Saturday, February 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Alyssa

 I can't believe that my baby is TWO today! Time flies for sure. It goes faster and faster every year. If you couldn't tell from the picture, Alyssa loves Curious George lately. Her cake was my attempt at making a "George cake" that was as girly as can be.
 She had a great day hanging out and playing with her siblings. There is nothing she loves more than all the attention they give her. Someone is constantly there for her. There is always someone willing to help her with what she wants to do and someone to play with most of the time.
 Because she is the fourth child and she turned two, the fanfare wasn't too big. she got a couple of gifts, got a big piece of cake and that was the extent of the birthday celebrations. of course, she loved the attention and had a blast.

 Happy Birthday to one amazing girl. She still doesn't talk much, but she has such a sweet spirit. she adds so much happiness to our home. She brings a peace and love that we didn't know we were missing until she came along. She continues to be very obedient, mild mannered and happy most of the time. we are truly blessed to have her for a daughter. I have no doubt she will do great things someday.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lily Hair Do's

It's been a while since I've posted some hairstyles of Lily's . I've tried out some new styles lately and I think some of them have turned out rather cute. I get most of my ideas online, so don't think for a moment that I came up with these ideas on my own!

We still get the most compliments on her hair whenever she has her hair down. I think most people are surprised how long it really is and they can actually see that when it is down. I'm so glad that she still wants to look like "Tangled" and refuses the mere thought of cutting any of it off. Whew! lucky me. I get to use it against her when she complains about brushing it every day. I tell her if she complains, then we will cut it to a more manageable length.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

It's Great to be Eight!

 Being the new primary president (gulp) I had to put on the baptism preview this year for the kids turning eight. we have ten kids turning eight this year, so we will have a lot of baptisms. If you know me, you know that this was indeed very stressful for me. I had to conduct the meeting and I was shaking so badly I was sure that everyone could tell. I was terrified that I would mess up and everyone would laugh at me. Of course, no such thing happened, but those fears stick with me nonetheless. 
I made these cute doughnut "eights" for the kids to take home
This was our spread. It looks like it was worth coming to, even if it was just for the food!
Even with all the cake I'll be making for my kids birthdays, I made some cute cupcakes and put little chocolate eights I made into the top of the cakes. 
I'm glad it's finally over, but I'm pretty sure I'll just have to do it again next year. sigh. At least I kind of know what I'm doing now.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentines Day

It's valentines day!
Randy sent me some gorgeous flowers. They mean so much to me because I know how much of a waste of money he thinks they are. It came with the sweetest note that is too private to share. He felt bad that he had to be gone all day at work and at school and this softened the blow a bit. I would still rather have him here, but alas, it is not to be. 
 Of course we couldn't have a fantastic valentines day without some awesome valentines hair! Lily was adamant that she have a heard AND have her hair down at the same time. Sheesh, she is getting picky lately. Her cuteness makes up for it though.
As I was taking pictures, Alyssa wanted in on the action. Her hair looks beautiful as well. She wanted a picture of the back as well as the front.

 She is the best baby ever. She felt so beautiful. I'm glad she wants me to do her hair so she will look pretty everyday.
Beauty requires rest however, and she certainly gets plenty of beauty rest everyday. I wish she would stay this age forever. Happy Valentines day!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sisterly Love

Since Tyler and Jacob are in school all day now, the girls have plenty of time to themselves. They fight, of course, but for the most part they get along and play great together.
They are constantly snuggling each other and its hard not to appreciate them and their relationship when they do so.  Whether it is watching a movie, reading a book, or playing pretend, they are fantastic sisters.

Not only do lily and Alyssa get along, Alyssa is absolutely adored by all her siblings. Everyone seems to want time with Alyssa.

Needless to say, she is a very loved member of the family and we, each and every one of us, spoil her to no end.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sweet Treats

While I haven't been blogging much, I have still been making treats every once in a while. These are some cute cupcakes I made for book club one night.
This was Randy's birthday cake

I made Lemon pudding cake cupcakes with lemon frosting and raspberries on top for my Dad on his birthday. I made chocolate pudding cake cupcakes with chocolate frosting for my brother in law Robby on my Dad's birthday. They turned out pretty good and everyone seemed to enjoy the taste as well.

For Tyler's birthday, he was very specific. he wanted a chocolate bunt cake with chocolate frosting and no embellishments.