Happy 6th Birthday Avery!

I would like to wish a happy 6th birthday to my loveable, funny Avery.  You always keep us laughing.  You are so caring and loving with all the kids who invade your house daily and I love that about you.  I love that you can make us laugh even when we are mad at you.  I love how you have that way to make people love you just by walking into a room.  You are the strongest and bravest little boy that I know.  I can’t wait to watch you grow into a man.  To my future governor and father of 9 children…I love you!  Hope it was the best birthday yet!

Music to my Ears

Over the weekend I got the newest Miranda Lambert album.  It is AWESOME!  After listening to it I found my new ‘get going’ song!  There’s a song on the album called ‘Momma’s Broken Heart’ and it is such a get-up-and-go song.  I think it will be my new wake up song to start the day off on the right foot!  Music just seems to do that to me…gets the blood pumping and puts me in a great mood.  I had it playing LOUD this morning when some of the daycare kids arrived…I’m sure they were wondering why but oh well.

Here it is on YouTube if you care to listen!

Mini Vacation

I have been absent for a little while.  It is because I went on a much-needed mini vacation to see my bff Nika in Florida!  It was a quick 4 day getaway but man was it fabulous!  I got there last Thursday in the early evening.  Nika picked me up at the Fort Lauderdale airport and we drove to Homestead where she lives.  Before arriving at her house we went to a little local Mexican restaurant for something different.  It was delicious!  I am not great at picking things when it comes to new places and menus filled with LOTS to pick from but luckily my friend sent me in the right direction!  I had a Texas Chipotle Chicken Burrito (if I remember correctly).  After eating we went back to her house and chilled out before heading to bed.

Friday morning we headed off to FIU where Nika works and is a student.  I went to class with her and listened to some of the other students give 5 minute speeches.  It was a great reminder of why I do not want to be a student again!  I also got to see where she does all her hard work in the athletics dept.  After that we went back to her house (with a stop at Sonic – first time ever, YUM) and did some baking/cooking before chilling by the pool.  She is lucky enough to have a pool in her backyard!  JEALOUS!  For supper Nika made this delicious spread!  I am not the most adventurous eater in the world but am trying to live outside my box lately.  We had wontons, seasame peanut noodles and shirmp.  YUM!

Doesn’t that spread look delicious?  She is such a great hostess with pretty platters!

These were my plates before I finished my food.  See those chopsticks…I actually used them.  Not great at it but I am good at faking it:)

Isn’t that platter gorgeous?

After dinner we headed out to see a movie.  We saw the Johnny Depp movie Rum Diary but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped.  The plot seemed to go nowhere:(

Saturday we headed off to Miami Beach!  It was such a gorgeous day for the beach.  It was hot (by my MN standards) and perfect!  Along the way we saw some HUGE cruise ships and the Miami downtown.

NO idea what this ship was called but they are SO big!

This one was even bigger!!


Look at that beautiful water!  I could totally live there if my whole family did too.

Hotels along the beach.

Me sitting on the beach…look at that pasty white skin.  YIKES!

I had my toes in the sand.  No idea Nika even took this picture but I really like it!

Me and my girl.  Can you tell which one of us works out??  (Hint: It’s NOT me:)

After getting some sun we stopped and ate at Scotty’s Landing which is a restaurant  right on the water.  It is so awesome to be able to sit at a restaurant on the water in November!

Can you believe that someone goes out on the OCEAN in this??  Looks a bit beat up!

This is how they store the boats right outside of Scotty’s Landing.  So crazy to me!

They lift them right out of the water.  I took these pictures for my boys but thought I’d share them with you too.

Sunday was Funday (i.e. football) at Nika’s boyfriend’s house.  It was the first time I’d met him so I was excited and I was also pumped to see how this ‘funday’ goes.  We are not as big of football fans in our house but I was welcomed by 3 TVs that had different games on them.  I understand that usually there are more people there to eat all the food but it was fun anyway!

Me and my BFF.  See those tropical palm trees back there!  Ahh…

Nika and Mike.  They do make a cute couple don’t they?

Sunday funday was cut short because I had to get back to the airport where I saw pigeons just milling around with the people waiting to board planes…WeiRd.  It was time to say goodbye to sunny Florida and head back to the tundra of Minnesota.  Actually it wasn’t terrible when I got back as far as temps but I still prefer 80 degrees!

So until next time FL.  I was happy to share a little cowboy caviar, delicious cupcakes and strawberry cheesecake with you.  As I said I am available any time to come make treats for you…I just need a plane ticket!  Maybe next time I can come back with my family…or maybe I’ll just save that for myself:)

Cake Pops – Take 2 & 3

I posted about my first attempt at cake pops here.  They didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped but after talking with a friend about how to make them I decided to give it another shot!  Avery requested a treat for his first day back to school after surgery so I attempted these mummy pops.

They turned out pretty well.  Still had a few minor issues with them staying on but they were easier than the first time.  Then Blake felt left out from bringing a treat to school so I made pumpkins for him for Halloween.

These were much better!  Most of them stayed together very well and the dipping process was much better too!  I really like making these.  Look for some Pirate pops in a few weeks!

Halloween

I wanted to share what we did for Halloween…even if it is a few days late.

We carved some pumpkins.

Here’s the dad getting it started.

#1 son getting out the guts.

#2 son getting the guts out.  For the record both my kids find this disgusting and hate putting their hand in the pumpkin.

Then we dressed up:

All the daycare goblins dressed up!  Two pirates and a parrot for them.  A vampire, kitty cat and Optimus Prime (whoever that is:) and SUPER MAN!

My little vampire.  Simple running pants and shirt we had already.  A cape, necklace and teeth that was purchased and inexpensive.

My handsome pirate.  Another cheap costume…running pants (with black tape over the white stripe) and shirt we had already.  Hat and sword that was from Target.  Vest came from Once Upon a child for $3.50.  Under $20!!

We also did some trick or treating but I decided to leave the camera home this year and just enjoy the moment!  Hope your Halloween was fabulous as well!