Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy 40th Rob!

My sister-in-law's husband Rob celebrated his 40th birthday last weekend, of course the event couldn't go unnoticed, or even creep by quietly!  What a fabulous party it was!  Myla wanted Rob to have a giant water slide bump and jump, and it was a huge hit with all the kids.

Christie and I spent the entire morning making Rob's bouquet and birthday cake.  The bouquet was an idea I found on pinterest months ago and had been saving specially for this day.  The cake was an idea Christie found and modified.  Since we had a Jack Daniels theme going we spice the home made butter cream frosting with a few teaspoons of Jack Daniels, and WOW! it was amazing.  We had so much fun creating these two special gifts for Rob.  Rob absolutely loved them, and they were a big hit at the party.

The next one will be Carrie's( years away), and we are already making plans for her big day cake and goodies.

Learned: Using fondant was way easier than I thought, hot glue guns are miracle workers, and a morning spent crafting makes for great memory making.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back to School 2012

For the first time in, I don't know, possibly ever, I left the school on our last pre-student work day feeling completely prepared for the masses to arrive early Monday morning.

The extra hours I put in to get there were totally worth it, as I completely enjoyed my last official weekend of summer (post upcoming). But the best part, I was really able to focus on my motherly duties getting the kids ready for their first days. I made the whole family delicious lunches, and got up early enough to make a real breakfast- French toast and scrambled eggs.

Maddox has been begging, hoping and even preparing himself for first grade all last week. He forced himself to get up early, and abstain from naps,"because I am not going to get to nap in first grade mom!" this seemed to work out great as this morning truly was the smoothest in Caster history!

The after school report from both of them, though vague, leave me with high hopes and a positive outlook for the year.

As for me I made a lasting impression on a select few 6th grade students as I slipped in my heals and went flying into their classroom, landing practically on my face and splaying the stack of papers across the room. This was their very first experience of middle school; whether it made them laugh or realize that nothing they could do would ever be that embarrassing, I'm happy to provide them with a bit of humor and confidence. Since this happened first thing I also had a great first day of school horror story to share with all my classes. (and comedic relief for some staff as well.) The only saving grace I have in this is I *think* my dress managed to stay put around my bum and not fly over my head....

Both my kids looked amazing, and all too grown up. And truthfully I'm no worse for wear, my ankle was already sore.... All in all a good memorable start to the year!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


Last Saturday I ran my best half ever!

Remember my super secret goal of running it in under 2 hours, well I met it! 13.1 miles in 1:56:01. Needless to say I am do ecstatic about the results.

Here are a few pics from the event. I have a few more on flicker that I will share later.