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Thursday, February 18, 2010

{Late} Valentine's Stuff

Valentine's Day was last weekend, and our little family did a few fun things to celebrate. First, my sweet friend Sarah, came over on Friday to make Bakerella's Cupcake Pops with me. Yes, the original plan was Cupcake Pops, instead of just Cake Pops.

I had baked three Red Velvet cakes the night before, so we simply followed Bakerella's instructions. We formed the balls of cake & frosting into little cupcakes (more difficult than you'd think, but definitely doable). Then, after chilling them, we attempted to dip them in the chocolate. It was frustrating. The cupcake tops were too small to really hold onto, and long story short, we gave up on Cupcake Pops after about 10, and proceeded to make 75 simple cake pops. This is what they turned out like.

I made mine primarily for my hubby's family's Valentine's party on Saturday. I had intended to get them all finished and pretty-like by about 5:00 Friday evening. Weeellll, it didn't happen. Sarah was at my house until 11:00 that night, and we were just happy to have them finished. So, Saturday morning before the party, I paid my little boy $1 to pose for this picture. Then, I very quickly put together the little card, emailed it to the lab, and picked them up on the way to the party.

I took my X-Acto knife with me, and while everyone was bowling (Valentine's Day tradition), I cut the slots in the photos, and stuck them on the cake pops. All in all, I was pleased with the end result. :) Even if it was much more challenging than I thought it would be!

Now, part 2 of our Valentine's story. Let me preface by saying that my hubby is not much into the whole Valentine's holiday, but he tries to make me happy. On the Thursday before Valentine's day, he and I were on our way to town when he turns to me and asks, "So, are you okay with not getting anything for Valentine's Day this year??" I looked at him and I laughed and said, "Are you trying to tell me that I need to be okay with not getting anything?" And then the conversation was shifted to something else.

Well, for most of the day on Saturday, he made little comments about how he still hadn't gotten me anything, and he was sorry, etc., etc. I totally believed him! Totally! LOL! When we got home from the party on Saturday night, I was working on filling some orders from my Etsy shop, and he told me he was going to "take out the trash." When I finished working in my office, I found these on the dining room table.

My sweet hubby had ordered flowers for me, and when he went to "take out the trash," he grabbed the box that had been delivered, and left the roses for me to find. So super sweet. <3 <3 <3 that man!

Normally I love color photos, but I thought I would try a black and white for this one. What do you think?

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Today I am especially grateful for the gospel. I am thankful for the knowledge that I have of God, and all the other things that are associated with Him. Yesterday, a strange thing happened that kind of stressed me out, and I am just really, really grateful. As I was talking with a friend yesterday, a strange thing occurred to me (of course I already knew, but I had never really thought about it.) The "light" isn't always there, and it's uncomfortably easy for it to be lost. I am so lucky and so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful family and friends.

And, I shared this photo of my sweet little guy on my Photo Tips blog today, and I had to share it here. This was taken in September 2009, and it never fails to make me smile. This little boy is the greatest gift I've ever been given!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Random Stuff...

So, these photos are really kind of boring, but I am *super* excited about these shelves. About a week ago, my wonderful hubby helped (read: did it for me) me put these shelves in my laundry/mudroom. I love the space. It does sort of take away from the clean, simple look that the room had before, but I love that there is a place that is convenient to put this clutter!

And, I am sure that you have heard about muffin tin lunches. If you haven't, Google it. It's really a pretty fun concept. I went to Walmart, and found some muffin tins, but they were $10 -$15 apiece, and I was totally not into paying that! So, I went to the dollar store and I found these little dishes that were only $1 for a 3-pack. I bought a few packs and this little man and I made lunch. (I am not sure why he was insisting on being shirtless this day...)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Stuff Online! :-)

I missed last week, and I am a little late this week, but I'll make up for it by posting today and tomorrow! :) So, for today, I will tell you about why I missed my post last week - I've been working super hard on getting my website and my photography tips blog updated and changed. I'm excited to say that I *think* I am almost finished! I have a few things left to do on each, but overall, I am pleased with the results.

And don't worry, I will be giving this little blog a makeover soon too. :)