Monday, July 3, 2017

The Cake

I feel like I should be on some sort of Food Network show after creating the following cake.  Hannah saw this idea on some Food Network show and wanted to re-create it.  It sounded fun, so I agreed.  After spending a small fortune on all of the ingredients we were ready to go.

Of course we couldn't just make one flavor, it had to be chocolate and strawberry.  We did use cake mixes and did not make them from scratch.  At this point I was a little worried on how nice our cake would look.  They always make it look so easy to get a cake all smooth......
After cleaning up the plate it didn't look so bad
Hannah's requirement for the cake was that we use some fondant.  She has wanted to try rolling out fondant for a while......she loves to watch Cake Boss.
Maybe you are starting to see the theme here......
Working on making some candy "grill" pieces
The finished product.  We were quite proud of it!
A grill looking cake
Maybe we are not quite ready for the Food Network yet, but we had fun creating this masterpiece.
One last picture

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Life Lately

It is time for a little Life Lately post.  We have been staying busy this summer and I can't believe that next week summer break is already half over.  This is our first long summer break since switching to the traditional school calendar and I was a little worried that summer would drag on a little, but it has flown by so far.

The Farmers Market is my happy place.  I love walking down to the farmers market on Saturday morning and get a coffee and stroll around.  It is also always fun to run into people and catch up a little.
This morning the kids waited in line for a really long time to get a balloon.

The big kids went to Ben and Nate's Army party and had a blast.  We had told them to pack some safety goggles to bring to the party and this is how Evan came down :)

How fun is this Army party and obstacle course????

I took my mom to the Dale Chihuly exhibit at Crystal Bridges and it was amazing.  The forest part was my favorite.  Just last weekend we went to Chihuly Saturday nights with the entire family and had a great time.  Every Saturday night until August they have music, a food truck, a beer garden and art stations for the kids and you get to see the exhibit at night.  You just bring a lawn chair and enjoy.  Very fun for the entire family.
I love having this museum in our town

We had a little ice cream on the square on my moms last night here

Evan's t-ball season just wrapped up last week.  He had a great time playing.  I just think these 4 year old boys in their uniforms are so cute.
Hannah was making flower necklaces while watching Evan play ball

Over the last couple of week I took each one of the kids on a date.  They got to pick what they wanted to do and where to eat lunch.  First up was Evan and he picked to go play games at Fast Lanes and eat pizza.
I love doing these one on one dates.
Next up was Hannah and she chose to get a pedicure and eat lunch at Qdoba.  Sad thing is I didn't get a single picture of our date, but Morgan sent me a couple of pictures of the other two enjoying a pizza lunch while Hannah and I were gone.

Last but not least was Nora's turn and she chose to got o Fast Lanes as well and eat lunch and chick -fil -a.
I got a couple blurry pictures of her during our outing.

I was talking to the kids about what we should do for Fathers Day and Evan said "How about we go to the bar for daddy to get some beers". Ha! We settled on an ice cream bar with lots of toppings.

Scott was watching the Masters a few weekends ago and talked to Evan about golf.  The next day he got his clubs out and was playing in the yard making up some games.  He told me that the guys on his team are winning.  Then he told me that Hillary Clinton and Meghan Trainor are on his team.  







Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cancun Part 2.........Our Day Trip

Next up was our day trip to Isla Mujeres to swim with the dolphins.  We had to take a boat to the island and spent the entire day there.  We thought the boat ride was going to be 25 minutes, but it was actually 45 minutes (we saw lots of other boats pass us quickly, so I think it definitely could have been only 25 minutes).
When we got there we had to quickly check in to swim with the dolphins.  It was a great experience.  Evan and Nora were able to do it, but were not able to do everything.  Hannah was old enough and she was able to hold on to the dolphin and the dolphin pulled her through the water.  Evan was not big enough for that yet and it really upset him, because he wanted to do it as well.
We have no pictures of our dolphin adventure.
Afterwards we swam in the pool for a bit and had lunch before heading to downtown.  There was 6 of us and we were taking a cab.  We thought we would have to take 2 cabs, but no we all squeezed into a little car and an adventurous ride to downtown.  We walked the streets and negotiated on a bunch a small little trinkets. 
Nora had to try on this big sombrero
 It was hot that day, so then we decided to just stop at the beach before heading back to our boat. We had a little excitement when Evan had to go to the bathroom and we stopped at this private beach club for him to go really quick.  Well, he locked himself in and couldn't open the door.  Security had already told us to leave, because it was a private club.  Evan was starting to panic a little and I am trying to explain to him what he had to do.  There was no handle on the outside of the door, so we had no idea how we could open it from the outside.  Eventually I spotted Scott to climb up over the tall wall to get in with Evan and then we made a 
 escape (Scott had told security that we needed help in the bathroom and they were going to get somebody).
Hannah and Nora got their hair braided on the beach.
I couldn't believe how still Nora sat to get these braids done
Meanwhile Evan was just rolling around in the sand.  he was covered from head to toe.
And we enjoyed a nice ice cold Corona on the beach
I love the braids on Hannah.  She said she wanted to keep them in until school starts again.  We just had to take them out this week, they were getting really tangled up from using goggles in the pool.
Back by the boat dock
On the way back
More Playroom activities for our kids at the resort
Hannah won the Limbo contest and won a hat
The kids decided to bury me in the sand and it was all fun and games until Nora decided to dump a bucket of sand on my head.  I am pretty sure I still have sand in my hair now 2 weeks later.
On our last day we just lounged around again by the pool.
Hannah took over my hat and sunglasses
Nora had a little cut on her toe and had to get a bandaid
Scott had to leave that night to go on a work trip to Mexico.  We had to get up bright and early the next morning to head to the airport.
The kids set up offices and pretended to work on our layover in Houston
We had such a fun trip.  I would almost call it relaxing, but with three kids there is not much relaxing anywhere.  I brought a book, but never even opened it.