Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Today's Hail Storm

It hailed today after spending the whole morning weeding and making the backyard pretty. It looks like everything may be dead. Everything was thriving and now it is all crushed under mounds of hail. Look at how much hail is up against the back fence!

The backyard.

 In front of the house.

The outdoor car ramp looks like a ski jump.

Saying Good-bye

This should have been posted before the birthday party post.

It was really hard to say good-bye after a fun-filled week with Uncle Wally! We all had so much fun. These few pictures were taken on Friday evening before we brought Wally to the airport and some of them were even taken at the airport. Thanks Uncle Wally for coming to visit this crazy bunch, we miss you. I must mention, that we went to the mall before going to the airport and we bought straw hats. Yes, it was Stampede time and at this time of year they (cowboy hats) are everywhere to be bought. Mom, I hope you like yours. Look at me young'ns, ain't they cute?

In the mall, waiting for Wally to buy his souveniers. My cowgirl is in her pj's. (It was late)

Owen at the airport also in pj's. :o)

Enjoying a good-bye Timmies at the airport. Don't the kids look thrilled to see Wally go?

The Birthday Party

On Sunday we celebrated the boys' birthday with their friends. We made ice cream cone cakes and had fun out in the kiddie pool and ate hotdogs and veggies. We spent all afternoon outside enjoying the beautfiul weather, good conversation and yummy food. See for yourself.

The mini cakes are baked right in the ice cream cones. You fill them 2/3 full with cake batter and bake until a toothpick comes out clean. I frosted these with yummy decorator icing and sprinkles and gumdrops. No mess, no fuss, easy, peasy, fun!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Birthday Boys

 Noah got a Lego set from uncle Wally.
Owen got a Mega Blocks "Lightning McQueen" from uncle Wally.

The Birthday Ring

Owen after the cake.

Noah after the cake. He ate too much :o(

My Boys' Birthday Cake

As some of you may know, my uncle Wally is here visiting from Ontario. The whole family is thrilled to have him here. Before he came, Noah asked him if he would bake his and Owen's birthday cake. Without a moment of hesitation, he agreed. Sascha and him bought the supplies needed and on Monday we started off to make this amazing cake. Yes, I am bragging. It is the coolest thing that I have ever helped to make/bake. Mia, Wally and I made two birthday cakes (I showed them where everything is and they went at it). Mia made the 9x9 square white cake and Wally made the not so 9x13 chocolate cake for the base (German cake pans aren't the same as the Canadian, but oh well, we made do). It took a while for everything to cool down. I made some decorator icing from this recipe (btw, lots of my favourite recipes come from this site). While I was making the icing, Wally was busy cutting the cake to form. At this point, we weren't sure what type of car we were making. It was supposed to take the shape of a car, but we weren't sure what to model it after. There was a piece of white cake left over that would make it look like a police car. At first, we thought this was a great idea until I remembered that we have a car from the Disney Pixar movie "Cars" that the boys love. I asked Mia to get "Charlie Checker" the official pace car from the movie and this would be our model. Our version of "Charlie Checker" is a combination of Mater's eyes, Charlie's shape and our own imagination. Wally really went to town with this cake. Mia had fun sorting the smarties and eventually helping to put them on the cake. It was also Mia's job to keep the boys out of the kitchen, which was by no means an easy task. I got to help a little, but for once, was able to step back and let others take charge. I took picutres along the way and I really hope that you enjoy them. The end results were phenomenal for three non-professional cake bakers with non-professional cake decorating tools.

Sprinkler Fun and a New Flower Bed

Canada Day 2008 was sprinkler fun and a DIY project for dad. The kids have never run under a sprinkler before. Long story. Anyway, they had a ton of fun doing it, even Noah who doesn't like to get wet! Mia screamed her head off in excitement and Owen, well... he was a clown as usual.

Sascha decided to build me a planter for the entrance to spruce things up. Well, we had a broken bed, so Sascha decided to recycle and make me a flower bed. He even bought me some flowers to plant in it. I think it turned out great. It puts a whole new twist on the whole "flower bed" thing.

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