Baby Girl Turned 1!

A little over a month ago we celebrated one year with our sweet girl! She really was the gift that we needed, but just didn’t know it! I had fun putting together her party. I think first warrant a little extra effort and for crying out loud it was my first girl party. The theme was “You are my Sunshine”. I initially was thinking of the typical, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray. You’ll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.” But really the later part of that sort of irks me and then I realized that one of my favorite artists these days, JJ Heller, has another equally appropriate song: “You are the sunshine on rainy days. And if I have sunshine a rainbow is coming my way.” Ok, the truth is it doesn’t matter and probably no one at the party had a clue anyway. The only place the lyrics were used was on the window decoration and the favors. Now on with some photos.

I made a fabric bunting and my MIL made the window with photos. I’m planning to use them in Norah’s room when we get into our house.one10one2A little funny. The night after the party Carson says, “The tomato mozzarella skewers must have gone fast. I didn’t even get one.” Yeah, I totally forgot to get them out of the fridge! one1I made a ball pit out of pool noodles which I sliced with a bread knife and last year’s swimming pool that now has a leak. one7 one3We played pin the ray on the sunshine because what sort of game are you supposed to play at a sunshine party?one11one9After Silas’s mess of a cake I decided to go simple with Norah’s. It was lemon and lovely.one6And perhaps my favorite part is that the platter was my Mema’s, the Evelyn that Norah’s middle name came from. I knew I’d use it for her first cake the moment I found out I was having a girl. one5The birthday girl with her cake. I had decorated the high chair, but she had no intention of sitting in it! one14 one13I need to go back and see if I got a good picture of her outfit that day, because I made it. But, I want to go ahead and get this post published lest I lose it again, so maybe I’ll do a post about the outfit later this week.


Another Blog

I had a post all ready to go about Norah’s birthday party, but it’s gone missing. I thought it was saved, but apparently not. Boo. Maybe it’s just lost in cyber space and will turn up tomorrow. Not likely. So until I find time to redo it here’s a piece of news for you. I’ve started a new blog. Because, you know, I need another blog to neglect! The new blog is where I’ll be posting photos of our house in progress. I’m not sure if anyone else will be that interested in it, but I kind of want to document it for myself. And don’t worry, I don’t expect the neglecting of that blog to interfere in anyway with the neglecting of this blog 😉  

Here’s the link to Beech Haus

The Ugliest Cake I’ve Ever Made

Not exactly sure what prompted my absence from the blog, but it probably had something to do with the three small people in my life. Like the one that is currently standing beside me with a book whining or the one across the room saying, “Mama watch me hoola hoop!”. I can kindle and I can Ipad, but get on the lap top and you would think I had put out a “Anybody need anything right now?” sign!

So anyway, the ugliest cake I’ve ever made. It was Silas’s birthday back in May and I decided to try and use only natural coloring in the cake. My blue turned out a bit more gray and then the strawberry filling sort of leaked through because it was warm out and I should have let the icing set between each layer because it was mostly whipped cream and the cake layers just wanted to slide off…. well, here’s the end product.


Since it was gray I made some darker icing to speckle on top, added a dump truck full of chocolate chunks and wa la! Better, but still ugly.


On the back side you can see the strawberry filling seeping out and the stick that was holding the layers on! At least it tasted all right. And, I’m pretty sure the birthday boy didn’t mind.

I really didn’t do a whole lot for this party. It was at a park, so I just figured the playground was the activity and the trees were the decoration! Here are a few more pictures from the party.


Silas loves this little bike!


What a cute two year old!


More coming soon!