Oct 30, 2014

Writer's Block

See that super tall clarinet in the middle? That's Prima Donna.
I'm just not feeling it today. I know that's a poor excuse for not chatting with you, but my life has been a bit more chaotic than usual (you didn't think that were possible, did you?). It's just that my garden froze and Bossy and I have been trying to save as much of our harvest as possible.

So today I put up beets, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and I picked and juiced 2 more buckets of grapes. I also took a trip to Utah County to deliver a bunch of Tupperware and return the dress Princess borrowed for the DYW Scholarship pageant.

And we had a concert for Fajita and Prima Donna. Even with all of Bossy's help I've been swamped. I still have 2 batches of tomatoes to run through the canner, but I'm putting them in the fridge and going to bed. Tomorrow is a new day and I'm tired.

Wow! That sounds super-whiney. I promise to be more positive tomorrow. :)

Hmmm. How's this? "I'm positive I'll be more whiney tomorrow."

Just kidding...

Oct 29, 2014

She's A Winner!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that my kids love to participate in coloring contests. They will spend hours making these pictures perfect. :) Baby Doll has never won anything before, but now that she has turned 4, she thinks she is a big girl.

So last week we turned in the fire engine coloring pages from the Home Depot contest. I thought they were going to announce the winners last Saturday, and when we didn't hear anything, I just assumed we had not been successful.

Then this morning the phone call came. Baby Doll had been selected as the winner in her age category! She was so excited! She waited somewhat impatiently to drive over and claim her prize. The lady at the Customer Service desk asked her if she liked pink or purple and then she handed her a cute princess bag with shoes, earrings, bangles and beads, but the best part was the pink sparkly purse.

She loved them right away and it was difficult to get her to wait until we got in the van to open up her treasure. She is hoping this is the beginning of many coloring contest wins!

Oct 28, 2014

Guest Blog: Bingham Ball by Prima Donna

On Saturday I had the opportunity to go to my first high school dance.  It was our formal girls pref, commonly known as Sadies, but we call it Bingham Ball.

Here in Utah, "promposals" are a big thing.  So about three weeks ago.  I chose my date and left a huge bag of popcorn on his doorstep.  Classy.  Three days later I got a reply with candy corn.  (We're so corny...)  After, weeks of stressing about my hair and my dress, the day finally arrived.  Teach was a huge help.  First of all she let me borrow her prom dress from high school and she did my hair.  I felt like a princess.

I was so nervous.  Everything went great!  Almost...

Dinner was way cool.  Since its "girl prom" you're supposed to go to a fancy dinner but since when do high-schoolers have money for stuff like that?  So we went to the local Zupas.  A girl in our group bribed her little brother and his friends to be our waiters.  They had a corner reserved for us with tablecloths and roses.  And the food was cheap and scrumptious which is always a plus.

We headed for the ball.  It was at the State Capitol and it was so pretty and very loud!!  It was so fun, though.  The dance was by far the best part of the night.  Then things started going downhill.

We got out to the car and Princess realized she had left her lights on for almost 3 hours!!  The car was completely dead.  Thankfully, a nice couple saw us and were able to give us a jump.  We were on our way to the after party when we glitched again but this time it was a human error. There was a miscommunication in our group about which house the after party was at and we showed up at the wrong house.  Yeah, that was awkward...

Overall, it was a great memorable experience and I had so much fun.  My date kept me laughing all night and it was such a blast!

Oct 27, 2014

Cupcake Club Social

Look at me, I'm back to posting late again. I was trying to change that up a bit last week so see if I could get a little more sleep. It seems that I will just shuffle paperwork around to avoid writer's block and that keeps me up much later. (Not that I don't need to do that paperwork...)

It's been a rough couple of weeks and I was really looking forward to a little down time today. I didn't get much, but enough that I feel mostly ready to face a new week. The little ones go back to school tomorrow, so that means life will change again. No more sleeping in. :(

I've told you about most of the craziness of last week, but I wanted to show you the cute cupcakes Princess did with her Cupcake Club. For the opening social last month she taught them how to use and make fondant, so this time she wanted to teach them about frosting. Since it's so close to Halloween, holiday-themed designs caught her imagination.

Her club meets right after school one Thursday a month. She made 100 cupcakes (she also made 100 more for the GS activity on Friday). It's a good thing she loves to bake. Tonight she mixed up 10 batches of sugar cookies for Pack Meeting on Tuesday. We will have to bake them tomorrow or Tuesday morning, but making the dough is half the battle.

She loves having her own club and the opportunity to teach others about her cooking passions. Check out her fun pictures.

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