I’m so far behind on my Project 365 updates. It’s quite pitiful. I have birthday and Christmas photos to share so of course you’re going to be treated/tortured with a post of EPIC proportions. Here we go…
Alexis asked me to make her a cake for her birthday. It sounded simple enough. Three layers, some flowers, and some marshmallow fondant. Easy peasy right? Wrong! It took me three entire days to make it!
On the 17th I made the gum paste flowers. It took hours! I think it would’ve gone better if I’d had the proper tools that I was planning to buy. I didn’t end up buying them because my van’s water pump, breaks, and wipers had to be replaced to the tune of $600 dollars. So, I made due with what I had. (I made them so early because they had to dry for two days to be ready to put on the cake.)
On the 18th I made the actual cake, and the marshmallow fondant. Then I put it all together. It came out pretty cute. I was beginning to think that all of the hard work (6+ hours) had been worth it!
On the 19th, we had Lexie’s birthday party. She was really thrilled with the cake, which was really awesome.
We had a big party with a nacho bar, and a sleepover. Her cousin came up to spend the night. My Mom and I didn’t get to bed until around midnight. They had a great time though. Especially the part where they got to dress up and do karaoke…
We got her a Nintendo DS and a few games, and my grandma got her that super frilly beautiful skirt she wore for dress up. I think everyone had a wonderful time.
Brandon was laughing and joking around in the tub on the 20th, so I had to see what was going on. He kept putting the reindeer rubber duckie I bought him at Michaels on his head. He called it a hat, then he’d bend over to make it fall off and laugh hysterically. I had to snap this photo of him. He’s such a turkey!
I got some SERIOUS scrapping done on the 21st. Thanks to a wonderful gift from my best friend, I was able to order some scrapbook paper to coordinate with the fairy photos Jordan had done last March. I ended up scrapping all of the photos within a day or two, but here’s a portion of my favorite layout I did to count as the photo of the day.
Brandon has the hardest time staying away from the Christmas tree. For the most part, he listens when I say to get away from it. (I don’t mind him touching the ornaments, but if he gets rough he has to stop.) He was in an ornery mood on the 22nd, and wouldn’t listen at ALL when I said to stop, so he got his very first time out ever. I know, hard to believe but it’s true! I put him in the time out corner, and he put his head on his arms and looked pitiful. Lady put herself in sympathetic time out, and when I saw the similarity of their poses, I couldn’t help but snap a photo!
Alexis and Jordan were very excited when we got a package in on the 23rd from my good scrappy buddy Michelle. She got the girls Hello Kitty jewelry and mini albums, and Brandon an ornament. They were SO excited to get to open a present “early”. She also got me an ornament which of course had to do with scrapbooking! How cool is she? Thanks M! You’re the best! (P.S. Look closely at the Christmas Eve photos of the girls. They insisted on wearing their Hello Kitty goodies.)
We went down to my grandparent’s house in Port Sulphur on Christmas Eve. It is SUCH a long drive. Ronnie went with me even though he had a spot on his arm that was painful. It had been red and swollen for a few days, and I kept telling him that it looked like a spider bite. He wouldn’t listen though. We still managed to have a good time at my grandparent’s house. We even got to visit my grandpa’s house boat for the first time.
Yep, that’s a pelican. He’d just caught a fish and was thrashing around trying to swallow it.
Of course Brandon was VERY impressed. Note his outfit. It’s just not a redneck Christmas without boats and camouflage.
We also got to visit with the newest members of the Longman family. My grandma got two new goats for Christmas. This brings the grand total up to FIVE goats. Jordan was consulted, and asked what their names were because she has named all of the other animals and is considered the “namer”. She declared that their names were Millie and Billy. Maw Maw says that’s a lot better than Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Goat Possum. (The other goats names.) This is my Aunt Laura holding one of the goats for Lexie to pet. Did I mention one of the other goats is pregnant? Yep. It’s like visiting a petting zoo. LOL The kids adore going down there.
I was thrilled when I saw this photo of my Mom and I together on Christmas Eve. I don’t have many photos of us together. I’m usually behind the camera! (Shut up Mom. It’s a good picture! You look good!) No, we didn’t call each other ahead and color coordinate either. It just happened that way.
Everyone had a really great time. Here are some of the younger cousins. I don’t know where Jordan was. Probably eating some of the 12 dozen cookies my Mom made.
When I say everyone had a good time, I mean everyone but Ronnie. Toward the end of the night he was in a lot of pain, and we ended up leaving early so he could go to the emergency room. I really wish he would’ve told me he was hurting so badly sooner. When I asked him about it later, he told me that he didn’t want to ruin my Christmas. Sweet, but misguided. I wanted to smack him for suffering in silence. Men! See the band aides?
He brought us home, and then went to the ER by himself at 8:30. The doctor told him he had a really bad staph infection called MRSA. They had to cut his arm open to drain the infection, and he was put on major antibiotics. He was in a lot of pain, so I did the whole Christmas thing that night. We got ready for Santa, and he went to sleep. He seemed to be feeling a little better on Christmas morning.
I helped the kids open their presents, and I took half a million photos. Jordan with her new “real” guitar from Santa.
Alexis singing to the Wii game that we got to go along with our Wii console. (Thank you Auntie Lisa and Miss Janet! We love you guys, and not just because you bought us a Wii either! LOL)
I finally did get everything out of the boxes, and put together while Ronnie rested on the couch. I felt so bad that he really didn’t get to participate much this year. He took a nap while I cleaned up, and he did get to play a bit of Wii bowling since it only took one hand. After he laid back down, I had a blast playing the Wii. Seriously, I may be addicted. Only a tiny bit. Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!
That night of the 25th, Brandon fell off of his bed. The landed face first on the floor and bit his lip and made one of his top teeth bleed. His poor little upper lip got so swollen, and he bled everywhere. Boys are so adventurous and daring. He cried for a little while and I cuddled him, then he was off to dig in something else. I was worried I’d end up having to take HIM to the ER, but thank goodness he seemed to get better.
I got up early this morning to start the chicken and sausage gumbo for Ronnie’s family. They came over to celebrate Christmas and exchange presents today because Ronnie’s Dad worked yesterday. They brought a HUGE playhouse for the kids. They spoil those children rotten, but when I tell them that they simply reply that it’s their job. LOL Here is Alexis in the playhouse that took me over an hour to put together. I now have several blisters!
Ronnie went BACK to the doctor today before his family got here. The doctor reopened the incision, and gave him more medicine. He slept off and on all day. I feel so very bad for him. Between him with his swollen arm, and Bubba with his severely swollen lip I feel like my guys have just been through hell this Christmas. We muddled through and managed to have a decent time in spite of it all, but I’m hoping everyone will get better soon.