Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today's digital scrapbooking freebies and some Ezra-isms

So today I have some really fun quick pages for the little super hero in your life. I have been inspired by Ezra's own interest in all things spiderman so I decided to create this page for you guys.(Just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer. Just slip your photos under the file in any photo editing software)

For your super GIRL:

For your super BOY:

I also wanted to share a few Ezra-isms since this blog is afterall a tribute to him and all that he means to our lives.

So the other day a lady that Ezra has never met asked him what his hame was and he replied:

e: "John Wayne"
me: "You're name's not John Wayne, what's your real name?"
e: "Nacho".

hmmmm... the boy is imaginative that's for sure :)

Then Michael was feeding Ezra supper and he kept asking for yogurt, so Michael said, "Not until you eat your oranges and some more peas." Ezra apparently didn't like this answer b/c he looked at Michael and said, "I make my own choices!"
WOW! seriously... the kid JUST turned 3 for crying out loud. If this is anything like what he'll be as a teenager then we have our work cut out for us.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fun finds!

Aren't these umbrellas fabulous!
Aren't these little trashcan cups adorable! This was a "trash" themed party and I just think that the cans are a great addition to the decor! Click HERE to purchase your own mini trashcans.

Can't wait to make these for Ezra! What a great idea for a fishy fun birthday party. Just cover one half of a little weenie with croissant dough then slice the other end as per below and presto - octopi! (is this how you pluralize octopus?)

An adorable take on the common cake pop!

I'm crazy about these push pop cupcakes! I looked online for the pricing for the plastic containers and I can tell you the average price is ~ $1.00/container.

Super cute idea to use cotton candy as decor!

Another take on the push pop. And aren't these cookies gorgeous! I love it!

I saw this train typography set online and edited the images to create one file where you can cut and paste each letter/train as you like to create some fun word art. (Just click on the image below to enlarge and save to your computer)

Here's what I made with the letters that I cut and pasted into photoshop:

Isn't this wreath too much fun! What a great idea and super easy and cheap!

Today's digital freebies

Here are some new freebies for you. I have just the plain picket fence element that you can use to make some blog goodies or to add to your digital scrapbooking library.
I also made a quick page that is pretty open so you can edit as you like and add text or photos.

Just click on the images below to enlarge then save to your computer.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

A little late...

So I'm a little late getting this one up but I did want to put up this freebie frame that I made for Father's Day.

I used it to make this little montage of what we did for Father's Day. We were in Shreveport most of the weekend for my SIL's wedding but we were able to take Ezra swimming and my mom captured him jumping off of the diving board to the safe arms of his dad.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

The party is finally here!

Well today was finally party time. I had so much fun creating the fun party favors and decorations but I am glad that it's done. We held the party at a great park in Benbrook and the kids had lots of fun playing. Here are some of the pictures from today.

Someone wants cake!

Playing with Chloe:

The table scape: (the wind was NOT my ally today)

A close up of his cake. The little cowboy was supposed to be African American but he's still pretty cute all the same :)

Some fun with the "staches":

On an unrelated note, Ezra was quite entertaining last night when we all went eat out. Click on the photo below to enlarge and see some of his antics:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Don't look if you don't like gross stuff...

So I thought I'd share one of my cases from today with you guys.
A geriatric labrador retriever came in today b/c he'd been vomiting for 4 days. Owner hadn't seen him poop either. On physical exam he was bright and alert, not too painful on abdominal palpation, color was good and bloodwork was totally normal. I decided to do some x-rays b/c he has been known to eat foreign objects (namely corn cobs). So on the x-ray I could see something in the stomach, so I sedated him and scoped his stomach and found that he had a lot of rope pieces stuck in his pylorus, so I had to cut him open and this is what came out:

After I removed most of the rope from his stomach I saw that there was another wad that had gotten stuck in his small intestine so I removed that bit as well. During the surgery we kept smelling just this foul odor and I just thought since he could finally pass gas that he was farting, and then I found this:

A hole in the intestines lower down near the colon. Apparently the second blockage in the intestine was sort of acting as a little plug not allowing fecal matter/gas to leak out of this perferation and when we "unplugged" it the gas and yuck stuff began to leak out. Thank God the owner got this dog in when he did b/c he would likely have been dead in 24-48 hours.

Party planning in full swing!

A while back I mentioned that I ordered some fondant toppers for Ezra's party online. Well they came in yesterday! While I loved the little "3" toppers the cowboys weren't exactly what I had in mind but still pretty cute all the same. So last night after work I got busy baking some sugar cookies and buttercream frosting.

First I baked the cookies and then applied a little dollup of buttercream to attach the fondant circles:

I have NEVER been able to roll cookies and have them actually stay the shape of the cutters. I now realize that I wasn't using enough flour, I was rolling the dough too thin, and that the key isn't to try and pick the cookie up but to instead roll the dough onto wax paper and then just flip the cookie off the paper onto an open palm before placing it onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. I can ASSURE you that this method is amazing and much easier.
For the dough I used the one found on Sweet Sugarbelle's blog. (I find that you need to use 3 full cups of flour in the dough. I also used 2 tsp. of vanilla and 1 tsp. of almond extract to flavor the cookies and refrigerating the dough for a bit helps tons)

I posted about these little planters a while back but to do a quick repeat... I bought these paper planters from a gardening website for like $3.00 for 24 and created a "cattle brand" out of Ezra's initials and then using a stencil, spray painted it onto the planters.
I then filled them with shredded colored paper and voila!

And lastly... I made these chocolate lovers cake pops with devil's food cake mix, then chocolate fudge icing and a milk chocolate candy coating. YUM!

I messed up SEVERAL b/c I didn't read the directions on how to make them I thought I could just figure it out... bad idea, so Michael ate most of the ones I screwed up :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Some freebies for you!

I've been lacking big time on the freebie front and hope to remedy that soon.

Here's a quick page for you guys to edit as you please. Just click to enlarge and save to your computer then add yours photos and enjoy!

This little somethin' somethin' is fun and frilly and can be customized to many different uses. If you use it let me know so I can feature your ideas on my blog!

What he wore yesterday...

So Ezra has moved on from being a cowboy and now has been a "Super Ezra". Here he is wearing his baseball hat and spiderman cape. He wore this from the minute he woke up until he went to sleep.

He even wore it when we went to paint one of the "birthday buildings" in Aledo.
These buildings are in downtown Aledo and people paint them for proposals, sport events, welcome home announcements, and birthdays.
This is an example of one of them:

Here's the progress of the sign we painted for Ezra's upcoming birthday party:

The paint is so thick I had no problem using a staple gun to attach some cut out bandana material to create a faux bunting effect.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wedding road trip...

This weekend we went to Shreveport for Michael's sister's wedding. Ezra is a wonderful little traveler and I was happy to capture some pictures of his smiling face :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This is what feeds my soul!

I posted this video a long time ago and lately have felt a longing to see it again.

When I was searching youtube for it I found this NEW video sort of an epilogue to the first video. With tears in my eyes I'm typing this because THIS is what it's all about.

I am going to visit my sponsor kiddos in Ethiopia in November and I really pray that one day they will be like Jimmy and "pass it forward". For information on how you too can make a difference for a child and stand in the gap please to go www.hopechest.org .

Giraffe love!

Yesterday Ezra was all over me all morning making it impossible to do any work at home so I called up my mom and suggested we make a jaunt out to Fossil Rim in Glen Rose to see the animals. It had been 2 years since we last took Ezra and he's crazy about animals so we packed up the car and headed for "the WILD"!

The giraffes were amazing and we had lots of fun with this big guy. Luckily my mom's Escalade has a sun roof, perfect for munching from on high :) Here's my brother Weston posing with his new buddy.

Ezra and Weston luring the big guy over... Ezra kept saying, "there's Melman!" (the character from Madagascar)

Ezra loved the Zebra AKA "Marty":

These big deer/elk were super sweet but super nosey.

We also visited the petting zoo on site where Ezra gave the goats some love:

Hmmm... should we be worried? :)

All in all it was a GREAT day and lots of fun. I'm so happy that my boy loves animals as much as I do!