Wednesday, March 24, 2010

St. Patrick's Day and Daniel's Birthday!!

We had such a wonderful day celebrating Daniel's birthday and just relaxing as a family.  In the morning, Briley and I set out Daddy's presents while he went for his teeth cleaning (even went to the dentist on his birthday!) and when he came home he opened his presents from us...

Briley helping get Daddy's present ready!!

Ready for Dad to open his presents!

Helping Dad open his card

Reading her card with Dad

Happy Birthday Daddy!!
After opening presents, Daddy went outside to mow the lawn and Briley and I started a tradition I hope to do each year for Daniel's birthday...making red velvet cupcakes from scratch!!  I saw an episode of Paula Deen where she made these and I have wanted to do it ever since.

Briley needed to have some breakfast though before we got started so she had to wear her cute St. Patrick's Day bib!!

Halfway through...starting to rethink this idea!!

Ran out of red food coloring so they look like pink-velvet cupckaes...but we made do!!

Briley approves!!

As you can tell we are missing two because Daniel and I tried some early and they were delicious!!

Overall, it was a really good recipe...the only thing we would change is to not have so much cream cheese in the icing.  Here is the link to the recipe if you are interested...

To continue celebrating Daniel's birthday we went out to eat with his family for one of his favorite foods...barbecue of course!! We went to Coopers in downtown Ft. Worth and I have to admit for someone that isn't that big of a barbecue fan it was really good!!  Here are a few pictures from dinner...

Briley Ann all dressed in her St. Patty's Day outfit

"More puffs please Mom!!"

Family photo time!!
Overall, it was such a fun day celebrating Daniel's birthday and just spending some good quality time together over Spring Break!!

Next update...trip to the fire station and the rest of our spring break!!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Thank goodness for SPRING BREAK!!!

The title of my blog this week says it all...

I love being a teacher and seeing how my precious kindergarten students grow and change throughout the year...but God knew what he was thinking when he let teachers have breaks throughout the year.  It can be very exhausting and I am so excited about spending this week with my sweet husband and precious little girl...who by the way if you haven't heard is taking STEPS!!  She is 9 months today (where has the time gone??) and I have a feeling we will be chasing after her sooner than later.

Here is a quick video of her using her walker that Papa and Nonnie got her for Christmas...she flies across the room with this thing.  It's so cute!!

We have so much fun letting her stand and try to take steps toward us.  The most Daniel and I have seen her take without falling forward is 3 steps.  We aren't calling it "walking" yet...but I have a feeling we will be able to sooner than later!!

This past Saturday Briley's cousins, Michaela and Maguire, came over to deliver her Christmas present.  Yes, we know it is March!!  However, it was a red wagon and they really wanted to give it to her when it was pretty out so they could see her in it for the first time.  We had such a great time with the kids, Melissa, and Aunt Martha!!  Thank you guys so much for her present...she is going to get a lot of use out of it!!

Here are a few pictures of riding in her new wagon...
Mikki and Briley Ann
Ready for cousin Maguire to take me outside
She loves it!!
Thank you Mikki and Maguire!!

I had to save this picture for last because as much as my husband teases me about how people say she looks like him...I had to show everyone that she does look like me too!! 
Not that I mind that she looks like him :)

Here is a picture of myself as a baby and Briley Ann...

Definitely some resemblance right???

I know my Mom will agree with me at least...hahaha love you Mom!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!!  Next update will be about celebrating Daddy's birthday on St. Patrick's Day.