Thursday, August 26, 2010

The First Day of School 2010

It seems that time of year has rolled around again!!! AJ has started 3rd grade and Jay 2nd. Wow, these boys are getting so big!!

AJ was none too happy about the first day of school. You see he is a bit of a perfectionist, I have no idea where he gets that from, ahem. When tying his shoes the laces all have to be the same length, I mean the bunny ears each have to be the same length, the tails have to be the same length, all four pieces on each shoe has to be the same length! Then they have to be tucked just right into the sides of his shoe. Of course this morning he could not master this feat. Hence the sour look on his face.

He is actually hiding his shoes because he said everyone would laugh at them because they were all uneven!! Oh, if that were my biggest worry! Also any kid that has stared at another's shoes long enough to determine that the laces are all uneven, needs some more work, in my opinion:)

Jay in his futile attempt to make AJ at least crack a smirk, I believe his words were something to the effect of "That's the best you got?" There may have also been some conversation regarding the very stern looks on both their faces in the previous photo, and why they both looked like they were ready to fight!

The best of the three, please excuse the quality, I was using my phone!!

What first day trials did you have with your kids this week? Was everything a piece of cake, or crazy chaos? What do you do to help make the mornings easier?

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Cake

Ok, so a while back, I posted about making fondant from scratch - kind of. Here is what I made the fondant for.

The ingredients used:)
First I started by greasing and flour-ing the pans.
It was getting kinda hectic by this point I had a few kids hopped up on a marshmallow high, so the Pictures started to take a back seat to the chaos going on. As I recall there were also several other neighborhood kids in the house that I was trying to fend off by throwing marshmallows out the door and watching them all run, or maybe that was just a thought:)
In the oven they went,
and out they came:) Beautiful!!
The bride to be chose white cake and wanted chocolate frosting, which is not typical for a fondant cake, but she is my bestie, so she gets what ever her little heart desires!!
Then came time to dye the fondant, fun only if you do not have a bridal shower to be at in less than two hours!! So there I was sweating like a pig, rushing around trying to finish up, and the clock was ticking!!
Rolled out the fondant, and covered the cake, I told you at this point the pictures were not a priority, as I was mentally spazzing out since the clock was ticking and I had to finish the cake and shower, and arrive with said cake before the guests!!
Rolled out the white fondant, placed the template over the fondant and began cutting.
I spent an hour sitting over the fondant punching our little flowers and stars and rolling little blue flower centers.
In the end, this was the finished product, I arrived to the shower ahead of schedule, showered (and even a little cute), and before all the other guests!! Success!! This picture is not that great, there was very little cake left over and I have heard from a reliable source the groom-to-be may have eaten the leftover cake for breakfast the next morning.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

One really great thing about the consulting field is all the vendors we use. The great thing about these vendors, free lunches, and free game tickets. The bad thing is they usually come last minute-ish.

This was no different, about the time I was walking out of my office, my phone rang. Normally I would just let it ring and let voicemail get it, but I have a semi-big project going on and also had a dreaded feeling that something was not going to go right with it over the weekend (everything was just peachy by the way).

I answered the phone and I got "Hey Megan, it's Jerry. I've got some tickets to the Astros for tonight's game and wondered if there was anyone there that would like to use them"

Sure!! I'll take them! So I waited around a bit for the tickets to be delivered and then I was out the door to pick up the kiddos and head to the game.

We picked up dinner on the way to the game and ate in the car. I drove all the way to Minute Maid Park - and did not get lost once!! Even though we left the house about quarter till 6, we still managed to get food, eat, park and find our seats before the game began!! Did I mention that I did not get lost once!!

Here are a few pictures, and there are only a few because my battery died!!

AJ smiling

Jenna and Jay caught off guard

Jenna and Mommy.
Since I was so proud of myself for NOT getting lost on the way there, I will tell you that I DID get lost on the way out - I mean on the way out of the building people!! I did not exit from the same door I entered. Thank God my little man has a great sense of direction!!! He kept telling me "we need to turn here mom, turn here, see I remember that just go straight," all the way to where the car was parked!! And wouldn't you know I also got lost trying to leave downtown Houston!! I will give you one guess as to who told me I was going the wrong way for three miles...AJ!! "Mom, you need to turn around, mom, turn here, mom!!" Yes, my 8 year old directed me out of Downtown Houston!!