Friday, December 27, 2013


Six months prior, we signed up for (my first) half marathon with a couple of great friends.

Are you sure you want to do this? Mr. Handsome asked me more than once. It's 13 miles! Yep, I said. Sign me up!

It was hard. He wasn't kidding. But I am pretty happy with how it went.

And I wish I could hug the photographer who took this shot because . . . people behind me!


Guess who was in charge of the olives?


We decided to try out soccer with a four-day clinic. Cupcake didn't love it. But it was fun to sit on a soccer ball and chat with a buddy.

Maybe we'll try again . . .

Kite Flying With Dad


Our Little Picasso

Fun with a favorite birthday gift.

A little help from Dad.

And the budding artist.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Runner in Training

Mr. Handsome and I were signed up for the Labor Day 5k in Green town. There were races for littles, so Cupcake needed to prep for her very first race, a 50 meter dash.

She was most excited about the gatorade we promised her. In our house, such special drinks are reserved for running!

At the track, she received some coaching from her Dad.

And then she took off with a smile. Way to go, girl!

"I am ready to hydrate", she says!

Chalk Art

Birthday #4!!

We had a low-key birthday this year, with a princess theme. Putting on the finishing touches.

And of course there were presents. Cupcake is blessed to have so many people who care about her and think about her on her birthday. Thank you to birth families and special friends for making her day!

Since the grandparents couldn't be there on the big day, we had a second cake the following week. I love how the swirls turned out in her favorite color, purple.

County Fair

The end of summer is a little less painless because we have the fair. It is close to our house, so we can walk over and take in the fun. There are rides to ride, funnel cakes to eat, and people you know out taking it in. 

I thought it would be fun for Cupcake to enter something. There was a category for pre-school art in open class, so we picked out one of her favorite drawings. The judge was so kind to take the time and write a comment!

First blue ribbon!

Thursday, August 15, 2013


We had family visiting from Texas to celebrate a cousin's 40th birthday.

The party was held at cousin's favorite spot, the bowling alley.

Cupcake and her cousin "bowled" for almost two hours!

She even bowled a couple of strikes. It was a fun evening for all. Happy 40th, Cousin!

Future Artist

Cupcake has been trying to write letters and spell words. Most of the time, she asks what letters to use and she can write them on her own. She has memorized how to spell out MOM and DAD.

We thought it would be fun for her to enter something in our county fair. We narrowed her artwork down to these two favorite drawings.

Finally, we decided on the top one. The judge loved it!

First blue ribbon!

More Summer Fun

I don't know why it took us so long to try out the car-cart at the grocery store. She LOVED it!

The truth about Poop. It is a fascinating read.

Cupcake loves to dress up. I found this prom dress at a garage sale, and altered it for a play dress. I shortened it, added all the ribbon, and took in the sides. I think it turned out pretty cute!

Miss Rodeo America was a special guest at story time.

Whoa Zuccinni! We waited a little too long to pick this guy. A gardener, I am not.

Stripe Twins

Cupcake with our pastor at church.

Mom's Birthday

These two worked together to make my favorite, confetti cake with rainbow chip frosting. Oh, and it was FOUR layers. So I'm 37 and feeling loved. 

Ready for FUN?!!