Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Old McDonald Birthday Party

We have about finished birthday season in our family. I am a little sad it is almost over for another year. Since I started this blog after The Short Chic's second birthday, I thought I would keep birthday season alive in my heart by posting some old photos.

When she was one, The Short Chic loved Baby Einstein videos. She also loved singing "Old McDonald had a farm". So, when it came time to planning her second birthday party it seemed obvious to combine the two and have an Old McDonald Birthday Party.

I found very cute paper products from Birthday Express. They were absolutely perfect!

As cute as the paper goods were, I still needed a WOW factor. I mean the cow print balloons were cute but they were just not enough. So, I decided to build a barn. Well, actually, I asked my husband to build a barn.

It is amazing what one can do with a leftover refrigerator box. But I did not have one of those. So, I called our local Home Depot and asked if I could have one. It was that easy! I put my husband in charge of constructing the barn, mainly because I rush things and he is meticulous. 
 We had some leftover red paint and painted several layers to cover up all the writing on the box. Unsure of our painting skills, we opted to use white duct tape to create the trim on the barn. We used an old white mini blind as the roof. It gave it that tin roof appearance. Maybe I would have liked to have painted it silver before the party but we ran out of time. We used real hinges and made the doors able to open and shut. I had to give up my parking space for a few nights but it was well worth it!

Unfortunately, the party was for a two year old, who sprung one of the doors shortly after the party started. 
Oriental Trading Company had some really cool barnyard themed activities. I purchased foam barn photo frames that came with foam accessories (animals, tractors, hay bales, farmers).  Oriental Trading Company also had sticker sheets that showed a barnyard scene and came with animal stickers to decorate with. When our little guest arrived, they were given a photo frame and a sticker sheet to decorate.

My Mom is a great cook! When planning this party, I thought what better says barnyard that fried chicken, specifically drumsticks because they are easy for two year olds to eat. So, I asked my mom to do us. We also served other foods that came from the farm; carrots, celery, broccoli. We served milk to drink. And not to forget, my Mother In Law made deviled eggs.....that looked like Chickens!

We asked all of our guest to come dressed for a day on the farm. Sometimes I wish I was better at family planning and had at least one of my kids in the summer. That way we could have an outside party. But, oh no! I had them both during cold weather so we are limited to inside parties. The house gets a little crowded but we would not change it for anything!

There sure were a lot of overalls that day. Several flannel shirts. And even some cowboy hats. After eating, we opened presents then did a cake. I have never made a stacked cake. I know I did not do it correctly, but the bottom line, my birthday girl loved it. 

The cake topper was a giant sugar cookie, I drew free handed and cut out.  I frosted the entire cake sky blue and then piped green grass all over. I used sugar cookies shaped like barns, horses and cows to decorate the sides. I even piped a fence behind the animals. The inside of the cake was pretty cool too, although I did not get a photo of it. I made a white cake and dotted chocolate cow spots inside the white cake. So, when it was cut, the cake looked like a Holstein cow. 

 I am also pretty proud of the table cloth. It was one of my first attempts at sewing since Junior High! I purchased cow print material and bandanna material and created a cute focal point. 

The birthday girl loved the cake and could not wait to dig in.  However, it was not the cake she wanted, but the cookies. But, I guess that is okay, she is the birthday girl after all.
After cake, cookies, and ice cream, we all played a game of Old McDonald. Everyone was given cute animal hats. As we sang Old McDonald if you had the animal we were signing about you had to stand up. Even the adults got into wearing the animal hats. Super cute! We also played a game of "Help Farmer McDonald find his lost animals". I scatttered farm animals all around our home, some in obvious places and others hidden well to accomodate all ages of children. I then asked the kids to go and find all the lost animals. Just a tip, it is helpful to know how many animals you have hidden so you know how many have found their way home!

It really does not matter how many times you sign the song, she always wants to do it one more time!

Check-Up in CancerWorld!

Every three months for the next two years I have to check-in with CancerWorld. My first check-up has been a series of comical errors that I thought I would share with you all.

 When I last saw the Doctor in CancerWorld in November, they scheduled my first check-up for March 16. Back then November felt very far away. Blood work is required for this visit so I was asked to go to the doctors office the Monday before and do the lab work so the test would be back before the office visit.

I showed up for the lab work on March 14 and the receptionist looked at me quite oddly. She asked me for my appointment time and I told her I was only there for lab work. She searched frantically through her computer before she announced, "My appointment was ONE MONTH ago!"  My head was swimming, how did I miss an appointment by a month? This could not be, I had my calendar in my car and I had wrote the appointment in my calendar as I was standing in front of the receptionist back in November.

So, I say to her, this is just not possible. The receptionist looks at me and says, "You were here in November." To this I agree! Then like I am a child, she counts on her fingers, "December, January, February". And with that she holds up three fingers. I am embarrassed! How did I miss an appointment by a month?

I went out to the car and got my calendar. I want to make sure I know my work schedule when rescheduling the appointment. That is when I realize that February and March both started on a Tuesday and the days are the same. I wrote my appointment on the wrong month from the very beginning!

They reschedule me for two weeks later, this past Monday to do the blood work and today for the appointment with the Doctor. I go on Monday, dreading the needle poke. In case you all have forgotten, I have horrible veins and do not do well with needle sticks.

Walking into the CancerWorld, I am nervous. Being there, seeing the other sick patients just brings back all of these feelings that I never want to be there again. I really thought I had moved past my Cancer diagnosis until I am there and I am still a patient.

Being a child of the 80's I am usually pretty in tuned to "my music" as the Boy calls it. So, as I am sitting in the crowded lobby (Monday's are incredibly busy in CancerWorld) listening to the Muzac and realize they are playing 80's dance music. As I sit and ponder how odd even I think that is, they call my name to be next. Let the battle of the needle begin!

I am so happy to report that as I sit in the lab tech's chair and offer her my arms, the lab tech is patient. And boy does her patience pay off! She got a great vein and left virtually no mark on my arm! There is a first time for everything! The last thing the lab tech says to me is that she wants me to wait for my blood levels.

Blood levels are a big deal in CancerWorld. Mine were only good one time, my baseline before I started Chemo. A persons blood levels determine whether they stay out of the hospital, can get treatment, or have to take the dreaded injection of Nupogen. I had kinda forgot about my blood levels since I was no longer doing treatment. The last time they were checked in November, after finishing treatment, my levels were low. Very low. So I agree to wait for my levels.

Now, here is the funny part. I already mentioned Muzac was playing 80's dance music right. When I get back out to the lobby, I kid you not, Muzac is playing "Another one bites the dust!" This is probably the LAST song you want to hear in CancerWorld! As I am sitting stunned I can overhear another patient say to his wife, "someone should talk to them about their selection of music!"

My blood levels came back and finally, my levels have returned to a normal level. White blood count, hemoglobin, CBC, ect. Everything was normal levels. My "Cancer Markers" were low, which my understanding is good. I was told that 3% of Hodgkins patients will suffer a failure of chemo and have a re-occurance within the first year.

I have been given a green light for the next three months. In June I will  repeat the CAT scan of the neck, upper body and pelvis area. I was also told that IF I were to ever get this cancer again, it would not show up in the same spot, but in another region of the lymphnode system. So, they will CAT scan my entire system to make sure all is clear.

Now for the real question, how long do you think my hair will be at my six month check-up?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Our Weekend

Last weekend one of the bloggers I follow posted about her weekend using photos. Normally, my weekends are filled with exciting things like: house cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry, running to and from baseball practices, doing the dishes, ect. Who wants to see or know about those exciting parts of my life? That is correct: No one except maybe my mother!

But...this weekend! This week is different, this weekend is BUSY! I have tried my best to snag some photos of our weekends

Friday Night: Mexican Food! 

Never fails, after training 5/5 days, I am exhausted! I slept on the coach from 7 to 9, got up and went back to bed at 10:00.

After training all week long, all I wanted on Friday night was some Mexican Food and a Beer. My family raves about my homemade guacamole and not to brag but I do make a good guacamole. I came home from work and immediately began cutting tomatoes, chopping cilantro and onions, and mashing avocados. I threw together some pork quesadillas to go with the chips and guacamole. I am going to blame it on the avocados being a little too ripe or maybe on the fact that I was so tired, but the guacamole was not my best. But that beer, it was the best one I have had in a long time and it worked like a charm, I was passed out on the coach before the dishes finished drying.

Saturday Morning: Brunch with Girlfriends!
My girlfriends and I met for brunch at a "new" place in Parkville. I use quotation marks because the "new" place has been open for a year. Shabby Hattie's is a tea room and restaurant and I have heard several people comment on it in the past few weeks. So, I had to put it on my list of places to visit.
They have over 60 varieties of tea to chose from. That might have been the hardest choice of the morning!

Meeghan ordered the crepes filled with scrabbled eggs. The side was some super yummy potatoes.

Jen ordered the yogurt and granola parfait.It came with a side of lemon blueberry bread with Devonshire Cream. 
I ordered the asparagus quiche. It was so yummy!

The food was very good. The tea was excellent.  But one can not overlook how pretty the restaurant is. 

Myself and my girlfriends! How cute are those two pot tea pots?!!

Saturday afternoon: Ribs!

My husband decided at the last minute to spend Saturday using his new smoker. Once again he smoked beef and pork ribs. He also added a chicken this time because he loves me and I have been begging for a smoked chicken. Also for the first time, the husband also made his own bbq sauce. As our tradition has become, we stood around the kitchen island devouring the ribs and drinking a cold beer!
My Smokers! The Short Chic helped her Daddy soak the wood.

Baby Back Ribs

Ribs and Bud Light. Perfect weekend food. (Have I mentioned how cold it was outside? Or the fact that it was snowing!)

Beef ribs.
Saturday Evening: Disney On Ice!

My girlfriend Meeghan was able to get us great tickets for Disney on Ice. We took our short chics downtown for pizza and the show. The music was lots of fun, but seeing the smiles on the little girls faces made the night priceless!

Yummy Pizza!

Mommy has on the Alien hat and The Short Chic is wearing Buzz Lightyear. (which up until the show started was her favorite. But in the middle of the show, she decided Jesse was her favorite because Jesse is a girl and Buzz is a boy.)

Disney On Ice: Toy Story 3

Barbie and Ken were my favorites. Check out Barbie's Skate Covers. Love em!
Bed Time Saturday Night: Story Time
Despite being out super late, The Short Chic was wide awake when we got home. So we nestled up on the coach and read a favorite story: Pinkalicious. Which of course was followed up by Purplicisious and Goldilicious.

Sunday: Creative Time

Today has been spent doing those things we have to do: laundry, dishes, picking the boy up. But in between those tasks, I have completed a sewing project. I admire people who can sew. I wish I was good at it. I did get a sewing machine two Christmas' ago and I have used it, two times up till today. I took a sewing class in junior high (we all had to take a sewing class in junior high). We made aprons. I recall it being an unpleasant experience. My lines were not straight, I tore out more seams than I put in. OH, and I do not even like to think about the second attempt at sewing I made in junior high! Horrible!!

So with much trepidation, I attempted to make Mommy/Daughter matching aprons.  Today, I sat at my machine and sewed not one but TWO aprons! I finished both and I am very proud of them. Ms. Guest (my junior high sewing teacher) would be super proud of me, I have straight lines! My pointer finger on my right hand has been stabbed by needles and pins so many times today it is bruised and sore. I was so proud of myself that when the short chic refused to try her apron on I almost cried. She announced very defiantly that she does not like hearts and only likes flowers.  The best news is that after both of them were finished, she thought it was cool to match her Mommy!

And with that, it is bed time at our household. Afterall, tomorrow is Monday and we must stop all of this fun stuff and go to work! 

Sunday, March 20, 2011


The Short Chic: "MOM!"
Me: "Yes, Sissy"
The Short Chic: "The boy said I look dumb."
Me: "I think you look adorable!"

Friday, March 18, 2011

Spring Break Week

My oldest, The Boy, has been on spring break this week. My husband took him fly fishing at the beginning of the week and it snowed on them. Due to my illness last year, I depleted my leave at work and had very limited time I could take off to spend with him. Doesn't that sound like a good excuse to avoid fishing in the cold snow?!?

The end of the week, however, was not cold and snowy. In fact, it has turned into a perfect spring break week with record highs for the season. I decided to take off 1 day from work and take my son to the NAIA basketball tournament. One day of basketball  was not enough for The Boy, so his Papa took him to the tournament on Thursday.

The NAIA tournament always gets second thought to a much larger basketball tournament that is also going on right now, the NCAA tournament. We might have been watching smaller, Division II schools, but the players have just as much heart and determination to bring home a national championship. And I am not sure about the NCAA tournaments, but our tickets only cost $6.00 each and we were allowed to participate in "Brown Bag Friday", which is where you get to bring your own food in to the game. Oh yeah, that $6.00 ticket, got us four games, not one!

The Boy with his ticket, which might be the Cheapest Ticket in town!

My cousin Kevin and one of our brown bags! A hot dog at Municipal Auditorium was $3.50 and a bag of chips was $2.50. Lucky for us, Costentino's Market was 1 block from the Auditorium!

Top Off for game number 3. The Boy got to meet most of the players from the team in White, Georgetown College from Georgia. So we all rooted for them. They won and advance to the next round.

The Boy and I.
My second cousin, 4 games might have been a little much for him but he was a trooper!

Tip Off to Game 1. Probably the best game of the day.  Pikeville  from Kentucky might be the Cinderella Team in the NAIA.

Tomorrow, Round 3, and kids get in free as long as they are wearing a jersey. We might spend the entire weekend there!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mother's Day 5K

I know Mother's Day seems like it is still months and months away. And I guess technically it is still two months away. But, it is time to register for the 7th Annual Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk. The Run/Walk starts at 8:00 on May 8, 2011. Yes, that is Mother's Day. The entire run/walk is only for women.

I completed the walk last year with my dear friend Krista, I actually went and grabbed this photo of us taken last year.
This picture cracks me up! I am short. Krista is tall. She is trying to shrink down and I am trying to grow so we both look silly!  After a newbie completes the Mother's Day 5K, she earns her tiara. I can not tell you how much fun this event was! The course is dotted with Mommy-ism signs. They have specially decorated custom porta-potties.Did I mention the really cool t-shirts? And who does not love balloon flowers hanging over the start/finish line??

I officially registered today. I know Krista is planning to walk with me again. I would love to see more of my Mommy friends join us. What a better way to celebrate Mother's Day than making a statement that your health? I can't think of one. I am thankful I am around to do another year.

If you would like to register for the Mother's Day Run, please use this link. Send me a shout-out and let me know if you will be walking with us. Since it is Mother's Day, make it a generational event. Bring your Mother. or Daughter. or Sister-in-law. or Best Friend.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Rough Day but Pasta makes it all Better

The past 24 hours have been tough to be three.

The boys went out of town on a fly fishing trip and we girls had a girls night last night. We played Barbie's and painted our fingernails. The Short Chic did not want to go to bed last night and finally she told me why. "My Daddy always let's the dog out before I go to bed." "My Daddy always gets me a drink of water before I go to bed." "My Daddy always reads me a story before I go to sleep." "My Daddy always tucks me in."

I did not want to argue with her logic. Sometimes her Mommy reads her a story before bed and often tucks her in. But clearly, she did not want to go to bed without her Daddy.  Lucky for me, stories of her Daddy and her brother sharing a bed distracted her long enough for her to forget her Daddy was missing and she passed out!

Then this afternoon, I called The Short Chic's Nana on my way home but the Short Chic was sleeping. Nana told me she would bring The Short Chic home after she woke up.  Nana called a few hours later sounding at her wits end. She had been trying to get The Short Chic home for half an hour! It seems the Short Chic in her all-knowing three year old self decided she was going to teach herself how to tie her own shoes and was frustrated because she could not do it. And as she is my child, she would not allow Nana to help her.

I am not sure how Nana got her to come home but The Short Chic arrives home and announces she wants spaghetti for dinner. While her Daddy is fixing her spaghetti, The Short Chic goes to her room and dresses for dinner; white leggings, white socks, white turtle neck. I thought her Daddy was gonna blow a gasket when she came down and started eating red spaghetti sauce. He begged her to go change. I think he might of even demanded it.  She was having no part of it!  

You can all imagine where this story is headed....she covered that white outfit in spaghetti sauce. With each new drip, her Daddy's eye's rolled to the back of his head! Her big brother and I; we laughed, and laughed, and we laughed.  Please enjoy a photo of our messy, spaghetti eating girl dressed in a white (well it use to be white) outfit!

This is only half the fun. I wish I could have taken a photo of her Daddy at the same time.
So proud of herself.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Does it really start this young?

It has been a week since our baby girl turned three and had a wonderful birthday party. But in that week, she has never once acknowledge that she is three. On the day of her actual birth, she cried. In the middle of her tears, she told her Nana that she did not want to be three, she wanted to stay two. When I asked her why, she said it was because she had not had her party yet.

OK, I thought. It is kinda complicated to have your birthday party on a separate day from the day you were born. Maybe that complicated thought was too much for a new three year old. And then, on the day of her party, when she saw her fairy birthday cake, she did tell me, "OK, Mommy, I will be three now!"

But, from that moment on, she has continued to insist that she is not three. She just wants to be two because she liked two. She says as she hold up two fingers! I secretly wonder if we can't be three because she can't figure out how to hold up three fingers.

I have tried to get her to see how cool three is. Three is more than two. Three is bigger than two. Three has more experience than two. But alas, she will have no part of it.  And here is the crazy part....she is already planning her next birthday party. She wants Mommy to create a Princess party, and she says "I will be four for that party Mommy, but then I am going to stay two!"

In the end, I have to ask myself, do I really care if she wants everyone to think she is two. I mean, who am I to say lying about your age is a bad thing? Haven't I spent the past cough, cough, few years being a cool 32? So in the end, I say, "Baby Girl, you can be whatever age you want to be. Mommy knows the truth."

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Date Night

Tonight, I am thankful for time alone with my hubby, for sushi, frozen yogurt, and movies!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I recommended to a dear friend yesterday that they start a gratitude log. The goal of it is to focus on the positive things in your life and not on the negative. Gratitude logs are not a new concept nor is it one that I developed. In the spirit of modeling this behavior, I have decided I would post my gratuities also. I challenged her to two things a day.

Can you model this behavior as well?

Today, I am grateful for...
1. I made sweet and sour meatballs last night in my muffin tin. The muffin tin took a beating with the sauce and the meatballs. I honestly thought I would never get that tin cleaned. I soaked it in some water last night and this morning....the baked on goo just wiped away! No scrubbing, no mess!! How cool is that!

2. It is sunny here in Kansas City today. I am tired of winter. I am ready for spring.  And I am so very thankful that today the sun is out and from the inside looking out, it is bright and cheerful. Just this little bit of sunshine says to me, "Hold on Pamela...spring is coming!".

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fairy Tea Party!

What a wonderful birthday party we had! I got up at 5:00 a.m. and went to bed at 10:30 p.m.. It was an entire day of celebrating the wonderful life of my three year old daughter. I am posting some photos here of our party.

First I would like to start with by describing the day. It was sunny. Which is not what was fore-casted. The experts said it was going to rain all day.  But, it was dry and sunny. Unfortunately, the powers that held off the rain, also forgot to turn the temperature up. It was cold, cold, cold!!

Inside our home was another story!  My easy-up canopy tent helped set the stage for a lovely fairy forest in our living room.  My friend Meeghan and I got together Thursday night to make some tissue paper pom pom's. I hung them from the ceiling of the tent. I used green tulle and lots of flowers to decorate.

The little girls had a table set up in the center of the tent, which was the setting for their fairy tea party. I had originally wanted to put grass down in this room, but time got away from me and that never happened. The only other thing that I would change if I could turn the clock back...lights. The party started at 2:30 in the afternoon and ended around 9:30 p.m.. It got a little dark under the tent.

I feel like maybe I have gotten ahead of myself. The stage for this party was actually set a week or so before the date of the party. I spent several cold days in February making fairy outfits for each one of the little girls attending the party. Each girl received their costume along with an invitation to the party.  Pink, blue, green and purple fairy costumes really set the stage for this party. When the little girls arrived, they were each given a pair of wings, a fairy halo, and a fairy wand. The accessories for the fairies were purchased from
The tea set the little girls are using was found at a local antique store.

A tea party would not be complete without the food or drink. Everything I served at the tea party was dainty and small (fairies have very tiny hands and mouths). I also wanted a variety so I had many options available. The birthday girl loves strawberries so we had them in as many different ways possible.

Fairy Tea Party Menu
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Peanut Butter and Jelly Tea Sandwiches
Flower Shaped Quiche
Strawberries filled with Fresh Whipped Cream
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Fairy Chocolates
Fairy Stones (Jordan Almonds)
Fairy Puffs
Fairy Marshmallows
Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Strawberry Mousse
Fairy Punch

Several friends loaned me their serving platters. I also found the glass dishes at a local thrift store for less than a few dollars each. The table cloths were all pieces of fabric I obtained using wonderful coupons from stores.

From Top to Bottom: Fairy Puffs, Fairy Marshmallows, Sugar Cookies, Flower Quiches

Strawberries with Fresh Whipped Cream and Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Tea Sandwiches
How cute is this serving platter!! My supervisor loaned it to me. So ornate and perfect for the tea.

Sugar Cookies with Fondant Decorations
Flower Shaped Quiches
Chocolate Strawberry Mousse with Fresh Whipped Cream.
Again I found these glasses at a thrift store for a dollar.

Fairy Chocolates

The last critical piece to any birthday tale is the birthday cake. I honestly had no idea what kind of cake to make until I was talking to my friend Melissa. Melissa was telling me how her beautiful stepdaughter had specifically asked her to make a strawberry shortcake cake and Melissa was touched and honored.  Melissa showed me a photo of a cake made with Wilton's Wonder Mold. And I immediately knew what I was going to do for the fairy party. Execution of the cake in my head is always a different story!! I am no cake decorator..although in my dreams I am a fabulous one!!  The birthday cake is why I was up at 5:00 a.m. on the day of the party fretting that I had to get this one right! 

I purchased a new Barbie. This party was about fairies but not about Tinker Bell (I have nothing against Tinker Bell!!) so I was happy to see that Barbie has a new DVD out about Fairies and a line of fairy dolls comes with it. Unfortunately, they only had purple and pink dolls and My Short Chic's favorite color is green. Luckily, purple is her second favorite color and I went with a purple Barbie.

The directions for the Wonder Mold say to only use 1 cake mix but I beg to differ. It is absolutely a 1 1/2 to 2 cake mix cake pan. My cake ended up being to short for the Barbie. Such problems are hard to deal with at 5:00 a.m.! So, after some creative problem solving, I found a way to cut a hole in the cake board and prop the cake board on a round open cake stand. (Barbie's little feet hung below the cake board!!)

I tinted frosting and began piping. Initially I put purple frosting all over the dress but it just did not look "enough". So then I created a design and began piping small star flowers and came up with a winner. The look on your child's face when they see the cake is all the price you need as reward for your hard work.

All around the Fairy cake are various sizes of cupcakes. My wonderful husband helped me knead, tint and rollout fondant to make flowers to top the cupcakes. You can't really see it very well but the fairy was surrounded by butterflies. I attached small butterflies I found at CKC Convention to wire and poked them into the cake. The effect was amazing!

Other random moments from the party:

  • 3/4 of the fairies chose to eat Cucumber Sandwiches over any of the other tea sandwiches.
  • One Mommy made more spills than all the little fairies combined! (I won't name her but her initials are ... Meeghan!)
  • The Daddy's, Grandpa, and big Brother who hide downstairs were all caught eating Fairy Food!
  • I am not sure who loved the Lalaloopsy doll more: ME or the Birthday Girl. (okay, who am I kidding, it was ME!)
  • Fresh Whipped Cream is so much better than anything you can buy in the store!
  • It was Olivia's Nana who made the first spill at the Little Fairies table!
  • And who knew the Fairy Punch was going to be such a big hit!!

The Mommies tea table. How cool is it that I found this fairy statue at the local Hobby store and it was on sale 50% off!

Check out the cool coffee server I found at a thrift store for only $15!!

One last photo from the Mommy table
Flower Blossom - Lalaloopsy doll I gave Olivia for her birthday present. She joined us for tea and cupcakes.

I want to end this post by telling you how exhausted we all were after this party. Our fairy tea party started at 2:30 p.m. and went to 4:00 p.m. We then had a family/friends gathering after that. My husband (have I mentioned how wonderful he is?) smoked pork ribs and beef brisket all day to serve at the second gathering. At one point we had over 30 people in the house! My mother made homemade baked beans, potato salad, and deviled eggs. I also managed to squeeze in another batch of cheesy baked grits. The birthday girl feel asleep on her daddy's lap around 8:45 last night!

 I realized this morning we never got around to painting her face as I had hoped nor had I gotten a single photo of just her. So we had a morning photo shoot the day after her party. I will end with a few of those photos. I will also say, we have napped hard today as well as cleaned!

I am no face painter! But it was sure fun playing.

Until next year!