30 September 2010
29 September 2010
28 September 2010
2. I don't like to advertise my children's birthdays (as far as the date goes) out here on the internet.
So I think that's why I skipped it.
But I am going to blog about it now, because I looked over on the sidebar under the JACK category and he has the least posts of all my children. The poor, forgotten, oldest child.
Again - it was a low key birthday, just hanging out with the fam.
Breakfast: German Pancakes
Dinner: Pizza from our favorite pizza place
Cake: Chocolate with Chocolate frosting (a first for Jack, who used to hate chocolate cakes).
Present from Mom an Dad: Legos
27 September 2010
Since Sam's birthday is first, I'll start with him. This year we had a low key birthday, just with our little family (although Aunt Emily was visiting during Sam's).
Here are Sam's picks for his birthday:
Present from Mom and Dad: skateboard
This panda image was from one I got online. I think I found it on etsy and then just blew it up. Then I traced it onto parchment paper and tried to transfer it onto the cake. It didn't work really well and the frosting was really sticky for some reason. But I was able to freehand the lines enough that it ended up turning out perfectly.
The outline is one of those tubes of black frosting from the grocery store and the sprinkles are black sugar from Michael's, which I set in with a spoon. It was tricky. I'm sure it would have made things easier if I'd known what I was doing.
And 8 days later it was Charlie's birthday. Same low-key-just-hang-out-with-the-fam-kind-of-a-day. We may have gone to the toystore because some people had money burning a hole in their pockets.
Here are Charlie's picks:
Breakfast: Cookie Crisp cereal
Dinner: Pasta with red meat sauce, but not spaghetti
Present from Mom and Dad: skateboard
This cake was one I saw a long time ago in Martha Stewart Kids or Baby. It's actually supposed to look like this with a recipe for a banana cake. The bowl I used wasn't the right shape, and I had used a cake mix, so maybe it wasn't the right amount, but it didn't turn out the right shape or size. Dan came to the rescue with the suggestion to just put the face on top and it worked out great. Charlie had actually asked for a lion or shark cake, but when I showed him this one, he liked it just as well. He's easy like that.
Also - Charlie insisted on the 6 candle and an 8 one for Sam's. I never would have bought them if he hadn't. See what a nice mom I am.
22 September 2010
I've been absent because it's been busy around here!
We had family visit last weekend because little Sam got baptized. I cannot believe he is 8!
Before that we had Charlie's and Sam's birthdays.
And I just got back from San Diego with Dan. He had a conference and I got to go with him.
Plus - I only have 8 weeks left! It finally seems to be ending. And I'm pretty sure that I can not do this again. Be pregnant. I'm also pretty sure I do not have patience for more than 5 kids.
Posts to follow!
Posted by leigh at 10:20 PM
14 September 2010
07 September 2010
So I kind of lied when I said that I didn't take many photos in New Mexico. I should have said I didn't take many photos of people while in NM.
We actually stopped in this town, Vaughn, twice, that had the coolest signs ever. We took photos of all of them, and then we found a few more outside of Vaughn.
Yes - they have color TV at the Ranch View Motel
Posted by leigh at 9:20 PM
05 September 2010
This is a long post, but the only one I'm doing on this trip.
I had this really great idea about a super cool blog post where I showed you a map of where we went each day. It was a pretty cool road trip and we visited as many places as we could handle. But I couldn't figure it out.
Besides the map thing not working out so well, I realized I didn't take too many photos. Not sure how that happened. I'll blame it on being pregnant and grumpy.
Day 1: Salt Lake City, UT to Cortez, CO
It was kind of a stopping point, but also, Mesa Verde is close by and we thought we might have time for it. Turns out we didn't have the time or the energy to make it there. It's close enough that we'll do a trip out there another time. That whole area is gorgeous.
Day 2: Cortez, CO to Roswell, NM
This was a really long drive. So it was a good thing we didn't go to Mesa Verde in the morning. We did stop in Santa Fe on the way, but we didn't stay long and didn't see too much.
Day 3: Visit Carlsbad Caverns
This is the reason we stayed in Roswell. It's only about an hour from the caverns and we figured that as long as we were in New Mexico, we ought to go see them. After we got through the 2 hour trip of going through the main caves, Charlie told me, "that was the worst day of my life."
Days 5 and 6: Albuquerque
Posted by leigh at 8:29 PM
03 September 2010
01 September 2010
Katie (my little sister) and her new husband Dan came to town for a wedding. While they were here they asked if we wanted to hike to a local waterfall. Of course we did! This photo was taken after the hike. (Missing from the photo are my sister Jamie, Luke, and me. Four of the other kids are Jamie's and 2 are her other neices. )
Luckily Dan carried Luke on his shoulders the whole way down. Luke whined about it pretty much the entire way.
Luke played in the water. It was a really hot day and it was SO nice to stick your feet in that cool water.