We had a great Easter weekend....busy, but really fun. (For Miss Olivia anyway. LOL) Friday was *baby animal* day at a local historical farm. The weather was AWFUL but the kids didn't seem to mind. Liv had a blast holding all the baby bunnies, chicks, ducks, etc... Her favorites were the piglets and she went around *snorting* to all of them pretending that she was a little piggie herself. And wouldn't ya know that I left my memory card at home stuck in the card reader....so no pictures. :( This is where DH chimes in with a big, "I-told-ya-so." I'm notorious for forgetting SOMETHING to do with the camera. Ugggghhhh. There's always next year.
On Saturday we spent the morning coloring, *glitterizing* and hiding eggs. Don't ask me what I was thinking when I let Liv talk me into the "sparkly princess eggs." We had glitter everywhere--and I'm talking REAL glitter...not the digital kind. LOL Here's a little storyboard I made to document the ending of our Easter egg hunting adventure:
Poor little thing. She was devastated when her favorite little pink egg got cracked. She can pout with the best of 'em. I used an "acidify" action on the photos and tweaked some of the levels. I like that the colors are super saturated and grungy. Fun stuff! Different than the normal Easter pastels.
Then on Sunday we made sugar cookies in the morning. Went to church at 1:00 (which was a treat.....I'm the children's chorister and I think they had all consumed a pound of sugar before church. Exhausting is an understatement.) and then went over to my parents for an Easter dinner with everyone. All in all it was a great day to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior.
And...because I'm a major recipe collector myself...I thought I'd share my sugar cookie recipe:
(Click on the recipe cards to see them bigger.) These are the BEST!!! I make them all the time and am asked for the recipe often. They are a soft and puffy cookie with yummy fluff for frosting. Seriously soooo good.
So the last time I posted I completely spaced the most important development in our family. Olivia is POTTY-TRAINED. FINALLY!!!!! Now some of you might not think that this is such a big deal, but to us it is HUGE. She is over 3 years old so it is more like GARGANTUAN! We've been *trying* to get her to use the big-girl potty since she was 18 months old. No suck luck. As with everything else, things have to be done on livy-time, and not a second sooner. At one point in our desperation we promised her a bike. (We are not above bribery.) She has had this special one with purple streamers and a hello Kitty on the seat picked out for over a year. We would take her to the bike shop and let her ride around the store on it....but no taking it home until she went potty. We're so mean.
So a couple weeks ago, she just took off her clothes, including her diaper, and went. On the big-girl potty! She comes running in and goes, "Mommy, I did it! I got potty-trained! You are soooo proud of me!" And believe me, I was!!! I did the nerdiest potty dance and jumped around squealing. She thought it was great and has been potty-trained ever since. I knew it would just take once and she would get it. I could just smother this kid in kisses I am so proud of her. :) And she did get her bike- as promised. But for some odd reason she changed her mind at the end and got a Dora bike instead of the Hello Kitty one. Crazy child. LOL
And now for Mr. Grazer-man's super huge milestones: he just sprouted his very first tooth, AND he is sleeping through the night! Yipppppeeeee, Wooo-HOOOO, hip hip-hooRAY!!!! Can you feel my excitement? We put him to sleep about 8:00. He sleeps till 11:00 when I feed him one last time....and then it's complete silence until 7 am. Now if I could figure out a way to get him to sleep until 8---hmmmmmmm.....Any tricks out there from you sleep guru's? I'm not complaining though. It's been an eventful and exciting week!!!
A LITTLE MARKET RESEARCH:
For those of you who aren't bored to tears by this long blog post....I'm needing some opinions on the hair flowers. (Yes, I'm bringing those stupid things up AGAIN.)
I am planning on opening up my OJ & Co ebay store up very soon. But I have no idea what a fair price is for the little clippies. I like the whole bidding process for my clothing designs....but want to offer the flowers as *buy it now's*. My friends and family have said they are worth anywhere from $5 to $12. (With the $12 ones being more elaborate and fancy.) But that is a huge range. I have no idea what to set the price at. So if you received one of my blingin-blooms and have an opinion on a price range...let me know.
OK~ that is enough rambling from this chick! Hope you are all doing well!
Be safe and happy out there-