Sunday, March 25, 2012

Simple Round Cake

Here's my newest cake creation! Nothing major though. A co-worker of mine turns 30 on Monday so I figured I'd try my hand at fondant again. I was super excited when I was able to successfully place the fondant on the cake the first time I tried, with no rips or having it stick to the table. A success :) Before I brought it to work, I practiced my frosting techniques and added a border of green dots along the bottom. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! The boys and I took a little vacation this weekend to see Papa Craig and Nanny. And to see the tractors : )

The start of our vacation began this morning with St. Patrick's day French Toast. Yummy!  

The first few turned out more green (greener?) than the rest! 
And then of course we had green bunnies (also known as green milk!). 

Needless to say, these boys (and Papa Craig!) were all very excited to have a green breakfast today! Everything disappeared in minutes!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Frilly Dish Gloves

I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to make these! I stumbled upon a picture of some really cute dish gloves a while back when I was searching for a new apron. I have been eagerly waiting and saving for a sewing machine the past few months and I finally got one! My sister-in-law had one of her mom's that she wasn't using so it made it's way to me for a while. Super excited!

I was so anxious to get it out of the bag to set it up, but with the boys around, I knew that wasn't going to happen at all this morning. So the three of us made a trip to JoAnn's to pick out fabric to upgrade my gloves. While there, Hunter had a melt down. He saw some fabric that he INSISTED was his blanket. It looked nor felt anything like his blanket at home. The tears rolled for about 15 minutes. Ugh. As we were checking out, guess what song he starts singing? "I know what to do, when I'm about to poop..." See the Poop Song. I was completely embarrassed! Every little old lady that surrounded us looked at me with disgust.... : (

Lucky for me though, by 11:00a Hunter was yawning so it was early naps for both boys...and sewing for mom!! Didn't get much done...I really struggled with the bobbin. I haven't sewed in....12 years? It took a while to remember. Thank goodness the manual was with it!!

I think I must have "ripped out" (not that you really can with plastic gloves) the seams on the first glove about four times. Of course I thought it was going to be easier than it was. But I once I got the first one done, the second one was SUPER easy.

I can't wait to make more!! I just bought purple glove today!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sleep Training Tips From Super Nanny

I've heard lots of positive things about Super Nanny's sleep training techniques. It's easier said than done! For those of you who aren't familiar, you go through your normal routine, and then when it's time for you to leave the room, you tell them something along the lines of "Good night" with a hug and a kiss. And then leave. If they get out of their bed you just put them back- without saying anything. There are versions of it where you can sit in your child's room until they fall asleep, each time sitting closer and closer to the door until eventually you don't have to sit anymore. 
Needless to say, we're on the "sit on the floor" part. Tonight was my first night trying it out. Here's how it all went down:

7:00 - Pajama's on
7:15 - Brush teeth
7:20 - Clean up boys' room
7:25 - Find Hunter in the kitchen eating a cupcake...
7:30 - To bed for the boys. [Hunter was going to get to stay up with mommy but the cupcake thing pushed her buttons]
7:33 - Read JP "Happy Man and His Dump Truck" [his favorite!]
7:40 - Read Hunter "The Color Kittens" and "Goodnight Little Bear"
7:50 - Lights out - Mom sits by the door

Here's where it gets tricky!

7:50:01 - JP - Want dog!
 H - No, it's my dog!
 J- It's mine!
 H - It's not your dog Jim!
 J- MY dog!
x 5 minutes....
Mom takes said dog from Hunter and puts it up. Lots of tears from both boys. Arguing continues...

8:00 - Somehow changes topic to wanting to go potty.
 H - Mom I have to go potty!
 J - Go potty!
 H - Gotta go potty mom!
 J - Go pee pee
 H - It's not pee pee. It's POTTY!
 J- I go pee pee too!
 H - No I have to go potty!
 J- I go potty!
8:07 - Hunter gets to go upstairs to go potty...he actually went...considering how potty training is going, a BIG surprise.

8:10 - Hunter is back in bed. And then jumping on the bed. And then coaxing JP to come to his bed...which he did. And was sent back bed. They then began to complain about being hungry, which was simply Hunter just quoting 101 Dalmatians.

The next twenty minutes was mommy laying Hunter and JP down in their beds. They only got out a couple times, but would sit up or hop around a lot, which warranted intervention.

8:30 -
 H - Mom I have a bloody nose! [This kid has never had one was clearly not worried]
 J - I have bloody...nose
 H - No you don't Jim, I do!
 J- I bleed!
 H- Mommy my nose is bleeding! 
 J- My nose bleed!
[This goes on for quite some time]
 H- No it's not Jim! My nose is bleeding!
 J- Need band aide
 H- No Jim MY nose is bleeding!
 J- SpongeBob  band aide
 H- No I need the band aide!
 J- Need band aide for my eye!
 H- You don't need a band aide for your eye Jim!
 J- Need it for my face!
8:45 H-No Jim! Now you be quiet!
 J- You be quiet!
 H- Jim I told you. You be quiet. I be quiet. Mommy be's quiet.
 J- Where mommy go?
 H- Mommy is sitting in the chair watching us sleep Jim. Now I said be quiet!

And what do you know? I have two sleeping boys by 9:15. Maybe before then...I nodded off after Hunter told JP to bed quiet. Didn't hear another peep out him. JP fussed about a bit longer giggling to himself. 

I broke the rules a few times, reminding JP that he had to lay down and be quiet. I told Hunter I wasn't going to lay with him. I told him it was time to lay down...It wasn't perfect. But I think I did pretty good considering I was in there for about an hour and a half! I know I missed a few arguments in there too! They also discussed where they wanted me to sit, ie on the floor or in the chair, and how they wanted the light on. Listening to them was quiet humorous! I found myself trying not to laugh sometimes!