Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pita Pocket's Party

Today was little miss's big first birthday party. Mom & I stayed up late last night making decorations and finished up first thing this morning. My best friend from high school, a.k.a. the crazy cat lady, made an amazing cake as always. We did a Candyland theme and had a lot of fun. I think all of the kiddos had a good time too.

Yes, my children always have wedding cakes for their birthday parties. What can I say, I like cake.
Mom's candy wall.
The "path" leading into candyland.
The party favors.
The kid's table.

And here's Pita Pocket dancing and having fun with one of her new toys. Thanks Leelee!!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pita Pocket is One!!

On one hand, it's hard to believe it's been a year. On the other hand, it's been a long year. Staying at home with 2 kids isn't an easy job, but the rewards are great.

Here are some pictures of today's photo shoot. She wouldn't cooperate much for the first 2 outfits, but man did she like that cake :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Haircut & Makeup

Menido got a big girl haircut today. It turned out really cute :)

She was playing with her makeup yesterday. It looks completely natural, doesn't it?

And, finally, here's a video from Z's birthday party of Pita Pocket loving the bounce house. Daddy man and I are wanting to get her one for her birthday, now it's just a matter of coming up with the money.

Now, off to finish the cake for her pictures in the morning.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cookies again

OK, here are the finished cookies. I can't wait to give them to Z tomorrow.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cookies and cuties

Not much going on around here lately, but the girls have been adorable as always. Here are a couple of pictures from this week.

Here's one of the little Pita Pocket making her camera face.

I tried and tried to get Menido to look at the camera and smile while showing off her new ring from Bubbie, but this was the best I could get.

She loved her yogurt this morning :)
Coloring, her favorite pastime

And, just a random cute baby playing in her play kitchen.

Now, on to the cookies. I decided Z didn't need any more toys or junk from us for his birthday, so I thought I'd make him some cookies to take to his classmates. Of course, I couldn't just make some chocolate chip and call it done, I wanted to make Star Wars cookies. After extensively searching the internet for cookie cutters, I realized they don't exist. I resigned myself to needing to make my own cutters and found some helpful tips for doing so. Last night when I went to the store to get the butter, flour, etc. for the dough, I happened upon a strange cookie cutter in the clearance basket at the grocery store. I took a chance on it and bought it. Turns out, it was meant to be my Yoda cookie cutter. I just had to bend it a little and reshape it very slightly and it made a perfect Yoda head. I still have no idea what it was supposed to be, but now it's Yoda. I've got the cookies baked and partially iced now, all I need to do now is pipe and paint on eyes, a mouth, a nose and a few wrinkles/shadows. Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of the work in progress. I'm having a lot of fun and am pleased with how they've turned out so far considering I've never done anything like this.

These were my inspiration, but Pete said this person's green was too dark. He made me give him final approval on the color.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My Quilt

Mom and I took our first quilting class today and had a lot of fun. After the girls went to bed, I decided to do a practice run on our homework and thoroughly enjoyed myself. This is just using the scrap fabric we got today, after I finish piecing this square with the scraps, I am going to make the same square using the actual fabric from class. This took me about 3 hours total (sewing by hand) and I am pretty proud for my first attempt at sewing anything. Of course, I still need to iron all the pieces and do the edge pieces, but still, I think it's pretty decent.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Have You Ever

Copy this list and put it on your blog.
If you've done it, change it to bold print.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (or Disney World!)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not sick
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

We're Home!

The girls and I have made it home and my new camera was waiting for me. Here is our test video daddy just took for me.

Monday, January 5, 2009

I've Decided to Jump on the Blog Wagon

Well, I've been thinking I'd start a blog just to put pictures of the girls on it for family and friends who don't live around here to keep up with us. I don't typically have a lot to say, but I do take a lot of pictures. I am taking the plunge now because dh (read: dear husband) just got me a new Flip video camera :) I still don't have it, but it will hopefully be here by the end of the week.

Anyway, for tonight, I'll start with the first picture taken of each of the girls. Everyone who knows us have seen these pictures, but I don't have any videos to share right now. I also probably won't have any cute new pictures for a couple of weeks because both girls are sick.

First up, my giant belly when pregnant with little Menido (muh-nid-oh)
OK, here's moments after she was born on May 16, 2006.
(I'll have to find and add the picture later, it's not where I thought it was)

And again, my giant belly when pregnant with the little Pita Pocket.

And her first picture, taken January 29, 2008.
And finally, a link to the video camera we ordered. They are very cool cameras and you can design your own pattern (which I did). I'm excited to get it in the mail and hope to have lots of cute videos of my two favorite kiddos very soon.