Monday, November 21, 2016

Tommy's 4th Birthday BIG ADVENTURE!

Every year for Tommy's party we've done a pretty typical theme. One year it was Elmo, one year Mickey, you get the point.
 Pee Wee Herman is pretty big in our house. We have all his movies on our most watched list on Netflix so it was no surprise that T would want a Pee Wee party, but how do you work with that theme when most, okay ALL the other kids don't even know who Pee Wee is?
 I decided to make it colorful (kids love color)  and fun, fun, fun because lets face it, at the end of the day all kids want is to play, and eat cake. Am I right?
Mike made the amazing invite and was in charge of a Pee Wee music list to play during the party, and I got to work making ice-cream cone cupcakes that I found on Pinterest. Lets start there shall we? I was so excited for the kids to have THESE cupcakes. I thought they'd go well with the fun house theme and be less messy than regular cupcakes. I even did a trial run a few days before the party and the batch came out great. Well...... the night before the party I made 2 dozen and went to bed. The next morning I woke up to a huge mess! Most of the cupcakes had wilted and tipped over! I nearly had a nervous break down as I salvaged enough for 7 kids and sent Mike to the grocery store to grab 2 dozen store bought cupcakes. Grrrrrrr! 
Here are the salvageable cupcakes. 

Okay, now for disaster #2! I had bought a little cake to be the center of the cupcake display which I planned on finishing off with a Pee Wee Herman bobble head doll. Cute right? So, Mike puts the bobble head doll on top and no sooner than he placed it, did the icing slide off and send Pee Wee flying! Nervous break down #2! See below.

Mike went to work and re-iced and sprinkled that little cake, but it kept sliding regardless. We decided to just go with it, and move on! 
The party was simple. Lots of colorful decor, punching balloons, and a BIG inflatable bouncy house/slide in the front yard. 

The menu was also simple.
Cupcakes, lollipops, retro boxes of popcorn for the kids, baked brie, a bowl of strawberries and grapes, and veggies and dip. Done!
 Oh, and beer and champagne for the adults, because who doesn't need a drink to get through a few hours of screaming toddlers? Am I right? 
Thank you!

All in all the party was a success. It's ridiculous how much you can stress over a party for a 4 year old but you do. 
At about 5:30pm that night Mike was napping and Tommy asked if we could go and jump in that bouncy house one more time, so I said sure. 
There we were jumping and jumping and I felt like a kid again, and the best part was that I was jumping with my son! We slid down that slide on our stomachs, backwards, did somersaults and rolled down like logs. Ahhhhh, to be a kid again!
It was a moment I'll never forget.
Happy 4th Birthday Tommy, and happy birthday in Heaven to my sweet daughter Cali.  I like to think you were jumping right along side us in that bouncy house.
You are not forgotten......

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

An Andrew Inventory

Tommy and I were walking to the park on a glorious chilly Florida day when he pointed out this orange tree and said,"Look! Green oranges!" 
Guess that's a sign of winter, but the sky is as blue as the ocean and the sun is still beaming. My favorite time of year is amongst us and I am loving life! 
But, with the winter comes the dreaded cold, and my little mouse has one right now, so here we lay snuggled in MY bed watching TROLL trailers OVER and OVER on You Tube. The sacrifices we make as mothers is just overwhelming! I'm hoping he can kick this before his party this weekend. Fingers crossed!

Making: Tonight's menu is Lentil Sweet Potato Chili. It's a new recipe I'm trying and it's been simmering in the crock pot all day. It's easy and healthy. I found the recipe HERE. Check it out. I made a half batch.
Drinking: Detox Tea. I am NOT about to get this cold!
Reading: Christmas catalogues. I am loving getting the mail these days.
Watching:TROLLS! Like I said, over and over again!
Smelling: Varnish! Mike is working on a project in his recording studio. The never ending project!
Wearing: Purple satin pajamas I haven't changed out of.
Listening: To Tommy cough. Poor boy!
Looking: At our freshly pressure washed pool deck. Had it done yesterday and it looks like new!
Wanting: A huge white marble cheese board. I know, random but I want one.
Wishing: Tommy's cold away!
Eating: A slice of Elios pizza. You know Elios right? 
Planning: Tommy's party. Still.
Loving: Life

Have a nice rest of the week.

Friday, October 28, 2016


Fall has FINALLY arrived here in Florida and I am in Heaven!
Is it a fluke? I don't know, but this past week the humidity left us and it's been chilly willy.
 Fall is something I miss most from living up north. They can have the winters, but the crisp Fall with it's colorful leaves, pumpkins, hot cider, sweaters, boots and good hair days has always been my favorite.
My parents are in town, and we've been sitting around the fire pit at night enjoying the chilliness, because there's no telling how long it will last. Tommy learned how to make a s'more, (check that off the list), and he's been making them every night since. It's a rite of passage don't you think? Everyone should know how to make a s'more.

We visited the pumpkin patch, and held bunnies and goats, and Tommy rode a horse. Not a pony, but a big boy horse, and my brave boy even zip lined! There I was signing away his life so he could do so, but who am I to tell him he can't live life to the fullest right?
Mike has been busy decorating the house for the kids and hopefully they won't be too scared of the larger than life sized Frankenstein who will greet them at the door.
We put together a "Haunted Gingerbread House" (see below) and it collapsed a few times in the making, but it's standing strong! Tommy really just cared about eating the candy. Note to self- just throw the kid a couple candy corns, sprinkles and a spoonful of icing,  and save yourself the aggravation!
Tommy is ready to be a ghost (he's obsessed with spooky ghosts right now) and informed me that the perfect costume for me would be a witch. But of course!
 Now, the only thing left to do is carve pumpkins. Ahhhh, the pumpkin carving. Love it when it's done but could do without the cleaning out part.
Thought of a GREAT idea a few years back. They should sell pumpkins already cleaned out. Now there's an idea! Pick your pumpkin and for an extra five bucks they'll carve it out for you. Brilliant! Now go make yourself rich with that idea. Your welcome.
Have a great weekend friends, and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


There are many firsts in life, and this past week Tommy had two of them. 
Mike has been bugging me to get Tommy a haircut for years and although I've taken the scissors to his hair, he had never been to a real salon. So, last week I told Tommy we were getting up, getting dressed and heading to "Pigtails and crew cuts" to get a big boy haircut and if he was good, we would then head to a real movie theatre (another first) to see Storks. Have you seen it? It's great! 
Well, the kid was thrilled, so that's what we did. He was such a brave boy as he hopped into a little  firetruck smiling from ear to ear. I should preface this by saying that the kid isn't afraid of anything. I mean, nothing! I hope he can manage to hold on to that fearlessness. Fearlessness with a bit of caution thrown in there of course!
Back to the haircut though. Once his hair was cut, there in front of me was a sweet faced little boy. Yes, not a baby anymore but a little boy! I couldn't believe my eyes!
And ,although I realized that this was the exact reason I had avoided the haircut in the first place, seeing him sitting there so proud just warmed my heart.
He looked like a little 50's heartthrob. Just like a mini James Dean and I thought....... I should have done this long ago!
Movie theatre popcorn was a hit. He ate the entire medium sized bag! 
And pizza. Who doesn't love pizza?!

And Dad! Who doesn't love Dad! ❤️ And Dad LOVES his new haircut!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekend LINKS

What are you up to this weekend?
 We are laying low because Tommy came down with a cold and cough,  but running around like crazy at the same time.  My parents are back in town house hunting, and Mike is working feverishly around the clock preparing for his biggest and most important event of the year, Kids Beating Cancer.  I desperately need a dress altered for it (the theme is James Bond), so I'm hoping to squeeze that in, in the morning. Wish me luck, and check out these links!

I got myself a spiralizer and can't wait to make this delicious looking recipe!
Can you believe this? Do you even care? I sure believe it. NOTHING formed out of deception ever lasts forever.
This lip liner is my new favorite. I bought 4 so I don't run out!
I'm sure you've seen Making A Murderer, but I cannot wait to see THIS new Netflix documentary! 
And this new Blake Lively thriller! I'm always up for a good shark movie. You can rent on the 27th!
I'm a purse-a-holic, and this is my next!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Vero Beach 2016

We just took our annual vacation to Vero Beach, and what can I say? It was glorious! 
My parents joined us this time, and my mom was worried because the weather report predicted rain, but I assured her that Florida weather is unpredictable, and luckily it was. 
We had sunshine and blue skies the whole time with a bit of overcast skies here and there and one late afternoon/night of rain. It was perfect!
What did we do? We did what we do every year. Nothing! 
We stay at The Vero Beach Hotel and Spa the whole time and relax, relax, relax. We swim, we eat (a lot), drink and walk the beach. It's all about recharging, and that's just what we did. The hotel has a great restaurant where we meet each morning for breakfast, a nice happy hour by the pool, and even a wine hour each night with different wines and flat bread, all complimentary.
This year we flew a rainbow flag with help from my dad, and Tommy loved collecting shells, swimming in the ocean even though he said it was too salty, and making and demolishing sandcastles with his dad. Mike and I were also able to have a nice dinner out, thanks to my parents who watched Tommy.  
Tommy asked if we could stay for 100 days and if we could we would. We love it here and will be back next year for more.
So, now we're home and my parents are headed to Key West to extend their vacation and visit a few friends along the way.  
As I flip through pictures and look out the window,  I can see a storm is brewing, and I can't wait! Mother Nature was on our side during our whole vacation and I'm so thankful, and anyway, there's really no place like home during a storm right? 
Enjoy the pics and have a nice rest of the week....

I just LOVE this picture of Tommy washing off his sandy feet while my dad approaches in the background. Picture perfect!

My mom hates having her picture taken, but I couldn't resist this shot of her relaxing in the pool on our last day. Hope you like it mom!
Bye Vero Beach! Until next time...