Monday, November 17, 2008

Birthday Bonanza!

If you know my family, you know that fall is an extra busy time of year for us. We celebrate 3 of my kids' b-days in November, following Ryan in October and with Colin on deck for December.
Here are some pictures:

This weekend was spent in a domestic flurry, since we have a tradition in our family that the birthday celebrant chooses dinner on their special day, and of course the cake.
Brenna chose homemade chicken noodle soup. She and I spent a lovely afternoon together, cooking. She is learning to chop veggies and did a great job. She definitely inherited her dad's love of cooking! Desert was a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. YUMMO!

Saturday was Jimmy's birthday. He's had a lousy cold and spent a few days home from school with an ear infection. Well poor kid, this is just the type of thing that gets his asthma going. He spent the day miserable, needing a nebulizer treatment. He managed a smile before his cake and presents though. His cake was a Boston Cream Pie cake:

Both of these cakes are from this book - it makes box cake mixes into amazing deserts:

And since I never shared a pic of Tom Tom from his special day:

Lots more to share, but it's getting late here. Go check out Dreamgirls . We're fortunate to have Midnight Oil Scrapbook Designs sponsor us with TWO big prize packages! You won't want to miss this! While you're there, take a peek at our DT call - we're looking for a few new people to add to the team.

Talk to you all soon!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rooty toot toot!

Happy Monday everyone! How was your weekend?
I spent mine working, so I'm a bit pooped. I'm working tonight too, so I'm heading off to nap in a bit. But I'm so excited, I had to blog to share some good news from Leslie at Treasured Scrapbooking:

The new Design Team is (in no particular order):

returning from the previous DT:
Lisa (justlisa)
Michelle L. (alysmom)
Julie (juliesaddiction)
Shirley (Shirley)
Tracey (TraceyT)

and our new DT members:
Laura (laurajean)
Abbie (AbbieT)
Debbie (debbiefitz)
Cherrie (floridagirl)
Cristal (pinky)

I'm just thrilled to be part of this talented group of scrappers and can't wait to get started! Leslie puts together some gorgeous kits and is one all around sweet lady. Thanks Leslie for this opportunity!

Next, I need to share a non scrapbook related toot, for my son, Colin. Here he is with his report card:

And here is a closeup - check out these grades!

We're so proud of him. THe whole report card is amazing, but math has always been a challenge for him - so getting an "A" is a huge accomplishment. He was actually skipping with glee as he left the school building. I was so happy for him, I got all misty!

Anyway, I think I hear my bed calling me, so have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Fall is Whizzing By...

Don'tcha think? The leaves have passed peak here, we've woken to frost several mornings, and the clock's been turned back.

My little Tom Tom celebrated his fourth birhday yesterday. He exclaimed, "Holy COW!" when he unwrapped his presents - a Shake and Go Batman plane and a Vtech Motion. I just wish I could pause time for a while so I could savor his little-ness a bit longer.

Halloween was low key and fun here. All of my kids changed their minds about what they wanted to dress up as.

Here is Colin, as a Demon Skateboarder, (note the matching Element hoodie - isn't that serendipitous?) with Ryan, as a skeleton:

Brenna switched from her planned Mummy costume to a hippy chick. Isn't she groovy?

Jimmy chose to be Black Spidey:

And Tommy, who swore he'd be Superman, changed his mind when he saw this alien costume. I'm glad he did, even if the mask only stayed on for pictures, hee-hee!

I had worked the night before and was absolutely exhausted. So putting on a bit of makeup seemed like a good idea. I added some past costume pieces and transformed myself into this:

Pretty scary, huh?

Dreamgirls challenge 15 is live. I used the song lyrics to the

song "B!tch" by Meredith Brooks as inspo for this page. The yellow and blue flower was made from glimmer misted cupcake wrappers:

You can hear the song on my playlist in the side bar. Come play along! Dolores put together an awesome prize package. Plus, a little bird told me there might be a DT Call coming soon, so you wouldn't want to miss it!