Mary Grace and John Paul's birthdays are just a mere six days apart, which means lots of cake, presents, and celebrating...heck, it might as well be called 'Birthday Week!'
Mary Grace turned THREE!
I can't believe our sweet little baby is a big girl now!
We celebrated with a shopping trip to Build-A-Bear. Mary picked a pink ballerina bear, complete with tutu and pink slippers. Pizza, cake, and ice cream were on the menu that evening as we had a book party for the birthday girl. She absolutely adores books!
A few days later, John Paul turned THIRTEEN!
He's very happy to finally be a teen ager now, and reminds us of his status quite frequently. All he wanted to do on his special day was go to Barnes & Noble for books and then to the craft store for painting supplies. I cannot tell you how happy that makes me!
You might have noticed that the cakes look the same. I found an awesome recipe on Pinterest for 'Crack Cake' because when you're thinking of a cake for children, you want to hear the words "crack" and "wine" right?
**1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
**1 box vanilla pudding instant mix
**2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 c water
3/4 c oil
1/2 c white wine (really any kind)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the above ingredients by hand or hand mixer.
Grease a bundt pan.
Pour into pan.
Bake for 50 minutes.
When cake comes out of the oven...
Melt 1 stick butter into 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup wine.
Pour over hot cake.
Flip out of pan onto plate and serve.
Our son, Ryan, works for the salon Visible Changes. Each year they offer up a hair show of up and coming talent. Ryan and his partner for the event, Michael, competed along with 50+ other stylists in this year's theme:
'Dark Ocean Dreams.'
From left to right: Ryan, Brittany, Michael
Their creation was this stunning
'Calypso Sea Goddess'
Unlike the other contestants, Ryan and Michael painted their model head to toe in beautiful sea green tones of make up. They didn't use wigs, but the model's own hair which they molded around a balloon (then later popped to create a hollow shell of hair) that resembled an octopus. Ombre green and blue extensions were curled into tentacles, and pearls and sequins framed her face along with lovely patina jewelry. Her dress was completely hand made.
And as gorgeous as she is,
the pictures just don't do their work justice!
She was truly a work of art.
She was also a favorite among the crowd,
receiving deafening screams each time she walked the runway.
The guys had a great show and came in among the top ten, although, they were the winners of the whole show in my opinion! We are so proud of Ryan and I am simply in awe of his talent.
He's only been with the company for three months.
I cannot wait to see what the future holds for him,