Friday, January 31, 2014

Jon's Half Birthday

Jon's half birthday was a bit crazy this year.  The actually day was this past Monday.  Last Wednesday the snow craziness started for us.  School was canceled Thursday and Friday and we didn't get out of the house much because the plows were having trouble keeping up with all of the snow.  Saturday both Tim and I were pretty sick with a bad head cold.  And Sunday I had a big day at church in the morning and then we hosted our small group for a family meal with 9 adults and 10 kids at our house for a couple of hours.  So Sunday night we sit down to figure out what to make for Jon's half birthday treat for school and realize we can't make the cupcakes he wants.  First, I don't have any cake mix in the house, and second, even if I wanted to get ambitious and make the cake from scratch I can't because I don't have any eggs.

So I got out a couple of options for Jon: muffins, brownies, or sugar cookies - all of which I had mixes for in the cupboard.  Jon picked muffins.  :)

The weather forecast was looking iffy for school on Monday so I waited until 9:30 to make the muffins just in case school was canceled.  We literally got the call as I was putting the muffins in the oven - No School.  So Monday morning we had 24 muffins waiting for breakfast.  Luckily my family loves muffins.  In fact, they were actually all gone by noon on Tuesday.

So then at dinner we wanted to do a family treat for Jon.  He wanted to eat muffins and ice cream, but if you read the above paragraph you will know that the members of my family had already eaten a lot of muffins that day, so we decided on settling for just ice cream.  (Not to mention that there is something weird about muffins with ice cream, even though it is not much different from cupcakes and ice cream really I guess.)  The dilemma of candles in ice cream was solved by our trusty supply of play-doh.

To finish the story, we had snow days on Tuesday and Wednesday as well and I was actually able to get to the store and buy some cake mix.  We actually ended up making cupcakes in ice cream cones for a fun school treat.

Thursday, January 23, 2014


I normally scrap about the kids, but this week I did a page about me. :)

I actually created this for a blog post I wrote for the digital scrapbooking community.  I have some graphic designers that I write blog posts for in exchange for them giving me some of their digital supplies to use for my pages.  If you'd like to read the actual post, you can see it here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Year's Eve

While the kids are still too young to stay up until midnight to celebrate the New Year, we did do something fun on the 31st.  We went to a New Year's Eve bowling party!  The bowling alley near us was hosting a special where you could rent a lane and they'd put on the neon lights and play fun family music.  Even though we were there at like 2 in the afternoon, they even had a count down.

Sorry for the horrible pictures, but the lighting wasn't good at all for pics, but you can still see the fun:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A few fun pictures

We had a never ending Christmas break.  With one snow day before and two after, it ended up being almost three weeks long.  Poor Becca just couldn't wait one day and started walking around the house with her backpack, making sure everything was ready for when she'd finally be able to go back.

For Christmas I got an amazing calendar from Michael.  Each month is a new picture he created at school.

Can you explain to me how one can even sit like this?  And he stayed that way for like 10+ minutes!

This past week was Tim's birthday.  The kids were so excited to make him cards and give him a cake.  When he sat down to this, the math teacher in him couldn't resist asking the kids, "If I'm turning 35, then how many years does each of these 5 candles have to stand for?"