Saturday, February 1, 2014

FOUR!

My sweet, sweet little Evan turned four last week!
Evan has wanted to go bowling for months, so we met some friends at the bowling alley the day before his birthday and had a great time! Evan thoroughly enjoyed both the sporting activity and the food :).


  Some of us have amazing form....
 Poor Evan was sporting a fresh black eye... something to do with a tiff between brothers. But to be fair, Lucas got stabbed with a fork the same day. Brotherly Love, my friends.

A true friend sticks by and admires your bowling results.
 Mmm. Pizza, nachos, mozzarella sticks, and fried pickles (which were quite an unpleasant surprise to this guy). What a birthday assortment!
We also had birthday cupcakes, and Evan wasn't too happy about our singing Happy Birthday. He's not a fan of all that loud attention.
For his real birthday I made this airplane cake. He wanted an airplane with "pointy down wings," which, may I tell you, is very hard to come by in the store. A couple years ago we had 3 mini Boeing 727s, and now Matchbox doesn't make them anymore (or they're hoarding them)! So, I made the next best (but way cuter) thing  - a blue paper airplane! Evan loved his cake and didn't complain for a second about the plane choice.

This time we whispered our best rendition of Happy Birthday, and it went over well. 
  Evan got some great gifts, which kept arriving in the mail for days! He was a happy boy.
 I'm so thankful for this little baby boy. In the days leading up to and on his birthday we spent a lot of time together looking at his baby pictures. He'll tell anybody he meets that he was a cute little baby, and he wants to be a baby again because he was so cute! I'd have to agree that he was one fine specimen, and still is!
Evan and I found this video last week of Lucas holding Evan for the first time. This is one of my best days ever. I miss Lucas's sweet little 4 year-old voice. So, deliciously adorable. Before we took this video he told me, "Mom!... You're not fat anymore!"
Happy Birthday, Evan!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

SEVEN

We had a fun birthday party for Lucas at our neighborhood pool. It's always so nice to get together with a lot friends and just hang out and have fun!

We dined on Costco pizzas, fruit, veggies and salad. And instead of cake Lucas wanted Rice Krispie treats (point, Lucas!). I made PB/Butterscotch ones as well as marshmallow. And let me tell you, I've been making them wrong all these years! I used this Pioneer Woman recipe, and they were super-marshmallowy delicious.

One of the best things about the party was that Lucas's teacher, Ms. Tiffany, from K and 1st grade came! We love, love, love her! And it felt like having here there was better than any princess, knight, clown, or magician could have ever been! She got married the weekend after school got out last year, and moved to a new school. So she's had a name change, a school change and even has a little teeny-tiny on the way!
After Ms. Tiffany left, Ben provided the entertainment by catapulting kids into the air one after the other. They love that stuff AND it's good for Ben's back ;). There was one kid (the one on the bottom left) who was a little too big, but how can you tell him no? Especially after he took pics of your kid's party for you. Thanks for the pics, Marco!
So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lucas! We love you so so so so so much! Thanks to everyone who came to help us celebrate. We should rent the pool for parties more often!!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Harry Potter Feast



Last night I had a Harry Potter dinner for three little HP fanatics. Look at how cute they are! Seriously cute, right? I have been wanting to do it for a while, and figured I should make it part of Lucas's birthday weekend.
I decorated with some potions: dream fluid, gillyweed, truth serum, dried beetles, blind cat eyes, and bat eyes.
For dinner they had meat pies (chicken pot pie), served with Herbology fruit, and Herbology broccoli, with pumpkin juice to drink. For dessert I made a treacle tart (Harry's favorite) as well as butter beer, of course.

 The kids had lots of fun and started the sorting hat at the beginning. We had to use Lucas's party hat from his birthday yesterday :). They went through as many names as they could remember, taking turns sitting in the chair, putting them into the appropriate houses.

 They ate their dinner, then played in their "dormitories" and came down for dessert. 

They had lots of fun and tried all the food (and some potions). Lucas ate quite a few dried beetles...hopefully today will be ok, because dried beetles are basically like prunes. The pumpkin juice was probably the fan favorite. 
My butterbeer didn't turn out great. I made homemade butterscotch sauce and it didn't turn out right because my candy thermometer broke, and I don't think I cooked it long enough, and my mom would have washed down the sides of the pan... Anyhow, it sugared and didn't dissolve in the cream soda. Next time I'll just buy butterscotch sauce. And I always imagined butterbeer to be warm, so I'm gonna try again in January. 
The treacle tart was beautiful. The sweetness of the golden syrup was a bit extreme for my liking (basically treacle tart is golden syrup (cooked sugar), bread crumbs, lemon juice and ginger). It was a fun experiment, though. And it's amazing how much better kids eat Harry Potter food. I might have HP food every night!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Lucky 7! Happy Birthday Lucas!!

Yesterday Lucas turned 7. SEVEN! He's getting so BIG and growing into such a sweet young man. We love him so much!
Last year Lucas woke up at 5:30 on his birthday. But this time it was Evan! And it was 5:00... and I went to bed at 1:00. Needless to say, I was not happy. And I was worried I wouldn't make it through the day. Anyhow, Lucas got up at 6:30. He got dressed and closed his eyes as we came down the stairs because he wanted to be surprised by the streamers and balloons (which he requested weeks ago), and he was pleased with the results. For breakfast I made blueberry pancakes and then Lucas opened a few gifts.
We headed to school in our newly pimped out car. I had a lot of fun drawing on the car with window crayons. I think it was my favorite of all the birthday prep.
Evan and I delivered donuts to Lucas's class at 2:45. It was the first time I've been in his new classroom during the school day, so that was fun. The kids were pretty excited and hyper for some reason...

After school I had an audition for a great job and I wanted to take Lucas because they needed kids, too. Lucas wasn't sure if he wanted to go, but finally he got in the car and off we went. I was nervous because he wasn't on board when we left the house; however, he did a wonderful job in the audition and totally surprised me! He did such a great job showing excitement and improvising while we sat in our imaginary truck, pulling our imaginary boat on our way home from our imaginary weekend at the lake. And Lucas loved the experience, too. Hopefully we'll get a callback!

We came home and had a yummy dinner and opened the rest of his gifts. (I love how excited he got over the blue blazer, dress pants, sweater vest, and belt I got him. He also wants a three piece suit and a tux...) After gifts we enjoyed a Harry Potter inspired cake (chocolate with strawberries and whipped cream). I had a lot of fun putting this cake together, and tried my best to channel my inner Rubeus Hagrid whilst decorating.

Look at my boy dressed up in his new Harry gear. He told me he thinks he should dye his hair darker. He's so silly. Maybe temporarily some day....


I love my little stinker so much. And I hope all his dreams comes true.
Happy Birthday, Lucas!
 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

First Day of Second Grade!

Today is the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! Can you believe my first baby is starting 2nd Grade? Lucas had the same teacher and class for K and 1st grade, so this year he starts with a new teacher and new class. It's a tough adjustment since we just LOVED his old teacher, but his new teacher seems really great. All young and energetic :). He's sad that none of the boys from his old class are in his new class, but he's got a few good girl buddies in there.
As always, its hard to let go as he heads off to school. He takes a little piece of me with him when he's away and I can't wait to get him back at the end of the day. And every day I pray that he's safe and sound... and that he doesn't do too much to embarrass me :).
 
It's a little too quiet around here, but, look - I'm blogging! Hopefully Evan and I can be productive while we wait for 3:00 to roll around. 

And here's a cute pic of Lucas from soccer that I meant to post in June. Isn't he so cute? Yes, yes, he is. I love him so much.  

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Artcrank and Ben's Birthday

Ben's birthday fell on the same day as the Artcrank Poster show this year. (Remember his poster from last year? It was beautifully letter pressed and ended up winning an award from a paper company.) This year Ben was so incredibly busy, but still wanted to enter a design, so he worked nonstop to the last minute to get a poster together. It's an abstract wheel, it says, "Bike to Work, Work to Eat, Eat to Live, Live to Bike" going around the wheel. On his artist's description next to his poster he made a note that he would be happy email a PDF to anyone's tattoo artist if they wished to have it tattooed on their back or face. It was pretty funny. (And he actually wanted them to say tattooer, not tattoo artist).

 
   
Anyhow, after Ben played two basketball games, we headed out the door at 9:00 to the poster show. I'm so not cool enough to hang at these poster shows with all the cool hipsters drinking their beer and smoking their cigarettes, but I did enjoy seeing all the cool posters. We were out of there by 10:00 and headed to dinner. Dinner at Gordough's, which used to be just a donut trailer, but is now a full blown bar and restaurant. We shared a sandwich and a donut. Ben's contact fell out while he was looking at the menu and we looked like dorks trying to find it with our cell phone lights. BUT Ben finally found it in his water glass!

Sunday night we continued the birthday celebrations at the Pete's house. It was Adam's birthday, too, so we had a combined party for the boys. I made this yummy chocolate cake with strawberries, whipped ganache and whipped cream filling. It was pretty delish. Although, I don't think the whipped ganache is necessary. Next time I'll use plain old ganache.

Speaking of cakes, I mentioned a post or two ago about how I made cakes for my friend's birthday. I made one chocolate one like the one above, but without the weird chocolate on the side. And this was the other one. Raspberry curd filling. Yummy chantilly cream frosting.  And yes, I know I should take the time to clear the table before I take pictures... oops.



Saturday, March 9, 2013

Evan Schmevin

OK. Yes, I've been slacking lately. I'm sorry. Cute things are still happening around here, though. As a matter of fact, every day someone does something cute. Sometimes, two people are cute even. This post focuses on Evan's cuteness.

Last month I made a couple cakes for my sweet friend's birthday. Evan was very happy because cake baking means beater licking. In these pics he's enjoying some of the best frosting ever.

I've decided I need to teach my boys to be helpful in the house. When Lucas was 2 or 3 I didn't really want him to clean the toilet because it's gross. And now guess who thinks is gross to clean the toilet? Yes, Lucas. That's not gonna happen with Evan. He's my toilet helper now! Look how manly he is.
These two love to mess up my bedroom. They thought it was great fun to get under the covers and make a parachute.
Evan likes to be helpful in the shower. He always wants to use the squeegee... even on Lucas's face.

Funny things he's said:
Lucas made a fantastic Rock Rattlesnake diorama last week. He made the clay out of snake and I put it in the oven to dry faster. When I opened the oven door Evan saw it and shrieked.
I explained that it wasn't real, and he said, "oh how cute!" Then a minute later hesitantly asked, "Do I have to eat it?" So cute.


On Thursday we went to see the dioramas on display. I took Evan with me and he was so sad to leave and gave Lucas kiss after kiss. Each time he'd start to walk away he'd cry again and go back for another kiss. So sweet. 

My friend, Helda, and I started the Insanity workout a few weeks ago. Sometimes Evan gets on the floor and does stuff with us. I'm sure he looks so much cuter than either one of us. The other day he was even yelling "Dig Deeper!" at us, just like the guy on the video.

Evan is still crazy for airplanes, trains, and things that go. Last month we got to go to the little Georgetown Airport for a study trip with Lucas's class. Evan was in heaven. He sat with the rest of the kids and listened to the guy, who was a little boring, talk the whole time. Probably because they got to sit under an old B-25 Bomber the whole time. BUT, ever since then Evan has wanted to go to the BIG AIRPORT. And he asks multiple times every day to go to the stinkin' airport. EVERY DAY. Poor kid. 

Evan can be a little grouchy sometimes. His signature catchphrase is, "It's not funny!" whenever he is slightly offended. Whether or not someone is laughing doesn't matter. Also, "Its not crazy!" is another one. You can also tell he spends a lot of time in the car with me. As we drive around he'll say, "Seriously, car? Come on!" and nice stuff like that. We've all got to watch our mouths. Evan is so silly, sweet and funny. We sure are glad to have him.