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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Memorial Day and This Month's happenings...

Hey all. How are things going? Let me fill you in on the happenings around here lately. We went up to Mom's house for a cookout for Memorial Day and it was great. Maddie and Kenzie wore themselves out to the extent that as soon as we got in the car, they were both sound asleep. They both went right to bed when we got home too. We ran and played for hours outside. Mom lives on a 9 acre farm and so she has the room for us to run all the time. They too are getting a swingset for the kids so that they have something they can swing on at their house. The one they are getting is going to be bigger than the one I have, but I think that the kids will love it. Mom helped me to start planning a few things. I need to take some of my Landscape timbers to create a box around the swingset after we cement it in the ground and then I will use roundup to kill the grass and put rubber mulch inside the box so that if the kids fall off of the swing, they won't get hurt. I have made several plans for the outside of the house. I will post pics of the before and after when I do it. I will be starting to move the landscape timbers soon and putting the bricks in where the landscape timbers are. I think that sums up the Memorial Day thing.

Now for the cakes for this month:

locker cakes

graduation cupcakes

graduation cake

bowling cakes

nintendo wii cake

german chocolate cake

microphone cake


there may be more, I can't remember off of the top of my head. But that is a look at what I have so far. I can't wait to get it all done. I think I will have lots of fun with it.


I also got some new pics of Maddie this past weekend. here they are:


Look, we have instant best friends. Kenzie and Maddie love holding hands in the car. They just started this since Maddie is turned around forward facing.

Maddie is enjoying her forward facing carseat. She is such a big girl now!

Look at the smile! She is just so happy. I loved this one because she was showing us her teeth! And, yes, the slober is because she is teething! She is getting her first molars. I know that she has to be in pain.

AWWWWWWWW! How cute! Daddy was tickeling her here. And Nana wiping the slobber from her chin. I really do love my girls! They are so much fun! I don't think I would ever want anything to have happened any different than it did for us. They have truly been a blessing for us! They are the greatest!

Love,

Dawn

Friday, May 25, 2007

Birthday Bummer!

Hey all! How are you all? I have had much better days. After all of the prep and working so hard on Maddie's 1st birthday cake, we had a no show for the party. Mom was the only person who showed up and I think that was just because she knew that no one else had come. She called me and I told her that no one showed, so 2 hours late, she came over. I was happy that some one was there with Maddie when she had her cake. This was the first step in the decorations. I chose purple, pink, orange and yellow decorations.
And for step two, I added accents to the flowers and bodies to the butterflies.
Then baked and iced the cake in light blue icing. I then let it sit and crust over so that I could smooth it over.
Add the second layer, ice it, let it crust. Smooth it over, add the grass border to both layers. I really liked this effect.
I did the final finishing touches to the cake by adding the butterflies and flowers to the cake and the cake board. I then wrote Happy 1st Birthday Maddie on the board by the cake. I sure was happy with the result. A close up of the cake. Now you can see a little better what it looked like. I sure do hope that Maddie will like it at this point!The birthday girl. Isn't she so cute! I love you Maddie and I know that no one showed up, but we have lots of pics of you and you will know that mommy loves you so very much! I did all this for you not for the people we invited. There will be other birthdays where you will have your friends. Crazy girls! They love their balloons!
WHAT A HAMMMMMMM! Kenzie totally loved posing for a pic in the balloons! I couldn't resist putting this one in here! "Mommy, why didn't they come to my party?" "It's my party and I'll pout if I want to" I think both of those would sum up the look on her face here! Priceless.
What a difference a balloon will make! She loves balloons. She talked to them for ages!
More balloons! I love ballooons!The balloon Baby!
Cake Time! Mmmmmmmmmm!Mommy, this is so yummy. Why did I have to wait a year for it?
She was totally enjoying her cake. Look at the hand in the mouth!
Mmmmm! More cake!
I am getting full Mommy!Ooooooh. Ice Cream! Yummy!
Look a clean baby! She had a bath right after the cake! She really needed it!
Would you look at that hair! It was insane!
So now off to the rest of the happenings. Not much going on. Now that the birthday party is over, I will be planning some landscaping outside to keep me busy. I can't wait to get that project started. Kenzie is out of school, so I need to come up with some stuff to keep her eyes off of the tv. She just wants to watch it all the time. Maddie is Maddie. What can I say about her. Ryan is busy with Maxx. Golfing, Pool, etc. And I guess that sums our life up in a nutshell. Talk to everyone later!
Love,
~Dawn~

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

She is short, skinny, and has an average size head.

Maddie went to the doc today. She wasn't too fond of Doctor Morgan. Although she has seen her every time we have gone to the doc. I decided that she needed to be seen by the same doc since she was having so many difficulties in the beginning, I wanted her to have a good relationship with one doctor rather than several since we go to a group of pediatricians. Maddie is in the 50th percentile for her head. She is in the 20th percentile for her weight. Madison is in the 25th percentile. We did a little calculating and came up with Dr Morgan thinks that she will grow to be 5'5 as an adult. She said that Kenzie will be much taller. Then after she left the room, Elizabeth came in and did a CBC. It is a fingerstick for bloodwork. And two shots. Maddie didn't cry until I laid her down after the shots were over and I was redressing her. I was completely shocked. Mom picked me up from the doctors office and brought us home. She had taken Kenzie to the park while we were seeing the doctor to pass the time. When we got home, Maddie had her first taste of chocolate.

Mommy, I love chocolate! Look how sweet! She had so much fun with that!

"Mommy, I am not eating in my high chair. I want to eat under the table Please." she said. "Just this time Maddie" Mommy said taking advantage of the photo op! I think this turned out cute! Don't mind the toys behind her. I didn't really care that they were there, I just thought she was too funny eating under the table!

Have a great day! I will post more pics later this week!

Love,

~Dawn~

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Not so new, new years resolution

Well, how are all of you? Wondering about the title are you? Well, I shall reveal the reason behind it in a few minutes. Maddie is doing great. She has a checkup tomorrow. I can't wait, more shots! That was sarcastic of corse. Kenzie had her last day of school until August today. She is sad that she won't see her friends as much until then. I am trying to get envolved in a few things for her. I found a place that she can play soccer, but she can't do that until fall. I am also going to be doing a library thing with her. I also found a local play group for the girls. They are meeting at the Library tomorrow, but we can't go because I have the appointment with Maddie which I think is much more important. Ryan is doing well. I did make some of the accents for Maddie's birthday cake today. I think I e mailed it to all of you. Now for the title of the blog for today. My friend Beth D. and I have vowed that we are going to do a weight loss thing together. We both want to loose weight and trim down, so we are going to be each other's support. She has more to loose than I do, but I will be there with her every step of the way. And she will do the same for me. I will keep you all posted as things occur. I decided to start using my pedometer tonight and went for a walk around the block, two laps equals 2630 steps. Wow! I didn't realize how easy it was to walk for so many steps. I want my ultimate goal to be 10k steps a day. I do hope I can do it. Like I said I will keep you updated as I progress. Wish me luck!
Love,
~Dawn~

Thursday, May 17, 2007

"Daddy, I love you! Thank you for my new swing set"

Oh my gosh, Kenzie almost peed her pants when daddy and Matt brought the swing set over the fence to the house. I will explain the story later. She had so much fun with it!
"Sissy, are you sure this is safe? I am not so sure about it!" Maddie didn't really know what to think of the slide. She hated the glider. She just isn't big enough yet to know what to do on a slide. We will be getting an infant swing to put on it for her. Then maybe she will start to like it.
"Mommy, it has a slide too"
Sittin pretty! I loved this pose. She is so into taking pics today!
Look at her! She loved it! She couldn't wait to get on the glider, swing, slide. She wanted to do it all!
Wow, Daddy pushes me. Kenzie's teacher doesn't push the kids on the swing. If they can't do it themselves, they get no help so she was shocked when Daddy helped her.
Now for the story about the swingset. I have been pricing them for a while and my neighbor came over and said that his neighbor to the rear would sell me the swing set for a mere $40. That is less than 1/2 of the lowest price I had found. I jumped on the offer and told Ryan to stop by the ATM on the way home. So there is the story. Now for the significance of getting the swingset. I decided that instead of buying something the girls could play with inside, I wanted to get an outdoor toy for Madison for her birthday. I also got Kenzie's report card today which was great. So the toy was for a birthday and a reward for a good report card. Kenzie loved it and was so surprised when Matt told her that the swing would be staying here forever. She thought he was just letting us borrow it, but now that she knows it is hers, she is so darn excited!
I had a good day. I was up until 2am working on the wedding cake that I forgot to get a pic of, but there will be other times when I do a cake that I will get the pic. I got another order for next week today. It is a babyshower cake. So now next week, I have Maddie's birthday cake for the party, and a baby shower cake to do. I think it will be tons of fun!
Kenzie had a good day at school and then came home and helped me finish the invites for Maddie's birthday party. She also helped me buy the decorations for it. We went to the grocery and she was so good that I didn't even mind when she sneaked a hershey bar onto the belt when she knew I wasn't looking.
Maddie got a birthday present today. She loved her outfits Yaya and Pappy!
And that about sums it all up!
Love,
~Dawn~

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I am in trouble I know

I know that I am in big troubles. I know I haven't posted all week and this is Wednesday. I am so sorry about that, but when you see what has been going on, you will understand.

Saturday: I worked, Ryan hung out with the girls. My neighbor got arrested.

Sunday: I worked, Ryan hung out with the girls. My neighbor is still in jail.

Monday: I made a cake. Kenzie went to school. Maddie hung out with mommy. My neighbor's daughter came over and I got the story. He had gone to a bar with his fiance and well, she started a pushing match with him then left him at the bar. When he finally got home, they continued arguing, she called the police. He was arrested because she said he hit her. I know in Florida both parties involved would have been arrested, but I guess in Indiana it is different. He was taken in. He was awaiting arainment on Monday, but since there were so many arrests over the weekend he didn't get that done.

Tuesday: I had a really bad day! There are no two ways about it. Ryan was supposed to take the cake to work with him and didn't. Kenzie was whiney all day. Maddie was also not happy. I mean really, it was her birthday, and I thought she would have been happy, but no. Then I had visitors unannounced who came to wake Maddie up and wish her a happy birthday, then leave 2 seconds later. I was highly upset by that. I continued to have a bad day. Ryan didn't get home in time for me to go to water torture, so my friend Beth was stood up since he didn't show and the people at the desk at the y didn't give her my message. The night got worse, Kenzie hid the remote from us. That upset Ryan. She wouldn't tell us where it was. Finally after 10 we found it hidden in the closet and Kenzie said "Daddy, you found it. I hid it!" I was so upset I just went to bed.

Wednesday: I have to make a wedding cake today. I do hope it turns out ok. I don't have much experience in that department and I am very nervous about it. I will be starting it as soon as Kenzie goes to school. Although I have to wait for Ryan to get home to Ice it since I need to go to the store and get a few things before I can make the icing. I can see that I will be up very late tonight. I will try and get some new pics real soon. I just haven't been into taking them this week with it being such a wierd week.

~Dawn~

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mothers Day!!!

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Wish you all a Happy Mothers Day. It is hard to believe that this is my 5th year being a mommy. Thank you Kenzie and Maddie for all the wonderful memories. I love you both very much.
~Mommy~

Friday, May 11, 2007

Yay, Maddie!

Hey all. Just thought I would update you real quick. Maddie has been trying to walk for weeks now. She took not one, not two but 19 steps today. It was so cute. She just keept taking steps as i backed up and eventually she cornered me so that I couldn't back up any further. Yay! We have two walkers now. Love ya lots. More to come later.
~Dawn~

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Busy, busy, busy...

Well, we have been so busy today. I am making the roses for the wedding cake for next week as well as figuring out the design for the cake for next Monday. Kenzie had a good day at school. She got an invitation to a birthday party, but, it is in a few days. I would have been more prepared for it had they given the invitation last week. She said that she would rather stay home with daddy than to go to the party. She said she wants daddy to teach her how to play golf. That was pretty funny. She can't wait for Uncle Maxx to bring her the kid's size golf clubs that used to be his. He told her she could have them. Maddie walked about 5 steps today. Ryan cooked dinner tonight. I watered the plants outside today and when I took my shower tonight, I noticed that I got a little sunburn. It doesn't hurt very much, but I just couldn't believe how much sun I got today. I am planning Maddie's birthday party as it is. I am having it late in the month. I think I have decided to keep the theme a secret. If you are invited, you will know by the invitation, if not, you will have to wait and see the pic of the cake when I put it here. I like keeping you in suspense. I guess that does it for today. Talk to you soon.
Love
~Dawn~

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

"No Monkey Bars Mommy!"

I know, the title.... That is what Kenzie said to me when she got home from school today. She had a good day. She didn't get hurt today at school. I learned that there are 15 children in her class. Wow! She has a bigger class than I had originally had thought. Ryan had a busy day. Maddie took about 4 steps today. She is getting closer to taking off. She will only take steps to me though. She will not walk to her daddy. Sorry Dad. She just isn't ready yet I don't think. And besides, Kenzie was your baby girl, Maddie is mine! Kent helped me with a project today... I decided that it was time to get our weedeater that Ryan's parents had bought us last spring in working order. It is brand new, but we couldn't get the new attachment on it. He had to actually perform surgery so to speak on it. We cut the red end off of it just to get the new piece on the shaft. After doing that, Kent was able to get the new piece on it and we did some yard work. It was nice having someone who has done this kind of thing before to help me out with this thing. I was going to take it up to mom's house so that Pop could fix it, but he didn't know how long it would be before he could work on it, so I asked Kent yesterday and got it done today. That was nice. I started the roses for the small wedding cake for next week. I also changed the design for maddie's cake I think. I am going to do something different and when I do, you will see the pic. I don't want to spoil the surprise. I will put pics on here right after her party at the end of the month. Oh, yeah, I can't forget that we got to talk to Derrick tonight. I haven't heard from him in a while. It was nice to talk to him. He told me about a new cake that Amanda is working on. It will be really cute. It is a shoebox with a high heel leopard skin shoe on it. I can't wait for the pic of it. Anyway, I will keep you posted and try and get pics later this week if the kids will cooperate. Lots of Love!
~Dawn~

Monday, May 7, 2007

Kenzie Fell

I had a decent weekend and then while Kenzie was at school her teacher called me. She was playing on the playground and tyring to do the monkey bars, she fell. The teacher said she was a trooper. She let her brush off the mulch, but wouldn't let her clean it off very good. I will take care of that better when she gets home. The teacher said it wasn't very big, it was just a scratch. She said that she had sat Kenzie down to calm her down since she thought that she was paniked a little. Kenzie wouldn't have it and decided she needed to play more. Happily, she went back to play more. Maddie is getting bigger everyday. I am going to start planning her birthday soon. I think I will do her party on a day after school lets out so that I can have some of Kenzie's friends come to it too. I will post the pics soon I promise.
Love,
Dawn

Friday, May 4, 2007

Today from a glance...

Today wasn't really all that bad. Kenzie didn't have school which was probably a good thing. She was up agian late last night with night terrors. I just don't know what I am going to do with her about it. She keeps me up when she has these kinds of nights. She slept in late this morning, then at about 1, she went back to sleep and I had to wake her at 4 so that she would be able to sleep tonight. Maddie has been doing a little better today. The drops really do help her eyes. We took the girls to Mom's tonight since Ryan has to work tomorrow as well as I do. Mom will have them until Sunday. We had dinner with them. We came home, I did a load of laundry and I am off to bed so that I can work tomorrow. Continue to pray for Maddie's eyes and Kenzie's night terrors. I really do appreciate it.
Love,
~Dawn~

D

Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard
went to the cupboard
to get her poor dog a bone.
But when she got there
the cupboard was bare!
And so the poor dog had none.

Today we talked about dogs and found things in the house that start with the letter d. We talked about mommy's name starts with a D!

~Dawn~

Thursday, May 3, 2007

C

Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one.
The mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock!


Today the letter was C. The rhyme was Hickory Dickory Dock. We studied the Clock today. Kenzie had lots of fun with that.

Oh No. Not Conjunctivitis Again!

Well, when Maddie woke up this morning, I noticed green discharge from her left eye. Inspecting a little further, I noticed the white of the eye is turning a little red. I immediately called Dr. Morgan. I got Bobbie, one of the nurses. I told her what the symptoms were and "I know that I am self diagnosing, but both of my kids have had it quite a bit." She replied with, "Where do you want the drops called in to." Later in the day, I called Walgreens and the drops were ready! The doc never even called me. I am telling you, this poor baby is so miserable. Conjunctivitis is one thing I would never wish upon my worst enemy. Please pray for her to be more comfortable while the drops do their job. She keeps rubbing them. I know she isn't comfy because she usually sleeps all night. Last night she woke up about every two hours. I haven't had her do that since she was newborn. I didn't have a good night. In addition to Maddie waking so often, Kenzie has been having night terrors, so that keeps me up too. I don't know how I get through the day with so little sleep, but I manage. Thanks for all your love and support.
Love,
~Dawn~

I GOT FIRST PLACE!!!


HELLO EVERYONE! KENZIE HERE. I AM SO EXCITED! MY DERBY HAT WON FIRST PLACE. I HAD MOMMY TAKE A PICTURE FOR YOU! ENJOY. I ALSO INCLUDED SOME OTHER PICS THAT MOMMY TOOK OF US YESTERDAY. I WON A FIRST PLACE RIBBON AND THEY ALSO GAVE ME A BALL THAT HAS ALADDIN ON IT. I LOVE IT.
HEY, SISSY, MY CUP IS YUMMY!
FUNNY GIRL!
HEY, I WANT THAT CAMERA!
SISSY, I GOT YOUR CUP! HA HA HA! I DID IT.
HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED MY FIRST POST.
LOVE,
KENZIE

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wow what a week so far!

We have had such a strange week so far. First on Monday, not much happened. Tuesday, the car started acting up again. Now for today. Ryan had Maxx follow him to Ramsey to put the car in the shop. Maxx brought him home. We waited all day. Finally Trevor, the mechanic, called us and said, they couldn't find anything that would be causing the car to act up and that we could pick it up at anytime. He had done diagnostic tests to no avail. He checked the fuel filter and no dirt was comming out. He put in gas treatment and took it for a drive, it sputtered one time on him and so he decided he would put heat in the tank. The heat was meant to evaporate any water that might be in the tank. He came to a final conclusion that we must have just gotten a hold of some bad gas. That was a blessing and a curse all in one! Ryan had taken the day off to get the car fixed and that was all it was. I decided that if it continued doing it, we would have Joey come down and take off the crank sensor and take it to have it tested. If it tests ok, then we will drop it, if it tests negative, we will replace it. We haven't had to go to that extreme yet, but I am just getting it into place so that if we have to we know what to do. Now onto other things. Kenzie had a great day at school. Maddie surprised me today. I got her out of the crib right as the bus got here to drop Kenzie off. We opened the door for Kenzie and then when she was in the house, I stood Maddie up and went about the daily ritual of finding out what Kenzie did at school. I looked up and Maddie was taking steps. One, Two, Three. Pause. One, Two. About that time, I was trying to video her, she got down and crawled. The little stinker! She just wants to do it when no one is watching. She will take off real soon i think. I will post the video when I get it. I think that about does it for tonight. Have a great evening.
Love,
~Dawn~

B

Baa baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir. Yes sir.
3 bags full.
1 for my master
and one for the dame
and one for the little boy
who lives down the lane.

Today, the letter is B and the color is Blue. Kenzie wore a blue outfit to school. I will post the daily post later.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

A

The letter of the day is A

The Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree
Two red apples smiled down at me.
I shook that tree as hard as I could.
Mmmm...
Were they good!

Now, for the explanation of what we are doing. We pick a letter of the day (well, I do) and it goes with a rhyme in this case "The Apple Tree" . We say the rhyme, then Kenzie gets to act it out. And later today after school, we will be making Apple sun catchers and practicing to write the letter A. Kenzie's teacher gave me this website to promote her learning. I loved it so much that I decided to do the letter of the day thing every day so that I can continue her learning even through the summer time. I will probably figure out how to do the numbers, colors, and shapes too so that she will get it all. I will post a picture of the apple sun catcher after she makes them. I think that she will have fun with it. Have a great day and I look forward to a new letter tomorrow!


~Dawn~

Things are...

Well, I know that it has been a few days since I posted. I do work you know. I thought I would update you on everything that is happening. Kenzie is taking her Derby Hat to school today. She is having a blast. Her teacher sent me a few ideas, and I am going to start doing a letter of the day. You will see later what I am doing for that. Kenzie has also been trying to get a nasty cold. She is being a trooper tho. She is taking her medicine when she needs to without fighting. I am so proud of her. Maddie is about the same. She hasn't changed much. If it isn't too hot later, I will take them to the park and try to get pics of them, but since I have to walk them there, I may not if the weather is too hot. Ryan went golfing with Maxx yesterday. He is having fun with that. Maxx is looking for the clubs for Kenzie and he told her that when she gets a little older, they will take her with them so she can drive the golf cart. They are also planning on taking her out to teach her the game. It will be cool for her. I don't have any new cake orders for this week. I will be playing catch up on some things. I also start my last class next week as far as I know. It depends on if we had enough people to sign up for it. Well that is that. If anything new happens later, you will know.
Love,
~Dawn~