Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Our Little Monster is 1! Landon's 1st birthday party!

Two weekends ago, we celebrated our younger son's birthday. Family and friends got together for food, presents, and cake for our sweet Landon. I decided on a monster theme after seeing a link for monster cupcakes on Pinterest. These cupcakes turned out too darn cute and they were so easy to make!
First, I made homemade funfetti cupcakes, then topped them with buttercream frosting. I used the Wilton #233 tip for a "furry" look.

To make the body parts, I drew them with permanent marker on a piece of white paper. Then I placed wax paper overtop of the drawings and traced using Wilton's candy melts. (do not try to dye the candy melts or you will get a gloppy mess! you have to buy the already colored melts!) To trace the images, I simply put the melted candy in a small ziploc and clipped a small hole in the bottom corner of the bag (but you certainly could use an icing bag and tip). I did many different parts including, eyes, fangs, teeth, mouths, horns, tentacles, arms,wings, noses, ears, and even moustaches!

Didn't everyone do a great job?

For the favor, since we had way more adults than children, I decided to do a homemade monster cookie mix! I simply layered cookie ingredients together and tied the jar with a ribbon. I also included instructions for baking the cookies.

Landon had such a wonderful time at his party!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Things I'm Loving

My new nephew, Christian Scott! Born December 21, 2011
He was definitely the best Christmas present!
I get to start watching this sweet little boy in a few weeks!
Do you think I'll have enough boys around my house? :0)

This face on Christmas morning. Porter was so excited for Christmas this year! Christmas morning with a three year old was magical. (Landon's first Christmas and our first Christmas in our new house too!)

Gotta love posed family shots! 

Cousins on Justin's side! My boys are so lucky to have such a big family-Landon has three cousins born the same year as him!

All the cousins on my side! So funny that my parents have three grandsons after having three daughters.

My two boys sharing their room!

Many generations getting to spend quality time together! My boys love their great granddad!

Porter playing a superhero video game

My baby turning one! I can't believe it's been a year, and I could never imagine our family without our Landon Bean!

Landon's bouncy horse! He loves his big birthday present (and so does Porter!)

Celebrating Landon's birthday with banana cake :0) He loved it!

This very toothy grin! (and days at the park with Daddy)

This very happy boy!

Just a few things I'm loving these days!