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I can't believe that it was five years ago that this little boy entered our lives.  As first time parents, he really put us through the test.  Buzz was a tough baby who demanded every ounce of us.  But now, he's become a big guy, a big brother, and a smart cookie!  He is turning into such a "guy!"  He LOVES to watch movies, listen to stories, and eating anything sweet.  He loves to play with his little sister.  He is emotional and social, always up for a good hug and loves to role-play.  He listens to me when I explain science to him.  He is curious and has an excellent memory.  So when our little Superhero is celebrating his fifth birthday, Mr. BAW made sure to have his favorite superhero, Batman, make his appearance.  Thankfully this Batman also knew how to make balloon animals and entertained 10+ kids for an hour!  The party was a success and everyone had a good time, including Ahgoo, whom I thought for sure would be scared of Batman.  But she was not and told me so. :-)

I tried out my skills at chalk drawing.

With the help of Pinterest, I made a Gotham city scape using an Ikea blanket and construction paper.

Again, from Pinterest, I made a pin-the-bat-symbol game using cardboard.

The Caped Crusader himself!

I made some signs to go with the city scape.  Thankfully, we had tons of cardboard from Christmas.

Buzz was officially a Junior Batman.
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Posted January 19, 2015


Mr. BAW has referred to me as "Almost Martha" on many occasions.  I know I've had a history of failed attempts at crafting.  But this time, I've fnally succeeded at an art project!  By success, I mean that the project met all of my objectives.  First, it had to be fun for the kids.  Second, it had to be presentable as gifts for our friends and neighbors.  I can honestly say that we did both!  This is by far my most successful project inspired by Martha Stewart!  Years ago, I saw this in a Living magazine and have always wanted to try it.  But years went by, life got busy and I never tried it...until this year!  

I must admit that I had forgotten about the project until I read about Molly Yeh's Gingerbread Farm.  I also followed her lead and used her recipe for the stiff frosting:

3 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
4 cups powdered sugar

Beat egg white and cream of tartar until foamy.  Gradually beat in powdered sugar, then beat on high or medium until very fluffy.  Immediately spoon it into pipping bag (I just used a zip loc bag and snipped off a tip) and use.  Keep frosting in plastic bag (touching the bag) so it doesn't dry out.

The frosting worked out well and was extremely stiff after about twenty minutes.  So my plan was to pre-make all the houses and then let the kids decorate them.  We live on a cul-de-sac and there are only six homes on our street.  So I decided that we would gift the homes to our neighbors.  I cut out cardboard rounds and wrapped them in foil as the base.  The hardest part of making the houses was cutting the graham crackers.  They were very crumbly and it was hard to cut them into pointy shapes.  Turns out that there is a better way to shape Graham crackers, by spraying them with water and then microwaving them.  I'll definitely try that next time.  After a day of setting, I frost the roofs immediately before letting the kids decorate them with candy.  The kids had an absolute blast decorating their houses, with adult supervision of course.  A few candy even made it onto the houses!  Haha.  But the best part of it all was that I let the kids eat one of the houses a few days later.  They LOVED destroying and eating the house.  They all took turns taking a candy and then split the Graham crackers.  The kids were amazingly well behaved when presented with bowls of candy.  Next year, I may attempt to make the houses look like our neighbor's actual houses...maybe!

The pre-made homes waiting to be docorated.

The kids in the process of decorating their houses.

I used vitamine C gummies, minnie M&M's, and tiny semi-sweet chips.

A little Alpine Village in our dining room!

The finished house!  Aren't they adorable???

Wrapped and ready to be gifted.
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Posted January 5, 2015


Happy New Year everyone!  I have good reason for missing most of December from the blog scene.  This year we hosted Mr. BAW's entire family for Christmas at our house.  That's ten people for an entire week!  But I think everyone had a wonderful time and it was great for all the cousins to spend some quality play time together.  The weather couldn't have been nicer.  We crammed so much into a week that I'll have to break up our activities into several posts.  Also in December we celebrated my birthday, Christmas, and Buzz's birthday.  First, I'll show you some sights of our big family Christmas, including the kids' very first school Christmas show.

Our Christmas tree.


I managed to hang all ten stockings over our fireplace!

Belle decorated our tree, as well as a few other princesses.

We had a few Storm Troopers to balance out all the princesses.

Cousins time!

Christmas isn't Christmas without meeting Santa!

The boys got to meet Santa.  Sadly Ahgoo was napping and missed the Big Guy.

The boys taking every opportunity to wrestle, even while waiting to see Santa.

Even though she didn't get to talk to Santa, Ahgoo scored big this Christmas!

Performing in her very first Christmas show at school.  She was a natural!

Wearing her reindeer hat for the school performance.

Buzz's class kicked off the Christmas performance.

It wouldn't be Christmas without lights!  We went to the Illuminocean light show at Dana Point.
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Posted January 4, 2015












































































































































































































































































































































































































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