Daddy

I wanted to take a moment and share some thoughts about Daddys, because it has always been my view that any guy can father a child but it takes a real man to be a Daddy.
Josh shared with me that as a kid the thing he wanted to be most when he grew up was a husband and daddy. Well…my loving husband is just that, partly thanks to his best guy role model growing up; his neighbor (Doug Cox) who took time to take Josh places to see new things and experience truly amazing sites (Josh grew up mainly in Montana so their hikes involved glaciers, grizzlies and big horn sheep in the national parks…definitely pretty amazing). Josh has taken this mentality with Alyssa. He always takes the time with her, he ensures we involve her as much as possible from taking her on our easier hikes now that she is still little, to playing a daddy daughter basketball game he wants her to look back and know how much he loves her. When she is having a melt down and I send her to her room he will go and talk it out with her to ensure she understands what she did wrong and how we can work together to fix the problem in the future.
It makes me so happy that Alyssa looks to Josh the same way I look at my Daddy. She thinks that he is Superman and argue with anyone who tries to say otherwise! 🙂 She is always thinking of him and will point out anything that is his favorite color lol (lime green). She runs and will hide behind him whenever there is a scary part on Scooby Doo because she knows he will protect her and the way she looks at him with admiration and love when he isn’t looking is breathtaking at times.
So honey, even when Alyssa is being difficult and continues to argue over every little thing and your patience is starting to wear thin remember that she only has one Superman Dad and loves you so very much!!!

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Labor of Love

Five years ago I was in labor with my little miracle and today I am experiencing labor pains again…like so long ago it is a labor of love (my back keeps cramping every 10 minutes or so, I keep sipping on water and ice chips, I just want to take a break but have to push through the exhaustion) but this time it is for Little Alyssa Hope’s birthday celebration.
I like to celebrate another healthy & happy year on a BIG scale so I know the last minute work in store for me the week of her birthday.
Currently what is causing my reflection on labor pains are little treats (they taste as good as they look…what? I had to taste test to make sure they taste ok…ok I didn’t have to necessarily have to eat one of every color but all I have to say is…yummmm tasty 😉 )

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Cream Cheese Mints
1 package (8oz) Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 package (2lbs) powdered sugar
1 package Duncan Hines peppermint stick flavor mix or approximately 10 drops of peppermint extract
Food coloring of choice
Granulated sugar (for rolling)
Candy Mold (optional)

• Using dough hook mix the cream cheese and slowly add powdered sugar until blended
• Section a hand size piece to work with and store the remaining mixture in a ziplock bag so it doesn’t dry out
• If using a candy mold roll a small amount of the mixture into the granulated sugar and press into mold.
• Turn the mold over and lightly tap the mint out
• Place on a cookie sheet to dry
• Eat & Enjoy 🙂

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Teapots galore

Yesterday my mom, Alyssa & myself painted half of the teapots we will be using for Alyssa’s birthday in March…well Alyssa painted one and my mom and I painted the rest however we are very proud of hers (the pink one with light blue dots) in fact I think that her teapot is my favorite 🙂

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Work in Progress (Alice in Wonderland)

So I am going to give the threesixfive another go…if you already know me you know that I am a bit OCD especially when it comes to my little miss’s birthday parties. I usually start planning the next party on the drive home from her current party (yes I know that’s really far in advance but what can I say other than I am addicted lol). So this year will be our little miracle’s 5th birthday and her and I decided (yes she had a say so) to go with an Alice in Wonderland theme.
For the kiddies I saw really these cute Squeeze Its (one of my favorite summer drinks when I was a kid) dressed up as “Drink Me” bottles:

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And it gave me the idea since I always include the adults to design “Drink Me” bottles for the grown ups so after months of collecting Starbucks bottles I created these fabulous grown up version of the “Drink Me” bottles:

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