Saturday, February 21, 2009
We had a pirate themed party, since that is one of Devon's current passions.
I tried my hand at some pirate cake pops.
We played a treasure hunt puzzle game and musical chairs to pirate songs. Kennedy and Julia built a pirate ship out of a huge cardboard box and the boys had a great time messing around in that.
I had to include this picture because it kind of captures the perpetual commotion of house full of boys.
All of his little friends were very well-behaved and polite.
That is the look of joy that makes the work worthwhile!
Everybody is ready for cake and ice cream!
Devon's gift from us- a bigger bike. This is the year to get rid of the training wheels!
Devon did great, but I could tell he had met his social interaction limit by the time the last few guests were leaving. Overall, I would say it was a success. The next birthday in the family is mine, so I get a breather until Father's Day!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This cute bedding set is for sale in the current Land Of Nod catalog. The twin size quilt goes for $159. The quilted sham is $32. I just purchased TWO quilts and TWO shams in new condition for $45 from a lady in Madison. They match perfectly with my boys' bedroom. We just set up a big boy bed for Jesse. Once I get the crib down I'll take a picture. Score!
My handsome little man is five years old. Five is a big age. Even though he certainly has been one of the "big kids" for a while, turning five makes it official. He was lucky enough to have his birthday fall on a day when he has Creative Play class at Lands End, AND 4-K at school. So he gets to be honored all day long, then have a friend birthday party on Saturday. (Our kids get friend parties on 5, 8, 12, 16). So here are some photos from LE class this morning. I made a big batch of cake pops for his classes today.
Renie is in the class too. Here she is enjoying the cake pops with Tiago and Megan
Devon and his new best bud Xan
Renie and Megan
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Lincoln and I have taken ballroom dance classes this month at Lands End. Only three classes, but we've enjoyed them immensely and are very sad they are at an end. My friend Kym taught the classes and did a fantastic job. We learned the waltz, the foxtrot, the country two-step, the polka, and the cha-cha-cha. The waltz and polka weren't new to me, but I've always wanted to learn the foxtrot, so that was fun. Mostly, it was fun to be there with my husband, dancing together and learning together. I really like that guy.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Renie with some Valentine's Party spoils
Jesse with a red valentine balloon
Renie with her box of goodies and Valentines (and yummy popcorn my friend Michelle made. It's popped in coconut oil and it tastes fantastic.)
I could tell that we were gonna be friends
No If, Ands, Buts, or Depends
From the moment i took my first look at you
My days of chatting online with babes was through
For your love I would give my last dang quesadilla
Go to Alaska with a freaking 12 gauge just to kill a
Wolverine or a Liger which is bred for its skills and magic
Its pretty much my favorite animal but i would let YOU have it
I would build you a cake or even give you some of my tots
Or take you to the mall for some glamour shots
Yes I do love technology but i do not love it as much as I love thee
Aside from the bow staff I have no good skills yet still you love me
Two seasons fighting in the Octagon could not prepare
A man to handle a woman so flippin fair
Your words are like a lullaby, and I'm just flying by
Oh so high like a kite in the sky
Cast your vote of love for me and I promise this to you
That all of your wildest dreams will come true
To me you will always and forever be my delicious bass
From the tip of your head to your well-rounded...toes
If you're not a Napoleon Dynamite fan, you probably won't get it.
He didn't win the contest, but he came in a close second. I wish I had a copy of each of them. They were fantastic. Two were put to music, three were haiku, one was a sonnet, and we even had a stream of consciousness. I do remember Kevin's poem for his wife Jo:
Jo. Jo. Jo.
It was beautiful.
Thanks to everyone for coming and being good sports!
Can you believe this? A day in the 50s? In February? In Wisconsin? We didn't get a January thaw but we got a blessedly welcome February respite. A whole week of above freezing temps, with snow melting quickly and sun shining brightly. Of course, we had sickies here all week long. It started with Jesse throwing up last weekend, then Renie on Monday and Devon on Tuesday. By Wednesday I was getting a sore throat thing, then Lincoln and then Julia. Kennedy seems to be the only one to escape this round of illness. Really, though, we've been remarkably well all winter long. I really can't complain. Poor Julia's nose has been wiped raw. She literally had scab rings around each nostril. I've never seen a nose look that bad. We all seem to be mostly recovered now, though us colds people are still a bit drippy and congested.
And no, I did not knock them unconscious. They were just all tuckered out I guess. (OK, maybe it was a sugar crash after their parties at Lands End. Maybe. I mean, guessing from the layer of sticky sweetness on Jesse's face, I'd say the odds are good.)
Monday, February 9, 2009
You are The Empress
Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.
The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents,
beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home
decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.
The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
What do you think? Does it sound like me or not? I want to hear what you think before I give my opinion.