Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Well unfortunately, when I picked up Baby "V" yesterday, I found out we had a bit of an issue at daycare. Apparently, my sweet, little lovely daughter -- yep this one, this one right here

was sitting reading -- or probably, more likely, looking through -- a book. These days she loves going through book after book. So I'm sure she was really into this book. Then, out of know where, a little boy, apparently, came over to try and take her book from her. Well that's when it happened. My sweet little lovely girl -- yep this one, this one right here -- still my sweet little girl --

decided to "CHOMP" down on his arm. What's a girl to do?? She was only protecting her book? Heck, he was trying to take her little precious book away from her -- you know, like kids do at their sweet little toddler age. Well then the providers yelled - scaring my little daughter into "CHOMPING" down even harder and not letting go in fear of what might happen. So, of course they found she had broken his skin as they had to go and physically remove her mouth from his arm - they chose to discipline by putting on her favorite Mr. Al Show "Tootie Ta" and sat her in a corner to not watch.

Why am I posting this incident?? Well it's because I struggle with discipline at this age. What's a mom to do 6 hours later after the incident to discipline. Don't get me wrong - I think the providers handled it very well considering the situation and I would never second guess that they are not doing what is right. But, I, as the parent, felt horrible and sat there and talked and talked to her about biting and how wrong it was. I feel it's my responsibility to make sure she understands that we, as parents, do not tolerate such actions and that it's wrong. But, being 6 hours later, does she get it at the age of almost 2? Does she know - 6 hours removed from the incident - that I'm telling her biting is bad and she associates it with what she's done to this poor little boy? Every response I get from her is "yeah"

Do you like being a bad girl?  -- "Yeah"
Are you supposed to bite -- "Yeah"
Is biting nice? -- "Yeah"

It appears to be a never ending response.

So then I text daddy and let him know how nice his little girl was today. So, he gets home, talks to her, asks her what she did to the little boy today and she responds with "I gave him owies." So she gets it. Now it's 10 hours removed and she gets it - she remembers what happened 10 hours ago when daddy asks but 6 hours removed and she can't tell mommy anything but "yeah." However, daddy then goes through the whole list of questions to get the same response - "Yeah!"
This is where I'm at - she apparently knows what she did to the little boy but at what point is my disciplining her going to do any good? She got disciplined at daycare but I don't want her going around and thinking biting is okay. How do I teach her at this point to use some other defense mechanism to stand up for herself other than biting? If I try to teach that - is she going to get it 6 hours removed? Is she going to understand that she needs to use these other techniques in these situations - 6 hours removed? So that's where I'm at with it. Trying to get the whole discipline down. Well "V" - Mr "V" that is -- seems to get the whole discipline thing. Maybe because he deals with a bunch of 10-year old kids day in and day out and it's rather second nature to him. But me, well it's still new and I'm still learning and it's still frustrating. As much as I like to think that this lovely, lively, beautiful innocent baby girl -- yep this one, this little cute adorable one..  (not that I'm biased or anything)

is actually INNOCENT.. I know deep down inside she has those sides of her in which she has a little bit of defiance so I'm going to have to learn quickly on how to discipline this cute, sweet, I like to think -- innocent child.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fondant Mystery..

I've been pondering the whole idea of fondant for quite some time. You can buy it pre-made or you can make your own. When "V" and I got married our cake was made of fondant. It tends to be an acquired taste and through many cake tastings we found that most are not all that edible -- it definitely makes a cake look pretty but trying to find a good tasting fondant can be difficult. We lucked out and the gal that made our cake always made her fondant from scratch and it was delightful. I'm not a big sweet person so it was nice to have something that tasted nice but not overpowering on the sweet side.

As baby V approaches her 2nd birthday - yes can you believe it - she'll be two... I ponder what cake I'll make this year. Last year I went over board and made two, which ended up being, huge cakes. This is the caterpillar cake I made for her last year.

Now I'm thinking - how can I top this. Well --- I'm thinking I'll go with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse this year. She's all into Mickey and his gang and it's a weekend ritual to wake up and sing the Hot Dog song every morning. Besides what kid at her age wouldn't love to say "Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse" and have the clubhouse magically appear and best thing of all - have it be edible. Here's the cake I plan on attempting to make.

Keep in mind that I did not make this cake and I can not take credit for the photo above. This cake was made by Norma S. from Indiana and she was so kind to post her cake with tips and hints at the Coolest Birthday Cakes Website. However, it's given me a good guide on how to make baby V's cake this year. However, as you can see - there's fondant - lots of fondant on this cake. I've never made fondant and have never worked with fondant. But to make this cake and make it turn out well I figured I'd have to dabble in getting some experience with this. I had pondered using the pre-made fondant but as I've said before it may not taste the best. So after some research and talking to some fellow friends, I decided to make some fondant on my own. Miraculously -- it was not hard at all. It had to be about the easiest thing I've ever made. Take some Marshmallows, water and powdered sugar and you're good to go. Now I added some almond extract into my water to give it some flavor and to see how it would work and it appeared to have worked wonderfully. Here was my end product for my first small batch.

Now that I've made it - it's sitting in my fridge for use. I will be rolling it out and playing with it soon to see what I can do with it but so far I've got a good product and who would have thought this would have been so easy to make.

Marshmallow Fondant
1 Cup Mini Marshmallows
1 Tablespoon Water
1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

Pack marshmallows into measuring cup until packed tightly and getting 1 cup. Push them down as you measure them out. Place into a microwave safe bowl. Add your water and microwave until they puff up - about 30 seconds or so. (If you want them flavored - add some extract into your tablespoon and then fill the rest up with water.) While marshmallows are in microwave - sift 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar into a bowl. Now, once the marshmallows have puffed up, remove from microwave and stir. It should be a soupy consistency. If you want your batch to be all one color - add your coloring now. (I used the Wilton Paste Food Colors and it worked well.) Next add your marshmallows into your sugar and stir until well combined. It turns into a lumpy dough mess and won't combine into a ball at this point - that's okay. At this point - grease your hands up with some Crisco shortening and dump your bowl of fondant onto a clean surface to start kneading. You'll knead this mixture like you would bread dough. Knead it until you get a nice dough ball and it has nicely come together. Once you have your fondant ball - wrap up in saran wrap, place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate. From what I've read - keeping your fondant refrigerated will last for several weeks. So this is something that you can make ahead of time as time permits.

Friday, April 16, 2010


No - I haven't fallen off of the face of the earth. We're still here and as busy as usual. Didn't I say that we live a crazy hectic life?? Yep that would be the reason I haven't posted in a while. On top of that - it appears the entire "V" Family has come down with this wonderful great allergy, sinus, cold thing that has allowed me, solely me, being down all week. The rest of the family has it but it appears theirs have been quite minor compared to mine - or maybe I'm just a big baby and need to suck it up. But once I get back to feeling normal I have great things to share with all of you --  pictures, events, happenings, the works.. So until then.. I'll keep you all in suspense.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Flashlight Egg Hunt

This year we chose to celebrate Easter a couple of days early. As it turns out, it's hard getting four different family schedules to work out so we can get together. Some have to work the weekend and others have prior obligations. But we always seem to find time that works for all us and we always have a great time and make many new memories. This year was no different - we celebrated and we celebrated big - or so I felt like we did.
My mom and I have been putting together an Easter Egg Hunt for all the kids in the family for years. It started out at my mom's house and has now turned into an annual event at my house. We have a fairly large house with lots of room and a large yard with many hiding spots.This year, like the last few, it seems the weather gods have not been on our side. But we improvise and get creative and make it work. Normally we would have hid all the eggs outside and had designated areas for all the kids. You have to keep everything even as to make it fair for everyone. But - because it chose to RAIN and RAIN and RAIN - we decided to hide the eggs indoor but indoor with a twist. We turned off all the lights and had a flashlight egg hunt. Each kid had a designated room and had a blast. Here's some snippets of what it looked like at my house on Good Friday..

Here's someone searching for eggs with their flashlight.

Mia searching High and low for her eggs.. Even in the boxes.

Payton looking in the tunnels and playhouse to find her eggs.

Maddox finds one sitting in a candle stick. He was extremely excited!

Down the hall go Mia and Alexis. Nice to see Big Sis' helping out Lil' Sis.

There Daddy and Mac searching in her room.

It appears Brandon has his hands full and a bag full of eggs.

Payton and Maddox teaming up to find all of theirs. Good Team Work!

Brandon crawling all over to make sure he didn't miss any.

Finally - notice Miss Mackenzie's cheeks. Apparently she was more worried about how many jelly beans she could stuff in her mouth rather than making sure she found all of her eggs. Priceless!

Friday, April 2, 2010

We Have Growth..

Well a couple of posts ago I shared that I was venturing into starting my garden by seed. Well so far so good - we have growth. It's been fun tending to my little plants and sharing with Baby V the growth of these  little seeds that she help me plant. I haven't had luck with everything I planted but that's okay. It's been fun seeing these plants emerge. Some are a complete mystery as to what is growing because I can't remember what I planted and I accidentally used a wet erase marker instead of a permanent one. However, it makes it more fun to see what might emerge. I also have been fortunate to be able to use my four season room for this project. It gets a lot of light and I can monitor the temps of the room which has helped. Now I just continue to water and keep these babies thriving. Once they get a little bigger I believe I can start fertilizing and then start hardening off so I can plant in the ground. But, I'll keep you posted as this project continues.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Unseasonably Warm Weather..

Here's what we do on warm sunny late afternoons - enjoy it at the Park!

Baby V is making a run for it to the nearest slide - she's excited...

This was the first and last trip down the BIG slide all by herself - yep she took a header when she got to the curve. It wasn't pretty but she was a trooper and cry all that much.

She's my monkey climber and did this all by herself.

And she found the sand -- oh the sand

She loves the dirty icky sand... Even more reason to take her to a beach resort this summer to soak up the rays and catch some relaxation. Oh - did I really say that - relaxation. I'm convinced that will not come until she's all grown up with children of her own.

If you're in the QC area - get out and enjoy this awesome weather we are having. We can't get outside enough right now.