Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

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Hope everyone has a safe and fun halloween!  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Last year Halloween Flashback!

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here are some pictures last year from Halloween!  Last year we came back from Florida on the 30th; we were lucky to spend halloween with our great friends here in Virginia Beach.  It was Rory's first time trick or treating and experiencing candy!  

Digging into the candy!

Its hard trick or treating....sometimes you need a break in the street!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Candy Corn Cupcakes!

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Rory’s dad loves candy corn!  It is a year round food in our household.  His favorite thing to do with candy corn is to mix it with peanuts.  Rory will watch him eat it and ask for “daddy’s corn.”  I normally don’t like giving her any candy, but I have been slacking on my rigidness when I see those big eyes and crazy blond hair look at me.   

Since Rory’s three favorite things in the world are “daddy’s corn,” cupcakes, and baking; I thought it would be to combine the three!  

Materials needed:
yellow cake mix (and ingredients used to make the cake)
food coloring: red and yellow
white icing
white “see through” cupcake holders
candy corn

This was a very easy project, and fun for everyone!  We made a normal yellow cake mix, by following all the instructions on the package.  While we were mixing, we counted all of our “stirs” and talked about how we were stirring in a circle.  When we were done mixing, we divided the batter into two bowls.  

One of the bowls will be a yellow color batter, and the other will be an orange colored batter.  We talked about making the colors.  The batter is already a “yellowish” color to begin with, but to spice it up and make it a glowing yellow.  To do so, I added a little bit of yellow food coloring, just to make it pop.   In the other bowl, I added some red and some yellow food coloring to make it the perfect orange.  

Once you have the colors looking perfect, and your cupcake holders in place, you can begin to make the cupcakes!  (I didn’t have any cupcake holders in my house, so we just used our regular cupcake tins; which worked fine; however I would have liked for my cupcakes to have had better color.)  In typical candy corn fashion, put a little of the yellow cupcake batter into the cupcake holders.  Fill then half way full.  Then add some of the orange batter on top, filling it up to the top.  Bake according to the mix directions.

When they are done baking, let them cool on a cooling rack.  Once they are cooled, put a nice dollop of white icing on top.  Finish with a piece (or pieces) of candy corn.

Rory was so excited to see the cupcakes!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Photo Friday!

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Making Pancakes!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Food Continue- Eyeballs

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Day 3 of our spooky Halloween Food!  Today we made one of Rory's favorite foods ever: EGGS!  Some days my child will eat 2 scrambled eggs or 3 hard boiled egg whites (she refuses to eat the hard boiled egg yolks).

I knew this would be an instant hit with Rory! 

  • Materials Needed for Eyeballs:
  • hard boiled eggs
  • materials to make deviled eggs (we used egg yolks, mustard, mayo, paprika, salt, pepper, and relish)
  • black olives
  • ketchup
  • toothpick
Hard boil your eggs.  (Bring eggs to a boil.  I normally boil them for 3-5 minuets, then turn off the heat and cover them.)  Cut he eggs in half lengthwise, and save the yolks.  
With the yolks, make deviled eggs.  (We mashed up the egg yolks with mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, a bit of paprika and some relish).  When you have finished making your deviled eggs, cut the olives.  With the olives laying on their side, slice very thin.  Rory had to sample every olive to make sure they all tasted ok!  These olives are your eyeballs!
Put a spoonful of the deviled eggs into the open egg yolk.  in the middle of the egg, place one of the olives.  Using the toothpick, place little squiggle lines outside the olive to make the eye look stressed.  


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Fun Foods Day: Apple Mouth's!

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I think these are quite possibly one of the most adorable Halloween foods I have ever made!  They are so fun and easy too! 

Materials Needed for Apple Mouths:
  • apples
  • peanut butter
  • sliced almonds
  • knife
Quarter the apples and cut out the core.  Using the knife, make two slits making a “mouth” shape, but be careful not to cut through the apple.  gently pull out the “mouth” shape.  Using your knife, put a little bit of peanut butter inside the apple.  Take the sliced almonds and have them “stick” to teh peanut butter making them look like teeth.  

These were Rory’s favorite of the Halloween foods.  She pretended like they were her mouth, made them talk, and loved eating them!

Rory asks for them every day now!  Silly Girl!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Halloween Food Fun! Day 1: Mummy's!

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We are one week closer to Halloween!!!!  MAny of you may know that I am a compulsive planner.  I will plan meals for the week, workouts for the week, trips to the doctor, and for holidays; I even plan about how I am going to plan things (it is a curse, I know!)  One thing I like to do in advance is try out recipes for the big day.  

Normally, I like to go more scary for Halloween, but this year we are going to make three cute (not too spooky) dishes that Rory is going to love!  We are making; spooky apple mouths, marvelous mummy’s (since Rory really likes mummy’s lately), and wild eyeballs!

Today we are going to do Mummy's....
  • Materials Needed for Mummy’s:
  • refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • hotdogs (or veggie dogs)
  • knife
  • toothpicks
  • mustard

To make the mummy’s, we cut our hotdogs in half, but you can use the whole hot dog if you want.  We cut our crescent roll dough into little strips and then just wrapped them around the hot dogs like a mummy.  (Rory sampled the dough, but spit it out quickly!)  Make sure to leave a little slit at the top for the mummy’s eyes. 

Bake them in the oven according to the crescent roll directions.  When they come out, using a toothpick put little dots on the hot dog for the mummy’s eyes.   

Tomorrow is Apple Mouths!!!!  

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Black Cat Handprints!

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Halloween is just around the corner....and I can’t wait!  Fall is by far my most favorite time of year, and it is even more fun with a toddler.   Rory is only 2, so I really don’t want to make any “scary” halloween decorations, so we are going to make some “cute” and “fun” decorations over the next few weeks!  

Many of you may know that our house is a zoo; with 2 dogs and 3 cats.  When Rory started seeing black cats in our halloween books, she was kind of confused!  She wasn’t sure why black cats were grouped with the pumpkins, ghosts, and mummys.  She now thinks all cats are for “halloween,” and calls our cats (which non of them are black) her “bad halloween kitty’s.”  I have been trying to tell her that just black kitty’s are for halloween, because they are so crazy and wild, but she still things that all kitty’s are for halloween!   

So we decided to emphasize the “black” kitty’s by making some black cats of our own for to decorations around the house and to send to Mimi and Papa!  

Materials Needed:
  • paper
  • Black paint
  • Black paper
  • google eyes
  • pink paper for noses
  • white pipe cleaners
  • glue
  • optional stickers

We also doubled this halloween craft as a counting and color activity.  There aren’t many colors in this project, just black, white, and pink; but repetition always helps!  We also counted everything!  Our finger prints, eyes, nose, whiskers, ears, anything we could on the cats!

For this project, your child's hand will be the cat’s body, the pointer- pinky fingers will be legs and your child’s thumb will be the cats tail.   Using black paint, paint your child’s hand completely black.  Place it on your sheet of paper, making sure you have a good solid handprint.  Let them dry.

While you are letting your handprints dry, using the black paper, cut out some cat heads.  Rory and I cut out a head with two cat ears, however, if you do not feel comfortable cutting out a head with ears, you can cut out one big circle for the head and two triangles for the ears.  

Have your pink paper and white pipe cleaners handy so you can cut out little noses and whiskers for your cats.  For the noses, we cut out a rounded triangle, but just a regular triangle will work fine!   We didn’t measure our white pipe cleaners; we thought it would be cute to have randomly cut and odd sized whiskers for our cats!

Once the handprints are all dry, you can start gluing heads.  Remember that the pointer through the pinky fingers will be the cat’s legs and your child's thumb will be the tail!  We glued our heads on the upper part of the hand, the opposite side of the tail.  

We next applied some googly eyes using glue.  we also applied glue slightly underneath the googly eyes and applied a pink nose (stressing the color pink).  Lastly, add a generous amount of glue to either sides of the nose for the whiskers.  The white pipe cleaners take a lot of glue to stick, so don’t be shy!  Also, Rory loved to pull off the white pipe cleaners and then glue them back on again.

We decided to cut them out and glue them to black and orange paper.  We also wrote “Happy Halloween,” and I let Rory put spooky stickers on and thats it!   you now have your “Scary Halloween Kitty’s!”

Friday, October 19, 2012

Photo Friday!

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Riding on the plane on the way home from Kansas!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Pin It Rory has been in quarantine lately, since she ended up getting sick a week before her last surgery last time.  So, we have been avoiding everywhere: grocery stores, playgrounds, dance class, and play dates.

We have had a string of bad luck lately....Jon's father passed away last week, and we made a quick trip up to Kansas City for the memorial.  The trip was short and sweet because I was so paranoid about Rory getting sick, and we just decided it was best to make it a quick trip so we could get Rory home and get prepared to leave for her surgery.

We got back on Saturday, and she was up the whole night.  I finally brought her in the room around 3am, and I knew it....I knew she was sick.  I told Jon I had the "motherly instincts vibe" that she was doubt in my mind.

Her fever never got over 100, but she was still sniffling and coughing a bit.  So, we called her doctors in Florida, went to her doctors here, and got all the blood work drawn.

Her doctors here were supposed to fax her blood work as soon as they got the results to her doctors in Florida so they could check her white blood cell count and then make a decision whether we would reschedule her surgery or not.

We waited....and waited....and I was so nervous yesterday...but I received no call.

So yesterday I called her doctor in florida and the results were never faxed.  I was on the phone all day today....and the results were finally faxed.....

now we have to wait......

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"All you need is Mom"

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Many of you may know how much Rory loves the Beatles.  We sing their songs so much throughout the day!  One of our favorite songs is "All you need is love," From Yellow Submarine.

When we sing this song, we normally hug after we say "love" and dance around like crazy.  Yesterday when the song came on, she decided to sing it her own way.

Instead of "All you need is love", Rory sang "All you need is Mom!"  I tried to get it on video, but she went over to her farm and began playing.  She also is really not into getting her picture taken so once she noticed I was filming her she began fussing...but I got a little bit of it!

Melted my heart!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Rory's Missing Her Friends!

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We were so lucky to see our good friends this weekend.  We met this wild family in vet school and have been lucky enough to stay in touch with their family.  They have three crazy boys; which we love; but not nearly as much as Rory loves them!

Within minutes of seeing the boys again (she has played with them once before) she automatically had her arm around them and was in their laps.  Whenever we left their house, she would sit in her car seat and ask when she would see the boys again.

Now that we are back in Virginia, she likes to look at their pictures on my phone.  She misses her new friends!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Ghost Foot Prints!

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Halloween is a big holiday for me, I love dressing up in costumes, seeing kids in their costume and my new love for halloween is dressing Rory up in a costume.  Last year we were down in Florida with Rory’s Doctor until October 30th, so I wasn’t able to decorate as much as I normally do.  Although I already had Rory’s costume made before our Florida trip, I wasn’t able to decorate the house as fun and spooky as I would have liked.   

However....before our trip, we made foot print ghosts to send to her St. Louis Family that we desperately miss.  This has to be one of my favorite crafts with Rory.   
Materials Needed:
  • Black paper (or if you use white paper like we did, you will need black paint)
  • White paint
  • Black paint or a black marker
  • paint brush
  • water to wash paint off
This project is so cute and a lot of fun to make.  We made sure we did this activity outside because it can get messy since your little one will have paint on their feet.   If you are using a piece of white paper, cover the paper with some black paint.  You can cover it all with the black paint or leave some of the boarder white, like we did.  Once the black paint is dry you can begin making your ghosts!

For the spooky ghosts, paint the bottom of your little ones foot with white paint.  Make sure you get the whole foot covered; toes, heel, etc...  The toes are going to be the bottom of the ghosts and your little ones heel will be the top, just to keep in mind for the foot placement on your paper.  

After your child's foot is fully painted, make a nice footprint on the paper.  Rory and I made a big ghost and a little ghost, I painted my foot white and pressed it on the paper too, feel free to do anything you would like!  Let them dry.  When they are dry, with your child's toes facing the bottom of the paper,  you can make eyes for the ghosts.  

Thats it!  You are all done with adorable footprint ghosts!  This is by far one of my favorite Halloween crafts, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Photo Friday!

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Trying on hats and gloves!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Best Morning Ever!

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Today I had the greatest morning.  Jon had to wake up extremely early- we were up at 4am!  He got ready for work and left around 5, so I went along to my normal routine and went up stairs to work out.  While I was working out I heard a, “Mama.” on the monitor.  I went downstairs to find a sweet groggy girl in her bed.  

Rory has been getting up in the middle of the night lately, and I think she is staring to dream (The other night she was crying, “Mama no banana!”).  She sometimes just needs me to lay down next to her, find Marilyn, and have me wrap her back up in her blanket.  

Today I went into her room, and laid by her.  She put her little hand on my cheek and guided me down to her pillow and then grabbed my hand.  What could I do...?  I forgot about finishing my workout, I forgot about the laundry that needed to be folded, and my house that needed to be cleaned.  I just laid with her and enjoyed the morning.  

I could not have asked for a better start to my day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Halloween decorations!

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Our house is officially decorated for halloween!  The other night we got out all of our decorations and went to town.  Many of you may know how much I love halloween, however; I had no idea how much Rory would like all the decorations!  

Inside our house; we have 5 bats hung periodically whose eyes glow and fly around in circles.  We have multiple spider webs all over and spiders stuck in the webs.  There are also pumpkins and webs outside. 

We love it!  I am actually surprised at how much Rory likes the decorations!  Every morning we get up and check on the bats.  We will turn them on and when they fly in circles, we “chase” them until they eventually they chase us!  She doesn’t think they are scary thought, she mainly thinks they are fun and cute!  

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Columbus Day- Handprint sails!

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Almost once a weekend we enjoy a nice relaxing family day at the beach.  We like to go to the private beach, because it is quieter and when it is quieter, we get to see more wildlife.  There are also several ships, (since we normally go to the beaches on the naval station), which Rory loves to see.  After we got back from the beach we were still talking about the big ships on the beach, so we decided to make boats of our own!
chasing the boats on the water

Materials Needed:
White paper
Paints: we used a bluish-black for the boats. If you would like to paint your water you will also need blue (we used paper for ours, see below)
Scrap booking “Water” paper: to make our water we used scrap booking paper 
Crayons, if you want to draw a sun and some clouds 
Glue, for the ship’s sails
Under the sea stickers (optional)

We chose to use a bluish-black paint to make the handprint ships.  I made sure Rory knew that to make the ships she needed to spread her fingers spread far apart.  When your little one’s hands are filled with paint, have them press their hands in the middle of your paper.  

If you are using paint to draw your water, then now is the time to paint some water.  If you are using paper to make your water, then we can wait till the hand prints are dry.  (Waiting for the paint to dry is always one of the hardest things for Rory!)  

After we made the handprints, we used the opportunity to count her fingers.    It is just a good way to add counting to your day!  

Once the hand prints are dry you can cut the paper to make the water.  To cut the paper, I measured the bottom of the handprint on the paper so that I could cut the right waves.  I placed the water paper on top of the handprints and then made a little pencil line, like a “tracing.”   I traced the bottom angle of the handprint to make sure I cut my wave in proportion to the ships.  Once you have your water paper, glue it underneath your boat.  

Using white paper, I cut out almost a large, exaggerated “D” shape for sails on the ship.   I asked Rory if she wanted to draw anything on the sails and she said hearts, moons, stars and circles.  When we finished with the sails we placed sea creatures in the water.  This was by far Rory’s favorite part of making the ships, (besides rubbing paint all over herself).  When we were done, we went back through and counted all the sea creatures we placed in the water.     

On a few of these we added suns and clouds, on some we wrote “Come Sail Away With Me,” and mailed them to her grandparents.   We love our ships! 

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