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Month: April 2012

homemade or die

homemade or die

We just had some neighbors over for dinner. We had a great time and we are super excited to know another couple in our building. But it also shone a spotlight on our quirkiness once again. You people already know this about us, but it was funny to hear us say it again to people who we sort of just met.

“Actually, Lizzie made that bread.”

“It’s homemade? That’s amazing!”

“Micah made the noodles in the lasagna as well.”

“Really? It’s so good!”

“Is this salad dressing homemade, too?”

“Um, yeah, actually, it is.”

“Oh, those boxes? Yeah, Micah made those. Just from some scraps we picked up from Craigslist.”

“And I reupholstered this chair as well.”

By the end of the night we decided it was probably best that we didn’t get around to making ricotta cheese to spread on the homemade bread.

Our motto seems to be “Why buy it when you can make it?” (I submit for evidence the fact that our elder child once told us we needed to find a recipe and get the ingredients for blue angry bird gummy candies.)

instagramagic this week

instagramagic this week

Ah, this week. The week in which I nearly lost my mind. The week I spent every day reminding myself that it wasn’t them, it was me. The week it took me over an hour and a half to go through the bedtime routine one night when Micah was gone. We made it to the other side, but have little to show for it: a (boring?) trip on the train to the transit museum, crafting and writing, dressing like twins, stealing Mom’s camera, and sleeping in style. That’s about it.

the birthday boy and his solar system party

the birthday boy and his solar system party

It turns out that all you need to throw a great birthday party for a 5-year-old is dirt. And nine cakes. That’s all. No big deal. You can thank me later.

When we were planning this party, Simon had big ideas. He wanted a “Milky Way” themed party, with all the planets, and then somehow — and we have no idea where this came from — but he was going to be Santa, Oliver and I were going to be the flying reindeer, and Micah was going to be the sled. And he told this to anyone who would listen, much to our amusement.

Santa didn’t happen. And the Milky Way didn’t really either. But the solar system did. And what kid is going to complain when he has nine cakes sitting on a table in front of him?

So here are the details: I made 1 full-size (9-inch round) cake. I baked up two 28-ounce can-fulls of cake batter. (Simon’s actual birthday cake, pictured in the previous post, was practice for this “cake in a can” thing. And it meant we don’t have tons and tons of birthday cake leftover. Hooray!) And I made 9 cupcakes as well. One of the cupcakes got eaten by Oliver for breakfast. (The little punk thinks he’s in charge of the food supply around here.) The big cake got iced into a sun. The two cans of cake got split up into the four gaseous giants. Four of the cupcakes became the four small planets. And we used a little bit of another cupcake to make a moon. We were going to do the dwarf planets too, but we ditched that idea at the last minute. Sorry, Pluto. You didn’t make the cut.

And then we packed up all our cakes into a box, put it on top of our jogging stroller, put Oliver in one seat, the healthy food (fruits, veggies, cheese, and crackers) in the other seat, sat Simon on his bike, and walked 2 miles to the park so we could throw a party.

One of my friends, when she saw what we had done — cakes and all — said, “Did it at any time cross your mind that this was actually a reasonable thing to do?” To which I replied, “No. Of course not.”

It may not have been reasonable, but we rarely are reasonable when confronted with the possibility of constructing the entire solar system out of cake in honor of our little space man.

Aside from that, we snacked, talked, ran around in the dirt, played on a huge tree stump, chased a ball, decorated spaceships (shown above — our sons clearly inherited my patience for pointless crafts . . .), got dirty, and everything else that makes for an awesome birthday party.

And then we packed up our stroller, put the kid back on the bike, and walked home, stopping briefly to admire the water fountain outside the Brooklyn Museum.

A perfect day for our perfect little boy (and his perfect little brother, who will undoubtedly be talking about the birthday party like it was his own for the next 3 months).

instagramagic this week

instagramagic this week

Looks like this week we’ve been making lots of wishes, eating birthday cake, taking bike rides (as usual), trying on Mom’s accessories(as usual) staring at fish and turtles in a tank, and working hard late into the night. Oh, and using our jogger as a party mobile in order to transport the birthday party from our apartment to the park, 2 miles away. I just wish I’d gotten a picture when Oliver was sitting in it and holding on to a big blue ball. All you could see was his legs and it was awesomely adorable.


he’s 5

he’s 5

I’ll do a more comprehensive post later, but I wanted to be sure we commemorated this happy day on the actual anniversary of his birth. So here it is: Happy Birthday Simon. You pretty much rock our world. On so many levels. 

and the winner is . . .

and the winner is . . .

Lipeepsuction by Jordan and Misty Brough

Hilarious and very well executed.

Second Place: The Hunger Peeps by Becca Frazier

Third Place: Cirque de Peep by Micah and Lizzie Heiselt (with a nod to Simon for the idea)

Congratulations Jordan and Misty! I will be in touch with you about your prize.

And thanks again, everyone who participated. I do believe this is the best crop of entries we’ve had yet and I honestly had the hardest time trying to decide which ones I would vote for. I was so impressed with the quality and creativity. I would keep gushing, but it’s 11:00 and that means I need to start getting ready for bed. So good night.

instagramagic the past 2 weeks

instagramagic the past 2 weeks

Looks like lately we’ve been eating lots of tastiness, celebrating achievements, being excited about having a girl (and getting rid of lots of baby boy clothes), testing out various accessories — from bobby pins to band-aids, and running into animals in various forms.

Also, tonight is the last night to vote in the Peep Show! If you want to have your say, leave your comment before midnight tonight. We’ll tally up the votes and post the results tomorrow.

joy to the world!

joy to the world!

If you are here to vote on the Peep Show, scroll down! If you are here to watch a cute video of Oliver singing a Christmas song, push play!

The boy really does have an impressive repertoire of songs he can sing fairly accurately. Words, not notes.

Peep Show 2012

Peep Show 2012

Update: There was an entry that got lost in the mail and has just been added!

And we’re back! Here’s the Peep Show for the year. A smaller crop of entries than we normally get — only 8 — but the quality is excellent!

Here is what you need to know about voting:

1. To vote, leave a comment with your top three picks. Your first choice will get 3 points, second choice will get 2 points, and third place will get 1 point. If you do not number your choices, we will assume that they are ranked (1, 2, 3) in the order you put them down.

2. Voting will close midnight (Eastern time) on Sunday April 15th.

3. We have not talked about prizes, but this is what I’m offering: if you win, I will make you a batch of super-tasty cookies and either send them to you, invite you over to my apartment, or make them and give them to you next time I see you (which will likely be in June, since that is when I will be in Utah). Second and 3rd place . . . I’ll have to think about it. Any suggestions?

Happy voting! And enjoy the Peep Show.

The Peep in the Hat Comes Back

Edward Peeperhands


Peep Attack!

Cirque de Peep


The Hunger Peeps


Peep Show 2012 — Coming Soon!

Peep Show 2012 — Coming Soon!

I know you are all waiting with baited breath for the Peep Show . . . but we are experiencing mysterious technical difficulties here and can’t seem to properly upload pictures. Ha! And right now I don’t have the presence of mind to do anything other than stare blankly at the computer and wonder when it’s going to fix itself, so I think the best thing to do is wait until tomorrow and hope the technical difficulties iron themselves out while I am sleeping.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!