Wednesday, August 8, 2012

QOTD: from Lydia 'Mom, I have a pretend coffin in the playground!' My kids are so weird.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ARRRRRGH! It's a Pirate Party

Our little boy turned seven this month!  He wanted to have a pirate party to celebrate with his friends. We spent the whole part of the first of this month in Ohio (post coming) and so that gave me about 4 days to figure everything out. So just imagine....pirate costumes, pirate stories, magical solution to see if pirates have touched your money, treasure hunt, painting treasure chests etc....  Oh yeah we have to do the whole pirate theme up right. What a happy Thayne we had!


Happy Happy birthday Thayne! You make our lives so complete and crazy. We all love you so very much!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

May Birthdays

Once upon a time I thought it would be a great idea to conceive in August then have my babies in May and skip all those hot summer months. What I didn't have was the forethought of how full the month of May would get and how fast it would rush by each year. Chaiya, Lydia and Maliea... my three beautiful girls are the sparks in my life. They make me laugh, pull out my hair at times and feel joy in amazing ways. This month was full of really big smiles as we celebrated.

We sent off special wishes on mini hot air lanterns for Chaiya. As the gentle breeze lifted the lanterns across the still waters of the Patuxant river, there was magic in the air. We watch with a bit of awe as they became more distant until their lights vanished. Maliea's lantern did not make it off the cliff and laughter was our highlight as we valiantly rescued the burning inferno. It was such a magical way to celebrate Chaiya's 21st birthday.

Lydia really wanted to go to an American Girl store and we found one that opened recently near DC.  A week before her birthday we attended a little get together with our property's caretaker and his extended family. Apparently Lydia made quite the impression on Tony's sister and his family that evening. Nancy sent a $50 gift card to Lydia to use at the American Girl store. Lydia was beyond excited to be able to go. American Girl dolls and accessories are a little on the high end of the price scale. I actually located Lydia's doll a few years ago at a Goodwill store. It was definitely a manifestation of the best kind. She really had a great time getting her doll's ears pierce and spending time at the doll spa. She also picked a few trendy outfits to update her doll's wardrobe. The was the first year that Lydia was able to blow out all her candles without plugging her nose or having help. Huge happiness triumph! Happy 12th birthday Lydia.


Maliea hasn't had a birthday party in so very long so it was time to celebrate with friends! We sent the theme for a luau and started planning. The area we made for the littles sandbox was just perfect for Maliea's party!
She wanted cheesecake instead of a birthday cake and we thought sparklers would be so perfect to use instead of candles. We had hula games and coconut bras.


Hawaiian bbq, shrimp, fruit kabobs, and lots of fun! We had Hawaiian music and homemade music as well. I think Maliea really had a lot of  fun with her friends. It was so nice to be able to give Maliea a party with friends that love her. Happy 24th Birthday Maliea! You are such a joy in our lives.

My sweet girls... Happy Birthday month! I love you all so very much you all brighten my life. I am so happy to be your mum!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Welcome Spring!

It was all about Spring today at our house! Thayne and I snuggled close as I read him a story about a little girl and her momma wishing for Spring. It's called "How Mama Brought the Spring" by Fran Manushkin.
Only problem is that there is a recipe at the back of the book and you know what that means! This mama and little boy had a job to do. The recipe was for blintzes, something I have never made. I can now cross it off my list. Thayne was so thrilled although I really hope he only wants it once a year.
First I made the berry sauce with frozen berries and some organic sugar.
Then I whipped together some cream cheese, powered sugar, almond extract and rice milk for the filling. Next was whipping up the delicate crepe like substance. First you must cook them in the pan.

Then when they are all cooked and laid out. You must fill them with the delicious stuff.
Then you roll them up and have to fry them in the pan again!

I'm beginning to believe why mama brought Spring...'cause it takes a flippin long time to cook these things. It is quite the operation. Thayne was so very ,very thrilled though.
They were so yummy!
The batter is super basic.. 4 eggs  1 1/2 cups milk, 1 cup of flour, a little sugar. Whip it, Whip it good.
If you are crazy or want to be "best mom" of the evening make sure you have set aside a good portion of time. Happy Spring!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Best Day Ever!

March 2, 2012 will always be our best day ever!
This day was long in coming and was really a long day but it didn't matter what it took to get there because every second was worth it.
Maliea and I arrived at the Washington D.C. Temple about 12:30. We were both so excited for her to received her endowments, make promises and commitments to Heavenly Father. The temple is such a sacred place for us and I was so excited because all of us were going to be able to go and be there together as a family. First, though our focus was Maliea!  My sweet girl was ready to take this next step, this commitment to dedicate her life and as her mom I was seriously trying not to cry happy tears all afternoon.

 We spent the next several hours together learning more about our Savior Jesus Christ and His plan for happiness in our lives. Maliea made promises to be the best she can be and received the promise of special blessings. She just glowed as we sat in the Celestial room, she was so full of joy.
We were only able to spend a few minutes, when Sis. Gooding came to tell us that Michael and all our other children had arrived at the Temple. We went downstairs and met my wonderful husband, I told him he could run... it was his last chance. hahaha. The family center at the Temple is loads of fun and the kids were all settled in playing Uno while they waited for us to complete all the record checks etc... to be done. At 6:00 pm, my handsome man and I were gazing into each others eyes and making the commitment to stay faithful, honorable to each other, to love and be devoted for eternity. Best part was kissing over the alter (wink)!

  Then our amazing children joined us and we finished our ceremony looking into the mirrors into eternity. Thayne was his bouncy self. I am so happy that everyone at the Temple was patient and loving. There was lots of hugs and kisses as we know that we are now a Forever Family!!!
 
It was really dark already when we came out, the Temple looked amazing all lit up. We tried to take a few pictures right outside but they didn't turn out very well.
 By this time they were pretty much done with being reverent, they were actually making faces at each other and we were trying to keep them from running all over. 
Quayde is starting to look a little missionaryish. He was really, really happy!
We went over to the visitor center and had one of the sister missionary take our picture. It's not a great one but it's us on our special day. My only sadness is that I wish we could have had some dear friends and family with us. I know those far away were with us in spirit. It was such a glorious day and we are all so very happy.  We love being members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It blesses our lives and helps us know true happiness. If you are not a member and would like to know more about what we believe you can go HERE to learn more about why we cherish family and love the Lord.  I am overwhelmed by the goodness in my life and how much I am blessed. I am so grateful my sweet husband chose to become a daddy to my kids and he loves us so very much. Michael is an amazing person who is kind and loving. We have such a great marriage and now it is even better!!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

The joys of getting older

Chaiya and I have been having this conversation:
Me: "You are turning 21 in May..isn't that exciting? Do you know what that means?"
Chaiya and I in unison: "Rent a car!!"
Chaiya: "Yeah but I liked turning 18 better"
Me: " What?? Why?"
Chaiya: " Because that meant I could buy spraypaint."

Later:
Chaiya: " you know what I really can't wait for.... when I can wear lipstick outside the line... you know when I am really old and none of the fashion rules matter"

Sunday, January 22, 2012

We are all Mad around here!

Quayde is Sixteen!
On Friday evening Quayde invited some friends to celebrate his birthday with a Mad Hatter tea party. The invitations were shaped as a top hat and had metal keys, pocket watches, and cards to entice the guest to come and have a great deal of crazy fun.


We set up the downstairs as the Red Queen's realm and that is where the games and activities would take place. Quayde's bedroom was completely clean out and we set up the black lights and made the mad tea party up there where everything would glow. First though... we had to made sure that the guest could find their way to our house. I made giant card men and we set them all down the driveway.
I did add eyes and they were tied to trees. I forgot to get a picture of them stoically standing guard in the woods. All the preparations were so much fun, we really wanted to incorporate lots of Wonderland symbols and themes.

When the guest all arrived, we got started by painting our own tea cup mugs. It was really interesting to see all the different designs and how creative they all were.
Then it was time for games! These included ' Pass the Hedgehog' and 'Toss the Jaberwockey'. The kids had to pass a stuffed hedgehog neck to neck without using their hands. Michael found some playing cards that had dragons on them that looked just like one of the illustrations of the Jaberwockey. So for that game they had to try and toss the cards into the Red Queen's hat. We had a lot of laughter and some friendly competition.
After all the games, it was time to head to the mad tea party. We had to journey past giant tissue paper flowers that were half red and white, big mushrooms and little bits of decor here and there in the halls ways. The classic part was Thayne ran up after everyone else yelling "I'm late, I'm late for a very important date" He did that all on his own.
 Dormouse in the pot.
 Getting our glow on!
Then on to the food and even more fun....

Everything looked super cool in the blacklight. It does not photograph well though so we did use the flash for most of the rest of the birthday pictures.



Quayde, you are growing up to be the most amazing young man. I am so happy that you are my son. You make me proud of you every day and my heart is so full when I think that you choose me to be your mom.
I love you! 
Happy Birthday Quayde

Sunday, December 11, 2011

QOTD: 'I love you....now Go Away!'

Thursday, December 8, 2011

You know you are a Waldorf mom when... You are searching the bottom of your purse for a jumpdrive and all you find is acorns

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Magical Elf breakfast party

It's the most wonderful time of the year!
In the dark of the night, elves visited our kitchen and they left a surprise. Our breakfast table was set in a red and white theme with candy cane place cards and snowballs in our bowls.
The snowballs were so fun and when we unwrapped them they were filled with little candies and gifts.

A delicious cinnamon roll bread and pastries awaited us to fill our hungry tummies.
We knew it had to be elves when Thayne found one of their hats outside. Quayde promptly placed it on his head. We are going to leave it for Santa on Christmas Eve and hope it gets returned to the proper elf. We are feeling a little bad for that elf; ears do get cold at the North Pole.
Lydia woke up first and ran upstairs to tell Quayde. Then they were waiting for everyone else to come. Even Chaiya came from her house sitting job to find out what magical things were happening at our house.
Thayne is convinced that these candy canes hanging from the ceiling fan are real and he wants to eat them. I am going to have to pull them down and show him they are just plastic. 
It was such a wonderful morning, full of laughter and smiles. We are so thrilled the elves started our Christmas season with some fun!