This picture was taken at the end of her party – which we kept short, but, hey, it’s naptime and all these BOYS!! We begged Ella (in the purple on the left) and Aunt Tammy – not pictured here to come so we wouldn’t be too overrun with boys. This morning we held Merry’s first birthday party in the form of a breakfast tea. . . the menu consisted of three courses:
- Tea (or milk or juice for the children)
- Cinnamon scones with cream and jam
- Fruit filled cookie cups
- Red Velvet cake with cream cheese frosting
- Tea, juice, milk
- Wet towels to clean up with!
Now for my confessions:
- The cookie cups for the fruit cups were YUMMY, but not homemade – they were cut from the store package
- Scones are the easiest things to make! If you can make biscuits, you can make these! Try this scone recipe, and add a little more sugar and any spices you’d like.
- Fresh flowers cover up lots of cake mistakes – match your frosting to your flowers, not your flowers to your frosting!
- Use buttercream frosting to decorate after frosting with cream cheese if you like cream cheese frosting and still want a decorated look
- Crepes are one of the easiest things to make too, and you really have to do something pretty bad to ruin them.
- The best recipe for red velvet cake is found at your local grocery store with all the other Duncan Hines cake mixes
- Everyone needs an Aunt Tammy – she came and helped me out 30 minutes before the tea was to start since some of the preparations HAD to be done right before serving.
- Booster seats with straps are the bomb! No better way to have tea as a mommy of a toddler(s) than with your toddler!
Happy birthday to our beautiful Merry Anna! We love you and look forward the good things God will do in your life this next year!
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We are having a sweet Christmas here in the lovely warm SC weather. . . thought I’d post a few pics. We went last night to the Festival of Lights on James Island with a friend of ours “Aunt Tammy” as Elijah calls her!
Here we are on the carousel – as you can see, the ride, for some reason, wasn’t as Elijah had expected!
Making Christmas cookies with your toddler is a fun tradition that is less romantic than it originally seemed with the disaster it creates!
Of course the holidays in our family isn’t complete without a Steelers game. . .
Or presents to put together with Daddy (this one’s a birthday gift for Merry, sshhhh don’t tell her it’s hiding in the closet in her room!
Here is the birthday beauty herself. We gave out her birthday party invitations for a “Breakfast Tea” this Saturday morning at 9:00 A.M. She’s wearing one of Daddy’s favorite dresses on her, can you believe she’s wearing a summer dress in DECEMBER!!! It’s great that she gets to wear her cute dresses longer . . . as it’s in the high 70′s here!
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Yes, we do have them, bad as they may be!
Merry with one of our new friends, Josiah (we had just finished a messy meal, we don’t usually let her play with boys in this condition) Check out the hairdo! This is the RESULT of a hairclip – NOTHING is actually holding it up – no gel, hairspray or clip of any kind!
Here is Elijah sporting his newest Daddy-military-style haircut (cut by Daddy too) He really does look like a Jeremy clone in that white t-shirt and khakis
These are the children’s stockings I made a few weeks ago, flanked by mine and Jeremy’s (the Star Wars one, made by me a few years ago)
Check out this beautiful smile! Here is Miss-Walking-Anywhere-I-Want-All-By-Myself peeking out from behind the shower curtain in our bathroom.
Elijah at Happy Cow – a cow farm in near Greenville, SC where we went with Aunt Naomi last week. Elijah’s obeying the sign, but the cow obviously can’t read.
Aunt Naomi sure can pick the kiddie outings! This was the best used bookstore we’d ever been in, and there was a llama, dogs, goats, chickens and horses to see there too! What a fun day!
It is what you think it is – and he’s really using it!
Elijah watches me using the potholder the other day, and before I know it he’s got one walking all over the house using it. After a while when things got quiet, I heard the front door open and I ran to catch him (one of our favorite acts of disobedience lately!) When I got to the front door, he hadn’t gone out, but was preparing to. This is what he looked like. So I asked him, “what are you doing?” To which he promptly answered, “I go library,” and showed me his grocery bag (the green thing he’s holding with the potholder hand) which held a few of his favorite library books.
“That’s a great idea, maybe we’ll have to go sometime soon, but can I take a picture of you first in front of the Christmas tree. . . no leave your hat on, it looks good with the potholder.”
St. Nicholas Day stockings! Lots of fun!
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Just a quick note to say that we are still alive and well. We visited my sister for a few days while Jeremy went to NC for work, and are enjoying the lovely weather in the seventies here lately! I need to post some pics soon.
Merry is walking like a champ – more than she is crawling! Elijah is so cute saying “good job” to her all the time when she does something.
St. Nicholas Day was fun here at our house and we enjoyed watching the children open their stockings. . . they both loved their new toothbrushes. . . one of the cheapest things of course!! For books, since we all get one in our stocking, traditionally, Jeremy got Life with Father, Life with Mother and another – total – one old (antique or classic, who knows, but I got it at an old bookstore in Western SC) set of three stories in one volume that are amusing him. Jeremy went more serious and got me Valley of Vision, a leather-bound selection of Puritan Prayers and meditations . . . they go perfectly with my study on Prayer that I’m doing. Elijah got his very own copy of The Big Red Barn (I got tired of checking that one out all the time!!) Merry got 1 is One by Tasha Tudor, one of my mom’s favorite authors and artists.
I’m going to do some baking like a good little homemaker The house is quiet and I think everyone is asleep – yes, even Jeremy, and it’s just turned 8 PM! He has been feeling under the weather again – this virus has really knocked him out.