Monday, March 31, 2008

So what does it take to a picture of 2 Toddlers?

So all I tried to do was to take a simple picture of my handsome boys on Easter morning before church. I can't believe that it was this hard to take one picture! Several of them are blurred since they wouldn't stop moving!

And that isn't too bad, but notice neither one of them is actually looking at the camera!

Sunday, March 30, 2008


The boys got to participate in two different Easter egg hunts. One was the week before Easter at the City Hall. It is really nice to live in a small community that they can still put on such an event. We didn't get pictures of that hunt since the battery died in the camera. However, they picked up eggs until their baskets were full and then started putting eggs in other kids baskets. They had the right idea, but I think they thought we were just telling them to help "clean up".

The Saturday before Easter, the church hosted an egg hunt. The Easter bunny was there and posed for pictures with all of the kids. Robby didn't want to have anything to do him, however, John was ready to have his picture made.

The next picture is Robby while he was picking up Easter eggs. Of course at this age, it is not much of a hunt!

The next two pictures are from Easter morning. This was the first year that John has actually learned that the Easter bunny brings you things in your basket! They were a lot fun to watch go through their baskets. It was almost as fun as Christmas morning (and a lot cheaper!).

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Great idea for Toddlers

So I don't want anyone to think that I came up with this all by myself, but I have to say that it is a pretty brilliant and easy idea! I got the idea out of Parents Magazine from February. I did modify the instructions a little... It is creative but simple all at the same time.

We are all asked to participate in Class room parties and such, and even though we would all love to be super creative and spend lots of time decorating cupcakes, sometimes it just isn't possible. The store bought cupcakes have so much icing, and I don't know about you, but my boys don't need any extra sugar! They are sweet enough as it is! :)

So take a frozen pound cake, defrost, and then slice the cake into one inch slices. Take a one inch diameter cookie cutter and cut into each slice; you can get two cakes per slice. The magazine used a round cutter, but I used a heart shaped cutter for Valentine's day and an egg and bunny shaped cutter for Easter. Then take a container of store bought icing and empty into a microwaveable bowl. Microwave the icing in 10 second intervals until it is the consistency of heavy cream. Using a fork, dip the cake into the melted icing coating the top and all sides. Use a another fork to slide the cake onto a wax paper covered pan. You can then use sprinkles to decorate the top before the icing sets up or use additional icing to decorate.

I used chocolate icing for Valentine's day and cherry icing for Easter. You can always use white icing and color it with dye. I liked using the flavored icing since the cake doesn't really have a flavor. One more tip, one container of icing is enough to dip two family sized pound cakes.

The cakes are the perfect size for a toddler. Just a couple of bites and a thin layer of icing! They also look like you slaved away in the kitchen! Here is a picture of the ones I did for Valentines.

Friday, March 21, 2008

My little boy brought me flowers!

Out of the backyard of course! Some might call them weeds, but as a mommy, they are the prettiest flowers I've ever seen! John brought them in while he was playing outside with Daddy.

I just thought I would take the time to share this special Mommy Moment!

I hope that everyone has great Easter. I'm sure we will be posting more pictures soon!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Neighbor Called 911

We got a call from our neighbor this afternoon that our air conditioner had caught on fire!! Thank goodness for retired neighbors and neighbors that work shift work! They were able to call 911, and since we live in a small town, all sorts of emergency services responded. I think the final count was 4 police officers, 1 fire truck, and 1 emergency response vehicle!

Of course with that many responders, the fire didn't have a chance of getting beyond the air conditioner to the house, so everything is safe and sound! We didn't remember giving the neighbor Richard's phone number, but evidently we gave her his business card a couple of years ago when we went out of town. She was cleaning out her "junk" drawer earlier this week and ran across his card. I know that God was certainly watching out for us today!

Richard called his brother, who pretty much has all sorts of contacts around town, and was able to give his a referral for an air conditioning person. Richard called me about the accident around 2:10 this afternoon after he got called. The new air conditioner was installed by 5:30! Now that's service! Once again, God was watching out for us.

What could have been a very bad situation turned out to not be so bad after all...well except for the expense of a new air conditioner! At least I don't have to worry about a new house and belongings!