Friday, August 28, 2009

Time for a celebration cake

Reagan has been asking for several weeks now if we could bake a sponge cake, my answer has always being "When I find a good recipe for a Victoria Sandwich" This is the sponge cake that my Mum and Grandma would make and I've learnt that you can't find that recipe in an American cook book, today whilst reading one of my favorite blogs I came across this recipe and it's perfect because she has given the American equivalent when it comes to measuring out the ingredients.
I told Reagan the good news and told her we'd make it on Monday as it'll just be her and I at home together again. Her response was " It'll be another celebration cake"
I asked her what we were celebrating and she told me in her happiest voice "Ben's going back to school." Ay yi yi. She loves him really, she really does.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Please let me introduce to you....

My new niece or nephew.

S/he is 13 weeks and 3 days in the making and looking good.
If there is anyone out there who can read U/S's and can tell by looking at this whether it's a niece or a nephew I sure would appreciate you sharing w/ me.
My brother and SIL don't want to know and I totally respect that, but gosh darn it I want to make him/her a baby quilt and would like to know what colors to go with.
They have given me permission to find out, have just asked that I not share w/ them, how awesome are they ? Anyway any insight would be good (though I don't think the baby is positioned properly to tell)and don't worry, neither one read my blog, I don't think they even know it exists ;-)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

In the blink of an eye

Reagan went from this

To this

How can 6 years go by so quickly ?
In the last 6 years I've seen a tiny baby grow into a beautiful little girl. A little girl who is mature beyond her years, one who finds joy in just about everything, one who is always ready to offer a helping hand or a quick hug. A little girl who can spend hours drawing or swimming, one who loves to cook and come up with menus for the week that the average 6 y/o would never think about. A little girl who requested steak, twice baked potato and fruit salad for her birthday dinner, followed by a Pound cake and fresh fruit for her Birthday cake dessert.
She has a belly laugh that will get a room full of grown ups laughing too.
Her caring spirit is way beyond her years, there will never be a child left alone on the playground with no one to play with if Reagan is around. She is grateful for everything she has and often thanks us. It touched my heart so much on her Birthday when she almost cried because she thought the cake I made her was perfect, and how she hugged me and thanked me for all the hard work I did to throw her a Birthday party. Those little things bring a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye,
I'm so proud of my little girl.

She also has a temper not to be reckoned with, her 11 y/o brother has learnt that you don't mess w/ the little sister unless you want to deal with her wrath, she'll never start a fight, but she won't cower from finishing one.
She'll hold a grudge from now until eternity. If you upset her or one of her friends you'd better watch out loyalty could be her middle name.

My favorite time of the day with Reagan is still first thing in the morning. She wanders into my room at about 6:40am every day still drunk from sleep, Rosy cheeked, tousled hair and eyes sparkling, she walks to the side of my bed, gives me a sweet kiss on my cheek and says "Good morning Mommy", then promptly climbs into bed with me and we snuggle until it's time to get up for the day. It's the only time of the day that truly belongs to just us and I cherish every moment of it.

In 2 short weeks my little buddy for the last 6 years will climb onto the school bus for the first day ever and go off to Kindergarten, I'm still not sure how I feel about that. I'm happy that she's growing up and is ready to take that first huge step out into the big wide world away from me, I'm also sad that we're not going to have our mornings together or 3 o clock Popsicle time while the other 2 kids are still at school. Instead, just as I did with her brother and sister I'll have to carve out a different time of the day just for us. It'll be an adjustment and one that we will both ease into.

Reagan you are the little ray of sunshine I often need on a long day, one look at your smiling face and all the woes of the world go away. You're my little alter ego, even your Daddy laughs at how alike we are, how we can finish each others sentences, how we love to do the same things, be it bake a cake, go for a walk, or do a craft and how we both love to watch all of those really cool shows on Discovery Health.

I love you sweet girl all the way to the moon and back and look forward to seeing what the future holds for you, I pray it's something just as amazing as you.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Kitchen makeover

As you may have seen in my post below my brother came all the way from England to decorate my kitchen for me, now how's that for brotherly love ?
I took before pictures but they took up too much room on my memory card and I guess we were somewhere where the photo ops were more important than old dingy kitchen pics so they went off into cyber space somewhere.

Anyway,previously all of the wood work was a mid tone grey/blue, he painted it all bright white. The wallpaper was white with wheat sheaves tied up with country blue ribbons, the border was country blue with straw bonnets, he painted over it in a lemonade yellow and the cabinets were a dingy cheap wood that he painted a Granny Smith green and spray painted the handles and hinges silver. What a HUGE improvement.
If you have known me for any amount of time you will have learnt that I am so not a country decor kind of gal, ack, ack, ack. I go for bright whimsical and a little bit funky, so this kitchen is a lot more me than it was before. I can't always get away with it with my very traditional husband, but when I can I run with it.

So here are a couple of before pics

Even the kids got in on the makeover.. they hated the old look too

And Ta Da, the finished product

I'll admit, it is definitely a lot brighter than I had originally envisioned but it's a heck of a lot better than before and it makes me feel happy and energised as opposed to sleepy and sad. The picture window is definitely my favorite area, unfortunately it shows up really dark in photos but heck, here's a look at it, just imagine it bright and sunny.

My next project in this sad looking house is my dining room, I've conceded to more traditional but it'll be a great improvement on the ugly early 90's floral pattern.

Monday, August 3, 2009

So, how's your Summer

We are loving Summer again this year on the shore, whence the lack of posting.

Victoria had a friend from MN in for 2 weeks, she had never seen the ocean before, it was neat to share that experience with her.

My brother came in from England and spent 12 wonderful days with us

The last time I saw my brother was more than 4 years ago, Reagan was only 14 months old the last time she saw him so really didn't remember him, the shyness didn't last for long, before you could blink an eye they were buds

Ben loved having another male figure to horseplay with in the pool

And I got a kitchen makeover, he took it from this

and turned it into this. No more dingey wooden cabinets, blue doors and wheat sheaves and straw hats on the walls

All too soon his visit was over, but then it was off to Ohio for us to go and visit Marc's family, another first for Reagan.
We enjoyed visits to the zoo

The museum

A major league Baseball game

Fun and games with Grandma and Papa

Visits with cousins

And Reagan's favorite thing of all.... being introduced to horseback riding, she took to it like she had been doing it all her life and it's a good job we did that on our last day as I don't think we could have convinced her to do anything else for the rest of our stay

Now we are back home and reality is sinking in, we have to be up bright and early in the morning to attend Ben's Middle school orientation at 8am, ACK !!! Don't they know we're still in vacation mode ?

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