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Monday, July 21, 2014

Little Monster Birthday Bash

Our little Piglet Turned 1!!!!

We had a silly monster themed party with some good friends and family to celebrate the occasion. We had a nacho bar for the grown ups and  hotdogs and crackers for our more refined guests' palates. We devoured some monster cupcakes and adorable monster cookie favors created by the amazing Candyland Sweets here in Conroe. Then we headed out into some God sent sunshine onto the waterslide...and amazingly my fearless Piglet LOVED it. Mommy and Daddy loved the professionalism and price of Texas Jump Rentals. We will use them again for sure.
We had such a wonderful time.

{My DIY Birthday Bunting made from scrap book paper and sticker letters...took me one evening after bed time}
{Silly Monster Drink Station: Scotch tape and google eyes+ dry erase marker}
 {Silly Monster Table (I ordered the framed print from Etsy)}
 {The circle placemats are from the dollar store :) }
{A little hotdog and cracker lunch}

 {Happy Cake-face}
{Fearless- and before I get parent hatemail: we only took him half way up and gently slid down...with three men- his Daddy, his Uncle and his Grandfather waiting at the bottom to catch just in case I slipped after our .2 mile per hour descent... :)}
 
 
One of the best days ever.
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pickles and a Piglet

Well, I took my first stab at homemade pickles this weekend! It was pretty easy. Now, before we get too excited, I have no idea if they taste good because we have to wait three days, but they look pretty in their jars, no?  I used a simple dill pickle recipe I found online, then tweeked it somewhat and kinda made it my own thing. I'll let you know how they taste- if they turn out yummy I will share the recipe. If they turn out bad, let's just pretend this never happened. Most pickle recipes I found online were for refrigerator pickles, not hot process pickles. I wanted to hot process mine so they would have a shelf life, so I kind of just combined a refrigerator recipe and basic canning methods, then added my own spices and sorta winged the rest. You know me...I fly by the seat of my pickle pants.

These pickles are extra special because not only did we make them ourselves, they were grown by my Dad! Yep he grew everyone one of these cucumbers in his garden. He already has another batch ready for me to turn into some bread and butter pickles...can't wait to try those.

 
We have been super busy around our place with building our barn, which has taken longer than we expected, but is finally nearing the end. I will post pictures of it when it is finished...it is a labor of love, and has been labored on intensively by the Hubs (most) my dad (alot) myself (some) and the occasional help from good friends who stop by and lend a hand...and a nail gun. Otherwise we have been charging through summer: working, taking care of constantly sick children, getting Piglet set up for a ear tube surgery at the end of the month :( . The usual.

If you can believe it, that little Piglet is going to 1 year old on Wednesday...ONE! When did this happen!? I feel like just yesterday I was giving birth to  him...nope that was a year ago. At this time last year I was a 17 months pregnant (not really) and walking laps around my parking lot at work every opportunity I got. (My doctor told me walking would make him come faster) We all know how that went....

He is the one walking now, like a little top heavy T-Rex. He has teeth, lots of them, and talks a little, calls me Momma, squeels in excitement for his "Dada", gives hi-fives, flirts with every woman we encounter, and pretty much has captured every single space in my heart. My God, in one year, 365 days, we went from this:
{3 days post partum, first day home...dear Lord, I look tired}

To now this:

{Look at that belly...LOOK AT IT! The cuteness is devastating}

This little skinny legged Squish...

Is now our little farmer
 
I have blinked, and year has gone by. I have blinked and my baby is now a toddler. No more baby. I shop in the toddler section now. It is such a cliche and said again and again, because it is true: They grow up so fast. Time is flying by, FLYING. I will blink twice more and will be blogging his first day of school.
 
Stay tuned for an EPIC first birthday party...it is gonna be MONSTEROUS!!!!