Monday, July 20, 2009

Mason is FOUR!

We had a swashbucklin' time at Mason's pirate party. Here are some memories of the fun.
I appliqued this cute lil pirate shirt for Mason (I haven't told you about my newest venture, SEW CUTE, yet . . .).
Of course, Hannah Kate had to have a matching outfit . . . so I made her a pillowcase dress out of the same fabric I used for the bandana on Mason's pirate. I monogrammed Hannah Kate's initials at the bottom of the dress. I desperately tried to get a picture of them in their "matching" outfits, but that didn't work out too good.
You can see the monogram on Hannah Kate's dress in this picture. Well, sort of.Thank you, Cindy, for all of the balloons! Mason absolutely loved them! His favorite is the pirate in the front of this picture. The balloons were so massive . . . Cindy mailed them to me, and I had them blown up. The things were huge! And this isn't all of them either!
Cole, Mason, Hannah Kate and Abbie had a great time in the pool.
I'm still rather impressed with myself for making this cake! Mason told me today he wants me to make another one like it. He's going to be sorely disappointed!
They had fun whacking away at the pirate ship pinata. Notice Mason is wearing his pirate patch . . . a little crooked though.As you will see below, Mason got a lot of gifts . . . and he's enjoying all of them. He also got a rather big surprise at the end . . . you'll be able to tell what that was.Special delivery . . . thank you Uncle Rob and Aunt Kristi!Mason is really into transformers. No . . . he hasn't seen the movie. MawMaw saved two of Seth's transformers from when he was a little boy, and they have a special spot in the curio cabinet. Mason absolutely loves them so thus began his fascination with transformers. So Pop and Mimi got Mason a couple of rather big ones for his birthday. I wish you could see the expression on his face a little better in the picture above. Mason was so impressed with his new transformer.This is the other transformer that Mason got from Pop and Mimi.And the pictures below would be the surprise I mentioned earlier . . .At this point, all Hannah Kate was interested in was eating the chocolate cake and M&Ms. But she did hop on the 4-wheeler for a picture with Abbie. Notice the chocolate smeared all over her face . . . and the goggles that she insists on wearing as her necklace. Girls . . .This picture really doesn't have anything to do with Mason's birthday party (besides the fact that the scooter was a gift from Uncle Troy, Aunt April, Avery and Beau) . . . but I just had to put it on here because I think it's precious. Troy, April and the boys arrived in town later that evening. It was the first time we'd seen them since July 4, 2008. Hannah Kate was only 7 months old at the time so, of course, she didn't remember them. I wasn't sure how she was going to react because she can be shy at times and unsure of "strangers." It took only a minute for her to warm up to Avery . . . I think he was her favorite. I happened to walk into the game room to see Avery taking Hannah Kate for a ride on Mason's scooter. And, yes, I'm very aware that she's wearing salmon colored crocs with her red gingham dress . . . but she refused to take them off! They were a present to her from Pop and Mimi (still haven't figured out how Hannah Kate gets a present for Mason's birthday . . .).

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Yes . . . I know . . . I am behind on posting about Mason's 4th birthday . . . but I have been sick and also taking care of Hannah Kate, who has an ear infection.

So, the long awaited pirate ship cake . . . well, let's just say that was my first experience . . . and will most likely be my LAST experience . . . making a theme cake.

This is my version of the cake that costs $129.95 at the bakery:As I think you can tell, Mason absolutely loved his pirate ship cake! So that made it all worth it for me!

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Cake

Today began the festivities leading up to Mason's 4th birthday. The big celebration, a pirate party, is tomorrow afternoon. We've had so much fun getting ready for this party. Mason has been fascinated with pirates ever since Seth took him to see the Veggie Tales movie, "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything," last year at the movie theater. It was his very first time at the "popcorn," as he called it. He just didn't stop talking about pirates. So for Christmas we got him an Imaginext pirate ship. He absolutely loves that thing and plays with it everyday! Several months ago, he came to me and said, "Mom, I want a pirate birthday." So hence the theme for his 4th birthday party.

There's not much to do during the sweltering summer months in south Louisiana besides stay somewhere cool . . . that would be either inside or by the pool. So the swimming pool will be the main attraction at the party tomorrow. However, you can't have a pirate party without a treasure hunt . . . and a cake.

Now, let me tell you, I don't do cakes. I love to cook. But I don't love to bake. I avoid it at all costs. Besides, who needs to bake when there are some snazzy bakeries around that can do anything and everything you could possibly dream of to decorate a cake? My absolute favorite bakery in Baton Rouge has two different pirate-themed cakes.

The first one . . . well, it's impressive. When Mason saw it, he said, "That's the one I want!" And, I mean, who wouldn't?!? Look at this thing . . .

Yeah, it's a fancy cake alright . . . and it comes with a fancy price tag . . . $129.95! Oh yes, I am not kidding!

So, at this point, I showed Mason the other pirate cake option. It's cute. Take a look . . .

But, compared to the other one, I guess it's a let-down. Mason was not impressed. At all. So for a couple of days, I really tried to talk him into this cake. It's a manageable $34.95! I finally realized this cake would just be a disappointment to him.

And that's when I decided to make the pirate cake myself! Oh yes, you read that correctly. I don't have a back-up plan . . . so this has to work! While Hannah Kate was napping this afternoon, Mason, Abbie and I went to work on his pirate cake. We got all of the layers baked, cut and assembled. I must say I'm rather proud of our efforts . . . thus far. I still haven't iced it or decorated it. So we'll see. But, in the meantime, we really enjoyed ourselves, and I think it's coming together quite nicely!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Bare Naked

Since we've been living with Seth's parents, Mason and Hannah Kate are sharing a bedroom. Hannah Kate goes to bed first each night. Once she falls asleep, Mason goes to bed.

Sunday afternoon, Hannah Kate went to play at Abbie's house for a little while. Aunt Ashley gave her a bath, and Hannah Kate wore one of Abbie's t-shirts afterwards. Since it was, in essence, like one of her nightgowns, I just left her in the t-shirt when I put her down for bed. When I took Mason to bed, I noticed something on the floor when I opened the door to their bedroom. Thinking surely it wasn't what I thought it was, I opened the door wide enough to let the hall light flood the room so I could check on Hannah Kate . . .