Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Baby Sister's Baby Showers

As everyone should know by now, all of my 5 followers... :) Chelsea is pregnant with baby Tyler and due practically ANY day now!! I don't think I have mentioned though, what a BIG deal this baby is to our family... (not that you couldn't tell that I am a bit in love with Tyler already by all of by posts about him and Chels.) he will be the first nephew for me, the first grandbaby for my mom and dad, first great grandbaby for both sides of the family, and first great-great grandbaby for my Granny. I know, crazy right??!!


Anyhow, Chelsea was lucky enough to have TWO baby showers. My Nana C. hosted a 'breakfast' shower for Chelsea August 28, 2010 at the Speckled Butterbean in Wildwood. 
I, of course, made the cupcakes and cookie favors for everyone. 
Her second shower on September 11th was hosted by my mom's sister, Danielle and myself. This shower was your typical food, games, gifts! Who doesn't love a good ole' baby game using toilet paper to measure the mamma to be??
Before we get to the pictures I should probably mention that Chelsea is doing the baby's room in the Ocean theme. Soooo all things baby shower were focused around that! 
Chelsea had such a great amount of family and friends showering her with love, well wishes, and gifts! I think it is safe to say that baby Tyler shouldn't need anything for awhile!!!
And of course, here are some pictures from the showers.
Enjoy!!
The 'Speckled Butterbean' baby shower


Chelsea with her cupcakes and the beautiful painting that South Sumter High School painted for me

Party Favors






The second baby shower at Danielle's House



Party Favors full of White Chocolate Sea Shells

Mamma-to-be

Graycie playing the 'toilet paper' game... This was her guess at how many sheets she needed to make it around Chelsea's belly... too cute!
Turns out, Chels was only 11 sheets around! Impressive!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dragonflies, Butterflies and Mama's Birthday, Oh MY!!

On August 22, 2010 we celebrated my mom's birthday! To celebrate her day, I decided to do something a little different and make some cute, summertime cookies.

For her birthday cookies, I found some super cute dragonfly and butterfly cookie cutters!
I already had some cookie dough waiting in the freezer, so I thawed it out and got busy baking and decorating.
One thing I learned was how nice it was having the cookie dough already made. I think from now on I will try to always have some extra dough in the freezer. :)

These cookies took a couple of hours for me to decorate, since I still consider myself a newbie, BUT I had a lot of fun designing the cookies.




To say the least, my mom, stepdad, and brothers and sister all loved them!

We spent the afternoon in Alachua and Gainesville. We ate at one of my mom's favorite restaurants, the Ivy House, and then did the traditional Gainesville stop to pick up new shirts for football season. GOOO GATORS!
My mom's birthday lunch was spectacular and delicious! Even if I consumed 3,000 calories between the two yeast rolls, corny corn bread, southern fried shrimp, baked potato, salad with homemade ranch dressing, annnnnddddd their famous sweet raspberry iced tea...maybe I should add an additional 1,500 calories??
I know, I know--my body hates me!!

Anyway, my mom deserves only the best, and that is what I tried to give her! She is always proud of my work, know matter what... She IS my biggest fan and I thought she deserved the opportunity for something special to be made just for her! Love you, mama!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

My All Time Favorite List

While I was trying to get the 'feel' to blog a couple of recent events, I was going through the list of other Blogs that I follow and I found this list on the Artful Abode... I think the things on this list are many of my pet peeves, things that make you go 'Hmmm' and my feelings... I am obviously not the only person! (Thanks goodness! Sometimes I wonder what goes on in that head of mine!) 
I did the honor of highlighting my top 13! Don't judge me for my thoughts, because obviously, I'm not the ONLY person! If you feeeeelllll like it, leave a comment with your favorite number(s)! 
The List of Ultimate Thoughts
1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font. 
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? 
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this – ever.
15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?
16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
20. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option
21. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.
22. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.
23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.
24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
25. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
28. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
29. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’ll bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!
30. My check engine light has been on for three months now and nothing’s happened. I’m starting to think that my car is just an attention whore.
31. I don’t understand the purpose of the line, “I don’t need to drink to have fun.” Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they’ve invented the lighter?
32. Sometimes I pretend not to remember details about people because having a good memory apparently equates to creepiness.
33. My GPS says “Estimated Arrival Time.” I see “Time to Beat.”
34. Whenever someone says “I’m not book smart, but I’m street smart”, all I hear is “I’m not real smart, but I’m imaginary smart”.
35. My keyboard needs a removable crumb tray like my toaster.
36. What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?
37. I wish it were appropriate to say to a complete stranger, “Excuse me, would you like me to show you how to discipline your child?”
38. I never understood why the Lions and Cowboys always get to play on Thanksgiving. Shouldn’t the Patriots play the Redskins, and then steal their stadium afterwords?
39. Double-Stuffed Oreos should just be called Oreos, and regular Oreos should be called Diet Oreos.
Now, this is the kind of motivation I needed to be able to start typing away! I now feel revitalized and ready to post some good stuff!
Up next:
  • Mom's Birthday and the Cutest Cookies, ever!
  • Chelsea's Baby Shower(s) with more of the cutest cookies ever! And pretty darling cupcakes too!!