For a well appreciated house warming gift, Gama and Pop Pop had the Rainbow Set moved for us today. How exciting!

Tommy was stuck home all day, unluckily, due to a particuarly nasty stomach bug he managed to catch. YUCK! (Poor kid.) He thought it was cool to see the set in our backyard again, but had zero desire to go out on it as you can see here.

No action shots here, trust me, you'll appreciate that!

Hope he feels better quickly.


TJ and Tori was thrilled to come home and run out to play and be... well... goofy.

Thanks so much Gama and Pop Pop!

Hoping we have much more quiet night around here that does not involve Clorax and such.

The tooth fairy has been busy at our place the past few weeks. Between Tori and TJ she needs to go ahead and move in.

It's another laid back Saturday around here. I managed to hang a group of pictures I'd had stashed away for quite some time in the kid's hallway. Tori is having fun with friends at the Fairhope Music Festival. The boys are hanging out with me (and M). While Tim is busy working TWO jobs today. Poor Tim!!

The next month is going to be crazy busy around here. Look for some fun photos coming up I'm sure.


PS Carrie, I saw your CRAZY schedule on your blog... it won't let me leave a comment. Call me sometime on my home phone. We're thinking of you!

Tommy is all registered for Kindergarten now. I was a bit nervous regarding the whole epinephrine not allowed to be with him. I was prepared to fight. I came in with all sorts of notes, letter from his doctor, legal cases etc. In the end it took 15 minute conversations to clear it all up.

Tommy will be wearing him epi-pen on him next years in a little case around his waist. (I'm shopping still... get back to you on make etc). The school agreed to ALL our requests.

See? Things do work out sometimes!

Here's our sooner than you knew it big guy:

It's SO much easier to take pictures of other people's kids.

So much easier.

And yeh, still liking this group.

Have a great Friday. We're busy around here... what's new? Tommy has a fieldtrip to see a kindergarten class today. TJ has his field day at his school. Tori has a couple of friends coming over for the afternoon.


Fun stuff.

Have a fab weekend!

Happy Easter

April (snow) showers bring May flowers...

Is that how the saying goes?

Ok, ok... so it's not quite the real snow that our friends up north are used to. But you have to remember we live in the deeeeeeeeep South. We hardly ever get any type of frozen precipitation. So, be kind as you giggle over the kids' excitement over an ounce of snow/sleet on the ground.

Obviously it's a bit chilly here this morning. Tori was still decked out in her American Girl easter outfit though. She looks ready for a garden party to me.

Unluckily, poor Tori can't eat any of her Easter candy today. When Tori's teeth came in as a baby we discovered they had not formed properly in utero. As a a result she had enamal hypoplasia. Basically this meant her teeth were literally crumbling away. So when she was three she had dental surgery done at the Children's Hospital in Ft. Worth. The dentist spackled and filled and crowned teeth over the course of an hour when she was three years old. TONS of fun, let me tell you.

Anyways, yesterday when she was at the Yacht Club with friends one of her crowns fell off. We had assumed the whole tooth was loose when in fact just the crown. I'll leave it at YUCK and say she can't eat candy today. Straight to the dentist in the morning for her.

*So far it would appear all her adult teeth have normal enamal on them. We were told it might have been due to her being premature. Tommy also has a couple of teeth with mild problems, but nothing like Tori's were! TJ's are fine.

Tommy was THRILLED to find a 'safe' Chocolate Bunny in his basket this year. Too bad he didn't like it...

(Obviously just kidding... he loved it!)

And TJ thought his basketball egg was awfully cool too.


So we've had a nice day. Mass was super crowded (note: We have to start getting there half an hour early on major holidays, standing the whole time is not fun!), the kids had a little egg hunt in the education building afterwards. We had a simple yummy lunch followed by treats. And now we're going to have some quiet time.... ahhhhhh.... quiet time.

Hope everyone has a lovely day.


Really... I'm not kidding. I only make this cake for Easter each year. And it is SO good. You gotta try it.

And, uh, obviously we leave out the nuts!

Carrot Cake with Fresh Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:
Recipe written by Anne Byrn October 17, 2001

Serves: 16
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Assembly Time: 15 minutes

Solid vegetable shortening for greasing the pans
Flour for dusting the pans
1 package (18.25 ounces) plain yellow cake mix
1 package (3.4 ounces) vanilla instant pudding mix
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as canola, corn, safflower, soybean, or sunflower
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups grated carrots (5 medium carrots)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Fresh Orange Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)

1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease two 9-inch round cake pans with solid vegetable shortening. Dust with flour, then shake out the excess flour. Set the pans aside.

2. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, orange juice, oil, eggs, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and well blended. Gently fold in the carrots, raisins, and nuts with a rubber spatula. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pans in the oven side by side.

3. Bake the cakes until they are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 10 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edges of each layer and invert each onto a rack, then invert each again onto another rack so that the cakes are right side up. Allow them to cool completely, 30 minutes more.

4. Meanwhile, prepare the Fresh Orange Cream Cheese Frosting. (recipe follows)

5. Place one cake layer, right side up, on a serving platter. Spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer, right side up, on top of the first layer and frost the top and sides of the cake with clean, smooth strokes.

Place this cake, uncovered, in the refrigerator until the frosting sets, 20 minutes. Cover the cake with waxed paper and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Or freeze it, wrapped in aluminum foil, for up to 6 months. Thaw the cake in the refrigerator before serving.

Fresh Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (from 1 medium orange)

1. Place the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, 30 seconds. Stop the machine. Add the confectioners' sugar, a bit at a time, blending with the mixer on low speed until the sugar is well combined, 1 minute. Then add the orange juice and zest to the mixture. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until the frosting lightens and is fluffy, 1 minute more.

2. Use at once to frost the Carrot Cake.



Play Night

TJ's first grade class had their Spanish Play tonight. They have worked SO hard on it for the past few weeks. It was refreshing to go to school program where we simply enjoyed our kid's performance... not the other 15 first grade classes as well! It was a fun little program.

TJ's homework tonight was to come home and rest before the big performance.. He took his assignment quite seriously as you can see.

So... in the play...

TJ was a dancer and a...


Yep, my kid's big theatrical debut was as a cockroach. I love it.

Unluckily I had to slip back stage to help TJ and the other bug change really quickly between scenes and as result... NO PICS OF THE BUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Being the scrapbooking Mom I am I quickly came up with a solution. After school Thursday I will simply get the costume from his teacher and do some retakes.

But, see, I did at least get some shots at home of his basic costume.

Isn't he awfully handsome?!

So now we have to get ready for Thursday. Time for TJ to get to the allergist in the morning. Tommy has an egg hunt. TJ's class egg hunt is actually going to be at Gamma and PopPop's backyard. So, of course I have TONS to get done. Tori has two friends coming home from school with her.

Life get's busy sometimes doesn't it?


Before I leave for tonight I have to tell you yesterday a home health guy accidently brought a delivery to my front door. It was this tiny wheelchair and walker. My first thought was for some strange reason "What did Tim forget to tell me?!" Today I found out our neighbors 9 year old son had surgery on his leg. This was, evidently the child's 12th surgery so far. He has many many more to come. :(

Today I met a teenager who just go home from Saint Jude's Hospital. She wore a baseball cap to cover her head (hair was just growing back). She told me she hoped to catch up with her class with online classes this Summer and rejoin them to graduate next year.

So what is my point? Things like this remind me... again... just how lucky we are. Asthma, food allergies, OCD and all.

Life is good.

Remember that.


P.S. Seding lot's of love to HB and her family on her birthday.

Yep, TJ lost finally lost one of his upper front teeth. The second one is close behind I'm sure. I love that silly smile they have at this stage.

In other TJ news he is really getting into practicing his golf swing. Totally cracks me up. He comes home, grabs his bag and heads out the door to hit some balls. I'm not sure I know any other six year olds that golf to relax ;)

Crazy busy day around here. Later!

The quote that get's kinda lost in the photographs is:

“Know you what it is to be a child?
It is to be something very different from the man of to-day.
It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism;
it is to believe in love,
to believe in loveliness,
to believe in belief;
it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear;
it is to turn pumpkins into coaches,
and mice into horses,
lowness into loftiness,
and nothing into everything,
for each child has its fairy godmother
in its own soul.”
-By Francis Thompson

*****This video is kinda big. If you are on dial up you probably don't want to bother. Sorry!

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