I’ve always referred to my youngest as my little koala bear because he’s perfectly content sitting on my hip for as long as I’ll let him. His name does translate to “bear cub,” so this description suits him, though technically a koala isn’t really a bear.
Because of his name and cuddly nature, we decided to throw a teddy bear picnic-themed party for his first birthday last weekend. It gave me an excuse to break out my fancy icing tips and decorate cupcakes, which just like making pancake art, I always enjoy.
These scrumptious bears didn’t last very long.
Happy birthday little bear.
I asked for requests via Facebook and the Minions won by a landslide. So, I made one and six year-old Avery decorated another. Can you guess which one?
Do you have an idea for a pancake? Shoot me an email and you’ll probably see it here soon!
This curious little monkey has some staying power, let me tell you. Since the age of 2, my six year-old son has thoroughly enjoyed listening to George’s adventurous tales read aloud and watching the series on our local PBS network. And now with Netflix streaming, it’s the only show he chooses to watch.
And though we *try* to limit his screen time, I have no complaints about the program since the influence it has had on my son has been generally positive, albeit sometimes messy. It always inspires him to create some contraption he’s seen in the episode, like most recently George’s construction paper snack hat. I wasn’t even aware he had attempted to make this curious invention until I heard the hailstorm of almonds bouncing off our kitchen tile floor.
And speaking of making wearable pieces, here are our costumes from Avery’s second Halloween. I purchased mine and Avery’s, but in the true nature of the show, my husband Bobby made his yellow outfit by spray painting the hat & thrifted shirt and constructing a tie from duct tape. It was cardboard stiff, but made it through the night just fine.
Tips: Fill squirt bottles with two different batters to create value contrast. You can click here for more detailed instructions.
Here in Norfolk, Virginia, a new technologically advanced library just opened in our downtown district and it is most certainly the cat’s meow.
The grand opening festivities were all Seussian themed and visitors were greeted by a 30 ft. inflatable Cat in the Hat at the entrance. The boys and I took advantage of the free light rail ride to the Slover Library on its second opening day and both were immediately taken with the Cat’s monumental size, not to mention the contents of the library itself.
The produce at our house was limited, but I managed to scrounge together enough ingredients to make an edible Cat in the Hat for Avery, who immediately devoured the hat in less than a minute. You can see his little fingers testing the whip cream.
And for the sake of authenticity, cause y’all know I like to keep it real around here, below are a few Cats who didn’t make the cut but will surely make a delicious breakfast for us nondiscriminating parents.
Well, we know the first Thanksgiving wasn’t as joyful as the images we were shown growing up, but let’s just pretend for a moment. Let’s just close our eyes and imagine everyone getting along, especially in light of circumstances in Ferguson.
So this holiday, hold your loved ones closer and hug a little longer. Even if you have a relative whose wise cracks get on your last nerve, brush it off. Let it go. And remember that nothing is more important than family.
**P.S. – Her Thanksgiving companion can be found right here.**