Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Polar Express


IMG_6784We finally did it!  They punched the golden tickets, Santa gave us bells, we had hot chocolate, and they read the book.

This picture is Zoe patiently waiting for the train.  More pictures are on SmugMug


OMG. Annie is officially a TEEN now. As of 6:29 am this morning.



I did not get very many pictures of the actual “partying” – but good fun seemed to be had by all.

Annie invited 3 friends (Tess, Ava, and Hayley) to spend the night, and we arranged for Molly to spend the night elsewhere.  We made a rainbow-mustache-cake …

I divided the cake batter into 6 bowls, and we colored each a color of the rainbow:

stirring   batter

Before and after baking:

mixing   baked

The bottom of the cake wasn’t as pretty as the top.  We recently found a cardboard mustache stencil at SCRAP.  I stenciled the shape onto the cake … oops, I used the cornstarch instead of the powdered sugar!  (at least it worked and didn’t taste like anything):

upsidedown   mustache

… I took the girls to Burgerville for dinner and frozen yogurt for dessert.  There was a lot of giggling and talking.

burgerville   yogurt

Annie blew out all 14 candles in one breath and got some fun mustache stuff as presents – along with TWO gift cards for Starbucks.  (that is a LOT of hot chocolate)  By this time, the girls had eaten so much junk food that they barely had room for the cake!

candles   blowing

The cake was a Visual Success, though!


The girls stayed up super late watching movies and more giggling.

I am sure Annie will contribute some of her fun photos to a future blog post.  🙂