Saturday, April 30, 2011

Our Easter

I'm only 6 days late, but I thought I would share our Easter with you.  The day before Easter Colin and I colored Easter Eggs.  Well, he colored, I took pictures.  Even at 12 years of age he loves to color eggs.

Calleigh wanted to get in on the festivities and see what we were doing so she sat on my lap.

The finished product!  Lovely.

After all of the cooking was done it was time for bed.  Funny how kids are so willing to go to bed on Christmas Eve and Easter Eve.  Before Colin went to bed he asked me "How early can I get up tomorrow?". I had to laugh.  I told him not before 6:30 am!

Once he went to bed and was snuggled in I took some pictures before the Easter Bunny came.  I knew I better get myself to bed too or he wouldn't come.

At 6:00am, I heard Colin awake.  But he stayed in bed until 6:40am and finally came to my room to get me up.  I had to start the coffee before he could come into the family room.  Once I gave him the green light the hunt was on.

The EB hid eggs everywhere!

Tiger was supervising the situation.

Romeo just rolled around snorting and sniffing.  His normal morning ritual.

Sweet picture of my buddy.  Notice his braces??  I haven't told you about them yet.  He has had them on for almost a month now.  Makes him look even more grown up.

My sister has a favorite saying when there is pure chaos going on.  She calls it a "goat rodeo".  We often have a goat rodeo going on in our house with 3 animals and 2 humans, one being a 12 year old.  Romeo wants to play all the time, sometimes the cats will play with him.  I think here Tiger just wanted to know why Romeo had his butt in the air.

Romeo assuming there is food in there so he held his most handsome stance, begging for anything.  Tiger on the other hand, is just finding a perch on the back of the couch.

Romeo sniffing the goods.

"Hey kid, do you know there is candy back here?  Can I have some?"

Tiger decided to nestle in Colin's Easter Basket.  His large fanny barely fit.  As I said, goat rodeo even on Easter Sunday.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Kids

 We've got some lazy bums in this house.

One that lays on the back of the couch, staring at you....UPSIDE Down!

Two others that loaf around in bed.  One is a pillow the other uses him as a pillow.

Upside down girl that insists on drinking water from the bath-tub when her MaMa is having a bath.

It may be fuzzy, but this clearly shows the privacy I get around my house.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A New Front Door

I need some advice.  I have been wanting to paint my front door for a couple years now.  It is an ugly door with an even uglier stained glass insert (it has purple in it....yuck!).  Not sure I can do anything with the glass, but I would like to paint the door regardless.  Below is my cute little Yellow house.  You cannot see my door because I kept it open while I ran outside to take this picture.  I've been looking at different colors and have some ideas below:

A blue door.

An orange color?


A red door.


And another red that I absolutely adore.  Everything thing about this picture I love. I would love to take my glass out and do something like that below, minus the house numbers (even though I don't have house numbers on my home).

What else?  Green?
I want a color that pops.  My yellow is a soft yellow as you can see.
Any suggestions?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen! 
Luke 24: 5-6

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Coconut Cream Bars

I am SO making these someday!
Found them here:


2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

3 boxes (5.3 ounces each) shortbread cookies, coarsely broken

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

6 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 1/2 cups whole milk

6 large egg yolks

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely. Leave oven on.

Process cookies and 1/2 cup coconut in a food processor until finely ground and mixture begins to clump together, about 2 minutes. Transfer mixture to a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet; press into an even layer on bottom. Bake until golden and firm to the touch, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on sheet on a wire rack.

Whisk together the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk in milk and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a boil, 5 to 6 minutes. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes more. Remove from heat. Add butter, whisking until combined. Stir in 1 1/2 cups coconut.

Spoon the custard onto cooled crust; smooth top with an offset spatula. Press plastic wrap directly onto custard surface, to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

Beat cream and confectioners' sugar in a large chilled stainless-steel bowl until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Cut custard-filled crust into 24 bars (each about 3 by 1 1/2 inches). Transfer to a platter. Spoon whipped cream into a pastry bag fitted with a medium star tip. Beginning at one corner, pipe a zigzag pattern over each bar. Sprinkle bars with remaining 1/2 cup coconut.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Birthdays and Baseball

Remember my Dad's Birthday on Tuesday?  I think he had a pretty nice one, but it did get shortened a tad early.  After eating a yummy steak dinner we opened presents.  Since my Sissy and her family couldn't come home, we Skyped her while he opened his presents so they could watch.

After presents it was time for dessert.  Dad LOVES Strawberry Shortcake so that is his birthday cake each year.  But this year we had to rush through dessert.  See the Midwest was hit pretty hard with severe storms on April 19th.  Right before we dished up dessert they announced our county was now in a Tornado Warning state.  I wanted to get home to get my car in the garage (fear of hail) and Colin wanted to be with the kitties if a storm hit.

So I shoved a candle in Dad's shortcake, said SMILE, and we bolted out the door.  Before we could get home the tornado sirens were going off.  Not fun.  All turned out well though, only some high winds but nothing like other communities experienced.  We didn't have any damage.  I did however learn that Romeo can fit in our crawl space and he was a good boy and followed us under the house.  :)

And what would Spring be without the start of Baseball season?  Colin had his first game this week.  It was a memorable one none-the-less.  We arrived at the field and it started raining.  And it rained the entire game.  Finally at the bottom of the 6th inning, they called it for rain.  The boys were already soaked and frozen. It was about 35 degrees. why women do not coach.  We would never let our boys play in rain.

Colin forgot which sport he was playing here.

Bowing for the camera.

Being a goof-ball again.

And finally another serious pose.  My guy, getting way to big and I don't like it.  But I'll enjoy every minute I have.  Hope you have stayed safe wherever you are in this big world.  More storms are coming tonight.  It's gonna be a long Spring.  I think I'll re-decorate my crawl space.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Today is my Dad's birthday.  A man with more wisdom than anyone I know.  A man with more love than one heart can actually hold, but it overflows constantly because it's so full.

A man who has been there for me, 40 years in a row, over and over and over again.

A man who loves his grandchildren so much, he can almost never say "no". 

My Daddy, I know many say they have the best Dad in the world, but they have not met MY DAD!  :)

Colin and I love you Dad!!!  Happy Birthday!!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sophie Girl

My Sissy and her family just lost their Sophie Girl.  She was the sweetest little girl.  Over the past 13 years she not only provided lots of love to all of us, she provided lots of laughs.  During one of our visits to see them in MI Sophie stole some of Romeo's treats.  We didn't know she was doing it, we just knew the brand new package was empty.  I assumed it was Romeo stealing them while we were not looking, however before she ate the last one she walked into the kitchen....and got busted.

She was a lap dog for sure.  Whoever sat in their recliner, was required to lend their lap to her.  Including PaPa!

She had this cute little over-bite.

And she loved to stick her head out the window on drives.

Not so sure she enjoyed this, but her MaMa and I got a good laugh on the 4th of July with her.

Oh Sophie, we love you very much!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Surprise Basketball Room

This weekend Colin was at his Dad's house and I was a little busy in his room.  We have been wanting to re-decorate for some time now so I decided to surprise him and paint his room while he was gone.  I started prepping Friday night after work, painted all day Saturday and today I put it together before he came home.

The result.......


I think it turned out pretty COOL.  It's very grown up, "teenagerish" for sure.  He wanted a basketball theme so after I found the bedding we built it from there.  He picked out a few things to go in it but didn't know it was coming together while he was gone.

When he walked in he was very excited and loved his new pad.  PaPa had to come over to help me hang up his basketball hoop and ever since it went up, he has been playing ball.

And Romeo too.

We bought a few "keep out" signs to hang on his door.  These signs pertain to everyone, except me. :)

And there you have it.  A basketball room that belongs to a 12 year old!