Friday, March 15, 2013


A Birthday Interview
1. What is your favorite color?  
2. What is your favorite toy?
The slide
3. What is your favorite fruit?
4. What is your favorite tv show/movie?
The Little Mermaid
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?   
Cheese sandwich
6. What is your favorite outfit?  
 Fancy dresses, especially Christmas dresses
7. What is your favorite game?
 Busytown airport
8. What is your favorite snack? 
Pink pretzels
9. What is your favorite animal?
10. What is your favorite song? 
Bill Groggin’s Goat
11. What is your favorite book? 
12. Who is your best friend? 
13. What is your favorite candy?
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? 
Play with my sister
15. What is your favorite drink?
16. What is your favorite holiday? 
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?   
My bunny
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
Cinnamon toast
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? 
Real spaghetti

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? 
A dentist

 First pictures as a five year old.  Happy birthday, Bedhead!

 Katie breaks away from tradition, while keeping the sugar high and nutrition low, by requesting a donut for her birthday breakfast.  We usually have cake on birthday mornings.

Dessert was the mane (crack myself up!) event at the My Little Pony themed party.
Left to right is:

Pumpkin Pie
(family recipe - you'll have to marry a Rhodes)


(I threw chopped strawberries into the batter and spread strawberry jam between the cake layers)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

11 years (mushy gushy alert)

Hooray!  We've been married for 11 years.  The traditional anniversary gift is steel.  We think we are going to go a different route and get a king size bed.  We now have a nightly visitor (Katie).  She crowds us and even has the nerve to sleep yell at us for messing up "her" covers.  Send her back to her own bed you say.  Yeah, if either of us were coherent without first having to down a cup of coffee, we would. 

On a more romantic note, we celebrated with dinner at Bonnie Ruth's.  We talked about how much we still like each other.  That was good.

While reading The Velveteen Rabbit to Katie the other day, I came across this:

"You become.  It takes a long time.  That's why it doesn't happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.  Generally, by the time you are Real, most of the hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby.  But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

In this excerpt, the skin horse (That's what he's called.  See for yourself.) is explaining how toys become real and how special they are once that transformation happens.  When I read this, I thought about how Jon and I started as a couple.  Lots of romance and warm fuzzies.  While that isn't gone completely, things have changed to a deeper more secure relationship.  We are absolutely becoming real to each other and loving each other even in our shabbiest moments. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day (pinterest edition)

So I planned to make 15 different crafts from pinterest to celebrate Valentine's Day. Pictured here are the ones we got around to. 

 1.  Heart shaped crayons

These would have been cute to include with Katie's handmade cards (see #2 below), but after peeling, peeling, peeling we ended up with too few crayons for her class.  This craft was a literal and figurative "stinker".  Kate helped with the color sorting, but soon lost interest in the peeling and went off to play.   She rejoined me for the melting, however, she was appalled by the crayon smell wafting from the microwave.  Most appalling though was when I dumped the melted orange colors all over the microwave.  I left it in the sink to solidify.  Best husband award goes to mine, since he ended up scraping the wax off later.

2.  Handmade cards

Katie made Valentine cards using this kit and coordinating washi tape.  Below you can see the help offered by Little Sis.  Mostly throwing Valentines and working on her puzzle book.

I pick up the pieces of this puzzle book 22,563 times a day.  Guess that means she LOVES this book.

It is really exciting to see how Katie's writing has developed in the past year.  She is now able to copy the names of her classmates from the list or write them as I spell them aloud.

Two of my favorite Valentines.  See Char in the background there?

3.  Cookie Pops with Jello frosting

We had a cookie pop making play date the day before the 14th.  It was going great until I stopped reading the recipe and attempted to put the sticks in after the cookies baked!  Did not work. 

The kids rolled with it (get it?  it's cookie dough humor).  Char is loving the jello frosting.  Mixing it up was probably the most fun for the youngsters.

4.  Pink milk hearts
The grand finale of our V-day celebrations:  pink milk frozen in to heart cubes.  I used the pink milk recipe from Weelicious and a new non-crayola tainted ice cube mold to whip these up.  Very tasty, if not very well photographed.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Morning!

Christmas Morning!  Our extra special gift was sleep!  Charleigh is usually up everyday at 6am which she woke up today but went back to sleep til 7:30am!  So a late start at our house!

Char loves her car but got to work on the steering wheel
Katie loves her new bike!

Char having her second round of applesauce after sister gave her one too!
Playing the drums!
Our little climber!
Here is the pink pony Santa got for Katie.  She had a specific wish on what kind of pony.  This was as close as we could get.

New Pillow

Can't forget mom!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!  Love the The Rhodes!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Polar Express Train Ride

New adventure this year - took a train ride and saw Santa!  Classic picture at the end of the girls with Santa!