Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lack of Crafting

I was supposed to be the proud owner of a Silhouette SD
, my Mother's Day gift, but I got an email from Amazon on Tuesday saying that the package had been returned as undeliverable. The address looked fine, so my guess is that the label got damaged or something. I'm rather annoyed, as I now have to wait for the refund to go through before I can order another one. Ugh.

My Mother's Day weekend was lovely, though. Saturday was Niall's birthday party and we celebrated with the Coopers, the Rubins, and the Taglianis. It was a nice, calm day with lots of socializing and no crazy running around on my part. Here's a picture of the cake I made:

Doug went way overboard for Mother's Day, and I'm not complaining. :) I got delicious chocolate covered strawberries (two boxes instead of one, as they accidentally delivered someone else's to us as well, and yes, we called to notify them of the error), gorgeous flowers, great cards from the kids and from him, and pancakes and bacon for breakfast. Wow! We also went to Dane Street beach with the kids, my parents, and our dog, and had a fantastic time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Birthday Shopping

We had a busy morning today. Our park day got rained out so we spent the morning at Monkey Joe's, an indoor bouncy house place. The kids had a wonderful time, and I struck up a conversation with a lovely woman pregnant with her third child. Afterwards, we went to Michael's and then Target to get supplies for all the birthdays we have coming up.

Niall's first birthday is this Saturday. It will be pretty low-key, no planned activities or anything, just playing in the backyard. The theme is giraffes, which will be cute. I had to get fondant and dyes at Michael's for his cake, then at Target, I picked up favors in the dollar section - pails and shovels, soaker balls/frisbees, horseshoe games, and badminton games.

Target's dollar section also happened to have foam swords that I need for Fiona's birthday party in June. She wants a Snow White party, so one of the activities will be decorating hand-held mirrors (for the girls) and foam swords (for the boys).

We also picked up a new canopy for the deck, as ours got pretty beat up last year.

I was also looking for pre-made sugar daisies for the cake I'm making for my grandmother's birthday next week. She passed away last fall, but we're all going to my aunt's house in Connecticut for a combo birthday/remembrance party and Mother's Day celebration. I couldn't find what I wanted, so I may just make them myself. I've never really done flowers before, but I watched a YouTube video and it doesn't look hard.

And speaking of Mother's Day.. I'm asking for a Silhouette SD, a paper cutter. I'm very excited about this, as I'll be able to make tons of stuff for scrapbooks, cards, party decorations, etc.. and I'll also be able to make freezer paper stencils really easily. I'm hoping to be able to sell some stuff on Etsy, woohoo!

Yesterday, I took the kids to the nursery and we picked up a bunch of plants (mainly petunias, but some pansies and other misc. flowers as well). Normally I have eight or so tomato plants in pots on our deck, but I didn't really feel like doing a veggie garden this year. I also let the kids pick out a bunch of packets of flower seeds. In the afternoon, I transplanted the flowers to the pots, and let the kids go crazy planting their seeds in our raised beds. I have no idea what they did and how it will turn out, but they sure had fun.