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Ok, so we finally have a head count for Abbey’s party next week.  Looks like 14 adults and 5 kids.  I guess it won’t be long before the adult and kid numbers are reversed huh? LoL. Anyway, the plan for food is to order a 4 foot sub (they provide the macaroni and potato salads and cole slaw and condiments within the price), and I’m going to make a tray of ziti and Scottie will make his sausage and peppers.  Mom’s going to make her homemade chicken noodle soup.  We’re also going to make some chicken nuggets and PB&J’s for the kids.  That’s it…it seems like less than we usually make,  but more than enough for the people we’re having I think.  I’m going to make the ziti this weekend and freeze and Scottie will make the sausage and peppers Friday.  All we should need to do on Saturday is heat stuff up and make a few PB&J’s, which is how I wanted it.  We usually bbq hod dogs and hamburgers but then someone has to be at the grill the whole time so hopefully this will work out better. 

Let’s see, what else…I’ve pretty much gotten the goodie bags together.  Abbey’s the only girl and the ages range from 1 to 9 so this wasn’t an easy task.  I picked up a bunch of sports themed little trinkets on clearance after Easter at Wal-Mart so the older boys get a little trinket box , a mini bubbles bottle and a maze puzzle that is either a baseball, soccer ball or football.  The younger boys get toy boats for the bath and frog bath toys.  Everybody gets a couple of Tootsie Roll pops and a liquid freezer pop (unfrozen) to take home, and all but the youngest one gets a little Play-Doh container, and a stick of sidewalk chalk.  I also picked up a bag of little toys like you’d get in a coin machine at the after Easter sale so I divided those up evenly, stuff like fake gold coins, little parachute men, super balls, ect. 

My Mom picked up some really cute napkins that are lavendar and have little teddy bears having a tea party on them.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find matching plates so we have a hodge podge of plates, napkins, tablecloths ect that don’t exactly match but all are primarily lavendar…so I guess our theme is lavendar LoL.  The hats and goodie bags have butterflies and some of the cake plates are butterflies, some are fairy princesses. 

I’ve been going back and forth on games and stuff.  I think I might get Scottie to do a couple of games with the kids.  I saw a suggestion on some web site for each kid that gets knocked out of a game to get a prize but the prizes get gradually better as you get closer to the winner.  Personally,  I don’t have a problem with only the winner getting a prize, especially since everyone is getting a goodie bag, but I know everyone doesn’t agree with that.  Anyway, any suggestions for good games for a wide age range (but not many kids)?  I’m thinking maybe Duck, Duck Goose and/or Musical Chairs and, of course, Pin the tail on the Donkey.  Maybe Simon Says?  Not sure if that’s good for 3 year olds though. 

So the main thing I haven’t decided on is the cake.  But for age one and two I’ve just gone down that morning and bought a quarter sheet cake at Wal-Mart.  Their cakes are surpisingly delicious and you can always find one decorated with purple icing and butterflies or princess decorations are pretty common too.  What I would like to do is make one myself if time allows.  I may just see how things go on Friday and give it a whirl…if it doesn’t work out I can still get the Wal-Mart cake on Saturday morning.  I really like the Raggedy Ann cake I mentioned in an earlier post and I know the kids would like the red licorice hair, but I also found a couple of cute Curious George cakes on line and Abbey is absolutely mesmorized by that show when its on TV so that would be a good one for her right now.  I don’t know…we’ll see what I decide on Friday…Abbey doesn’t seem to care one way or the other as long as she gets to blow out the candles LoL. 

I was planning to get Abbey a Fisher Price Little People play set for her birthday present, but then I came across these cute doll outfits Snap n Style   on sale at Wal-Mart.  They’re also Fisher Price and are  plastic and the outfits just snap onto the dolls.  Unfortunately they didn’t have the dolls themselves at all, but I took my chances figuring if worst comes to worst you can find anything on ebay right? LoL.  Anyway, it turns out Kohl’s is having a 40% off Fisher Price toys Sale this week so I was able to get the doll, plus two more outfits.  They’re so cute…I can’t wait to play with them with her LoL.  Each outfit has a theme so there’s Bedtime, Flower Girl, Karate Class, Soccer Player, Ballerina, and Snowboard fun.  I think there’s only two that we don’t have and ironically one is the birthday one LoL. 

Ok, I think that’s it.  Sorry for the book but I had to put it all down on paper for myself :).   

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Ok, Abbey’s birthday party is fast approaching and I still  haven’t settled on a cake to make…that is, if I make a cake at all.  I can tell you this, Bob the Builder and Bulldozer cakes are quite popular searches.  I can’t tell you how many people have found my blog by searching those terms.  By the way, there’s a link in my favorite links section for Creative cakes that I believe takes you right to the Bob the Builder cakes.  If not they are easy to find in a search.  I think I’ve abandoned the idea of a Bob cake though.  Abbey still loves to point out “BOB!” everytime we pass a construction vehicle but, I think I’m going to go with a slighly less boyish theme.  I’m leaning towards a Curious George cake.  There are some amazing ones on that Creative cakes site…or I still might do the Raggedy Ann cake I had stumbled upon before I even had Abbey.  Since I love Raggedy Ann and Abbey is not so impressed this may be my last chance to pick the theme of the cake while she doesn’t seem to car LoL.  Ah well, I’ll figure it out. 

So, today’s Question of the day:

 What was your child(ren)’s last birthday cake/theme? 

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…after a long day of shopping at the outlets, you are midway through the almost two hour drive home when you hear from the back seat, “I try to get it out!” and look back to see your two year old with her finger in her nose.  Luckily, I am not driving, my Mom is, so I scoot to the back seat to see if I can do anything about this situation in the pitch dark backseat.  I’m not too successful.  I am able to access that what has managed to make its way into Abbey’s nostril is a piece of foam that she has pulled out of a hole in the fabric cover of her carseat…how big a piece it was remained a mystery.  Two sneezes fail to solve the problem.  I mumble out loud to myself that I don’t even have a pair of tweezers with me.  Abbey looks up at me with huge, worried eyes and asks “Does Mamo have tweezers?”  Mamo is her grandmother, the driver, and no, she foolishly left her tweezers home that night.  When we finally got to the next exit and pulled into a shopping center parking lot there was a Rite Aid there that looked open…whew!  I went to buy a pair of tweezers and when I walked up the automatic doors wouldn’t open…I looked at my watch…10:04…they close at 10 pm, GREAT!  So I rummage through my bag and the best I can come up with is a paper clip.  So, I bend it open and while my Mother holds the penlight on her keychain at just the right angle I perform my surgery…all it takes is one touch to the back of the inside of her nose and a giant sneeze before a sizable chunk of foam finds its way to freedom. 

Question of the Day…

What’s your best “You know you’re a Mom when…” story?

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Whew!  Its been a while huh?  I’m on vacation this week so I don’t have all the extra time to post that I have when I’m working (tee hee).  Let’s see…we started out last weekend with our big family camping trip.  I was definatley worried about how it might turn out, but it went amazingly smooth, all things considered.  Saturday was the hottest day of the year but we spent it swimming and wading in the Spring in Bash Bish Falls…so it didn’t seem so bad.  Actually, I’m trying to figure out what weekend we might be able to go camping again, but this time with just the three of us.  It looks like we’re all booked up on weekends until the middle of October, but, if the weather is co-operative, that might actually work out.  We shall see!

 Let’s see…we also went to the Bronx Zoo on Tuesday. I don’t have my photos uploaded yet, but it was a fun time. Mamo and Papa came as well as Aunt Karen, and cousins Matt and Travis.  I just got myself signed up for a Kodak Gallery account and sent the link to our camping friends so I’ll work on a Bronx Zoo link next!  Actually, while we were in the city we decided to do the whole city experience…we picked up White Castle Hamburgers.  I still have a few left over…I’ll still be having them for lunch tomorrow!  Then we headed to Little Italy and Aurthur Ave. and stopped for some bread…I love bread, but I don’t usually just have bread and butter all by itself…usually I’ll have garlic bread or I’ll dip in the sauce from Spaghetti and Meatballs…but this bread was so delicious that just bread and butter was SOOOOO good!  Then, before we started home, my Dad stopped at a place that had Real Italian Ices…Oh My Gosh!  I got a Lemon one and it was so good…not to mention it brought back so many memories.  I totally remember stopping for Italian Ices after going grocery shopping at Pathmark when we lived in the city.  My brother and I would smash our Italian Ices together so we could get a taste of each other’s ices without actually licking them I guess LoL! 

Tomorrow we’re  having a picnic at Lake Taghkonic.  Nothing fancy, in fact we’re not calling it a bbq  because we’re just bringing sandwiches so we don’t have to worry about  actually cooking LoL.  Oh, and did I mention that tomorrow is also my Birthday?  That may help explain the ‘No cooking rule’ for tomorrow Lol! 

This didn’t work out so well last time but let’s try it again…

Question of the Day…

What’s your favorite local/hometown food that sometimes you just HAVE to have?

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Tomorrow starts the big camping trip.  We’ll be going with all of Scottie’s siblings and their families and SIL Karen’s brother and his family.  All together that’s two 1 year olds, one 2 year old, a 3 year old, a 5 year old, a 6 year old, a 7 year old and a 9 year old!  That’s 8 kids all together…all in tents on campsite spots with no electricity or running water.  You would think we were going for a month considering how packed to the gills our mini-van already is…and we still have to get our pillows and the cooler in there.  I’ve got some pointers already from my camping expert friends…would anyone else like to offer some last minute advice for a camping novice LoL?  Oh, and PLEASE pray for no rain!

 We shall return on Sunday and I’m sure I’ll have a story or two to tell :D!

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We are just about off to Mamo and Papa’s for a big family BBQ but I had to stop in and write about this.  Its an unusually breezy day today so Scottie took Abbey out with the Strawberry Shortcake kite we bought months ago and never used.  Before heading out the door Abbey grabs one of those micro-bead pillows from her room and announces she is bringing baby outside too.  Now, this is not a pillow that looks like a baby….its just a round, red, pillow.   All over the house we have dozens of real babies (dolls) but today, the red pillow was her baby and her Dada was doing everything he could to convice her to bring one of her regular babies outside instead of her pillow.  I think he was afraid the neighbors would think she didn’t have any dolls and was having to make due with a pillow LoL.  In the end though Abbey hugged her pillow and brought it outside, and Dada took several breaks from the kite flying so she could go and check on the baby.

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To the right there, under Favorite Links, I have a link to a website that has blog prompts on it.  It shows one at a time and if you don’t like the one you see you click the button and it gives you another one.  I haven’t used any of them yet but once or twice a week I go in and see what prompts are there and click the button a dozen or so times before giving up or getting distracted.  That’s what I was doing today when I came upon a promt that read, ” Today’s prompt: Use the next Blog Prompt…No matter what it is”.  Doh!  Caught red handed cheating LoL.  So I closed my eyes and clicked the button knowing that now I HAD to use it and lucky for me, this is what came up so, without any further ado, here’s my list…

My 10 Greatest Joys…

1. My Daughter- Hands down…no matter how bad my day is when I come home and hear her yell “MAMA!!!”  I can’t help but have a smile on my face!

2. My Hubby- Ok, sometimes I might need to be remided that he’s on the list ;), but really, how lucky  can you be to have your best friend around all the time?

3. My Family- The rest of it that is…not sure what I would do without them!

4.  Food-  Mmmmm!

5. Photography- I love taking picutes…from cute photos of my little one to beautiful landscapes.  

 6. Digital Scrapbooking- It lets me get very creative without taking up lots of time to set up and clean up.  Its also my favorite winding down activity.

7. A bubble bath and my favorite magazine- Bonus points if I’m home alone and don’t have to hear my name through the door 10 times before I’m done :)!

8. A Crisp Autumn Day- My favorite season…so many great things to do outside without the stifling heat to deal with.

9. Watching the snow fall from inside- Winter…my least favorite season…but if I’m inside and I don’t have to go anywhere, watching the snow fall while I sip a hot chocolate is so soothing.

10. Christmas- My absolute favorite time of year…I love the songs, the atmoshpere, the food, the planning, the wrapping….even the frenzy. 

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