Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My final class...

I haven't blogged in several days. Not much to talk about over here. I feel like I'm constantly coming and going, with a million things to do, but yet nothing ever gets done. I hate that feeling! Tonight I had my fourth, and final, cake decorating class for level one. We worked a little on roses, then we decorated a cake using different techniques that we learned from all four classes. We could do whatever we wanted. Mine definitely has room for improvement, lol. But it was my first time doing the roses, so I'll give myself a break, I guess.

The next picture is a closer up of the roses. I definitely should have made one more and wedged it in there, because I came up with a weird space in there, that I tried to fill with a leaf, lol. They are made from buttercream frosting, so it's really hard to transfer them on to the cake without smashing them (at least for me it was!). So I tried not to put them too close, but ended up with the space.

I wanted to join the next level that starts next week, but with a husband who travels and parents who had the nerve to go on vacation ;o), I think it's not going to happen. Maybe the next one!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Random thoughts...

  • Really? I should know better. This picture is what happens when you leave your two year old alone (or rather with his 8 year old brother, so he might as well be alone with a pack of matches) while you go get your 4 year old dressed for bed. It is also what happens when you leave said two year old with the pantry door open and a box of chocolate donuts in his reach. If you need to know anything about Michael it's that donuts are just about his favorite thing. And of course this would only happen 2 minutes out of the bath. You can't really see it here, but his little hands were COVERED in chocolate.

  • I think it's really interesting how our kids today are with technology. I have several adult friends and relatives who can't work their iPhones (or regular cell phones for that matter). I myself have crashed my own iPhone about 700 times only to freak out and make my husband somehow fix it. Yet my two year old knows how to turn it on, unlock the screen, flip through the pages, find the bigfoot app, and choose from the menu which game he wants to play on bigfoot. No, I'm not bragging. I'm not saying I have a child prodigy. Just thinking how funny these kids are today with technology, and can't imagine what it will be like when they are older (Geez, could I sound more like an 80 year old??)

  • I found over 100 pictures on my phone of the wall, an eye, the carpet, Michael's feet. He also figured out how to find the camera and take pictures. I should also mention that this evening he showed me how to use the zoom on the camera on my iPhone. Yes, it has been 1.5 years and I had no idea that I even had a zoom on my camera. Yes, I'm hanging my head in shame that my two year old had to show me how to do it.

  • Matthew was telling me how he's learning to use different words with the same meaning in his writing to make it sound better (think Joey on Friends when he figures out how to use a thesaurus....). So he's giving me an example. Sentence 1: I'm looking at you. Sentence 2:I'm gazing at you. Sentence 3: I'm exploring you with my eyes. Somehow sentence three sounded really wrong coming from my 8 year old.

  • Today while giving Ryan a haircut he asked if I would give him a mohawk. When I said no he asked if I would give him a reverse mohawk. I told him a reverse mohawk would basically be a balding man. He told me "well, at least I'd look a little like Grandpa."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Who you gonna call?

And the logical answer in our house, GHOSTBUSTERS! Matthew just LOVES the Ghostbusters movies. Matthew also just LOVES to make things with cardboard and tape. Ryan just LOVES Matthew, and LOVES all the things Matthew does. So what happens when you combine all those things?
To think, all it took was two Portillo's boxes, a roll of brown tape from Uncle Chris, and two straws. They also made some accessories from Ghostbusters (not sure what they were), and apparently some modifications and repairs are being made tomorrow. But otherwise, it will keep these two entertained for hours!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Fine Arts Festival

Sunday we went to the Kaneland fine arts festival. Alex made a clay sculpture (a rat) in art class that was being displayed there. We walked around looking at the art for a while when they announced that a performance of School Rock House was starting. The boys decided they wanted to watch it. It was very interesting and I can't really say if the kids enjoyed it or not, lol. But we did learn about nouns, adjectives, interjections, the solar system, and of course, conjunction junction (plus more that I may or may not have blocked from my memory)! While they were singing about adjectives they came out into the audience to had out cards with adjectives on them to a few kids. Ryan got the card that said "wacky". We all thought that was very fitting, lol. After School House Rock we went and got balloon art (4 swords and a giraffe). Then we finished out the festival with going to the cafeteria and getting pizza (had you any doubt that Tom and Alex wouldn't find a way to eat, even at an art fair?). When we got home the boys took out the sprinkler and super soakers and enjoyed the 85 degrees out!
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Definitely NOT the cake boss

Some of you probably know that for years I have been talking about taking a cake decorating class. It is something I wish I knew how to do well, and I currently stink at decorating cakes! So I finally bit the bullet (with much encouragement from my husband) and signed up for Wilton's Cake Decorating Basics. It meets every Wed. evening for the month of April. Last night I had my second class. It's been a lot of fun, and very enlightening. I have come to realize I will NEVER be a cake boss, lol. I have learned some new techniques for baking, frosting, and decorating. Hopefully it will help to improve my cakes so people don't think my two year old decorated them! The cake with a heart on it was for Tom's birthday, made after my first class. The cake with the cupcake on it was made during my second class last night. Buddy Valastro eat your heart out, hahaha.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Birthday to my girl!

Today is my little girl's 10th birthday! I CAN'T believe that Princess is 10 already. It almost is harder for me to deal with than my kids, because even though it's hard to watch my kids grow up, she is getting OLD. And that makes me very sad. She has really been aging lately, mainly because of her leg problems (she had an ACL repair in November). I know some people (think Tom, or non-dog people) don't get my attachment to her, being that she is just a dog. But I truly get the whole "man's best friend thing" since having her. When we got her she was just a four pound little ball of fur. I ignored everyone (my mom and Tom) who said we should not be getting a dog, that it wasn't the right time in our lives. She was just too adorable to not buy. It only took a few days for me to realize what they were talking about. Man, she was a ton of work. She got into everything. Alex was 14 months at the time, and I think she chewed up just about every toy we had. All of the arms were chewed off of all of the little people we had. (I like to think it taught Alex acceptance, even for people without arms ;o) ) She would screech and cry all night long because she hated her cage. If Tom so much as turned over in bed, she'd jump up and start crying. At which point, I would want to kill him. I would lay completely still the entire night, hoping to not wake her. She would spend the entire day running. Running up the hall, down the hall, through the family room, through the kitchen, and start all over again. I would take her for walks twice a day, for a couple of miles, but it still wouldn't put a dent in her energy. I would be walking through the house and she would be biting at my pants while I walked. I still say she was more work than my kids were as babies. But somewhere along the line she calmed down (somewhat, lol) and she turned into one of the best things in my life. I can say that nobody is more excited to see me when I come home. She is definitely a mama's girl, and one of my favorite things in the whole world. Sometimes I think I should have had five dogs instead, heehee. She has turned into an old lady, who has horrible arthritis and doesn't like kids, but she'll always be my baby.