Cake Love

I love a pretty cake. When I saw this my mouth dropped open so I had to share with you.

You can see more pictures on the hostess with the mostess blog here. I love this whole shower. All the pretty flowers and the sparkly clothes pins. Hmm…maybe I should have another baby so I can have this shower? :)

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Time is Precious

One of these days, you’ll shout, “Why don’t you kids grow up and act your age!”

And they will.

Or, “You guys get outside and find yourselves something to do … and don’t slam the door!”

And they won’t.
You’ll straighten up the boys’ bedroom neat and tidy — bumper stickers discarded, bedspread tucked and smooth, toys displayed on the shelves. Hangers in the closet. Animals caged. And you’ll say out loud, “Now I want it to stay this way.”
And it will.
You’ll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn’t been picked to death and a cake with no finger traces in the icing, and you’ll say, “Now, there’s a meal for company.”
And you’ll eat it alone.
You’ll say: “I want complete privacy on the phone. No dancing around. No demolition crews. Silence! Do you hear?” And you’ll have it.
No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti.
No more bedspreads to protect the sofa from damp bottoms.
No more gates to stumble over at the top of the basement steps.
No more clothespins under the sofa.
No more playpens to arrange a room around.
No more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent.
No more sand on the sheets or Popeye movies in the bathrooms.
No more iron-on patches, wet, knotted shoestrings, tight boots, or rubber bands for ponytails.

Imagine. A lipstick with a point on it. No baby sitter for New Year’s Eve. Washing only once a week. Seeing a steak that isn’t ground. Having your teeth cleaned without a baby on your lap.

No PTA meetings.
No car pools.
No blaring radios.
No one washing her hair at 11 o’clock at night.
Having your own roll of Scotch tape.
Think about it. No more Christmas presents out of toothpicks and library paste.
No more sloppy oatmeal kisses.
No more tooth fairy.
No giggles in the dark.
No knees to heal, no responsibility.
Only a voice crying, “Why don’t you grow up?”
and the silence echoing, “I did.”
-Erma Bombeck column

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War Within

 

 

 

I have a war within. The battle is between my old self and the new self. The old self wants to hold onto things of this world. Things like comfort and worldly treasures. Things like dreams of a peaceful life where everything is perfect. I am perfect. I am always happy. I am a perfect mother with lots of energy and I take time to plan wonderful outings with my kids and we make crafts and laugh all the time. I never lose my temper but always sweetly correct them and help them to see the error of their ways to which they respond in sweet voices, “OK, Mommy. I understand.” Then they go on behaving perfectly. The old self holds onto the idea of a perfect home; always clean, sunny, organized, children’s artwork proudly framed, love notes left on the counter, healthy homemade treats waiting to be eaten, delicious smelling foods waiting to be eaten. And of course I have the perfect home in my dreams. I know exactly what the floor plan should be and there is perfect land that this sits on and the breeze always gently blows the curtains and the children always giggle as they run barefoot in the yard and the flower garden always is in bloom.  The old self holds onto the dream of being a perfectly attentive wife who always serves, listens to and encourages my husband. He loves me in the dream because well, I am perfect. To make it even sweeter I wrap it all up with a perfect bow. Because special details never escape the attention of the perfect woman.

The new self looks in the mirror and says that’s not real. That’s not how this life works. You are NOT perfect. You CAN’T be perfect. Only God is perfect. He makes you good. He fills you with love for your children and your husband. You must look to God for strength and wisdom. You must look to Him for meaning. When the reality of this sinks in I struggle. I don’t like to not be perfect. In fact I hate it and I fight it. I want to be perfect. I WANT to be perfect. I stomp my feet. I throw little tantrums in my head and sometimes out loud. I whine. I cry, but why not, Lord? Look at me. I am good. I do good things.

Reality always comes knocking when I think life is going well. Actually, life is usually going well. Reality comes knocking when I think I am doing just fine. I tell myself, I am good; I am keeping it all together. I planned meals for the next two weeks. I have the laundry all done and put away. I can do this. I even squeezed in a craft with the kids. Then extra things come up and the laundry gets neglected and I don’t have the energy to pick up the house and I have three lessons to prepare for teaching the little children at church so I don’t have time to do a fun craft with my own kids. I feel stressed by all that is my schedule and all that is my husband’s schedule. I don’t get a break because there are weekend classes for him and Army Reserve drilling and my plans have to be nixed. I am mad. Life isn’t fair. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be! I am not feeling happy, my house isn’t perfectly cleaned, I don’t have time to shop for ingredients for making healthy homemade treats. I don’t feel like dealing with child size drama because I have my own thankyouverymuch.

I am not perfect. My life is not perfect. This makes me mad. This makes me sad. This makes me want to crawl under the covers and pretend it isn’t so. Life isn’t fair I whine to myself. I don’t pray. I don’t get to go to Bible Study and connect with other women and hear encouraging Truth taught because I am in charge of caring for the precious little ones. So I whine about that. I might even throw a little temper tantrum in my mind and in God’s hearing about how that’s not fair either. What about me!? I want to be perfect and if I could just have this or go to this or have a life like so and so then I would be perfect! Don’t you see?!

God loves me. Even when I yell and whine and throw fits. He loves me. He calls me back to Him. He reminds me to pray. Sometimes my prayers are simply cries for help. Help me O God. I know I am wrong. Help me. Help my unbelief. Forgive my selfishness and self-reliance. Change me. I am astonished that He would love me.  I see all the inner ugly I have. I don’t understand His ways or why He loves me, but I know it is true. I ask for help and He provides. I needed a reality check. He led me here to a place filled with stories of those who live in poverty. Who have been abused, abandoned, who have hopeless circumstances. I am rebuked. I am changed. I am thankful. God loves me.

Habakkuk 2: 4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.”

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This and That

I love Valentine’s Day. Not the commercialized version where you must go out to dinner and buy red roses, and be forced to be romantic one day a year. I am a romantic and I think it’s fun to celebrate the ones you love in little ways. Nathan and I usually order take out and rent a movie. This is enough for me. A cozy dinner and snuggling up to watch a movie is perfect. This year I think I might make a special dinner for my family. After all I love all of them not just my hubby! I will have to look for fun ideas.

I did see these and am thinking about making them with my kids so they can give them to their friends and teachers.

check out the tutorial here

I may need to make a little something for my friends too. Maybe a flower pin? Any ideas of cute friends valentines?

I made Lydia a really cute flower hairbow Sunday night. I will have to show you soon. I made it using pinks and whites and cut a felt heart out for the middle. I love it and so does she. I used this tutorial.

 

On a different topic I made this for dinner last night and yum, yum, yum! So good.

go here for the recipe

I used the homemade  Teriyaki sauce and made the Lime- Cilantro Rice with Pineapple for a side. It was not hard and super tasty. I also did feel pretty cool making my own teriyaki sauce (even if it was easy).

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Glimpses of My Home

Today is a snow day so I am kind of tackling some organization projects and dreaming of warmer days. I thought I would share a few glimpses of prettiness around my home.

Welcome!

I love the way the afternoon sun makes my wall color look. I refer to this color as an “ish” since it is blueish, grayish, whitish depending on the time of day and the lighting. Makes me happy :)

My friend gave me this sign for Christmas. I really like it. I have been transitioning away from my flowery patterns and pictures to items with less color. I am wanting a more soothing feel to my home.

This is above our dining table.

Next are some glimpses of my bedroom.

This hangs on my headboard.

These balls have our last initial and the numbers of our anniversary.

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

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A Fairy Tea Party

This is by far my favorite party we’ve done.  I don’t know if I can top it and I don’t know if I will ever have the energy to try. My sweet girl had a good time and that makes me so happy. When I asked her what her favorite part was she replied, “the cupcakes, gifts, scavenger hunt, and cupcakes.” So…next year maybe just a scavenger hunt and some cupcakes? :)

I just love this party table. Each place setting had a fairy, a fairy house, fairy dust bottle and a set of wings. The centerpiece I made using an old candelabra and tea cups and saucers. I can’t find the tutorial I used.

The boys got a guy fairy at their place.

Upon arrival each fairy found her own tutu hanging on the line. The tutu’s had a name tag with them. The boys found a peter pan hat with their name tags hanging on the line.

After finding their tutu and wings a visit to the Pixie Parlor was in order to get all fairy dusted up, pick out a flower headband, and a butterfly fairy wand.

Garland tutorial found here.

After visiting the Pixie Parlor our activities included filling a bottle with Fairy Dust, going on a scavenger hunt for things to decorate their Fairy House, and decorating the Fairy Houses.

Tea Party Menu:

Enchanted Tutti-Frutti Tea

Pink Princess Mini Cupcakes

Fruit and Muffins en Brochette

Bitsy Bacon and Cheese Rolls (not shown since they were served warm from the oven)

Fairy Princess Fruity Toast

all recipes came from this cookbook

Favors were the tutus, wings, headbands,fairy wand, fairies, fairy house and fairy dust. The boys took home peter pan hats, boy fairy pez dispenser, fairy house, fairy dust and in my nephews case his own set of “tooth fairy wings”.

 

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Fairies

Fairies the Birthday Girl and I made for her party using this tutorial. So much fun! Each little fairy took one home.

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