Its Not All in My Head

Finally some validation. Finally some proof! A recent study published in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology found that pregnant women do experience slight memory loss and that it can extend into the first year after birth. "The researchers could not establish whether the forgetfulness lasts longer because none of the research they analyzed went beyond the one-year observational period." (CNN)

Well sign me up! I can tell you it lasts much longer than a year post-partum and I am thinking there is a cumulative effect, as in the more babies you pop out, the worse your memory gets. It is comforting to know that I have not entered early Alzheimer's and there is hope that one day I will not open the fridge and stand there wondering what for. This morning I open it and mumbled to myself, "where am I, why am I here?" Karlie responded, "Mom, your in the kitchen and you are making breakfast." Oh, right! I was getting Hank some juice. I had to laugh. Poor Karlie must think I have really lost it. So be kind to those pregnant women and mothers of young ones. If we forget to call you or look confused and dazed at the store, or if we stand at the counter unable to remember our order. Try to have patience. It's not our fault. :0)

Waking Up Is Hard To Do

Max had his iphone with him when he went to get Hank from his nap. Rough, isn't it?

I See Me Books

If you are ever looking for a great gift for a child you should check out I See Me personalized books. We have bought each of the kids one on special holidays like Christmas or Easter. They just love reading a story about them! I have caught Hailey reading hers lately. Noting makes a kid feel more special than a whole book about them. :)

White Boys Can't Dance

This is Hank doing his jig. He was really excited for dinner. I guess we know where he gets his moves from.

Karlie Parties Like It's Her Birthday

My Aunt Kathleen sent Karlie a card that had to cutest saying. I think it applied perfectly to her day!
You say you were born on St. Patrick's Day?
How lucky!
How thrillin'!
How nice!
You give everybody who knows you and loves you a reason to celebrate - twice!
We had the traditional corned beef and cabbage and green mac-n-cheese. The adults had a little Guinness. :)
There was a little leprechaun that was standing on the tables and making havoc left and right.
There were lots of Ohs and Awes!
There was a rainbow cake with a pot of gold at the end of it.
There were wishes.
And there were lots of happy faces and stuffed tummys.
We had a fun filled day of celebrating with friends and family. Everybody likes a party on St. Pats Day!

Happy Birthday 6th Karlie!

My Karlie girl, I am so thankful to have you as a child. You are full of joy and spunk and bring so much joy and laughter to our house. You are kind and caring and growing into a beautiful little lady. I pray you are showered with luck your whole life! I feel lucky to be your mom. We all love you so much.

Lucky Leprechaun Rainbow Cupcakes

For Karlie's class party we decided to make rainbow cupcakes with cloud frosting and a jackpot of gold at the end of the rainbow. They were so pretty and fun. Karlie is thrilled with her Lucky Leprechaun Rainbow Cupcakes.
First you need some kitchen help. I employed an almost 2 year old, 4 year old and 6 year old.
Then get six bowls. Make two boxes of white cake mix and divide it equally between the bowls.
You can use regular food coloring or for really bright colors, use Wiltons food coloring. After dying each color of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, see how long until one of the kids gets frosting on their clothes! Next start layering the colors with purple on the bottom. I found a heaping baby spoon worked well. Gently spread each layer over the next being sure to cover the previous layers.
As I was doing the layers, I thought it would be fun to make earth day cupcakes and
then CSU cupcakes for game day! I am sure you could get creative with any event.
I ended up with enough for 24 cupcakes and enough for one 8 inch round. So we will have a rainbow cake tonight for Karlie's real birthday!
The colors look so great.
Then I added white frosting with a chocolate covered gold coin to finish off the rainbow.
While these are more of a time investment (like 2 hours) than regular cupcakes, you will be sure to have lots of luck pleasing kids with them! Karlie's class went bananas this morning when she brought them.

Karlie's Rockin 6th Birthday

Max's Birthday kicks of the birthday bonanza in our house. We celebrate 5 of our 6 birthdays within a 7 week span! Needless to say it is a busy but fun time. There is a party nearly every other week. :)
This last weekend we celebrated Karlie's 6th birthday with a rockin 50s sock hop. All the kids and some of the adults dressed accordingly. My sister Chrysti was the professional photographer for the event, so you will have to suffer through about 100 pictures!

Her invitation turned out so cute. The cake was fun to make too!

I used ribbon around the bottom for the first time. It gave the cake a polished look in much less time than a fondant border. Karlie loved her poodle. She almost ate all of it.

I made the girl's outfits and had a lot of felt left over so I quickly sewed up some goodie bags and added names for the guests.
Hailey and her buddy Erin.
Karlie wanted hot pink and Kaitlin wanted purple with a pink poodle.
I added a shamrock to Karlie's poodle for a little extra luck.
The cousin gang: Karlie, Max, Hank, Titus, and Kaitlin
I did my best June Cleaver impersonation.
Grammy had Papa's class ring around her neck!
Can you believe I married this trouble maker?
Even baby Rayah sported a poodle skirt!

We had lots of fun playing games while rockin to the good oldies. The first game was pin the tail on the poodle.
Next we played freeze dance with a balloon drop.
Karlie insisted on a balloon drop. After much grumbling and groaning Max and Pops created a balloon net out of streamers and tapped it to the fan. It worked perfectly once we started the fan. The kids loved it!
What kid birthday party would be complete without the pinata?

Candy is the key to any successful kid party.
Even Hank gathered up some loot.

Karlie making sure every piece is out of the pinata.

Limbo was a huge hit, although some of us had trouble walking the next day. I am not saying any names, but she was over six.

Pops had the skills!

Yeah, that is why I wasn't able to walk in the morning.

Kerrie was the limbo champ. Bet she had trouble walking too!
Hank thought it was a breeze.
With all the limbo fun we were having we forgot to have a hula hoop contest. Aww shucks!
Oh Barbie! It should have been a Barbie birthday. I think Karlie is now the proud owner of every make and model of Barbie available. Her girlfriends all wanted to stay and play Barbies. :)

I hope all your wishes come true sweet girl!

We finished the party off with pizza and cake. The bottom layer was an eggless chocolate recipe that Jeanette has been using for years as her "slam cake." It is now the official birthday cake in our house. I made a chocolate buttercream icing for it and the top layer was strawberry with buttercream icing. It was so great to be able to let Hank partake in the cake eating! Here is the recipe. I bet no one will know it is eggless, that is how good it is!

Jeanette's Eggless Cake

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp Cocoa
2 tsp Vanilla
2 Tbsp vinegar
2/3 cups oil
2 cups water

Mix the dry ingredients together and wet together and then combine the two. Pour into a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. At our altitude it needed to bake for 37 minutes.

It is ironic that this is now the main cake I bake. Jeanette had given me this recipe when Max and I got married and I always wondered why you would want to go through all the effort for a cake from scratch when you can pick up a boxed cake for a buck and just add a few eggs and some water and oil. Funny how that is no longer an option and how thrilled I am to make a cake from scratch so Hank can eat it. I hope you will try it. It is very moist and tasty!