I love this photo of Jay and a friend playing leapfrog.
Now head on over to MammaDawg to see who else is playing along.
WOW! I can't believe my babies are 2 already. Where have the past 2 years gone?
I still remember when you were this big
Today when we woke up (the twins were in bed with me) I sang Happy Birthday to them.
Flynn looked at me and said "happy, joy". So cute.
They gave each other hugs and kisses.
I baked them blueberry muffins and we sang Happy Birthday again. I got it on video this time ... but I can't share it, I seem to have misplaced the lead to get the video onto the computer.
We met our fabulous friends The Ray Ray Girls, Tutu Monkey and Alie-gator Fables at the Children's Museum for a play. I had debated on going there last week with them. I'll admit it, I was scared. I backed out. The babies are more active, so keeping them within eyesight in a large place without a stroller seemed daunting. Today we went. For the most part they laughed and played. They painted a car (yes a car), they washed their hands in bubble solution, they drew on a giant chalkboard, they played with clay. Marisol gave her brother a cake (made of clay) with a candle (a popsicle stick). It was very sweet. I tried to take them to the bounce area. They lay on the floor and they screamed. They screamed, and screamed, and screamed and screamed some more and all I kept thinking about was the song 'it's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to'. It made me smile. I wondered if those 'terrible twos' that I had refused to acknowledge were in fact real and beginning TODAY! 5 minutes into bouncing they stopped screaming. We had lunch and we played some more. All was well again. We had a great time with our friends.
Unfortunately there was no special dinner tonight. We went for a long walk and we attended a back to school night at Jay's school. We had dinner there. They gave us chili. The babies enjoyed it. It was very mild.
They didn't receive any gifts from us today. Their daddy sent them a letter which I read to them. Their Grandpa Joseph sent some money (which I'll get something special with), Our cousins on the east coast sent gift cards and our dear friends Brie & Jason (who just moved to London and we'll miss them so much) sent gorgeous Hanna Andersson jackets. The kids received gifts from my family at the party we had in Australia. We are giving the kids home-made gifts. I finished Marisol's basket yesterday. Flynn's new toy (an owl, sshhhh, don't tell him) is nearly finished and I'm halfway done making their costume boxes, which I have some cute costumes to pop in. These will all be done and given to them before their big party next week with their friends.
Randy sent us flowers when we returned from our month long vacation to Australia to welcome us home. The flowers arrived in this white basket. I decided to pretty it up a little so we could give it to Marisol for her birthday tomorrow. I hope she likes it.
1. I used some pink tulle scraps that I'd brought home with me from Australia, and with my trusty glue gun I stuck it to the base inside the basket and around the rim.
2. I picked up these flowers from Michael's yesterday. I pulled all of the flowers off the stems
3. Using a sharp needle I pierced a small hole in one petal of each flower then very gently threaded some florists wire through the petal and down through the base of the flower.
4. Once all of the flowers were threaded onto the florists wire I used my hot glue gun to attach them to the rim of the basket.
5. Then I trimmed the extra bits of tulle left hanging below the flower line. Viola done!
How cute are these sandwiches. I found the recipe in the April 08 Parents magazine. These are just fabulous for parties. I took these to a party a while ago and they were a hit. I did very simple fillings (it was a mother's group party, so lots of small children present) such as chicken salad with lettuce and ham, mustard & cubed cheese. You can make these quite elaborate though.
How to make these:
These are all super easy to make and perfect for Halloween parties.
Dead Man's Meatloaf
You can find the recipe here, (the original recipe is by Lucy Monroe author of Creepy Cuisine) but I normally make my own meatloaf, mould it into the shape of a body, pour a tomato based pasta sauce over the top and bake it for about an hour on 350F. I found the ghoulish mask at a Halloween store and popped a knife in the chest.
For the life of me I can't find the website that I initially snaffled this idea from (I truly hate it when I don't save things), but I've been carrying this idea around for a couple of years and it's always been a hit. It's a fabulous healthy alternative for a party. I do remember that whoever had come up with this had used the Land O Lakes spooky hot cheese dip, but I was a little lazier and purchased a couple of tubs of my favorite dip instead.
*UPDATE - Check out Skeleton dip, it's featured on The Crafty Crow
*UPDATE 2 - Dead Man's Meatloaf and Skeleton dip, featured on All About You - Wacky Halloween Recipes
All you need to make these creepy fingers is hot dogs, refrigerated biscuit dough and sliced almonds. You can find the recipe here. Don't forget to put out some blood tomato sauce or ketchup for dipping
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