.

It was a wonderful day in every way.  Brody thanked me for "taking them on an adventure" the next day and for a few days after.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ten Months Old

Violet is cruising all around now.  She's got the crawl down pat and is starting to hold up her weight standing a bit.  She loves and adores Palmer.  He is her favorite!   She cries when he puts her down or hands her off, even when he hands her off to Dad or myself.  She is smiley, happy (most of the time) and sassy.  She continues to get better with her stranger anxiety.  She no longer cries when others look at her; now she bows her head and hides.  It's actually pretty cute and funny.  A lot of people get a kick out of her bashfulness.  Around her family she is full of energy and loud.  She likes to hear herself talk.  This is what is going on with Violet at eleven months old.

She's learned: to crawl better, to self feed better, to eat/gum most any food

She likes: table food, Palmer, swimming and playing in water, peek a boo, pacifier, toys, playing with her siblings, and crawling around on the couch or bed

She dislikes: being alone, staying still

Things about her/she does that makes us laugh: yelling along with the radio/kids singing when in the car, pats your back when you pick her up, squeals, baby babbles, toothy smiles and big belly laughs

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nine Month Old Violet

 Violet is nine months old now!  She is such a joy to have; we all just adore her.  She just started crawling, cast and all.  She is pretty slow and lopsided with her left arm at a permanent 90 degree angle, but she's made it work and gets herself around.  She continues to be happy and smiley.  She giggles easily.  She loves Greg right now!  When he comes home from the day, she wants him, right then.  If he needs to do something and doesn't get right to her, she is heart broken!  She is really enjoying feeding herself table food, and is doing great gaining weight!  She was in the 5th percentile this past visit with the doctor, and is no longer diagnosed failure to thrive.  This is what is going on with Violet at nine months of age.

Stats: 15 lbs. (5%), 27.75 in. (50%), head circumference (24%)

She's learned: to crawl and to shake her head no

She likes: table food, self feeding, Daddy, baths, peek a boo, her bottle, toys, the baby jumper, going on dates with just mom and dad, playing with her siblings, jumping on the trampoline (done softly with Dad or siblings) and baths

She dislikes: being alone and baby food

Things about her/she does that makes us laugh: pats your back when you pick her up, snorts when she's excited, sticks out her tongue, squeals, baby babbles, toothy smiles and big belly laughs

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fractured Ulna

Brody was playing on the floor with Violet one night and rolled her over from her belly to her back.  Her arm got stuck behind her and she cried out loudly.  She kept crying and wouldn't move her arm, so we figured her elbow had come out of socket again.  Greg and I couldn't get it back into place, so Greg took her to instacare.  The doctor also couldn't get it back into place, so he sent her to get x-rays.  Violet came back from the scans happy and moving her arm, so we all assumed the x-ray technician popped the elbow back into place, which is exactly what had occurred the last time her elbow dislocated.  Imagine my surprise when the next day I received a call from the radiologist saying Violet had a fractured arm.  We immediately took her into instacare to get her arm in a splint and then later that week took her to Primary Children's Hospital for a cast.

She did not like the splint, and got very frustrated with it.  The cast hasn't bothered her at all.  In fact, she sometimes plays with it by banging it against things, or chews on the soft wrap underneath the hard cast.

Brody felt awful for hurting her.  He loves her so much and was crushed that he had injured her.  That night as I was trying to comfort him, he didn't even want to be hugged.  He just wanted to be alone and cry.  It broke my heart.  I've never had a child not want to be comforted before; it was a very adult reaction.  Brody was a little nervous to touch her for a couple days after the accident, but is now back to himself.  Brody and all the other kids signed her cast and drew hearts on it.

She only has to wear the cast for three weeks.  She's so small and petite, the cast draws a lot of attention and sympathy from others.  I was pretty upset about it for the first few days, and got teary eyed just about every time I looked at her.  I just hate when my kids are hurting; I don't handle it well.  I'm grateful for a level headed husband who is always ready to steps up and help out.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Palmer's Basketball Birthday Party

Palmer chose to have a basketball themed party this year.  We had 20 kids here for the party and a lot of extended family came by too.  Everyone in attendance signed a basketball for Palmer to keep as a memento.

We served pizza, vegetables and dip and cheeseballs for lunch.


We played reverse charades with basketball terms, pass the ball (played like hot potato) and red rover (I tied this one in to the theme because basketball players are traded to different teams).  Red rover was really fun, but a bit more dangerous than I had anticipated.  We had to eventually end the game because I was afraid someone was going to break an arm, or get whiplash!

We sang happy birthday and enjoyed some cupcakes with chocolate basketballs on them.  Palmer requested carrot cake, but I figured that wouldn't go over too well with all the kids, so I made vanilla cake as well.

Palmer was spoiled with presents.  Some of his favorites were: a fidget spinner, fighting robots, Snap Circuits, a kids cookbook, a remote control car, and of course money.  We are taking him to see Dan TDM Live in August for his gift.  He is a big fan of Dan and had been watching intently to see if he was coming to Salt Lake on tour.  He announced his tour dates, and Salt Lake was not on the list.  Greg and I thought we were off the hook, haha!  Then he added a few shows, Salt Lake included and Palmer was jumping off the walls, he was so exited about it.

Thanks family and friends who came to celebrate Palmer's 9th birthday with us!  The party was a great success and the birthday boy had a wonderful time!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Palmer at Nine Years Old

Palmer chose to go to Texas Roadhouse this year for his birthday dinner with family.  He said he wanted to be smart about his decision and "not chose a place he can go to all the time, like McDonalds."  He is my kid through and through; he likes to mull over decisions, weighing the good and bad, figuring out which choice is most logical.  Palmer is looking a lot older lately.  Less like a little boy, more like a preteen.   He is a great brother, especially to Violet.  He is friendly and social, enthusiastic, smart and hard working.  He has a natural desire to follow the gospel principals and choose the right.  Greg and I often joke (although there is surely truth to that joking) that Palmer's example and promptings push us to be more diligent in the practice of our religion.  Here are some of Palmer's favorites as he enters his ninth year of life.

What is your favorite color?  - Pink
What is your favorite food?  - Spanish Rice
Where is your favorite place to go? - Las Vegas 

What is your favorite T.V. show?  - Kickin' It
What is your favorite movie?  - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
What is your favorite book?  - Diary of a Wimpy Kid books
What is your favorite thing to do?  -  watch You Tube, especially Dan DTM
Who is your best friend?  - Nathan, Owen, Zoey, Macee

Sunday, April 2, 2017

More Special Order Cupcakes

I took a little break from cupcakes after I had the baby.  About 6 weeks after I had her, I started up again and have been busy making and selling cupcakes since.  I can't believe how well my cakes have been received and supported by our friends.  It's really been a blessing for my family, financially, and  myself, creatively.

 devils food cake with chocolate and vanilla buttercream, pumpkin cake with cream cheese buttercream and lemon cake with strawberry buttercream (one of my most popular orders and what I call strawberry lemonade) for a 70 year olds birthday party

 red velvet cake with cream cheese buttercream (also not pictured, devils food cake with cream cheese buttercream, devils food cake with milk chocolate buttercream, and white cake with strawberry buttercream) for a missionary farewell

 devils food cake with vanilla buttercream, purple people eaters for a Halloween party

 pumpkin cake with cream cheese buttercream, devils food cake with milk chocolate buttercream, devils food cake with mint buttercream, white cake with strawberry buttercream, and peanut butter cake with milk chocolate buttercream (120 all together!) for a wedding

 white cake with vanilla buttercream for two boys' birthday party

 devils food cake with mint buttercream and red velvet cake with cream cheese buttercream for Greg and my places of work and home and visiting teaching Christmas gifts

 red velvet cake and cream cheese buttercream for a school staff Christmas gift

 lemon cake with strawberry buttercream and devils food cake with cream cheese buttercream for a half marathon after dinner

 lemon cake with strawberry buttercream, red velvet with cream cheese buttercream and white cake with milk chocolate buttercream for a baby blessing luncheon

 devils food cake with milk chocolate buttercream and white cake with vanilla buttercream for a baby shower

 white cake and vanilla buttercream with a twin boy baby shower

 white cake and vanilla buttercream for a Valentines party

 devils food and white cake mixed with milk chocolate and vanilla buttercream mixed, camouflage cupcakes for a boot camp themed Blue and Gold banquet

 strawberry lemonade cupcakes for a school office staff

 white cake with vanilla buttercream for a girls night get together

white cake with vanilla buttercream for a home Norwex party

Thanks all for supporting me and letting me be part of your special events!