Friday, August 24, 2012

Reagan turns 8!!!

My blog is not normally dedicated to the happenings of my family; however, we have had some excitement in our home with Reagan turning 8 years old.   This particular party, however, I may have gone a little overboard. But it was fun to plan nonetheless. The theme was "I Am The Cake Boss".  I came across this idea through Pinterest, on a blog where I credit all the ideas.  I knew when I saw this I totally wanted to do this for Reagan. But, of course, it would help if she wanted it too.  She did, thankfully. It was so. much. fun. to plan.

I've never spent so much time planning and preparing for a birthday party, and now need to repeat the same theme for Hailey when she turns 8 since I overheard her say to her big brother... "Reagan gets the best party ever."    She was content with that.  Gotta make sure we're not playing favorite's here.

 A big shout out to my sister Emily who helped make the pink and purple strips for the aprons.  Sewing isn't my thing, and she willing helped me in that area.  And a huge thank you to my dear friend Britta and her daughter Kiera who willingly stepped in to help during the party.  It took lots of hands to pull it off.

When the girls arrived, they had several stations they went to, in preparation for decorating their cakes.  The first was to make their apron!

Each girl chose 3 strips of fabric to place on their apron, that had velcro adhesive, so they can interchange them however they'd like. They were also able to write their names on it with fabric markers.

The next station was to decorate their chef hats making flowers out of cupcake liners.

After they finished their hats, they ventured on to the next table where they decorated their picture frame that would hold a picture of them displaying their decorated cakes.

Once they were finished with their projects, it was time to take a picture of the new bakers!

Aren't they just so cute!?!?!

Okay, now it's time to decorate the cakes!

All the cakes were made ahead of time and frozen until time for decorating.  I thought it would be much easier to decorate a frozen cake.  Also, we did not use fondant (as much as I would have liked to) Just too expensive, and home made is too messy. I stuck with plain jane frosting. Good thing the girls aren't picky about such things.

After the decorating was completed, each girl was able to have their picture taken with their cake.

Alright, I'm biased... I had to include both pictures of Hailey. She's still so cute even if she refuses to smile.

Now tell me, if you saw any one of these cakes displayed in a bake shop window, wouldn't YOU pay and arm and a leg for it?  I sure would.  They were quite the master decorators if you ask me.

You know it takes a lot of energy to decorate a cake, so it was time to EAT! Because it was bake shop themed, we had to have some baked goodies.  But I also felt we needed to add a little bit of nutrition in there as well.

Can I just say..... the strawberry lemonade jars with the lemon on top was my favorite part of the party.

The picture below is my favorite of Reagan. 

And then, of course, it's time to blow out the candles on the cupcake!

Reagan had a wonderful time.  And so did I.  I wasn't stressed. No one threw a fit (not even me). And everything went smoothly.  And for that, I am so happy.  I love my Reagan with all my heart.  It isn't about the decorations, the frosted cakes, or the cute little hats.  It was about spending time with her, planning it, doing it together, that made it all worth it. She helped in so many ways to put this together.  I wanted her to be a part of it. I wanted her to appreciate it more because she helped plan it.  I wanted her and I to remember the time spent together celebrating her birth, her existence, the joy she brings into our family.  Because that is what it is all about.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

THIS is why I didn't vote for Obama

Take a read..... I couldn't have said it better myself.  I will post again another time, from my own words, why I feel this man is set on destroying America.  But this is worth reading for now.
(Snopes is claiming this was not posted in the Washington Post, however, it is still worth reading.  I'm not convinced  that Snopes has the answer to everything either.  So take what you will from it; it makes no difference to me where it was published,  what is said is more profound than where it was said.)

By Matt Patterson (columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San
Francisco Examiner)

Government & Society:

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack
Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling
breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.
How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment
beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy,
direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most
consequential job? Imagine a future historian examining Obama's
pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite
unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a
"community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of
legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so
often did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in
the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his
presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature
legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling
associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades
served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who
served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a
future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man
elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz
addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal:
To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken
hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like
Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was
black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out
with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a
bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass
- held to a lower standard - because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history
matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had
said) "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to become
the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?
Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama
phenomenon -affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But
certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and
regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and
especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat
themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for
which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable
poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care
if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the
emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist
policy that is affirmative action.
Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the
color of his skin - that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that
isn't racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never
troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have
noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite
undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the
US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good
enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his
life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next
step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display
every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive
qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect,
and cool character. Those people - conservatives included - ought now to be
deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of cliches, and that's when
he has his teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can
barely think or speak at all.

Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth - it's all
warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and
everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited
this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his
own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence.

But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible
for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither
the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job.

When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the
current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone
otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.