Month: May 2014

Preschool Graduation

Someone please stop time for me.  PLEASE!?

My little girl graduated from preschool last week.  It can’t be almost time for kindergarten already, can it?!



She was so proud of herself, and I was so stinkin’ proud of her.  She’s grown so much in the last two years of school, and we’re going to miss her preschool teacher dearly!  After graduation was over they had a reception.  Averie told me she needed to tell Miss Becky something, so we walked over and she thanked her for being the best teacher ever.  She also thanked the Miss Mary (their classroom helper), I believe it was thank you for always bringing me snacks or something along those lines – not entirely positive, as I was out of earshot.

I sure hope she keeps her attitude of gratitude in the years to come.  It’s part of what makes her so special.  Here’s to moving forward and on to *gulp* Kindergarten!

Sneak Peek at Averie’s Golden Princess Birthday Party!

Things have been pretty quiet around here lately – at least on the blogging and cookie front.  On the home front we’ve been prepping for Averie’s birthday party!

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail quite yet, except to say that the kids all seemed to have a fantastic time!

I’ll leave you with a couple of sneak peeks for now, and will share some better pictures and a full wrap up later on!

Happy 5th Birthday, Averie!

Today’s the day where we get to celebrate another year in the life of Averie! She’s grown so much – both physically and intellectually this year – it’s just amazing.  Hard to believe she’s already five!

The night before her birthday I had insomnia.  Possibly it was anxiety over how my little baby could be this old already!  In an effort to wear myself out, I blew up an insane number of balloons and spread them all over her floor.  Her reaction in the morning was priceless.  She didn’t know how to get out of bed at first, and then proceeded to squeal and kick them all over the place!

Birthday Balloon Surprise

Birthday Balloon Surprise

This year is Averie’s Golden Birthday, we also thought it would be the perfect age for a return trip to visit family in California and hit up Disneyland.  She was quite excited once she put together why her suitcase was in a giant bag with a bunch of balloons!

Guess who is going to Disneyland!

Guess who is going to Disneyland!

I’m so proud of the girl she’s growing up to be, and I can only imagine how many more amazing things she’s going to accomplish going forward.

Love you, Bug!!

I’m still not a cake decorator… …but I’m getting better!

First off – let me say that I have absolutely NO desire at this point in life to sell decorated cakes.  I don’t know how those of you that sell cakes do it.  There’s so much pressure!  If you mess up, you don’t have to redo just one cookie – you have to redo entire cakes – sometimes stacks of cakes!

I had a last minute realization that I didn’t have any cake for Averie’s actual birthday.  Panic set in, and then I calmly reminded myself that my family is going to love whatever I make for them, so I decided to just make the cake myself.

Any normal parent would grab their 9×13 pan and a box cake mix, a tub of frosting, maybe a few sprinkles and call it good.  Of course I wouldn’t do that…


I put together this crazy, four layered pink cake.  I think it turned out pretty good – considering that decorating cakes is not my cup of tea.  And I even made my own icing and all.  Because really, who doesn’t love a good buttercream!?

Is it perfect?  Heck no – that baby was leaning to the left like crazy and had defined lines where each tier of the cake was – but who cares if you’re just going to eat it anyway?!  I managed not to get any crumbs in the icing – that was my big accomplishment this time around!