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Yep, Abbey is signed up for Sports camp in our town.  Its just a one hour a day, one day a week thing for the next month but it will be fun.  Abbey and her cousin Matt are signed up and it started today.  From what her Nana told me, this week was Soccer week and she quite enjoyed kicking the ball into the net.  She did not, however, totally get the concept of kicking the soccer ball around the cones…instead, she was trying to knock the cones down…LoL, I wish I’d been there to see that.  I will be off from work next Wednesday so my SIL and I will be taking the kids to Lacrosse day next week.  That should be fun, although I have to admit, I was sort of hoping that the one Sports camp day I had off would be on Football day…how funny would it be to see my three year old daughter playing football :)…tee hee!  Even better, she is also signed up for weekly Nature Workshops for pre-schoolers and tomorrow is Earthworm Day.  As it turns out, Abbey is quite a friend to the earthworms so I’m thinking she will enjoy tomorrow’s workshop quite a bit.  Look for some pictures next week of Abbey’s warm weather activities!


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If there is one thing that I collect and just can’t stop its cookbooks.  Despite the fact that I probably have a couple of hundred cookbooks, I still can’t resist buying new ones.  So when I ordered some Christmas presents from a catalog a couple of weeks ago I couldn’t resist ordering a new, holiday cookbook for myself too.  Its called Old-Fashioned Holiday Recipes by Debbie Mumm.  If you do scrapbooking you’re probably familiar with Debbie Mumm.  She does really cute, country style artwork and I was always drawn to the scrapbooking papers she designed.  I don’t really do paper scrapbooking anymore but I love  her designs.  Anyway, this has got to be the most beautiful cookbook I’ve ever owned…every page looks like a scrapbookpage.  There’s recipes for all courses but, of course, I’ve been pouring over the Cookies and Treats section.  Candy Cane Biscotti, Browned Butter Spritz Cookies, Sugared Pecan Halves, White Chocolate Truffles, Toffee Popcorn Crunch, Holiday Walnut Berry Bites…I could go on and on…Last year some of my buddies and I did a cookie exchange, so I’m hoping we’ll be doing it again…if so, I think I’ll be picking something from this book! 

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Ok, so the pulled pork was delicious!  I was a bit worried when it started cooking and it smelled SO spicy, but it had just a bit of a kick…perfect!  After having it for dinner both Friday and Saturday nights, Scottie and I ate the last of it as a midnight snack on Ritz Crackers Saturday night LoL.  I will definately be making that again. 

The stairs:  They are going amazingly well (I keep waiting for some disaster to strike).  The bottom set of stairs are done now and the carpet is ripped up on four of the stairs on the upper set.  My next project will be somewhat smaller I think…I’m looking at knobs and handles and trying to pick one for the kitchen cabinets…here’s the one’s I really like…

They actually sort of match my silverware too LoL! 

Let’s see, what else…I havent’ talked about my little one too much lately.  I finally got to see her ‘swim’ on Friday.  My MIL has been telling me how amazing she does in the pool with her tube on (she wears one of those tubes that has an attached tank top type thing so she can’t slip through).  Now, I consider myself a fairly laid back mom.  I’m not too much of a worry wart…except when it comes to the pool.  Nana has a deck that comes right up to the edge of the above ground pool and there’s no fence around it, so for the last three Summers, at every bbq I’ve spent the whole time blocking the entire edge of the pool that comes up to the edge of the deck, which is a considerable length…I just never sit down LoL.  So I’ve been hearing how well Abbey is doing in the pool and I finally got to see her in action.  She really does look like she knows how to swim in that thing.  She actually moves her arms and kicks like she’s swimming and will venture out to the middle of the pool to rescue a toy and drag it back to the edge.  And of course, I’m not the tiniest bit biased LoL.  I really have to get some pictures of her in action.

Ok, I think that’s it.  Oh, I mentioned last week that I should plan meals week by week.  I’m forming a list in my head for this week so I’ll try to get that up tomorrow. 

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So, I decided to make a blog just for my store so I can update when I add something without those posts getting in the way here.  Here’s the link to the blog…

Abba Dabba Doo Designs

…and there’s also a link in my favorite links over on the right there. I haven’t gotten to all my stuff posted on there yet but there’s also a link to the actual store on there too!

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So I’ve been trying to decide what to do for a theme for Abbey’s birthday.  Mainly this affects the cake since I’m thinking of trying to make a cake myself.  I was thinking of doing this cute Castle cake…

…but when we passed the birthday cakes at Shoprite this weekend the one that made Abbey stop and point was the Bob the Builder cake. So much for my visions of a Princess Party LoL. So I’m thinking of trying to make this…

 bulldozer cake (the first picture, #19 when you scroll down)…

…but I think I’ll try making a mini version and sit it on top of Dirt cake which is always a hit with the kids. Then I can still order a pretty purple/flowery 1/4 sheet cake for the adults and apease my (and Abbey’s) girly side. Of course, I’ve never attempted a cake like this. The closest I’ve come is the little lamb cake I made for her first birthday party but there wasn’t so much cutting and frosting (the wool on that one was mini-marshmallows)…last year I didn’t attempt a cake on my own, I just got a bigger one from Wal-Mart. So, we shall see!

I’m also getting goodie bags together. I picked up some non-Easter themed toys and things on clearance after Easter like little card games (old maid, crazy 8’s ect), maze puzzles, a bucket of sidewalk chalk so each kid gets a couple of pieces, and little containers of Play-Doh. I’m going to look for a bag of Play-Doh tools and/or cookie cutters to put in with the clay and I saw a suggestion to put in a freezer pop…the kind you buy as liquid and freeze yourself, so they can bring it home and freeze it there. I thought that was a good idea. Other than that I’ll probably throw in some candy and be done with it. Of course all this doesn’t take place for another two months (two months from today to be exact), so I’ve got time.

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