Tuesday, July 20, 2010


I had mentioned last week that my mom and sister were going to bring my niece and nephews over to my neck of the woods for a little birthday celebration at a local kid's play place. Originally we were going to do it last Tuesday... but due to some things that came up, we went on Friday.

The place was amazingly clean and nice! They had great food and a lot of fun stuff for the kids! My sister took pictures of the kids in the jungle gym. They played so hard, they were drenched in sweat!

In between playing, they came back to the table where we celebrated my nieces birthday with little ice cream cone cupcakes that I made!

She also opened some presents!

Then, later on we headed over to the glow-in-the-dark Mini Golf!

(It was hard to get a good picture due to the lighting!)

I think the kids had a really good time! It was a great place for all of us!


Yesterday was my parents 30th Wedding Anniversary! Sunday, we pulled off a surprise party/picnic for them! My aunt drove up from 4 hours away and we got everything together and headed out to my hometown. Part of the plan was to set up at the pavilion (owned by my sis's in-laws)... then Cory and I would circle back around and stop at my parents house to pretend we had just gotten to town and were going to go with them to the picnic. (We had to pretend that the picnic was for my niece's birthday so that we could get them there and also have an excuse for Cory and I to be in town!)

Well... we finally got them to get moving... and my dad drove separately because he had to stop at his business to pick up a mini-bike that they had gotten to surprise the kids with. It threw a wrench in our plans because we wanted them to show up to the picnic at the same time! Luckily, Cory went with my dad and the neighbor girl drove in with my mom... so I drove out by myself and the two of them kept me up to date with texts as to where they were on the drive out! HAHA! It just so happened that they pulled in at the same time!! It worked out perfectly!

They had no idea until they pulled up and were wondering why certain people's vehicles were there (that normally wouldn't be)! We got them good!! They were surprised... a little embarrassed... but over all it went well and they had a nice time!

Here are a few shots from the evening:

We got a photo cake from a big grocery store in another town... and personally, I was a little disappointed with the way it turned out. Brown, really?

Then, my sister went to cut it... and THIS happened:

The last time I got a photo cake for our mom's surprise 50th... we could eat the picture. It didn't come off with plastic on the back!!

Oh well! Now we know not to go to that store again... it didn't even taste that great!

It was a nice party and I am so thankful to have such loving parents who have made it 30 years!

**I have a doc appointment today at 11AM... and I am really anxious. I think it's because I am 12 weeks and it is just starting to really set in that this is happening. Despite not feeling well and being constantly tired... I guess going to the doctor at this point just really confirms it... and I finally am having a freak out moment! Yikes!**


  1. What an amazing surprise and awesome cake!! I love the ice cream cone cupcakes you made. SO cute. You've just been partying it up haven't you :)

  2. The ice cream cupcakes look like they were from a bakery---wonderful job! I had never heard of them until I saw them being made on Food Network over the weekend.


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