Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cake number one

My mom and I have been taking cake decorating classes this month. Last night was our final class for course one and we made our first complete cake. We finished learning how to make roses which we have been building on every week. I had a rough night last night. My icing was not cooperating to make the roses and my carprel tunnel was acting up so bad my mom had to make my final rose because my hand was completely numb. Thanks mom! Your the best!!! I didn't have time to squash the tips on all my polka dots and I had had trouble with my icing the night before trying to frost my cake. All in all I think it turned out well.

This is my mom's finished cake. I love the bright yellow and pink together. She did great on her roses.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What happens when...

This is what happens when you are trying to make icing and practice for your class and you drop some icing on the floor in the process.

Your 9 month old baby crawls under the table and proceeds to eat all of it off of the floor.

Then proceeds to suck his hands and fingers because they are covered in the shortening based icing used in class.

There is nothing like sneaking in some unapproved foods into your diet!!

I think this little guy is going to really enjoy his first birthday cake!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

A day at Callaway

Last Tuesday we took a day trip with our church to Callaway Gardens. Max loves to go on church trips. He loves riding the big bus, getting to sit in the co-pilot's seat next to his Paw Paw's, and the fun we have on our trips. It was spring break in Whitfield county last week so there were some other kids on the trip for a change. Max really thought he was one of the big boys and spent a lot of time playing with the older boys that came along.

We left bright and early at 8:00 am. If you know us, you know we are usually still asleep at this time. Yes, we are late sleepers and boy am I going to hate it when Max starts school and we have to get up early!! We stopped and eat lunch before we got to Callaway and then headed into the Gardens. I really need to do some research but from what I understand the gardens were made for Ida Cason Callaway by her husband. We saw some beautiful azaleas but there weren't as many as I had remembered in the past. I was a little disappointed with the tulips. Tulips are my favorite flowers so I was looking forward to them the most. The last time we were there they were gorgeous. The cold and rain had a lot to with it I'm sure.

It was overcast and breezy which made it great for walking outside. Max loved the butterfly pavilion. He chased after the butterflies trying to catch them. He didn't quite understand that they get scared off by movement.

It was a very long day but so worth the effort it took to take them both!!

Max and Paw Paw's hiding behind a sign in the vegetable garden. Max didn't want his picture made, imagine!!!

Dad, Wesley, and Jessica

This is the only way you catch a 4 year old on film who doesn't want his picture made!

I loved this tree!! It wasn't marked but someone called it a Grampa's Whiskers. Anyone ever heard of one or know what it is? Let me know, I want to plant one!

Unknown flower but so pretty.


Wesley liked slapping the butterfly info card.

One landed on Jessi's hand.

Christian had 3 or 4 land on him.

Wesley touching the butterfly.

The Horticultural center had little kid's paths in it and Max loved them.

Look what I found!



Azaleas and Easter lilies

The chapel

The view from the front of the chapel.

One of the stained glass windows. There are six stained glass windows in this small chapel. One in the front and one in the back of the chapel and four down one wall. The four down the wall are all the different plants from the four seasons. My pictures didn't turn out so well of them. They were all gorgeous.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Publix savings 4/19/09

Publix savings today

2 Spray and Wash (rain check BOGO)
1 package RF Chips AHoy
2 boxes Mueller's pasta
4 boxes Quaker Chewy Granola Bars
1 box Kellogg's Raisin Bran
1 box Betty Crocker Au gratin potatoes
2 big rolls Viva Paper towels
3 bags Bird's Eye Viola meals
4 bags Sargento cheese
2 bags Fresh Express salad
1 package yellow squash
1 package zucchini
1 seedless cucumber
2 bottles Lysol bathroom cleaner
1 bottle Wesson Canola oil (penny item)
1 jar Pace thick and chunky salsa
1 3lb bag yellow onion
6 jars Beechnut baby food
7 jars Gerber baby food
4 cans Hunt's tomatoes
2 bottles Ken's Steak house marinade
2 bottles Pam spray
1 bottle Pompeian Olive oil
1 12 pack Diet Dr. Pepper
1 Revlon Nail Clippers
1 whole chicken (not pictured)
2 packages Ground Chuck (not pictured)
1 loaf Publix bread

Total savings $100.43

Total OOP $53.98

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Batter Up!

Max had his first T-ball practice with his team, The Grasshoppers, on Thursday and first game on Saturday. He loved practice and it was so funny to watch all the little ones try to play with absolutely no idea what to do. Max did surprisingly well and followed directions better than I expected. Why do kids always follow directions from everyone else better than their parents, or is this just my child? All he really wanted to do at practice was bat and we had to have several talks about having to take turns. He cried when it was time to go because he wasn't ready to quit yet.

We didn't get his uniform until Friday night and he was so excited he had to wear it the rest of the day. He couldn't wait for his game. Saturday morning Rex took him to the game because they had to be there at 8:45 and I was running a little behind. It was so cold and cloudy that morning but that didn't stop those little ones from having a ball. It was mass chaos whenever a ball was hit. All the kids went running for the ball at the same time. Max only got the ball one time but they all got to bat 3 times. The last time Max batted he hit the ball and it went just shy of second base, not to bad from off the tee. He would wait at home plate each time to get his high-five from his coach before he would head back to the dugout. There are no winners or losers, no outs or runs, they are just learning the game and having fun. Max had a major audience there for him. My parent's, Rex's dad, Aunt Shia, our cousins Colby, Jessica, and Neely, our friends James, Mandy, and Abby, and mommy, daddy, and brother, of course. Here are a few pictures from practice and the game.

Ready to get started. Notice the glove on the wrong hand.

Max on second base. Yes, I took a picture of him on each base.

Finally, getting ready to bat on the very short tee.

Let's get this game started!

Waiting to go back onto the field.

Waiting to bat for the first time.

Finally, smiling. He really hated that helmet!

He always had his hands on his hips.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Fun!

We had a great Easter Sunday. We went to church and then to my parents for lunch and more egg hunting. We went to Rex's parent's this evening for dinner and a quiet visit. I didn't get in the Resurrection cookies/rolls I had wanted to make with Max. I will definitely plan for these next year. We did dye our Easter eggs this week, which is one of Max's favorite Easter traditions. Here are a bunch of pictures from our Easter 2009.

Yes, those are snowman pj's. They are Max's favorite so he still wears them! :)

Dyeing eggs is serious work.

The finished eggs but we lost several not picture and several after the fact. Max always wants to carry them around and then he drops them. Oh well!

The boys' Easter baskets.

Wesley even got into going through his basket.

I just had to put this one in. Nothing like picking your nose getting captured on film!

The best picture of the two of them all day. Sad but true, Max was not into picture taking after this.

The Bell's minus Max. We have just about the same picture of the 3 of us minus Wesley.

Me and my hubby!!

Wesley with Nana's and Paw Paw's

Max and Nana's

Sweet baby boy! Good picture taking Daddo!

The best picture of the 4 of us. Max didn't want his picture made at all.

Is he not the cutest Easter Bunny you've ever seen?

The hunt is on!!!!

Wesley did good picking up eggs again.

Look mommy, it's a real egg! Yes, that is Uga on my parent's door step. Somehow I became a UT fan in Bulldog household! :)

This is what happens when little brother finds all the eggs and opens one unbeknown st to mommy. Then he proceeded to put the chocolate candy inside the egg in his mouth, paper and all!! I am going to have to keep a close watch on this one!!! He was sitting right below me and I never heard a thing just looked down and saw this, well he had both fists in his mouth with chocolate oozing out his mouth and down his arms. Yummy, yummy!!