Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Butterfly Birthday Cake

I am sure you have been wondering how the final butterfly cake actually turned out. I had quite the learning process going on with my first and second cake. I think that the shape of the first cake looks the most like a butterfly but the decorating of it was a little scary if you ask me. The second cake I did a little better. So here it the final and latest version of the butterfly cake.... Ready??? Please be kind...

So what do you see when you look at this cake?? I will tell you what I saw when I took this photo. I saw a happy bat. Mickey saw a happy butterfly so I guess that is all that matters. She had a wonderful birthday. I promise to come back tomorrow and tell you all about it and the week of celebration!

I hope that you have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Birthday -- Mickey

I wanted to share Mickey's year in pictures with you all! Have a great day!

UPDATE: This is kind of long and I now uploaded the right version.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tinker Bell

A few weeks ago we watched Tinker Bell the movie. It was an okay movie, not one that I think that everyone must run out and see, but it is cute.

Around the same time we watched the movie we sang "Jingle Bells" in Kindermusik. It was pretty fun as we had bells that we got to play and sing our song.

Now fast forward to today. Mickey got her cow bell ornanment (the one she picked out herself for this year) off the tree and starting singing "Tinker Bell" to the tune of "Jingle Bells". So we have a new song over here. I kind of like it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Our Great Protectors

Here is a shot that I took of our two dogs Sandy and Sierra. They are our great protectors of our home and land and of course the great neighborhood beyond. Their most important job is to be Mickey's best friends. Sometimes I wonder if they truly enjoy having a almost 3 year old in the house is their idea of fun but I think that they love her too.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Fun with Flour

This is one of my favorite pictures of Mickey helping in the kitchen. My little girl loves flour! She loves to eat it raw not real sure why. She loves the mess that it creates. If there is flour involved so must Mickey. Silly girl. I love how much she enjoys being in the kitchen, even when she isn't being as much of a help as she thinks she is. I wouldn't trade those moments. It makes me become more creative in finding the jobs that she can accomplish AND make a mess AND have fun.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Pictures

I have been trying to take our annual Christmas picture. We have been doing a family photo and that was the plan this year. We tried and failed twice and I decided to go a different route. I put up a background and put Mickey in her Christmas/Birthday dresses from Grammie Syl and went to snapping. I had fun but at time Mickey just wanted to get it over with. She was a good sport throughout most of it. Here are a couple that I like but didn't make it on our Christmas card. Hope you enjoy!

I like the one to the side here, but it looks like she has a black eye. But I still the love the wonder that is seen in her eyes. I think that is the best part of being a child the wonder of experiencing new things and finding pure joy in it!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Proud of My Mickey

My Mickey made me a proud and happy momma today. She doesn't do well when I leave her at the house with Daddy and sometimes with Grammie Syl. A while back we checked out a book from the library titled, "Momma ALWAYS comes home". We read and reread this book many times. Today, I just needed a break and decided today would be a good day to get my hair cut. So I told Mickey this morning that "Momma was going to work today". She has the concept down of Daddy going to work so we have used this when I have needed to go away for a little bit. She cried and told me "No Momma, Mickey go to work". So I wasn't sure that when the time came for me to go that she was going to take it very well. The time came and I told her I was going to work. She cried for a little bit and then went to Daddy and she was comforted. A few minutes later she seemed to be doing well and telling us that "Momma was going to work". I left to get into the car after hugging her and telling her I was going to come back, because Momma always comes home. She waved to me and all was well. Her and her daddy had a great time together. I had a good time getting my hair cut. Little blessings. :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Anything Princess

It is well known that Mickey has a fashion sense all her own. Lately she has been a liking to her princess pajamas. It is sometimes the ONLY thing that she will wear. I have been having a struggle getting her to wear something warm. She has also flat out refused to wear her jacket. This has been a struggle that has been frustrating for me.

So last week we went to the Hobby Lobby and foun some iron-ons. Then we got to work and she made her shirt and also decorated her jacket. She was very impressed and just had to check them out in the mirror and of course she had to have her picture taken in them. It has been so much easier to get her to wear other things now. Although we have still had struggles with her jacket but hopefully that will get less and less since we are officially in the cold season!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Tree Lighting

Tonight we went to see our city's lighting of the Christmas tree. We enjoyed our journey out. It was beautiful the downtown mall with luminaries on the pathway. They also had vendors who were selling their arts and crafts.

Then Mickey spotted the horse drawn trolleys. She was so excited that we decided to stay and catch a ride. We saw the signs that stated where they went and thought it would take us near where we had parked. So we waited for the horses to come and pick us up. Mickey was so excited and enjoyed every minute of her trip. They told us that this would not be a round trip ride and we would have to get off on one of the next two stops.

So off on our trip we began. Suddenly we were going in the wrong direction than what we thought we were going. We decided to get off on the first stop and hopefully catch the next trolley and take us back to where we started from. We waited and waited and waited. While we were waiting we struck up a conversation with one of the ladies also waiting in line. She tells us where we are and that is just 3 blocks to where we need to be.

Jeff and I decided to walk back to our car and not wait for the horses. Which I think is a good idea. But remember the lady told us it was just 3 blocks away. It turns out it was probably 5 plus the extra walk back to our car. We made it even carrying Mickey the whole way (we forgot the stroller at home). We were sure happy to see our car.

So we need to remember that we need to know where we are headed before we get into another horse drawn trolley. But we had fun!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Please Pray

I am asking you to pray for a friend of mine little baby. His name is Owen. He is going into surgery tomorrow at 7 am Eastern time. Please pray for the doctors, for Owen, for his momma and daddy. My friend's name is Dara.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Our "New" Christmas Tradition

I have been looking for an advent calendar to use with Mickey. I was disappointed because all I found was Santa calendars and I just didn't want one with Santa on it. So in my search I found a book that I am loving. It is the Usborne Advent Nativity Book. Each day you read the story of Jesus being born and each day the child gets to set up one more piece of the Nativity. I am a collector of sorts with Nativity sets and remember the joy of seeing the ones that my grandmother and my great grandmother had. So this is just my cup of tea. It is just right for small hands and curious little ones to manage and take ownership of. This one is all hers and she is clearly enjoying it. At the end of the Christmas season when we put all of our stuff away, the Nativity pieces will all go back into the book for safe keeping for next year.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thanksgiving Pictures

Our trip to Grammie Syl's house was short lived. Mickey just wasn't resting and very active which made for one overtired little girl. But we did manage to have a great Thanksgiving.

Mickey was excited to help with Thanksgiving dinner. I was shocked that she actually touched the Turkey. She was all into helping with the preparation and got really into it. She is much braver than her momma as I don't think that I would have touched a turkey at her age.

Before my mom and Mickey started with the turkey they had to have their morning coffee. It is a ritual when we go home they have to share coffee together. Mickey gets her chocolate milk in a coffee cup and Grammie gets her real kind and they sit and drink together. It is quite the site.