Friday, January 27, 2012

I have become THAT mom! 2nd Birthday - Part 2

I will admit, I am creative. I like doing crafts and baking occasionally. However I never thought I would go to so much trouble for a birthday party! Take a look at what I have been doing...


I turned the plates into ELMO (idea from Pinterest)

ELMO cupcakes - also from Pinterest 

ELMO coloring sheet that I added personalized details to -
each child will get one coloring sheet and some crayons to take home as the party favor

Signs for the tables and the food -
a basket for the party favors with blue & green yarn and pipe cleaners

I think I need to get some sleep - I can barely type I am so exhausted. It is almost 2:30 in the morning and we have to leave the house in 6 hours for a play date. Good Night :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My TWINS are 2 years old today! Party Part 1


I can't believe that it has been 2 years since I had the boys. The time has flown by and so much has changed. Today we started our day with cinnamon rolls. I made some of the icing blue and some green. They loved them!


After a nap and some lunch we had cake for a snack. 
Mommy sang Happy Birthday to them of course !



Last weekend they visited their dad. I went down on Saturday to see my grandparents and then the PHX family had a birthday meal on Sunday afternoon. We went to Peter Piper Pizza. I made banana bread for us to share and turned some of them into "cupcakes" with slices of banana to hold the candles. My Grandpa turned 78, my sister turned 30, the boys are 2 and then I will be 35 in Feb. It was fun to have the PHX family get together for a few hours. My nephew AJ and my oldest son, Christian came as well as my sister's boyfriend, Nick.






Mama and her 3 boys


Last week I did a trial run on the cupcakes I am making for the party. I think I did pretty well for never having done hand piping on cakes before. I took some pictures during the process just for my blog. This week I did all the baking and have it waiting for Friday when I have time to do all the decorating for the party. I am actually excited about it. I am also going to make chocolate dipped oreo cookies and some cake pops. Plus a 13X9 cake for the adults to share. Oh, I almost forgot, I ordered some iced cookies from Basha's too. Those need to be picked up before the party on Saturday. We are headed to Peter Piper Pizza again, but this time in Flagstaff, with all our friends up here. I think I have close to 30 RSVP'd already. Our friends Liz, Lily and Kaley will be staying the weekend with us. It should be a blast.


Simple Chocolate Cupcakes from a Box Mix


Buttercream Icing made from a secret family recipe


Added Red Gel Food Coloring 


Use a Star Icing Tip for the "fur"


Cut a marshmallow in half, add a jelly bean for the nose, part of a sandwich cookie for the mouth and gel icing for eyes.




Sunday, January 15, 2012

Updates and Photo: 52 - ABCs - Week Two - B is for...

Brotherly Love of ELMO




The Twins love Elmo so much. I am in the middle of planning their 2nd birthday party. I don't have a very big place of my own so I am going to have the party at the local Peter Piper Pizza. I am going to try to make some Elmo cupcakes that I found on Pinterest and I have found tons of other ideas on there too. (That is my new addiction - pinning ideas.) If you want to check out what I have found go here ---------> http://pinterest.com/courtneyanne77/  or check out this board 2nd-birthday-ideas




Other than that, we are just trying to nail down a new sleep schedule. Some days the boys don't want to nap and I get tired of fighting them so they stay up all day. Other days they seem exhausted and will nap for hours plus sleep all night long. I can't seem to figure it out and it is driving me crazy ! (Well, I was already there but this is pushing me over the edge...) 


I have reached a pretty calm spot in  my life. Not much has really changed but I just feel better about things. My divorce did end up being finalized just before the year ended. Custody and Visitation seems to be working out well with their dad. We are actually getting along better than we ever did in the past. (Or else he is really good at faking it) We are even friends on facebook and can laugh together at the boys' antics and tantrums.


My boys are going to be turning 2 in 10 days and I will be 35 just 9 days after that ! I don't feel that old, and thankfully I don't look that old - which is a good thing when you have to keep up with twin toddler trouble !! Time is really flying by and I am glad to have a camera again to keep track of those moments I want to remember.


Well, the boys are napping which means this will be the only quiet time I get. I hope you enjoy reading this blog - please share and subscribe.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Photo: 52 - ABCs - Week One - A is for ADORABLE !

I was reading through my google reader earlier tonight, last night, ok, a few hours ago and I came across a really cool photo project on a blog I love to read. (These Four No More) The mom in this family always has great pictures and I could never compare but I wanted to check out the project. They have a facebook page set up : Photo: 52 - ABCs  

Welcome to our photo: 52! we'll go through the alphabet twice. You can post anything having to do with the letter - the actual item, a feeling, a description... just have fun!!
***i will likely be posting more than 1 a week - you are more than welcome to do the same!!***
You'll have from Sunday-Saturday to post your photo to the main wall! If you would like others to give you CC - just ask for it on your photo!

This is for fun - and to get you to pick your camera up at *least* once a week ;)

If you have any questions -- email me! amandaskelte@gmail.com or stop by my business page -- www.facebook.com/gingersnapphotographs

This is for fun - and to get you to pick your camera up at *least* once a week ;) 
If you have any questions -- email me! amandaskelte@gmail.com or stop by my business page -- www.facebook.com/gingersnapphotographs


I left my camera on an American Airlines flight from PHX to CHI on 12-23 and since I still haven't heard anything, I can only assume it has found a new home. I also lost two memory cards with pictures. I am still pretty heartbroken over it since I wasn't able to get any pictures of the Twins on Christmas. I did snap a few pictures from my phone but the quality is horrible :( Some of the family took pictures so I hope I can get copies soon. Thankfully, the Twins' dad helped me to transfer a lot of pictures to CD over Thanksgiving - so I only lost a month of pictures. I take pictures of my boys almost every day(which you already know if you read this blog or on my facebook) so I have felt lost without a camera.

Anyway, I grabbed two pictures from my phone, doctored them using picnik, and got them on the facebook page at 11:24 pm (AZ time). I think my first attempt turned out pretty well since I only took 5 minutes to think about it and had only 10-15 pictures to choose from... 


These pictures were taken on the Coca-Cola Carousel at Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix, AZ on January 3, 2012.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Courtney's Nice! Shopping Made Easy House Party

I always apply for these house parties but I had never been chosen. Then I got an email from House Party that my application for a party had been selected. I haven't gotten my party pack yet but I think I will be getting everything I need to make cookies. Plus they send you coupons and samples for the guests. I will be taking lots of pictures for this event so I better figure out which camera I want to buy.