Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. B

Happy Birthday Mr. B!! One year ago today we adopted Brody and he has been the perfect addition to our family ever since! The boys love him, he is so tolerant of their poking and pulling at him and we couldn't stand to be without him! True...I could actually stretch my legs out at night before him...but I wouldn't change a thing! I can't count the times over the past year we've asked ourselves why someone would give him up?! In the end...he was meant for us and not them. For that...I am truly grateful! He is probably the smartest dog I have had and I swear he actually knows what we're saying to him. Oh how I wish I could be in his mind one day and figure out what he thinks! Especially when he sees the boys running towards him :) Happy Birthday Brody! We love you!!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Off to Papa Goats Tree Farm

Off to Papa Goats Tree Farm! Last year was the first year we traveled to the mountains for our tree and we had so much fun we went back to the same tree farm. They have everything you can want...hayride, great trees, santa, free hot chocolate, cider and marshmallows and animals on the farm. Not to mention they are so friendly and they treat everyone like family. We will definitely be back again next year

Max is off to find a out!
Aiden helped me carry the long pole. Such a big helper!

Max is searching high and low. He thinks his measuring stick is a telescope!

Still looking for the perfect tree!

Taking a little break. I love those boys so much!!! My heart overflows...

And of course Max got stuck in the brush. No worries...we got him and all was better in 10 seconds!

We founds the perfect tree...but Max continues his search...

On our way back to the farm to warm up with some hot chocolate!! The wind was COLD!!!

Aiden telling Santa he wants a crane with a dump truck and also some zhu zhu pets with a home.

Max was a little flustered with instead of telling him what he wanted for Christmas...he just told him about his 'light up shoes'. Too funny! It's almost like his little brain was saying, "Quick...say something...anything...this is my chance!" And all he could talk about were his shoes.

Stuffing pure sugar into his mouth before the car ride home! We had such a great time riding to the mountains and just having some relaxing family time. We hope you all are enjoying your family and taking some time to slow down a little bit this holiday season. Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday Aiden

I'm so behind!! Mostly because the past few weeks have been so busy and fun that there hasn't been any time for blogging. But I can't very well let my little boy's 5th birthday go by and NOT blog!!

My little boy is 5!! (sigh). Hard to believe, but he's growing up! This was by far the best birthday yet purely because of how excited he was to be turning the big number! He's a whole hand now! On his birthday he told everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) that his name was Aiden and he was 5 today! It was so cute to see how proud he was of himself. And to be honest...we're a little proud of ourselves too because he's such a great kid. I know we don't have everything to do with that...I give that to God...but I would like to think we had a little to do with his loving, caring, sincere and hilarious personality.

We love you Aiden!! We hope you had the best day ever!! We sure enjoyed it with you!

Aiden had a great group of kids come to his party! They all had a blast...and the parents did too!

I found these cute favor bags over at Perideau Designs. Head over there and check them out! You can get them personalized and they are priced great. They even have some for the holidays!

Aiden got to count down for the lights to be turned off for the Glow party. He had a blast...."LIGHTS OUT WOO HOOO!" Those were his exact words.

Cute Max in the boxing ring...

And of course his Toys Story cake!

Even though he tells me 'he's allergic' to cake...he still wanted a cake made by his mommy. I'm glad he thinks I'm cool....that won't be the case for much longer I'm sure!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Dineen

My last cake order for 2010....a wedding cake for Mr. and Mrs. Dineen :) I saw this cake before I even got a request for a wedding cake and thought it was so elegant. I changed the flowers a bit and I love how it all turned out. Simple and elegant... I hope they love how it turned out!

Sugar flowers made with gumpaste, dusted pale yellow and finished with a pearl glaze.

The poor bride came down with the stomach bug. I hope she was able to feel better by the time the ceremony started. Everyone deserves their beautiful wedding day to be perfect...I hope she enjoyed much as she could.

Lover's Leap

Whew!! Busy week of cake! This week I have been up to my elbows in cake and times I thought I was crazy for taking on a groom's cake and wedding cake in the same week, but I couldn't say no because I loved the idea of both the cakes! I'm a sucker for making pretty things :)

I have only met the bride and groom once, but I think they are such a cute couple! The are SOOO the couple that you can tell they are so in love from the moment you meet them. Soooo cute! Which is another reason I wanted to do both of their cakes :) I'm also a sucker for love and cute couples! They both like to ski/ hence the groom's cake. Lover's Leap is such an appropriate name since marriage is truly a 'double black diamond' at times...but well worth every bit of hard work you put into it :) Congratulations Jarrett and Miriam!! I wish you two all the best!

I always get asked the question, "How long does it take to make a cake?". That is so hard to answer since each cake is unique...some look easy but take much longer than expected. I hardly ever watch the clock when making a cake, but this time I had set times to work on it so I have a better estimate than some other cakes.

As you can see...the cake itself wasn't too hard to do. Since it was a mountain it didn't require a lot of smoothing, but I did have to carve some. The figures themselves took me approximately 7-8 hours to make. Add the baking time, making icing, rolling fondant, decorating, delivery etc. The time can quickly add up. I would say this cake probably took 12 - 14 hours if I had to guess? Time consuming...but so much fun to see the end product! Hope the helps next time you're wondering how much time goes into a special cake :)

Will be back soon with wedding cake pictures!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I love pumpkin pictures!!

Every year I can't wait to go pick out pumpkins! When Aiden was 11 months old, we got our first pumpkin and pumpkin pictures with him and they were some of my favorite pictures! Such a cute little boy sitting on the pumpkins and his bright blue eyes shining! Well...each year our pumpkin pictures are still some of my favorites and this year is no different! We always get our pumpkin from the same corner stand at the farmers market. They have so many pumpkins that we can get so many good pics and the boys have a fun time picking one out from their huge selection! Here are some of our favorite pictures from this year's trip.

The boys picking out their own pumpkins :)

Most of my pictures look like this. It's a little hard to get them to act right these days...but it's so much more fun this way!!

My precious boys!

Again...most of the times the boys are being's hard to get a picture with them, but I like this pic because it shows Aiden's personality...always joking around!

There we go...all smiling for the camera!! Hurry take the picture!!

Great pumpkin Max! He just HAD to carry it all my himself!

What in the WORLD is Aiden doing behind Max?? I couldn't figure it out then and I still can't. I guess he's just trying to bug him...but it doesn't seem to be working :)

Aiden took this picture of us! Great job!!

And this is our FAVORITE hobby these days. Getting Max to pee pee on the potty! No pee pee accidents in 4 whole days!! I can see the end of our diaper days in the near future hopefully!! Yeah Max!!!