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Quick Takes Friday, Vol. 16

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I think Beckett decided to help out around the house more now that he’s a big one year old. Yesterday he dumped out all the cloth wipes to find the perfect one to wipe the floor with. He also decided to help me clean out the fridge. Fun times.

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Something akin to the plague seems to be going around. Chris and Finn had it a few weeks ago, I had it last weekend and poor B was feverishly tossing and turning and coughing most of last night.

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Some mornings require coffee before you can think clearly enough to make a cup of coffee. Luckily Chris was sweet enough to make a pot before we left for drop-offs this morning.

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I just realized that between the Valentine’s for the kids, birthday cake and sick baby we completely forgot to have Beckett open his birthday presents. #TotalMomFail

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Due to the plague, I decided to be lazy and just pick up a little cake from Kroger. I found one that met my birthday cake requirements of being a white cake with buttercream frosting. Hmmm, does that look like white cake to you….
Shares his mommy’s feelings on chocolate birthday cake.
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Gratuitous baby picture.

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Have a great weekend and go get some half-priced chocolates. I’ll take them if you don’t need them. 😉

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Happy Birthday Beckett

One year ago today this happened:

Somehow that wrinkly little chicken-legged thing turned into this:

A Father’s Day project

Well, in our case it’s a Daddy’s birthday project, but it works great for Father’s Day, too.

You’ll need:

  • Fabric Markers
  • Fabric Paint
  • Plain T-shirts in the recipients size  (I found that Fruit of the Loom white t-shirts are thicker than Hanes. )
  • Children
  • Paper plates
  • Cardboard or something else to put inside the shirts so the paint doesn’t bleed through
Also handy are old towels, something to protect your floor and a skin safe oil or possibly Vaseline. 
To prepare the shirts, put the cardboard in each shirt and pin it taut. You can also use plastic bags, but the surface isn’t as smooth to write on.
We made two different styles of shirts. For the first take these kinds of fabric markers
And give them to your assisting child(ren). This is what should happen:
With an almost final result of :
These markers really last a long time. This isn’t the first project they’ve done, and he still managed to cover front AND back with this amount of color.
For the second shirt, write some cute phrase like “My Sons (daughters, girls, boys, dogs, cats, etc.) Walk All Over Me” or “My Sons (etc.) Made This Shirt With Their Own Two Feet” on the shirt like this:
This is the second time I’ve made a shirt with this phrase, and my lettering and wonky alignment is EXACTLY the same.
Then take your fabric paint (I used this):
and spread one color in a paper plate, like this: 
Take child #1 and smoosh his/her feet in the paint and have them carefully step on the shirt. Forget to take pictures of the smooshing, stepping, and trying to wipe the paint off their feet. 
Prepare color #2. Go grab this:
and repeat the smooshing, stepping and wiping process.
You should now have something like this:
At this point, you’ll want to wash everyone’s feet off. I found that bath oil took the paint off easier than soap and water. Once everyone is cleaned up, be sure to go back and write the date on the shirts so you won’t have to try to remember how old everyone was when you made the shirts.

Birthday Cheesecake

Today is Chris’s birthday. Chris loves Reese’s peanut butter cups and dislikes birthday cake, especially the frosting. I know. It was almost a deal-breaker.

Anyway, instead of making him a birthday cake on principle and so I can show off my lackluster cake decorating skills, eat all the extra frosting I “accidentally” made by myself and put off losing the baby weight for yet another month, I went with something a little more to his liking. I know. I’m the epitome of generosity.

For the details on the recipe, check out this blog post. To add the chocolatey goodness, sub a chocolate cookie crust for the regular graham and melt chocolate drops for the top. In the spirit of my too much frosting tradition I used melted about a cup of chocolate drops. You can probably get away with a half cup or maybe even less. Spread the chocolate on top and chill until it’s all set.

We had to kind of saw through the chocolate with a serrated knife and it still cracked. I could have made the chocolate layer thinner, let it warm slightly before trying to cut it or used a more knife-friendly form of chocolate to make cutting easier. Really, though, do looks matter with something as yummy as this?

Be sure to check back on Monday for a kid friendly tutorial for the shirts we made for Chris. They’d make great Father’s day gifts.

Happy Birthday Finnian!

My baby is growing up. It’s hard to believe that it only took 6 years to go from this:

to this:

Happy Birthday Finnian!


A few pics from my birthday on Sunday. Somehow I’m not in any of them.

Boys playing chess at lunch. Finn is getting really good. Mr. B’s game needs improvement. 😉

My fav sandwich shop. I love their veggie sub.

The cake. I thought it wasn’t possible to have too much chocolate.  This cake almost proved me wrong. Almost.
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