Friday, August 28, 2009

Casanova and Poptarts

How young is too young for my boys to start checking out the "ladies"? Tj has his eye on one of our neighbors daughters. Its pretty cute, they play together a lot and always hug and kiss eachother goodbye. Tj also has decided to MARRY this little girl! It sounds like he has a better plan then most 18 yr olds trying to get married.
I asked him what he thought would happen after the wedding. I was dying to know what his idea of marriage was. TJ told me that he would move into her house because he felt she should be near her Mommy. And then he would get a job doing Construction so he could buy her food.
Then there is Little Guy... So far he hasn't chosen one woman for him. We were parked outside of Tj's school a few days ago, it was raining so we couldn't walk. Little Guy started asking me to roll down the window. There was a cute little girl outside that he wanted to say Hi to, ask her name, and talk to. Um, what? I said No, I am not rolling down the window so you can talk to that little girl. A blonde walked up, and he asked if he could talk to her instead!
This morning as we were driving to the gym he spotted ANOTHER little girl and told me she was really cute!
There is going to be TROUBLE when he hits kindergarten next year. I just know the hubster and I will be called to the office because Little Guy is going to be caught kissing his classmates!
With the boys I never dealt with them shoving anything up their noses. I was always a little worried when we introduced them to Legos, thankfully not a one of those little pieces made their way up there. Then this morning, my sweet precious angel, the Princess, shoved a piece of Poptart up her nose! How the heck am I supposed to get that out? I put her on her back in my lap and kept telling her to tip her head back. For some reason she took that to mean stick her tongue out. Some of it came out with tweezers, but most of it is still up there! UGH! I am going to try something a friend of mine suggested. Get her to sneeze by smelling pepper! I will let you know how it turns out...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Year

School year that is! TJ finally started Kindergarten this week. And is thoroughly enjoying himself. Of course, I have spent the last month pumping him up about it and how awesome its going to be. >wink< >wink< Seriously though, I couldn't be happier. Its full day Kindergarten, which from what I hear is a little unusual. TJ is ready for it though.
The only concern I really had was whether he would have a good teacher. The school he is going to has not had good reviews the past few years. And the first day was chaotic and confusing. They had the kids line up and said "Last chance to kiss and hug and say goodbye, cuz you won't see 'em until the end of the day" and in they went. It really bothered me I hadn't seen his classroom, or inside the school. With the exception of the office. So the next day, I went in with a friend of mine whose son is going there and asked flat out to see it.
I am now the room mom, made the first snacks of the school year (banana cupcakes with vanilla buttercream!) and will be assembling some reading books for the class! I hadn't planned on being super crazy involved, but if this is the only way I know whats going on, I will take it. Did I mention I am also in charge of planning the classroom Halloween party? Its going to be a busy year.... And next year, I get to do it all over again with Little Guy!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Julie and Julia

It would seem, and maybe just because I am reading the book, that there are a ton of bloggers out there doing something very similar. I suppose we are all secretly hoping that if we write long enough, about something remotely interesting, that we will be discovered and offered a book deal. And then a movie deal, and Amy Adams will play me, well, actually I would prefer Jennifer Garner. Sorry Amy, I know it must be a dream of yours...
I like to cruise around and read baking blogs, or blogs of people who have a bakery. Its interesting and gets my creative juices flowing. I get to thinking about different flavors and aesthetics of cupcakes and cookies. Also it gives me a little kick of inspiration. I know this is supposed to be more of a family blog, and it will head back in that direction once my new website and bakery to be blog are finished and I have somewhere to put these types of posts. I bet I just lost my one lonely reader! I just can't help what is consuming my brain at the moment! There are just so many awesomely delicious recipes out there, for cookies, and cakes, and tarts. In fact, I realized today that I have never attempted an authentic pound cake, or something that seems to elusive to a lot of bakers... The RED VELVET CAKE!
Maybe I should find a cookbook, like Cake Bible, or Joy of Cooking and bake through it in a year...
Although I doubt I would have the following Julie had, or rather, has?

Friday, August 14, 2009

Wah Wah Wah....

Yep, this is going to be one of those posts. I am tired. I am overwhelmed and maybe it doesn't seem like the hubsters been gone long enough just yet for me to feel this way, but caring for 3 kids on my own, without an ounce of offered help, well, its taking its toll on me.
I remember when everyone heard he was going to Iraq, all we heard was "We will take care of you and the kiddos" "We will adopt you!" "Don't worry, we will always be there when you need us."
Where is all that help now? I hate complaining. I am really doing my best to be strong. Its hard work! I am taking care of 3 crazy kids, an enormous dog, coupled with keeping the house clean. Because if I didn't we would soon be overtaken by the amount of hair our sweet Aigneis sheds! Dishes, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, laundry. One of the disadvantages of being in a larger home, is keeping the sucker clean, and it feels like the minute I get on top of one area, and move on to the next, the first area is filthy again.
Lately, at the end of every day, I either want to pass out on the bed, or cry in the corner. I'm sure it being "that time of the month" isn't helping much!
Then to top it off, I have someone who has decided now is a good time to bug me about watching their child. Who in their right mind would want to hand someone whose husband is deployed and has 3 kids, a dog, and is trying to run a house and a business another child?! Ok, enough of that. Ah, the trials and tribulations of being a Navy Wife.
I wish there was a formula on how to better handle a deployment. And I am sure there are people out there who will say there is! Just go here, buy this book. Talk to so and so. But how is that even possible? Every family is different, so their needs are going to be different. You can't provide a fail-proof formula that works across the board.
By the way, is there a fail-proof way to get a 2 yr old who is newly in a big girl bed, to SLEEP in her big girl bed at naptime?? Did I mention how tired I am?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

I guess the Princess is officially 2 yrs old now. I got up this morning to discover she had climbed out of her bed and opened her bedroom door. This came out of NOWHERE! She hasn't even tried before. So of course when the little miss went down for her nap, in her crib because I hadn't had a chance to get a safety rail for her big girl bed yet, it took her all of 10 minutes to get out of bed and open the door.
Back up we went. Into her crib. Yeah, she didn't stay there. So then I put her into her big girl bed. Again, and again, and again. Still working on that one. But I know that consistency will win out and she will eventually be perfectly happy to sleep in her bed. And STAY in her bed. I think.

In other news, I finally got a response to the ad I posted for baking. The email was from a woman for her sons 5 yr old birthday. Hopefully I will hear from her soon, and I will have a new client, who isn't a neighbor or a friend of a friend! Those are important, don't get me wrong. However, I do think that I need to get other people out in the community and surrounding areas to really build a good customer base!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Business stuff

What have I been up to these past couple of days, besides removing questionable ads from the top of my blog, (Thanks Sarah!)? Like I mentioned before, I have been reading like crazy on below mentioned blog. And getting tons of great ideas! Its about spreading the love people. So I aim to please.
I know my tasty treats are well loved by those who have had them. The problem is getting them to MORE people. The birthday party I did 2 weekends ago, brought me another client for another birthday party, and as I was sitting outside while the boys splashed in the pool, one of the neighbors complimented the cakes from the last party! She said they were SO GOOD and pretty too. She also wished she had known beforehand about me since she had just celebrated all her kids birthdays. I made sure to let her know I do ALL kinds of baked goods, cupcakes, cakes, and PIES! The Holidays are just around the corner, and I do a mean Pumpkin pie, as well as Chess pies!
I also posted an ad on Craigslist. Not that I really think I will get anything from that but at least I am putting it out there. I hope once my website is launched, that will bring in some business. However, I know I also need to find places to pass my goodies out at. Blood drives, openings, anything!!! So if you all have any ideas, please let me know!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Baking News

Wow, two posts in one day. I have a ton of things going through my mind right now. Oddly enough, they are all bakery related. Putting it on hold like we did was painful. However, 18 days into Hubster being IA has proven to me that we really did make the right decision. I am sure we could have found a way to make it work, but the kiddos would have been put through the ringer I think.
So instead, the kiddos have my attention, and I can take in small to medium orders for birthdays and such. So far, I have completed one birthday order, a cake for twin boys first birthday, accompanying cupcakes, and a cake for their sister's birthday and cupcakes for her as well. From that, I picked up another birthday order. For the end of August, I will be doing Spiderman cupcakes! I am so EXCITED about that! There is just something about getting an order from someone who enjoyed the work you did for somebody else, ya know? Hopefully this will just explode into more orders, they may for the time being, come from our neighborhood, but business is business!
Not too long ago, I stumbled across this blog. It is exactly what I have been looking for. When this whole hare-brained idea formed in my head, I researched and researched online looking for info on how to start, plan and open a bakery. Ya know what? There isn't a whole lot to offer. I emailed bakeries I could find that had been opened by women, or families who wanted to do something different. I asked for advice, tips, hints. ANYTHING. What did I get? Nothing. So when I began reading this blog, I about fell off the bed. Its full of all kinds of good info. And has just got me itching to get back in gear. I have a plan... Oh yes I do. And while I have your attention here, my one reader you... My new website is going to be done shortly I think! I will also have a baking blog. Not quite sure how to run that one. Weirdly enough, I am not keen on sharing recipes, not sure why. But I do want to post about our journey to Bakery-Land. Lots of pics of tasty treats and probably stories of jobs and craft fairs. There have got to be other Chicks out there like me, wanting to open and run their own bakery, with no idea of what to do. Maybe, like Kari I will help someone too.

Do Nothing Day

I feel like since the Hubster left, it has been non-stop GO GO GO! Today is really the first day I have been able to sit down finally I think. I love being busy, I think it helps the time go by faster. Although considering it feels like he has been gone for about 3 months, instead of only 17 days. We have had playdates, grocery shopping (which is quite the feat with 3 kids!), some cake baking business, and hunting and purchasing a King size bed for our room. That happened a lot faster then intended. But being the self proclaimed Queen of Craigslist, I scored a pretty fabulous deal! You know how when you find something and even if you weren't completely ready to buy something, you really have no choice because the price and item are so amazing?? That was this bed. Solid carved head and footboard, leather insets, recessed lights, and HEAVY. Of course, I didn't even think about the fact that I would need to buy all new bedding. Queen bedding does no cover a whole lot on a King! Hubster loves what he can see on the tiny pic I sent to his cell. I think he will love it even more in person.
Today, to quote Phineas and Ferb is a "Do nothing Day". Albeit, not a long lasting Do Nothing Day. I got a surprise call from one of my Girlies who is in town! I have known her FOREVER it seems. I was her Jr High leader when she was Oh, 12... And now she is in her 20's and a recent Nursing Grad! I am so proud of that girl! Anyway, she is in town for Lollapalooza, just like last year. And we get to hang with her tomorrow morning. Which means a nice little clean-up around the house.
We do love visitors though, and now (once I get motivated to put it back together...)have an guest bedroom with a lovely queen guestbed!
I may even bake a pie...