Our 4th of July in Pictures (and one video)

05 Jul

Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the full image.


 
 

Um… Whahappen?

05 Jul

I think I’ve just entered the Twilight Zone.

Koren is my crier right now.  Any time I drop him off at church, school, summer camp, swimming lessons… there are tears.  Kaelin, on the other hand, just runs right in the room and I rarely even get a “goodbye” from her.

So this morning I dropped the kids off at a summer camp that was completely new to Koren.  I had fully prepared myself for the wailing and gnashing of teeth that would surely ensue.

Instead, he walks right up to the teacher and starts babbling like he does when he’s known you for years.

HI MY NAME IS KOREN AND YOU SPELL IT K-O-R-E-N AND I’M THREE AND I BROUGHT MY PRECIOUS PIE IN MY BACK PACK HE’S FOR WHEN I TAKE MY NAP HERE…”

He then pranced right into the room and never even looked back at me.

Kaelin, who has been to this same camp before with the same teacher (who she loved and talked about for months afterward) hid behind me the entire time I was there and burst into tears when I left.

What’s going on?


 
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Finally

27 Jun

She pulled it out herself with the help of some dental floss.  Last whimper words before the tooth came out: “It’s going to be ok, Vitamin Kitty.”


 

Baseball Cake

25 Jun

For Koren’s birthday cake, I decided on a baseball theme.  I started with a dome-shaped cake using Wilton’s Sports Ball cake pan.

I iced the dome, then covered it with blue fondant that I made out of marshmallows.  I find marshmallow fondant to be much more edible than the store-bought kind.

I cut the bill out of cardboard and covered it with the fondant as well, then fastened it to the hat.  I then added embellishments such as the button on top and used a needle to mimic the stitching on the hat.

I cut the home plate out of sheet cake and covered it with white fondant.  I then piped multi-shaded green “grass” onto the cake board with Wilton’s “hair” frosting tip.

I added a layered fondant patch to the front of the cap and placed it onto the base, using a piece of cardboard to support the bill and keep it lifted.

I then added some baseballs – which were essentially cake balls covered with marshmallow fondant.  I drew “stitches” on with edible markers.  I did learn that you have to be picky with the brand when you’re using edible markers.  I tried to be thrifty and started with Betty Crocker markers but they bled so badly that I had to go back and spend the big bucks on Wilton markers.

The glove was kind of a hasty afterthought because I had an extra dome cake and didn’t know what to do with it.  I drew the features on with icing and used a needle to imitate the stitching.

The finished product:

 

The result:

Everything but the cap was eaten at the party, and the rest was finished off at a gathering a couple of days later.  Overall verdict: Success!


 

Korenisms: Goliath Edition

25 Jun

“Grandmommy and Grandpa are at the ball game talking to some people Grandpa knows.”

“Does he know Goliath?”


 
 

Kaelinisms: Burger Edition

25 Jun

“Kaelin, do you want anything on your burger besides cheese and ketchup?”

“Yes. Meat and bread.”


 
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The Tooth: An Interview

24 Jun

Um… does anyone else’s tooth fairy bring stuffed animals for front teeth?  Because that’s a new one to me.  It’s a good thing it didn’t actually come out tonight because our tooth fairy is slightly under-prepared.


 

Korenisms: Butt Edition

24 Jun

“I tooted.”

“Gross.”

“Don’t be afraid.  It’s just my butt, Mama.”


 
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