Saturday, April 28, 2012

This is just a super quick post to share two awesomely funny auntie moments that happened in the last 24 hours...both included LMFAO's song "I'm Sexy & I Know It."  
Last night I was with Grant in the car while Sis was in a store.  I cranked the radio when that song came on so he and I could jam out to it and boy did we ever.  That's when I captured this moment...
You are seeing that correctly.  That's my nephew totally getting down to inappropriate music.  What an awesome auntie moment.  

Just when you think it can't get any better, we just had an even better moment.  We started playing the song again this evening to show Chris how much his son loved to "wiggle, wiggle wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeah."  While we were playing around...
It was so fun to be a part of such a big milestone.  It was even better because it was during a totally silly moment.  

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Do you have some things to get off your chest?  Any dirty little secrets you want to let fly?  I have been linking up with Leslie at A Blonde Ambition for a few weeks now and boy howdy does it feel good.

Here's what I'm confessing this week...
 ***  I've started watching One Tree Hill on Netflix.  Don't judge.  Well, if you're going to judge, judge me openly.

*** To continue the trend, yep, still haven't colored my hair.  It seems like the 6 or 7 gray hairs on top keep screaming louder and louder.  Sis and I made a promise we'd for sure color it this weekend.  I'll believe it when I can't see those glaring gray hairs anymore.

***  I'm rationalizing not taking summer classes by challenging myself to read several books (clearly pleasure books and not intellectual books as displayed below) and to keep my new plants alive.  These are ok reasons, right? Humor me, folks.

Mona (Gigantic Viny plant)
Gloria (Morning Glory)

Rita (Roma Tomatoes)
*** I made it til 5pm without taking a pain pill for my back yesterday.  It's the small steps.

*** If I could, I would join the Sea Shepherd organization.  Dead serious.  For reals.  It's on my "to do if I ever win the lottery" list.  Since I haven't won the lottery yet, I'll just anxiously await the season premier of Whale Wars: Viking Shores AND a new series, Whale Wars: Operation Blue Rage.  Both start TONIGHT!!    
Operation Grind Stop
Blue Rage

*** I selfishly suggested Sis and Chris have a date night Saturday evening.  I say "selfishly" because it was really more about them getting out of the house so I could have an Auntie/Nephew date night with Grant.  They fell for it hook, line, and sinker.

In the immortal words of the Dixie Chicks, "Let 'Er Rip, Let It Fly."  Confess away, folks!
After the party is over, the family and friends have left, the dishes done and the decorations are taken down, the only thing you have left are the memories.  The memories and the pictures are the whole reason you put all the hard work into planning.  They are the best part of any great event.  Now I'll share ours with you.

It took many tries to get a picture of the birthday boy in his cowboy hat.  He is not a hat boy.
We finally got one!  Kinda.
I put Grant's smash cake down in front of him for one moment so we could sing
to him and the curious little fellow put the candle out with his fingers before I
could stop him!  It was a sad moment until I put his finger into the frosting
to help make it feel better.  Then he dove right in to his cake (with a little help.)
Mmmmmmmm.  Delicious!  It took a little coaxing, but he got the hang of it real fast.
"Do I have frosting on my face?"

He certainly did after cousin Ashley got a hold of him!

Even while Ashley was prepping Grant be hosed off in the sink, he was
still loving every little bit of the frosting all over his hands and face!
Ashley and I stripped him down to hose him off in the kitchen sink. 
Look at that sweet little frosted face!
The trio of baby boys were quite entertained by the bubbles I was blowing.
Well, Steve, Rachel and Sarah seemed to be pretty entertained too.  I'm assuming they
were entertained by the babies and not me, although I can be quite entertaining.
Grant and Brody started to chase the bubbles after snacking on some sidewalk chalk.  Yes, you read that right.
Tarri, Steve, Grant, Brody and Rachel were trying to catch the bubbles.
Tarri, Steve, Sarah, Rachel & Brody, Suzanne and Bryan, Uncle Wendy, Uncle Vaughn, and Greenlea out enjoying the cool weather.  I'm so glad the storms eased up so we could enjoy the weather and space on the patio.
Bethany, Aunt Josie, Aunt TIny, Tarri, Steve, Grant, Suzanne & Bryan, Rachel & Brody, and Sarah again entertained
by babies and bubbles.  It was great seeing our friends and families getting to know each other.
Grant did NOT want a stick on mustache on his face.  He was having no part of it!
Auntie Sissy won!  Well, after holding his arms down long enough to snap a picture
without him ripping it off his face!  Such a handsome buckaroo!
Brody didn't mind wearing one at all!  This picture of Rachel and Brody is one of my favorites.
Brody is just 9 days younger than Grant.  I was happy they could come and meet Bethany & Grant
and Suzanne and Bryan so there could be some play dates in the near future.
Some people came in to enjoy the grub in the dining room.  Brody took so well to Bethany that it gave Rachel
a chance to eat while kid free for a few minutes.  Bryan was snacking on a mum mum and Grant was
enjoying some time with Aunt Linda (or Aunt Nanny as some of us call her).
After grub, cake and a bath, it was time for Grant to open presents.
He had this part down pat!
Aunt Linda didn't want to keep the list of gifts so she passed it down to me and I quickly passed it off to Ashley (who made a terrific sexitary!)  LtoR: Bethany & Grant, Dustin, me, Colton, Uncle Wendy, Aunt Josie and Aunt Linda.
Grant loved all the books!  He's gotten quite good at helping turn the pages when any of us have sat down to read with him since the party.  He will never out grow books, right?!
He even tried to help his mom guess the words to one of our favorite
childhood books, The Pokey Little Puppy.
If you look behind Aunt Tiny, you can see Ashely, the amazing sexitary.
Grant even got a present wrapped in a bandanna.  How cool was that?
He stayed on Bethany's lap the whole time she was helping him open presents.  
Once they were done with presents, he still wanted to
look at the books and have them read to him.
"So, what's next, guys?!"
And last, but not least, we have the funniest memory of the whole day!  Sarah arrived in the cutest headband with rhinestones and a little black cowboy hat.  At one point, I came out of the house and the gals had put the headband on Grant!  Suzanne was quick with the camera and snapped this picture to be kept forever.  I grabbed him up quickly and ran inside the house, said behind Chris, "don't be mad, but this might just be your son's first pageant outfit!" and jumped out so he could see.  Now, you must know, Chris HATES when Bethany watches shows like Toddlers and Tiaras so we've spent many moons teasing him about putting Grant in pageants.  He was not too amused by this addition to the outfit, but everyone else was.  I promised I would not put it on Facebook, but did say it might end up in my blog.  It will now be retired until his wedding day.  So, there you have it.  The cutest little buckaroo in all the land.
To all those that missed the big day, you were certainly missed.  To those that were able to make it, thank you all so much for sharing Grant's special day with us.  I know you were all either busy and/or had a long drive to get here, so thank you for making the time and taking the drive.  Your company will be treasured always.  

To Bethany and Chris, thank you for your help getting everything ready for the big day and for letting me put on a big shindig for your lil guy.  I enjoyed spending the days before the party together in the kitchen and getting things ready.  Chris, thank you for capturing so many pictures!

And lastly, to Grant, thank you for humoring your crazy Auntie Nen.  I can't put into words just how much it means to me that I get to be a part of your day to day life now that you live here.  Your smiles and hugs are so very sweet, but your giggles and belly laughs will always melt my heart.  I love you, lil dude!!!

All in all, the party was a success, the weather was great and it was a terrific day spent with wonderful friends and family.  Thank you all!

Buckaroo Series:
Part 1, Homemade Decorations
Part 2, Store Bought Decorations
Part 3, Party Favors
Part 4, Food

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's a day early to be Thirsty Thursday.  How about Wine Wednesday?  That works.  I've been keeping this little gem of a post in my pocket until I could give them to Sis for her birthday earlier this month.   I wanted to make her something to welcome her to this neck of the woods since she was moving to Oklahoma.  I'd seen these redneck wine glasses at a few shops, but they were upwards of $15 each.  How crazy is that?  
This is another one of those times most people see something cute and my mind goes in the direction of how I could make them myself.  Hobby Lobby usually has their glass on sale for 50% off every other week.  I was lucky enough to hit HL on the right week.  The jars were less than $1 each and the candle holder was only $1.50.  The only other things I needed were some epoxy ($4) and some beads ($2) to personalize the glasses.  

These seemed pretty easy in my mind, but I surfed youtube for a tutorial video to make sure I wasn't missing anything.  This was the tutorial I found.  Well, the first 2 minutes were helpful.  I didn't have any desire to paint these for professionalization because I had the beads to do that.  
Turns out, it really was just as simple as I'd imagined. Add some E-6000 epoxy to the top of the candle stick holder and a little to the bottom of the jar.  Wait a minute or two and then put the two together.  While I was waiting the couple of minutes before putting them together, I put a dab of glue in the hole of the candle stick holder and placed a big wooden bead inside.  When I put the jar and candle stick holder together, the bead was trapped inside.  I put a different colored bead in each glass.  This way you'd be able to tell which glass was yours, the red bead, green bead, etc.  I set them aside and left them alone for a couple of days so they'd cure without any issues.  

Here are the finished products:
Finished set of glasses
Close up of one glass
A closer look so you can see the bead.
Of course, Luna felt the need to get in the way,
I mean, get in the pictures.

One of the selling points on the store bought packaging for these glasses seemed a little silly.  It said they were perfect because you could put the lid on the jar to save an unfinished drink.  Who has unfinished drinks?!!  

Anyway, I made myself a set along with Bethany's.  You should make yourself a set too.  I'll come over and share a bottle of wine to break them in with you.
Hello, Hump Day.  Besides being Hump Day, it's So What Wednesday over at Shannon's blog, LAID.

This week I'm saying So What...

...if I am rationing out the remaining muscle relaxers from my back issue.  They are wonderful and need to be savored...I mean...saved.

...if I'm putting off studying for my finals next Wednesday.

...if I was totally and completely enamored by Tony Lucca's performance of "Baby One More Time" on The Voice this week.

...if I am not a Britney Spears fan and didn't like the above song when she sang it, but I love it when he does it because it's a big middle finger to Xtina.

...if I STILL have not colored my hair. It is way over due.

...if I don't like disco music. (random thought, I know.)  Not one teeny tiny bit.

...if my cat, Luna, has stolen my heating pad.  If I get up for just a moment, there she is, and she will not move.  She's lucky she's cute.
...if I nearly peed my pants at my sister last night.  Not at all WITH her.  Totally AT her.  While watching Kurt's solo on Glee last night, Bethany said these actual words, "At the risk of being mocked..."  I knew whatever followed would be fantastic.  She went on to finish her thought, "At the risk of being mocked, that's what I sound like in my head when I sing."  She sounds nothing like Kurt.  I love you, sis!!

...if I have a pimple on my chin that's rather small, but feels like Mt. Fuji.  Who gets zits like this at my age?  Rude.

What are you saying So What to this week?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Now, let's get to the best part of the Buckaroo Birthday Bash series...the grub!  A cookout would help serve the big group of people attending, but I wanted to try some new recipes.  Where do I look?  Pinterest, of course.  Below you will find the recipes we tried along with some comments on how they turned out.  If you'd like to give them a try, just click on the name and it will take you to the original website with the recipe.

Grilled Corn Disks
Recipe Notes: Cut ears of corn into 1" disks, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning before grilling 2 minutes on each side.
Thoughts: These were a huge hit.  It made eating corn on the cob so much easier and less messy.

Jalapeno Popper Bites
Recipe Notes: The only difficult part about this is cooking the bacon and that's a cinch.  These use crescent dough, cream cheese, bacon and diced jalapeno peppers.  You pinch them up and bake them at 350* for 10-15 minutes.
Thoughts: I've made them for a few get togethers and they're always gone in a flash.

Broccoli, Grape and Pasta Salad
Recipe Notes:  Super easy to make, but too many steps to list here. Again, cooking the bacon and boiling the noodles are the most complicated parts.  My kind of recipe!  Click on the link for the complete recipe.
Thoughts: This is my new favorite pasta salad.  A few people asked for the recipe so I guess it was a hit too.  It makes a ton so there is no need to double it unless you're feeding 3 football teams.

S'more Pops
Recipe Notes:  Place large marshmallows on candy type skewers/sticks, dip them in melted chocolate and again in graham cracker crumbs.  That's all she wrote.
Thoughts: These were so yummy we doubled the batch so everyone could have more than one.  They were super easy, especially since we used a box of graham cracker crumbs and didn't even have to smash up graham crackers.  Delicious!  The first picture is the inspiration picture from someone's party blog.  The other pictures are of our actual S'more Pops from the party.  We put dried beans in a trifle bowl and stuck the pops in the beans.

Quick Summer Fruit Salad
Thoughts:  This was an easy fruit salad to make, but I wasn't all that fond of it.  It may be that we used a sugar free pudding mix, but I don't know.  I don't think I'd make it again and would personally file it away under misadventures.
Last but not least, we have the cake.  This was not homemade.  We were choosing our battles, remember?  Bethany ordered the cake and smash cake from Merritt's Bakery in Tulsa, OK.  We took in a couple of different inspiration pictures and told them to do whatever they wanted.  Not only was it delicious, it looked great too.

Inspiration picture
Grant's birthday cake.
Grant's cake, smash cake and a collage of pictures from his first year.
 If you try out any of these recipes, let me know how they work out for you.

Buckaroo Series:
Part 1, Homemade Decorations
Part 2, Store Bought Decorations
Part 3, Party Favors