Saturday, December 29, 2012

Family Christmas

Fun in the Snow!
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Oh ed"

videoTranslated: "Throw on the bed"

The tree is complete with the choo choo

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy thanksgiving!

Luke talking to "boppa" on the phone!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Licking the beater

Is at a whole new level when it involves the ice cream beater.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Smoothie mustache

This 2 year old understands the importance of refueling after a long bike ride.

Ride bike!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Goodnight moon..

And the doggie...
And the froggie...
And the bear...
And the other bear

Thursday, October 4, 2012

"No no ditty, no no"

Somebody has their eye on Luke's popcorn.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Creation of the Train Cake

When we decided to make a train cake for Luke's birthday, I got on pinterest and google to see what other mom's had done.  I came across this blog post  and was totally inspired.  Then we incorporated Luke's favorite book, Freight Train , and felt pretty confident that it would turn out...and not be too hard.  

Well, in August, we finally got neighbors (trust me - there's a point to this tangent).  We had them over for ice cream a few weeks ago, and mentioned Luke's birthday and our idea for the cake.  It just so happens that our new neighbor stays at home with her daughter and decorates cakes for a hobby.  So she offered to help!  Little did I know she's GOOD.  And has a tackle box, completely loaded with cake decorating stuff (bags, tips, books with directions and pictures, and a piping gun!).  She was a lifesaver. Mainly because Matt and I had tried a "practice cake" - and were completely clueless.  Dirty frost and let it dry - had never heard of it.  Thin the frosting to dirty frost.  Thicken the frosting to pipe.  Have more than one bag for piping.  

And to top it off, she was an engineer - so she's detail oriented!  Every time I said, "that looks so good" she said, "oh - well, what if we pipe on some more detail here".  Okay.  Done.  So, what was a fun idea to start with turned into this really incredible and gorgeous cake!  Thank you Kim.  

I used the cake and frosting recipes from the blog I already mentioned - and they were great.  The cake was incredible; moist and dense enough to stick together well.  For this project I made a double batch, which from the picture below you can tell was almost too much for the trusty Kitchen Aid.



We used the Wilton steam engine cake pan, and I followed the accompanying directions to a T.  

















The cake, dirty frosted.  The cars are from mini loaf pans, filled with approximately 8 oz of cake batter.  That turned out to be too much batter.  When I took the cakes out, the bottoms fell off most of the mini loaves because there was just too much cake in the pans.  I think 6 ozs would have worked much better.  The double batch of cake batter made enough for 10 mini loaves (which the extras were great - because it guaranteed enough cars were in tact enough to utilize.)









Oreos as wheels, and 1 oreo with the white frosting as the light.  

Twix as the "hitch" between cars, and the railing on the cattle car.  





Pictures of the final product (before we finally mustered up the courage to cut it).  










Choo Choo Kachoo Look Who Turned 2!

We found the letter cars while on vacation in Boulder, CO.




It's hard to believe that Luke is 2 now!  Thankfully 2 has come with a verbal explosion.  He is easily saying three to four new words a day.  Even with his exploding vocabulary, Luke still only says choo choos, never "train".  But he LOVES them (he's still talking about our choo choo ide from vacation) - so we thought a train cake was appropriate!   

One of Luke's FAVORITE books (and daddy's, for that matter) is Freight Train, so Matt and I thought we could make his cake based off the book.  Our original plan was to make the cars, with the basic colors (red caboose at the back, orange tank car next, yellow hopper car....oh...Luke's taking a nap, I don't need to recite it).  And we thought, "That will be pretty easy, 7 colors of frosting, 8 cakes (made in mini loaf pans), one engine, oreos for wheels, and we'll have a cute cake.  

(I will post later about my amazing neighbor Kim - who's hobby just happens to be decorating cakes - and the creation process.)  



 





Luke asked several times for a "ite" during the baking and decorating process - so he got an extra big piece of caboose!


Luke's friend Ivy - testing out the tracks before we cut the cake.





Luke with his new dump truck.   He LOVES his dump truck.

Ivy taking a spin on the scoot and zoom.  

It's a good thing Ivy was there to help unwrap presents!  Luke was being very meticulous (much like his mom).  Thank you Ivy for speeding up the process!  

Luke's on his new balance bike!  Although it's been raining non-stop so he hasn't really gotten to try it out yet.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Boulder Falls








"choo choo ide"

Luke's favorite part of vacation was the Georgetown Loop Railroad.  

By far.  

He's REALLY into railroads and trains.