Saturday, April 24, 2010

Harper’s Birthday Party

IMG_2214 2It’s hard to believe that my baby is 2 already! Harper is such a happy little guy. He loves to give hugs and kisses, but he can also fight off anyone who tries to take a toy away from him.

IMG_2207 2Harper likes playing with cars. And though he is not obsessed with the Disney movie “Cars” (he likes it), I thought it was a good theme for his birthday party. With a power nap short of 2 hours in the late evening, I pulled an all-nighter to make this cake. I often kick myself for taking on crazy projects and stressing out about them, but it is all worth it at the end (not so much in the process though). The cake was chocolate with a whipped chocolate ganache layer and chocolate buttercream frosting. It was a hit. IMG_2208 2IMG_2226 2Harper with Alexis – his favorite babysitter at the gym. Everyday when I pick Harper and Andre up at the gym’s kids’ club, Harper won’t leave without giving Alexis a hug and a kiss.IMG_2232 2We had quite a turnout of friends. There was a mound of presents which I failed to take a picture of. Thank you everyone for making this day special for our little guy!IMG_2236 2IMG_2245 2And there goes the cake… The fruit of my labors…IMG_2251 2IMG_2252 2Now that’s a happy boy!  IMG_2259 2IMG_2263 2Denys with her nieceIMG_2276 2Julie and JackIMG_2266 2Suzy liked the cakeIMG_2269 2IMG_2285 2

Harper liked the cake so much, that he came back for seconds and thirds

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Topanga Canyon Hike

This Saturday we decided the boys needed a nature outing. We picked Topanga Canyon. After driving on winding roads and finally finding a trail we set off on our hike.IMG_2067 2

Before we even started on the trail, Andre located a stick and it immediately became a sword.

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Harper is always copying everything Andre does, no matter how dangerous it is. They were really cute marching on the trail together. (Notice – I did not dress Harper, if I did – socks would not have been a part of his outfit :)

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And on about take 15 – this is the best I could come up with.

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I am really proud of my boys. The hike was about 2 miles in all, and they walked and half the time ran all on their own! My tough little men.

We enjoyed listening to the frog croaking, birds singing, crickets chirping; observing a caterpillar (which apparently was on Andre’s neck before it landed on the ground. Andre was very excited about it and was also very concerned that no one would step on it, since it was returning home to his Mommy after work); watching the ants; and smelling all the beautiful flowers.IMG_2147 2IMG_2148 2IMG_2151 2IMG_2158 2IMG_2155 2

Sunday, April 4, 2010


We had a fun Easter. The weekend before the Easter kids were able to participate in a fun egg hunt. We also enjoyed a nice brunch at that party as well. Nap-less Andre decided to be a pain in the rear and refused to do the egg hunt with the rest of the kids. When he finally came around to wanting to do it, there were no easy eggs to find. Luckily I was the one who hid the eggs, so I was able to help him find some in the tricky places no one happen to look. IMG_2003 2IMG_2019 2  The boys checking out the goods I thought this was a funnyIMG_2008 2 expression on Andre’s faceIMG_2026 2 On Easter day the bunny came and filled the boys’ baskets. Unlike previous years, I decided to skip egg hunt in the house (was too lazy and plus the kids already participated in one the week before)

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Happy boys. Needless to say the candy was gone quick! 

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