Friday, October 31, 2008
These are the cupcakes I made for Hanna's class at school that kept me up until 1:30am the night following my candy caper.
I decided to try and make her costume myself this year. She wanted to be a pumpkin, how hard could that be I asked. Well, late Tuesday night I got the answer loud and clear. Around 10pm Jason could see that my pumpkin making skills were lacking and he got out of bed and got dressed and drove back to Wal-Mart (we had been there just a few hours previous) and bought a pre-made pumpkin costume for Hanna since I needed it by the next morning. But I was determined to finish what I started as the vision in my head was so cute and perfect. When he returned with the pumpkin to see that I was still hard at work he thought about having me commited for insanity. Proud of my handy-work I made Hanna try it on the next morning. It was a little sad to say the least; crooked smile, uneven, uncomfortable. Jason's pumpkin is now ahead and in the lead. So, I swallow my pride and put the "other" pumpkin on her and see that it's much less frightening than mine and lots more comfortable.
So, a big thank you goes out to you Jason for trudging out to Wal-Mart at 11pm to buy probably the last pumpkin they had. Hanna will be forever grateful that when she's a teenager she won't have to say, "Do you remember that one Halloween that Mom made we wear that hideous pumpkin she made?"
Monday, October 27, 2008
On Saturday Hanna and I went to her friend Delaney's 3rd birthday party. It was a Princess themed party complete with a royal castle birthday cake fit for a queen. All the party goers came dressed in a princess dress and oddly enough were all different. Attending were Cinderella (Anslee), Snow White (Hanna), Sleeping Beauty (Bella), Ariel (Brett), a flower fairy (Olivia), and the birthday girl was Tinkerbell. There was but one little man at this fun and frilly princess ball and that was our Prince Zack. The girls decorated their own princess hat and dressed a foam doll and played lots of fun games. We had a great time and left with our bellies full and a goody bag stuffed to the brim. Thank you for a great party Erin and Delaney!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
There was a platform in the middle of the corn maze so you could see where you were. They gave us a pamphlet that had different sets of questions and answers for different chapters. You had to choose the "right" answer and go left or right depending on what it said; hence the name, "Right Choices Maze." I figured that out all on my own. They had a couple slides set up going down hill and amazingly Hanna wanted to slide down them AND by herself. She kept saying, "I'm a do it again." I wanted Hanna to ride the cow train but we'd already been there for a couple hours and I didn't want to push Jason to the point of total misery. I had a great time and I think Jason enjoyed himself as much as he could but the whole reason for going was for the girls. Hanna loved the "punkin" patch and Haley liked the hay, so that's really all that counts.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Hanna got to demonstrate one of the exercises for the day. She loves getting to do that. If she watches the other kids do it first sometimes she won't even try it. She's so funny.
These are in no particular order.
- Nutella- This nutty choco-la-tey spread could definitely take the place of peanut butter in my book. I love it on toast with sliced strawberries. Heated ever so slightly and drizzled over berries is another favorite. Even digging in for a heaping spoonful when you're craving something sweet seems far better than the alternative and healthier. Hazelnuts have protein, right? You can usually find it hanging out at the end of the peanut butter and jelly aisle. Try some and let your imagination go wild.
- Face Primer- I am all about anything that is going to diminish the look of pores. This silky concoction seems to glide over your face effortlessly filling in those unwanted "dimples" leaving a smooth canvas. You can cover your entire face after moisturizing and wear alone or under make-up. I am a fan of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer but I'm sure there are a plethora of primers out there that are easily comparable. What pores?
- Peppermint Altoids- Not called the curiously strong mint for nothing these little babies pack a punch. I keep them in my purse for emergencies like when I'm on my way to MDO with morning/coffee breathe and I realize that a toothbrush did not make it into my mouth that morning. They seem to work better than any other mint. One goes a long way!
- Downy Wrinkle Release- Now, as some of you may or may not know, I get a strange sense of satisfaction from ironing even the tiniest of clothing and to have them all hung up neatly in a row is euphoric to say the least. Add another baby to the mix and my love affair with the iron, well, not so much. Admit it, there are times when your laundry doesn't make it out of the basket for days and there are the trusty old lounge pants that you just can't justify lugging out the iron for but you still don't want to look like you just rolled out of bed. I was skeptical but after misting on this starch like spray to even the most wrinkly clothes and within a matter of seconds the wrinkles are gone, I was a believer! Just mist it on, smooth with your hands if you want and start stacking. The weight of the clothes seems to work just as an iron would. Sure, you will still have to use the iron on occassion for those stubborn pleats but for times sake and the fact that you are decreasing your chances of burning yourself or others, wrinkle release is a great alternative.
- Premium Cracker Minis- We are a big fan of saltines here at the Kaiser house. And by "we" I mean Jason. He can eat a whole sleeve within a matter of seconds even after the heartiest of meals, so I strive to keep a box or two in the pantry at all times cause they disappear fast! Hanna hasn't fallen far from the apple tree as she seems to share the love of crackers with her Daddy. Premium minis are the "mini" version of these square snacks. I send them for Hanna in her lunch because they are just her size and you can pop them right in your mouth. I like them for the obvious reason, they're just so darn cute! And I can have as many as I want and not worry about diminishing Jason's saltine supply. I am eating some right now. So, Jason, back away from the minis.....they're mine.
- Twilight: The Series- I am always up for a good juicy read and not since Phillipa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl have I been so entranced with a series. I got so wrapped up in the story that my household chores started to suffer. Again, another reason to have Downy Wrinkle Release on hand. Now, I didn't neglect my motherly duties only reading little snippets here and there and during naptime but I seemed to whiz through the four part series with great speed. I just couldn't put it down because page after page I kept wanting more. It may not be your kind of novel being that it centers around the life of a vampire with a few werewolves thrown in but there is a sweet romance between vampire and human that you can't help get caught up in. My only complaint is that I read them too fast but I have comfort in the fact that I will read them again and I get to see the first book come to life in the movie theater on November 21st! I feel it would be an injustice to Edward and Bella if I did not mention Twilight in my "favorites" list.
- Special K Protein Water Mix- Found in the juice/drink aisle at the grocery store, these little packets spice up your water bottle quite nicely and they add a little nourishment and 5g of protein. One little packet has only 30 calories and boasts a hefty 5g of fiber. I need all the help I can get in the fiber department. I like strawberry kiwi, pink lemonade, and surprisingly the iced tea isn't too bad. Just open, sprinkle in your water bottle and give a good shake. It's a great accompaniment to that string of cheese you grab on your way out the door.
- Suave Kids Detangling Spray- I don't know what we would do without this jewel of an invention. During the night while Hanna sleeps, she gets a visit from the hair fairy. She weaves a nest of destruction in the back of Hanna's head that only a magic wand could untangle. Alas, just a few squirts of this fruity liquid seems to do the trick. It sprays more evenly than others I've tried and leaves Hanna's hair smelling so sweet all day long. My favorite is the double dutch apple but whatever floats your boat. It sure beats sticking their head under a faucet!
Well, that about wraps up my list of favorites for now. I will be adding new ones as I discover them. Please feel free to send any of your little secrets my way. Mom to Mom, we need to help each other out as much as we can. Thank you for your support.
Friday, October 3, 2008
My friend Erin and I met at Chickfila for lunch today after dragging our poor daughters through Hobby Lobby. Not to say they didn't enjoy themselves immensely, leaving a trail of destruction down every aisle. This may have led to our decision to throw Hanna and Delaney in a booth alone so we could enjoy lunch sans our two exuberant but adorable girls. So far so good. As I am happily snapping pics I am unaware that Haley has successfully reached her full jar of baby carrots, so there is a HUGE glob of orange on the table, all over her hands, on the highchair, and smeared across her face while she is happily chewing on her spoon. She is all cleaned up and now Hanna is standing up in the booth and won't sit down. So I tell her to sit down and finish her lunch and she says, "No Mommy I'm poopin," and really loud I might add. So, off to the bathroom to change her and wash hands. Of course, she has to dip her clean, rinsed hands in the dirty soapy suds in the sink while I'm tearing off a paper towel so I have to rinse them off again. I mean, really. I all I want to do is go sit down and eat my nuggets and fries. Back in the booth, we are now kicking the wall (which I'm sure the people on the other side thoroughly enjoyed) and sliding back and forth across the table. I think there was a quiet round of applause as we exited the Rogers Chick-fil-a leaving it a tad messier than was previously. As relieved as we were to be out of there, I'm sure we'll be right back in a couple of weeks. Could it be due to short term memory loss, insanity or just our daily struggle at even the smallest amount of adult time? I'd say a little of all three.