Saturday, December 31, 2011

Do you know what you were doing a year ago? I do...

last year at this time (well, I'm blogging this at 11:25 pm on the December 30th, so technically this is what I was doing a year ago, on this day...but by the time I post this it will be the 31st...so you get the idea....) A year ago, give or take a few hours, this is what I was doing....

1. I was big and pregnant and ready to have a baby pretty soon.

2. I had just gotten something exciting in the mail, which I open up with you in the video below.

3. I love seeing lil Blaker crawl by in the background in his lil jammies.

4. I can't believe that it was almost 1 year ago that I had cupcake.

Hooray...now let's travel in time...and see what I posted one year ago...!

Hooray last day of 2011!!!


huge love and from your virtual time blog-machine, huge from the past and future, your kandee

Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy...how old are you?

In this picture: Elyse, Me and My Great Grammy

We celebrated my Great Grammy's birthday.....and me and my sister were trying to make grammy feel younger...As you can see by the cake below...and the matching "91" candle that my sister bought, we were turning back time, because as it turns out...Grammy asked, "how old am I?", and me and my sister thought she was 91. BUT, then came my mom with her exact dates, and it turns out, Grammy was turning 92!
 Look at the cake...the person at the grocery store bakery, who wrote on the cake, looked like they were gonna help Grama feel even younger! The "91", they wrote, looks more like a "41" to me!
 Ellie Bellie Boo Bear, inspecting Grammy's chair.


We ate pizza and more cake for dinner. A mean game of monopoly went down with my sister, brother-in-law, my mom, and Jordan (I was on, "watch all the babies patrol", and didn't play)....Jordan won and I cheered for my monopoly champ.

Finished putting clean sheets on my bed....one of my favorite things....and now I'm in my furry robe typing this....
huge hugs...and may someone always tell you you're a year younger on your birthday, to at least make you feel better.... your kandee

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kandee On The Ranch

I lost an earring, got rabbit poop in my boot (I have no idea how it got in there), and had such a fun time when we went to our friend Leslie's ranch yesterday. My sister used to work there and help her train horses.

Get your virtual boots on, tighten up your cowboy buckle and come on out to the ranch with us:
 My brave brother-in-law, letting Alani drive them around.
 Look at the sky.....so beautiful.
 Blakey, who put on his Woody (from Toy Story) hat and shirt. He told me in the car, he wanted a brown horse that he'd name, Black. He also said we have to talk like a "cowbo-ay"...and say things like "okeh-doke" and "yep". And kept asking, "when are we gonna get to the wanch?"....
Our favorite was feeding the horses....
 Alani wore her pink cowboy boots...

 Blakey put his motorcycle glove on, "so the horses won't bite" his hand.
Alani and "little cowboy Woody"...

 Blake was not a fan of the "horse poop" smell and thought it was wise to just cover his nose! ha ha
 He's still covering his nose here....ha ha ha

 The sky was so beautiful....the clouds were like sculptures in the sky. The smell of fresh, crisp, clean air....even the smell of the dirt and sweet, smell of the hay was like perfume to me.
as we drove away down the dirt road....
past the adorable cluster of little old fashioned mailboxes....and looked at the huge sky, the big tin barn that stores all the hay, and big pastures...made me day dream of owning a big ranch. Baking cinnamon rolls, feeding my "dream" horses, sitting on my porch watching the sunset...
and just like when I was little, I would look at "horse supply" catalogs for hours...dreaming of having a big ranch.....

horse poop in your boots...and love in your heart....
from Cowboy Kandee or should that be Cowgirl Kandee

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Extreme Gingerbread House Make-Over

We started out with plain on gingerbread houses (which took my sister forever to make the dough, cut out the house shapes, "glue" together, cut out white foam core board for the bases and attach.... I helped cut out house shapes and saw cardboard).

I do not take "before" photos of the gingerbread houses, but I promise you these "afters" are extremely different.
 Our bowls full of candy and treats!
My little niece at work on her house!
 Blakey adding some dazzle to his gingerbread house.
Alani, (and her new, extreme make-over haircut which we all LA-LA-Love) putting a ridge of gumballs on her rooftop. (And yes, that is my preggy sister in the background wielding a bag of royal icing)
 Blakey added some cool licorice ropes to his house.
I am in love with Alani's snowflake trees and trim on her house!
Blakey accidentally knocked over a bowl full of "Christmas Nerds"....which went "bouncing" all over the floor! We all started laughing because these houses turned out to be one of the biggest "messy" projects ever! Me and my sister spent the night vacuuming, sweeping, more vacuuming and sweeping. But it was worth it...how much "messy" fun the kids had!


 Alani's finished "gingerbread house make-over"....
 Blakey's house with his "100" gummy bears in the back. He said 100 people (AKA gummy bears) live in his house.
Alani's backyard and her little candy and candy cane sleigh she made.
And the best one of all, due to sheer size......my 2 and half year old niece, Sydney's miniature gingerbread house...can you see it? ha ha ha ha! Her yard got the majority of decorations!

Huge hugs and tiny gingerbread houses.... love and sweets from my house to yours, kandee

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Day After Christmas Haircuts

 Me and baby taking a self-portrait at Snip-Its... (the best place to get kids haircuts...my niece was getting her first haircut)
Alani decided she wanted to cut her hair and get a bob....after making sure a ton of times that, that's what she wanted to do...this was the first cut of her cute little girl bob!
 My lil' niece sitting on my sisters lap, getting her very first haor cut. She got a cute little bob-ish, kinda 1920's vamp cut....that is adorable!
Alani's hair passed the super cute test - it even looked cute after she woke up! Cute Morning hair is a sure sign of a cute hair cut!

huge hugs and cute little bob hair cuts...well on everyone except for me...ha ha ha
your kandee

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Morning, Mishaps and Cookies

Christmas morning...and my all my sister's beautifully wrapped presents....were so pretty I didn't want to open them! Blakey ready for present opening action 
(If you missed my "Holiday House Tour....CLICK HERE)

my santa, reindeer and fun present had all been opened....
One problem, was when I was wrapping them to make the "present wrapping video", I forgot to write the names of who a few of them went to...so I made some bad guesses and a couple got opened that were not for that person! ha ha ha
 Great Grampa helping baby talk on her new pretend phone...
me and baby
 my mom with her pretty zebra present....
She made us a yummy taco lunch for Christmas and coincidentally, as she was serving the taco stuff....Feliz Navidad came on the Holly Jolly Pandora Station! ha ha ha Alani said that's her favorite Christmas song!
 cookies me and my sister made in the afternoon....we took several dance breaks to christmas songs while we baked....we tried to get others to join in, but we had no takers....
 At Gramma's house later....Alani in her Santa Dress...and Blakey in his fancy shirt, he refused to wear the plaid bowtie that came with it (it was cute, it was from the Mini Harajuku line from my fav Target)...he said it made him look like a "girl". Alani had us sing Christmas songs, she handed out little hearts with saying like, "love", "joy", and other things we think of at Christmas. And Blakey gave out tickets to see who would win little bags of candies...to celebrate that God gave us his greatest gift, his son.
 Santa Baby in her new slippers from Gramma.
 After dinner... everyone was very tired from a long day of fun.....It was  a great "Baby's First Christmas"....and Christmas Day.....It was imperfect, not exactly as we had planned everything...but that's how life is...perfectly imperfect...ha ha ha ha
huge, and Christmas cookies, your kandee

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Look Who's 11 Months Old...

 I can't believe 11 months have gone by already and Baby Ellie is going to be a year old in a month!
Morning 11 month old smiles....
 She loves to wave at people or at the Christmas tree...ha ha ha
and this is how our "morning" messy hair looks......
little waves and big hugs from me and little Ellie...... your kandee

and Happy Almost Christmas!!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Last Minute Shopping

 Yes...do to my glue-gun mistake I had to go back to Target last night to buy another pair of hot pink fuzzy slippers-
I made a special craft out of them to show you guys - but we had a craft-mishap- which I will fix, because you guys will love how they come out!

So, as we waited in line at Target...we were taking pictures with my phone to keep us busy while the lady in fron of us bought a lot of things and sleds- maybe she's going somewhere snowy because there's no snow here.

WHAT WE BOUGHT AT TARGET:
~hot pink fuzzy slippers
~a movie for Jordan for Christmas, which is hidden under the Hershey's kisses
~Hershey's Kisses - at my sister's request, because she want us to bake peanut butter cookies and put them on top
~Peppermint Hershey's Kisses - were not on the shopping list, but they looked yummy and said, "take me home with you"...so I did.
~A Mrs. Meyers Candle in Spice Cake scent - it smells so delectably delicious- I want to bite it.
~A pink ruffley headband for Alani and a sparkle star headband for me - even though they normally hurt my head after a while.

And right before we bundled up to listen to Christmas music and head to Target for the 245,497 time.
I took this picture and thought....
What if baby Ellie Bellie (real name Elyse), had been twins! ha ha ha
 She was just getting real close to herself in the mirror....
See, now you can see she's not a twin. Ha ha ha

YAY! It's almost Christmas.....
Best Compliment: My brother-in-law said, "It looks like you had your house professionally decorated for Christmas".
For Anyone that missed my holiday house tour, CLICK HERE TO SEE.

ALMOST CHRISTMAS EXCITEMENT and HUGS....your kandee

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