It’s spring time in the South and y’all know what that means…baseball season is upon us!  Yes folks, on the days when I’m not at the ball field watching the PCP and his daddy practice and play, I’m at home trying to keep the littles from crashing a ball through my kitchen window or scrubbing red clay out of every article of clothing we own (your tips and tricks for this would be much appreciated.)  We’re a few games into our season and it’s shaping up to be another good one!
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The PCP spends most of his time at third base, but I couldn’t resist sharing him at catcher.  Y’all know, that’s the position his daddy played for the Yellow Jackets in college!  (Is that hiney presh or what?!?)
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John’s biggest hit of the night was not only a home run, but it also earned him the game ball!
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There is nothing that makes me prouder than watching my boy try so hard at something he loves!

Honey's got the car packed up and we're hitting the road home.  Watch out Savannah...we should be there by lunch!!!


Science Fair Wrap Up

In case you missed my initial post on John's science fair project, let me take a sec to catch you up...

At John's school, participation in science fair is completely optional and family involvement is welcomed (obviously a Kindergartener can't go about this on his own.)  John wanted to investigate if bird's like their food to be colored and that we did!

First we made a hypothesis that “Birds will prefer blue bird seed.”  We backed that up with a couple of nuggets of info from the internet and the made some assumptions that birds can see color, birds must be attracted to certain colors and that birds will probably like blue food the best because it will be the most camouflaged.  (This last one came directly from the PCP.)

We purchased three identical bird feeders and filled them each up with bird seed – one regular (our control group), one dyed red and one dyed blue.  We used food safe coloring and set to work shaking and scraping the seeds around in gallon sized zip lock bags.  The littles adored this phase of the project.
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We hung the three feeders in the same tree and each day we measured how much food was left in each one.  (Look closely in the second picture – there are two birds dining!)
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 At the end of a nine day period, the blue feeder was empty and our hypothesis was confirmed...birds do in fact prefer blue bird seed!  (I know that there are loads of other considerations that go into play here.)

When we returned from our Savannah trip, we had to get right to work on the display.  As much as I wanted to have John write everything out, I knew it would be a battle, take twice as much time as we had and then be barely legible.  So he sat with me on the computer and, while we talked through the project, I typed out the steps, assumptions and learnings.  He handled presenting the data in chart form (with a little guidance, of course.)

He was so very proud when we went to the school to set up the display.  We had a lot of fun checking out some of the other projects as well.  I tell you what, by fifth grade I'll be out of my league :-)
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Every student gets a ribbon for participation.  They wore them to school the next day so that when all the classes toured the cafeteria they could easily identify participants.
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And guess what!?!?  John won SeCoNd PlAcE for Kindergarten!!!  We really had the best time working together on this and I'm so thankful that his first time in science fair was a rewarding and fun experience!

Spring Break 2012 commences in approximately five hours.  You'll find me sipping a margarita on a patio somewhere before heading South with the littles, Sister and Bird tomorrow for fun in the sun!!!!  But before I go, I have to invite you to pop over and see me at 6th Street Design School today!!  Many thanks to Kirsten for the lovely feature!!!



Real Life

I generally post prettied up pictures with everything ship shape in its place.  But real life around these parts isn’t always so tidy.  Take Tuesday, for instance…

In the blink of an eye:
When things seemed a little too quiet for a little too long (and by a little too long I mean no more than five minutes), Sister and I tiptoed down to the basement to see what was what…
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I mean, they totally and completely deconstructed the basement – pillows on the floor, legos in the popcorn maker, toys strewn across every square inch of the place. 
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I expect it shall take them through the weekend to get things back in order :-)

Be careful what you wish for:
Later that night our ancient and beautiful old oak just fell flat out of the ground.  It missed all houses and nobody was hurt but it was blocking the entire intersection of a main thoroughfare in our neighborhood.  The police came.  The firemen came.  Neighbors we’d yet to lay eye on in three years came out of the woodwork.  The power company came. And the county came.  It was a regular middle of the night front yard hootenanny and the PCP, most concerned about how his precious bus would make it to get him in the morning, was in HOG HEAVEN with all the excitement.
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And yesterday, we spent our day figuring out how to get this out of our yard…  (Which I now know will be a long and expensive process waiting on the county to get their part and then getting our own person out here to get the rest.)
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The incredible part of the story is that Honey has been complaining about this tree for just over a week now.  He’s angry that grass won’t grow under it and he’s furious at all the acorns it’s dropped that are sprouting into baby oaks.  The night before it fell he said, and I quote, “I know you would like too have those pine trees taken out but I really hate that oak tree.”  Be careful what you wish for, Honey!

Hoping for a neater day today – inside and out :-)


An Egg-cellent Lunch

Y’all, I am beyond excited to send the PCP off to school today with an exceptionally egg-cellent lunch.  I SO wish I could be there when he pulls this out of this bag…
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Mini portions of lunch favorites are packed inside a dozen (washed) plastic Easter eggs!  There are turkey sandwich bites, cheese cubes, green grapes, grape tomatoes and goldfish for his dining pleasure.  I used a regular egg carton and taped scrap scrapbook paper over the labels inside and out.
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Now, I’ve got to get busy making the baby’s!

A Dixie Delights Easter:

Tickled for the features at Saved by Love CreationsKitchen FunBacon Time and Southern Lovely!


Sunday Supper

I super puffy heart love some California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza.  Yummmmmy!  So, for Sunday Supper this week we went totally casual and dined on our own at home take of the pizza parlor favorite.
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BBQ Chicken Pizza
pizza dough (I use whole wheat dough from Publix bakery.)
8-oz. of mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 of a small red onion, diced finely
shredded chicken (I picked up a rotisserie from the Publix deli.)
fresh cilantro
bbq sauce

- spread your dough out per the package instructions
- top with cheese, chicken and onion
- drizzle with bbq sauce
- bake according to package directions (mine was 400 for about 20 minutes)
- top with cilantro
- enjoy

And the best part of all? Our no muss, no fuss supper left us with loads of time for bike riding!!  The baby got John’s old bike with the training wheels re-attached and John is the proud new owner of a larger, “cooler” Razor Kobra bike (that Honey went to the ends of Atlanta find…I kid you not.)

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Nursery Before & After

The baby left his sweet crib this week for a big boy bed.  *wipes tear from eye*  So before we start work on the next era of Whit's room, I wanted to forever document the sweet little nursery that I’ll miss so when it’s gone.

Here’s the before before:
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And here’s the sweet nursery where he's spent the first three years and three months of his life:
Paint - Benjamin Moore Heirloom Gold (walls) and Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim)
Floor - unstained white oak
Rug - Ballard Designs outlet find
Carriage House Chandelier – Ballard Designs
Jenny Lind Crib – WalMart

And for the close ups...
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The crib bedding is from Carousel Designs (website, Facebook) with fabrics from the Baby Toile Horizon Collection. Our amazingly talented and positively darling friends Al and Leah own the company and generously provided the bedding. Even after three and a half years of use, washing and countless “incidents” the bedding still looks new. The PCP’s Pottery Barn crib bedding was literally falling apart when we moved him to a big boy bed at the ripe age of TWO. And not only is their bedding hands down the best I’ve seen, but Carousel Designs does some pretty inspiring work in conjunction with Operation Shower (an organization that honors the sacrifices military families make by coordinating baby showers for expecting personnel and their families) to boot. So hop on over and check them out - their site boasts hundreds of fabric selections that you can work with on a virtual nursery designer tool – an expectant mom’s dream, no?
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An oil painting of my canine niece Piper hangs over the crib.  Sconces and dogs from Home Goods.
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White slipper chairs from Ballard Designs in Quilted White.  (It appears they no longer offer with the pleated skirt.)  Dog canvases from Babies R Us.  Antique dresser from the baby’s great grandparents.  Floor lamp base from Pottery Barn Kids.  White drum shade embellished by me with trim from Lewis and Sheron.
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Antique secretary desk holds the baby’s treasures.  Reproduction vintage phone from Pottery Barn.
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Jenny Lind changing table from WalMart.  Blue buckets and changing pad cover from Babies R Us.  Baskets and liners from Pottery Barn Kids.  Art inspired by Restoration Hardware and made by me for a total cost of $20 – I simply used extra yardage of the bedding fabric to cut out animals with pinking shears, using clip art animals as a guide.  I printed Whit’s initials on cardstock, glued on the fabric animals and put in Hobby Lobby frames!  They say: W is for whale, H is for horse, I is for iguana and T is for turtle.
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Magazine rack from Pottery Barn Kids and toy box from Target.

And, as of today, his once darling room is bursting at the seams with furniture.  Oh, and why are the balloon shades covered with blankets, you ask?  Because the baby deemed them "vary skary", of course.

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Oy, quite a lot of work to be done!


Three Dates in Three Days

It was a big weekend for the queen bee of the W house!  The stars aligned on not one, not two, but THREE dates in three days with two handsome guys!!

After devouring The Hunger Games trilogy, Honey and I awaited with bated breath opening night of the first movie (I say first because there is simply no way they won’t make numbers two and three.)  Armed with the largest tub of popcorn imaginable and two Cokes, we settled into our seats with the rest of the thirteen year olds in our neck of the woods.  We even texted and Facebooked during the wait to try and fit in a little better.  All jokes aside, the movie was outstanding and I’m already anxious to see it again!

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Saturday night we dropped the littles off with Sister and headed to dinner at South City Kitchen before catching Atlanta Ballet’s Man in Black.  An outstanding performance set to Johnny Cash’s legendary music, it’s like the show was made for us. 

And this afternoon, I headed off with the PCP to see the Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theater’s Peter Pan.  His Daddy got him dressed up and gave him a quick run down of “opening doors and using manners” when he thought I wasn’t listening.  The marvelous show was choreographed by a gal I grew up with and starred another childhood dance friend’s husband in the title role!  The sets and costumes were divine, the music was fantastic and the dancers were just outstanding, yet the PCP still took a little snooze for about twenty minutes during the second act.  Boys will be boys, I suppose.  After the show, the PCP was delighted to get signatures from Peter Pan and Tink.  And while I’d be lying if I said getting him out the door and convincing him to miss baseball practice was easy, overall I’d say his first trip to the ballet was a success!
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Pinch me ‘cause I must be the luckiest girl in the world :-)


ApRiL fOoLs DaY {Reprise}

April Fools Day is just around the corner (how on earth is that possible??) and I have nothing new up my sleeve.  (Though I desperately need to come up with something.)  So, I thought I’d share with y’all our silly mixed up unbirthday dinner party of yore in the event that I’m not the only one out there lacking inspiration at the moment.  It was a rollicking good time…

It's ApRiL fOoLs DaY so what did I do?
Act silly and goofy and mixed up too!
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With a dinner party that was awfully swell.
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We sported goofy glasses and festive party hats
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We had dessert for supper and supper for dessert.
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Our funny milk was blue and the mood was gay.
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Finally it was time to eat our cupcakes.
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The cake was meatloaf and the icing po-ta-to.
A cockamamy meal like a circus side show!
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Everyone was confused when I brought to the table
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But no un-birthday party would be fun without sweets
And this changed up version was a super big treat!
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Ice cream potatoes with caramel gravy were good to the tummy.
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It was a night of laughs and smiles and tales so tall.
Happy Un-Birthday to many and ApRiL fOoLs DaY to all!
Meatloaf Cupcakes
1 lb ground sirloin
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
3 T. ketchup
1 egg
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 cups prepared mashed potatoes (I used Hungry Jack)
Food coloring
1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tin cups with foil bake cups.
2. In a large bowl, mix together all of the meat loaf ingredients until well combined. Divide the mixture evenly among the lined cups (the liners should be about three quarters full).
3. Place the filled muffin tins on cookie sheets and bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes or until cooked through.
4. Add a couple of drops of food coloring to potatoes and mix well.. Spread a generous dollop on each cupcake. Should make 12 cupcakes - mine made 11.

Rice Krispie Meatloaf
6 cups cocoa flavored rice krispies
2 rolls of red fruit roll up (and green too, if you can find it)
1/2 stick butter
1 1/2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
10-oz. package marshmallows
1. Coat a bread/meatloaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.  In food processor, briefly pulse the rice krispies. Tear or cut (I used kitchen shears) the fruit roll ups into small pieces.
2. In a large microwave safe bowl, add butter and marshmallows.  Cook until melted (2 minutes).  Stir well to combine and add cocoa powder.  Stir again.
3. Add rice krispies and fruit roll ups.  Stir quickly.  It will be very sticky.  Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Let the loaf cool, then remove from pan and slice with a serrated knife.
Ice Cream Potatoes
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel sauce
1. Scoop ice cream onto plates to look like mashed potatoes.
2. Drizzle with caramel sauce "gravy".
So start collecting your zaniest ideas for the silliest day of the year!!  It's bound to be FUN!!
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