Wednesday, December 22, 2010
ok, we're off to canada. almost. the van (old faithful it is not) wouldn't start this morning, of course i can't blame it on her, we are the ones who left the lights on. the battery was so dead we couldn't even jump start it. so, patrick went to buy a new battery. auspicious beginnings!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I know they don't remember their first birthdays, but i do. i was so excited about charlie's party, i'd been planning it for months. and months. i'd lost so much sleep over menus, invitations, decorations, music. Going to garage sales to get theme decorations. Scouring used cd stores for the right background soundtrack. I don't know why it matters to me, but it does. It's fun. Initially, I wanted to do a whole lunch, traditional picnic food with a twist. Big baskets of fried chicken, biscuits, done family style at long plank tables. Outside. With pony rides after lunch :-). Bobbing for apples, until someone told me people don't do that anymore because it's somewhat questionably hygenic to share the same water like that. Country Living was going to come do a story on it :-). But that would have been waaaaay too expensive and too labor intensive as well. So we settled on an in between meal, and were able to invite more people. Mom and Lar came, and helped so much. I hope we had fun, I did. I know patrick was glad it was finally over!
Above: mom and hannah unwrapping caramels for caramel apples, our take home gift.
i apparently have little control over where i get my pictures and text to go i'm sorry. anyways, hannah is mixing up the poppyseed citrus vinaigrette dressing for the sweet potato salad. There was a ton left over, so i guess this opinion was not shared by all, but i absolutely loved it. i like potato salad ok, but in the end it just tastes like mayonnaise. this had orange juice and poppyseeds and pecans and red onion and all kinds of things. so good!
Lar and I working on the fondant. Here, there are only a few options available: the white, then you mix color in yourself, and i hear that's difficult to get it distributed through evenly. or small packages of various colors, primary or pastel. so, that's why we ended up doing each layer a different color, all patched up at the back. It was alright.
We had quite a few things I wanted to get done around the house/yard, as well. Here, Patrick is digging holes for a new fencepost, and gate. I love seeing Patrick working with the kids, or at least letting them "help." I know charlie will learn so much from him.
We had some regular white cake, and another layer pumpkin with cream cheese filling.
Someone getting curious a little early!
In my opinion, the after party is what it's all about. The post adrenaline rush, kind of like walking out of an exam. But more fun :-). You can relax, eat because you don't have to worry about the guests having enough. have a drink, if you're into that sort of thing.
The tag says thank you for coming. we couldnt' leave them out, because it was so hot they'd all melt. But of course when people start to leave I forget we even have them. So we had a ton left over, and ended up giving them to the neighbours!
|"I'm cool and glam like Auntie Lar!"|
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
|i can't decorate the tree without christmas cookies, so hannah and i whipped some up. i tried not to control too much as she decorated the cookies how she wanted. (with nana overseeing)|
|my mom always gives gifts for each sunday in advent, so we opened the first ones a day early.|
|this is the cookie girl, right here! i think she ate 6. just that one night.|
|so ever since this summer, hannah loves to pretend she's roasting "mousemellows". here a pile of leaves did the trick.|
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