Thursday, April 24, 2008

Every title so far this month has "cupcake" in the this one does too.

First of all, Happy Birthday to my mom today! I love you!

So it's been 16 days since I've blogged...where has that time gone!?

Jolyn and her family were here on a visit for 10 days which was wonderful to spend time with them! Sam is getting so big :) I have to say I think the highlight of their time here was the day before they left. Sam colored the walls, carpet, sofa, cat (and himself) with a red marker! Muffin (the cat) is no longer pink, the walls are repainted, the carpet's looking pretty good now and I'm hoping Sam no longer has red streaks across his legs and cheeks. (Jolyn, did you get any strange looks in the airport?!) The sofa is a lost cause...but at least he was smart enough to color on the back that faces a's not really visible. Oh Sam, Aunt Julie still loves you very very much! :) Thank you for that memory.

Well, scary day yesterday. Jack fell off the kitchen counter (something I never do, but for whatever reason I thought he'd have fun sitting with his feet in the sink playing and eating snacks next to me...) Even less than a foot away and I still couldn't catch him :( That "boom" was the absolute worst sound yet. On the wood floor. He started screaming after a moment and then starting getting sleepy-like, dozing in and out. I start panicking inside and grab him to rush off to the hospital. I opened the door and there was Rob, home early to surprise us for the afternoon. (His timing could not have been better!) We ended up going to the pediatrician's office instead as they could see him immediately and it was closer. After a very thorough check and recheck a half hour later, they said it was a mild concussion and he has no signs of severe head trauma. Thank the Lord! Jack was acting more like himself by the time we left. We did have to wake him several times through the night to make sure he responded "normally" which he did. And he's on Tylenol today b/c I'm sure he has a headache! But he is ok and back to his normal, happy self today :) I am thankful.

Wedding season is in full swing now...and that means makeup to me! I have so many many weddings that I'm doing makeup for this season. I don't think I will do weddings forever, simply because of the schedule (always on Saturdays!) but I very much love working with the brides and being a part of their special day. I'm slowly (and I do mean slowly!) working on a business plan to launch my own freelance makeup gig now...legally. Hoping to eventually just do more work with photographers, print...and maybe even t.v. and film. (I can think big :) But first I have a lot of things on my to-do list (and prior commitments) to accomplish. My goal is by the end of the summer to have it all up and running. We shall see. One thing I will not let happen though is for this to get in the way of being a great mom to Jack...he's my first job. I don't want to miss out on anything and always want to be available for him. It would be nice though to have the best of both...and be able to schedule events around my time with Jack. Hoping to find a happy balance.

Alright, enough of my ramblings...I have painting to do while Jack's napping. (The playroom project is in tow.)

So long for now!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The great cupcake search...

Jack had his little friend Regan over today to play. They are full of mischief together and decided to rummage the fridge over in search of any leftover cupcakes from his birthday party.

"OK. Here's the plan. I'll cover the door and you go for the main compartment."

"Hmmm...milk, more milk..." "And I just see veggies and fruits over here."

"Any cupcakes stationed behind the Brita?"
"Shhhh! Don't tell my mom, but I think I just spotted them on top of the butter!"

"Jack, quick! Get the cupcakes! They're on to us!"

"Rats. They got to us before we could snatch the cupcakes. Let's just settle for some Cheerios instead, shall we?"

Sunday, April 06, 2008

A breakfast cupcake occasion!

Happy first birthday, Jack!

A whole year old! This last year has been beyond amazing and we look forward to the many years yet to come watching you grow up :) Thank you for coming in to our lives, Jack! You bring more laughter, life, happiness, kisses and hugs, toots and giggles, goofiness, and union to our home. Our family has new meaning with you. We are blessed. Truly blessed.

And Baby, I loved having blue cupcakes over breakfast with you this morning, just the two of us (shhh....don't tell daddy).

We love you Mr. Goose!

Mommy and Daddy

Saturday, April 05, 2008

...and 7 more cupcakes later...

Well, I don't know if I actually had 7 cupcakes today, but combine all the sugar I had in various forms and it probably was the equivalent of 7 cupcakes...or more :)

Jack's birthday party was a blast! The weather couldn't have been more perfect and my little guy just relished in the attention, balloons, people and CUPCAKES! The presents were cool too, but mostly I think he just enjoyed CELEBRATING!

So sad my mom couldn't make it as she came down with the flu (she was absolutely devastated!) But I pray she is feeling better and though we missed her, there will plenty more birthdays and times to celebrate :)

So the cupcakes really were awesome! I had WAY too many of course, but solved that by delighting the neighborhood kids with leftovers and sending a giant box with my dad for his congregation tomorrow at church!

A few pictures to share...

Friday, April 04, 2008

7 cupcakes later...

I put on a pair of my yoga pants tonight. Like I always do when I lounge around at home. Except this time they felt tight. And they are already pretty fitting pants. I think I've had 7 too many cupcakes in the last couple days.

Well, the guest room is done! As done as it's going to be until I get some new bedding in there and accessories on the walls. But done enough for Jolyn's visit next week! (Hip hip hooray!!!!) So I had to settle for a solid cream duvet set I already had. Rob told me he just can't justify yet ANOTHER bed set...(you see, I used to work at Restoration Hardware and Macy's...and let's just say I LOVE HOME LINENS). I know I already have too many sets, but none in a solid, crisp white like I'm picturing for this room. So, cream for now it is! I'll settle. I would take photos but well, it's 11:45pm and I'm quite tired. And the lighting...not so great right now anyway.

So the big birthday bash is tomorrow! Oh I am so tickled excited about it! My little boy is celebrating his first birthday! Wow! And I know he wants nothing more than balloons :) He has an absolute love with helium-filled balloons. So I've ordered a huge bunch of them! He's going to be in balloon heaven :) Whenever we are at the grocery store, we pass by the floral counter that has a big balloon display next to it. He gets this completely giddy look on his face, points and says "BA BA BA BOO?" I cannot wait to see the look on his face when he sees all the balloons tomorrow :)

Alright...very late...must get rest for tomorrow! Pictures in another post... :)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Color me cupcakes!

Today I made cupcakes. 54 to be exact. 18 jumbo giant over-sized mammoth cupcakes and 36 regular-sized cupcakes. There are red, orange, green, blue and chocolate brown colors. And the flavors are red velvet, chocolate, french vanilla and yellow cake. Yummm! I love cupcakes. Oh yes, I really really do. I can't wait to frost them (and the frosting will be so many colors too!) topped with sprinkles... So, in my freezer sit 52 cupcakes (Jack and I both had one) waiting to be frosted and eaten on Saturday at Jack's birthday party. I will be sure to take photos of all these wondrous little cakes... Did I mention yet that I love cupcakes?

Tonight we worked on more edging in the guest room. I'm so painted out. It should be finished tomorrow hopefully. Then next I have extravagant plans for the playroom... Which is much larger. And slightly intimidating. But I have this image in my head of how it will look and I wish I could just snap my fingers and see it come to life! Too bad it doesn't quite work that way, right? :)

Hope everyone has a good night!