Tuesday, February 22, 2011

butt paste and a big screen

My children have begun a new obsession with butt paste..  My two year old has learned how to unscrew the cap from the tube, and she and her one year old brother stick their fingers into the tube and proceed to "draw" on everything within their reach. *sigh*  You would think one episode of such mischievousness would be enough to teach me to keep the paste out of their reach, right?  Apparently it has taken TWICE before I learned my lesson.  Unfortunately I learned this at the expense of our <Ladies, cover your husband's ears> ...LCD TV.  Not only did I find butt paste on the TV screen, but also finger prints (no surprise there) and CRAYON!!

(Please ignore the laundry baskets and toys in the reflection. Thank you.)

I was horrified, to say the least, when I saw our television in this condition! Luckily (?) I had another experience with "drawings" on our TV last year when I found that my daughter had used her banana to draw pictures on the screen. That nastiness came off easily enough with a very lightly damp cloth diaper, so as not to scratch the surface.  I tried the same approach this time, and believe it or not, both the crayon and the butt paste came off relatively easy, but those darn oily finger prints will not budge! I only spent about 5 minutes cleaning it, but I think it turned out fairly nice.

I suppose I'll have to break down and get a specialized LCD cleaner to get the finger prints and the rest of the smudges from the butt paste, but I'm REALLY happy and relieved about this outcome.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

celebrating life

My little girl is coming up on her third birthday. That means it's time to start gaining inspiration for a cake.. Daunting, I know. I guess this is a good opportunity to revisit last year's cake to show myself that I am capable of something cute in the least. We decided on a farm theme last year because, like almost every other two year old, she LOVED any and all animals. We did a farm yard, barn, silo, and animals to populate the area.

The two 8" rounds were made by me, the pound cake was pre-made and bought at my local grocery store's bakery. I also made two dozen cupcakes.

The 8" rounds are placed together and iced.

The barn and silo get "sided and shingled" The barn is the pound cake and the silo is three cupcakes with the tops cut off and stacked on one another.

I placed the buildings on the "yard"

The animals were my favorite part of the cake! They were three different decorations on cupcakes.

And the finished product:

The cake was a hit, and quite delicious! For step-by-step instructions here is a link to the website I followed: Fun Farm Cake

Now if only I could decide what to do this year..

Sunday, February 13, 2011

death of a coat

One Sunday morning about a month ago, my husband had just come in from shoveling our neighbor's sidewalk and driveway.  Very chivalrous, I know!  I offered to boil some water for hot chocolate, as it was quite nippy out.  I turned on the burner, set the tea kettle on the stove, and turned to continue conversing with my husband.  After about 5 seconds we hear WHOFF...  Well, I had apparently turned on the wrong burner and had also apparently set an oven mitt on said burner.  I turned around to find the oven mitt engulfed in flames.  Already the flames were easily a foot tall.  I grabbed the oven mitt with my hand, put it in the sink, and ran water over it.  I couldn't believe I had just picked up a flaming oven mitt with my bare hand!  My husband was chastising me about the entire situation when I happened to see my winter coat starting to catch fire!  The oven mitt had dropped burning bits of itself on the way to the sink, one of which had found home in my coat!  It is a down coat and would only take a few seconds to be completely ablaze, so I immediately swatted the small fire with my hand, which quelled the incident.

Whew! What a morning! It was an adrenaline filled two minutes and because there was so very little damage, we were able to laugh about it immediately. But after all this excitement, I'm stuck in the middle of winter with a coat that bleeds feathers..

Needless to say "she" was done for until I could fix her.

It's a month after the fire, Sunday once again. The husband and kids are sick, so church is out of the question. I decided to tackle the coat patching. <insert dramatic music> I started at 9 am and finished up around 4:30pm. *sigh* It's no wonder I've put it off for so long!

Here's what the patch looks like:

Can you believe that took seven and a half hours?! Hehe, just kidding. Well, not about that being the patch, because that is what closed the hole. Here is the finished product

I think I like my "new" coat better than the deceased one! :)

a quick telling of our life until now

I am a small town girl who grew up in southern Mississippi. When I was 18 I met my best friend and love of my life. And yes, it WAS love at first sight! :)
 We moved to the Midwest USA, and we were married. A year (almost to the day) later, we had our first child. A sweet little girl.
She was perfect in every way, and she still is perfect! When our daughter was 17 months old, we welcomed her little brother into our family. A handsome boy he was!
I am blessed enough to stay home with these two wonderful children. My life is pretty amazing, and I don't take it for granted. Welcome to a glimpse into our life.