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holidays, amirite?

03.12.14

So last week I was all prepared to write a really positive, fun post about how well Holden’s potty training has been going and how much fun we’re having getting ready for the holidays.

And then all hell broke loose.

Broken Christmas tree @ohbotherblog

Why yes, that is my just-decorated Christmas tree after the stem base folded and snapped… at the exact moment that Holden had herself an accident of the “Number Two” variety and was spilling the contents onto the floor in an attempt to free herself of her soiled clothing*… all while GB was screaming at the top of his lungs. So, not a great night overall.

Thanksgiving was a bit of a struggle getting the kids ready and out the door to my parents’ house.

Thanksgiving Unhappy Kids @ohbotherblog

Thanksgiving Unhappy Kids @ohbotherblog

And then I had a slight, um, incident with the stuffing I was to bring to dinner.

Floor stuffing @ohbotherblog 

Sorry, mom.

In all, it did turn out to be a very nice day with family. Holden did have to have no less than three time-outs during the actual meal itself, but at least the Floor Stuffing still tasted delicious.

Time Out to Say Happy Thanksgiving @ohbotherblog

So since we can’t run away and hide all holiday season (though I would very much like to), I’m still trying to embrace it. Our Elf on the Shelf, Elfis, has returned. Don’t worry–you’re not going to see super-cute Pinterest-type elf situations here cuz ain’t nobody got time for that. 

Elfis, the Elf on the Shelf @ohbotherblog

 Holden touched him almost immediately, which did require some medical attention.

Elf on the Shelf Hospital after Touching @ohbotherblog

It looks like Elfis is going to survive. I hope I can say the same for us after these holidays.

 

*ps–In all seriousness, Holden’s potty training is going surprisingly well. She’s been relatively accident-free at school and our evenings have been somewhat low-stress in terms of accidents. I will say, however, when she has an accident, it is an Accident with a capital “A,” as evidenced by the story above. But we’re plugging away and I’m pretty proud of our progress so far. 

first day of daycare

25.08.14

First Day of Daycare @ohbotherblog

So it was a big day for us here at the oh, bother house: Holdy’s first day of daycare. She’ll be going three days a week while my parents continue to watch Gatsby full-time.

I think it’s going to be great to provide her some real structure and to be around other kids. We’re all really hoping it’ll help with some of the tantrums and discipline issues (fingers crossed!).

So, true to form, I tried to make a cute chalkboard sign for a First Day photo prop. True to form, my sign is pretty much a poor man’s Pinterest reject. 

And, true to form, Holden refused to pose for an Instagram-worthy photo:

First day of Daycare @ohbotherblog

Just to be clear, the tears were for the photo and not for going to daycare itself. She’s been asking excitedly about school for like two weeks.

She was super psyched to wear her (completely empty) backpack:

First day of Daycare @ohbotherblog

On the way into the center, I asked if she wanted me to take her picture. She actually looked at me, rolled her eyes and said, “mooooom.” I remind you: she’s two.

No, there were no tears for Holdy during drop-off. In fact, the teachers told me they think she’s the only kid to never cry on their first day.

Fantastic.

She ran into the room, said hi to the kids, gave and accepted several hugs, and then joined the crowd and literally never looked back. Not even when I said goodbye. I was prepared to feel elated to have a day free from being screamed at by a toddler. I wasn’t prepared to feel a little sad at how big my little girl was. I mean, I guess independence is a good thing, right?

I didn’t get a call all day telling me to come back and get her out of there so I figured we were good to go.

When I picked her up, she was playing dolls happily with another little girl. Her teacher said that Holden had been good all day–no screaming, no tantrums. She did apparently cry for her mommy a couple of times (is it bad that hearing that made me feel a little good?). She even napped. And went on the potty. So overall, a great day.

I decided our new tradition is going to be ice cream on the first day of school, so I went ahead and got that started today.

First Day of School Tradition @ohbotherblog

And, bonus: she seems completely exhausted.

Daycare = a success so far.

pinterest win-ish: rainbow cookies

07.12.13

Holden and I were invited to a Holiday Cookie Swap tomorrow, which sounded like tons of fun… until I realized I had to make cookies in advance in order to have something to swap. Duh.

I actually love to bake cookies—my mom and I have our own little Christmas cookie sweatshop every year the weekend before Christmas. But I wasn’t entirely prepared to have cookies ready for this party. So I decided to a cheat a little and get some help from Betty Crocker.

Now, because I don’t want it to actually look like I just made some cookies from a box (well, pouch), I remembered a Pin I saw not too long ago.

If you’ll recall, me and rainbow-colored baked goods don’t always get along, so I figured, at the very least I’d have a fun Pinterest Fail to share with ya’ll. Instead I’m calling this a quasi-win.

The recipe for the Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies comes from Souders Cookery.

Dr. Suess Cookies
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
11 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 17.5-oz. bag Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
  2. Liquid food coloring (McCormick Neon shades work well)
  3. Rainbow sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix cookie dough according to instructions.
  3. Divide dough evenly into five bowls, and color each with a different color liquid food coloring.
  4. Roll each color of dough into grape-sized balls.
  5. Combine a ball of each color and quickly roll into a larger ball. It will look like a little beach ball.
  6. Then roll that ball between your hands and the counter until you have a cylinder about 12 inches long.
  7. Starting from one end, roll the dough into a coil, twisting the cylinder as you go (this is tough to do).
  8. Roll edges of the cookie in sprinkles.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 to 11 minutes, or until done.
Notes
  1. Original recipe said this yields 3 dozen cookies. I think 1.5 dozen is a more accurate count (though I could have just made mine way too big).
Adapted from Souders Cookery
Adapted from Souders Cookery
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Here’s the recipe breakdown, visually:

Rainbow Cookies - Dr Suess Cookies @ohbotherblog

The best way to really mix the food coloring into the dough is… with your hands. I threw on a pair of disposable gloves (which I own for reasons involving my dog that you don’t want to hear about) and went to town:

Rainbow Cookies - Dr Suess Cookies @ohbotherblog

The balls really do look like little beach balls once you combine the five different colored grape-sized balls. Wrapping the cylinder into a coiled cookie whilst twisting it is not an easy thing to do.

Rainbow Cookies - Dr Suess Cookies @ohbotherblog

Because my cookies are nowhere near as airy and perky-looking as the recipe photo I’m calling this a Pinterest Win-ish. I’m wondering if I should have followed the box instructions for drop cookies as opposed to cut-out cookies. The neon colors still make them look pretty cool though. The end result:

Dr Suess Cookies @ohbotherblog

Also, this recipe says you’ll get three (3) dozen cookies out of it. Unless I made my cookies waaaay too big (which is a possibility), I’d say 1.5 dozen is more realistic. I actually got 15 cookies out of this recipe… which is not enough for the Swap tomorrow, so I’ll be making my gingerbread men (also out of a box) to supplement.

And while we’re truth-telling, these cookies are pretty time-consuming, what with the splitting of the dough into five different colors and rolling grape-size balls and coils and cylinders and whatnot. So I didn’t actually do myself any favors by cheating. But they look pretty, so oh well!

pinterest win: big ol’ magnet board

12.08.13

Kids' magnet board from oil drip pan @ohbotherblog

So it definitely feels like cheating a little to call this a “Pinterest win” when literally all I did was buy this auto oil drip pan from Walmart (for $11.97)…

auto drip pan from Walmart $11.97 @ohbotherblog

… and Command strip it to the wall, but whatever. I mean, I actually had to go into Walmart, which is pretty much the worst. But I did find the super-cute letter magnets there (for 97 cents) so that was a bonus.

Most of the boards I’ve seen on Pinterest were hung vertically, but with Holdy being so little (and having a tendency to pull on stuff), we decided to mount it horizontally. We put it in front of the fireplace because, well, it was the only adequate amount of “wall space” we had, and we never use the fireplace anyway because the glass gets too hot for baby hands.

Holden’s clearly not spelling yet, but she does have fun moving the magnets around (and, let’s be honest, throwing them, putting them in her mouth, etc.)

magnet board from oil drip pan from Walmart $11.97 @ohbotherblog

pinterest win: chocolate chip raspberries

31.07.13

chocolate chip-stuffed raspberries @ohbotherblog

Okay, this is about the level of cooking I care to tackle these days.

Holden is obsessed with berries and I’m obsessed with chocolate. Today during dinner, I had a flashback to a Pin I saw a while ago for chocolate chip-stuffed raspberries and I decided to give ’em a whirl.

Literally the easiest thing you can possibly do. If this in any way turned into a Pinterest Fail, I would have given you full license to take me out back and shoot me.

Sweet and bittersweet. Cool. Chocolate. What’s not to like? Did I mention a monkey could probably actually make these?

Go ahead. Treat yo self.

pinterest quasi-fail: baby’s monthly photos

20.06.13

So yeah, I bought into the whole monthly onesie photo deal with Holden.

I was (kind of) inspired by Clara’s Photo Project on Young House Love. Sherry and John took their daughter’s photo every week (!) on a different colorful, patterned background. At the end of the year, they had an absolutely gorgeous montage that documented Clara’s evolution over her first 52 weeks (and beyond!). Seriously, check it out.

So… I thought I would try a similar approach, but I wanted to use Holden’s baby blanket that I had made from my Nanny’s old t-shirts and pajamas. Knowing myself, I figured I would be reasonable and just do the photos monthly, rather than weekly. Sounds manageable, right? Well, as I’m learning is often the case when you’re dealing with babies, things didn’t always go as planned.
Baby's Monthly Onesie Photos - What Not to Do @ohbotherblog

Newsflash: babies do not enjoy posing for photos and could care less if you’re trying to take a Pinterest-worthy shot.

First of all, Holden hated (actually, still hates) lying on her back. So that kind of screwed the pooch right off.

Then, at 8 months, once she was sitting up on her own, I clearly gave up on the quilt background all together. I wish I had video of me trying to prop the quilt up so that she could sit in front of it, not to mention me trying to keep her from falling over, and from pulling the sticker off the onesie. Ridiculousness. Look at her judging me in that 7-month photo. So we went with the patterned chair.

Don’t even get me started on our issues once she started crawling.

Honestly, I wish I would have gone with the chair approach from the start. I think that would have better demonstrated her growth month-to-month and would have at least provided a consistent background. *Sigh* Oh well!

Baby' 12 month onesie photo @ohbotherblog

I feel like the photos serve their general purpose, and we (kinda) had fun taking them. It is pretty amazing to look back over the past 12 months and see how much she’s changed. But, I’m totally glad we’re finished with this project!

Oh, and I got my onesie stickers from Baby Smiles on Etsy.

a bunch of birthday FAILs

07.06.13

Birthday tradition: clock photo showing birth time @ohbotherblog

So, despite the title of this post, Holden’s first birthday was actually pretty great. But, as per ushe, a few things had to go wrong.

Clearly, our new birthday tradition of taking a photo with a clock at her birth time wasn’t exactly well received.

Another birthday tradition I’ve decided to start that Holden actually did enjoy was… birthday pizza!

Birthday Pizza @ohbotherblog

And, while the rainbow cupcakes for tomorrow’s party turned out fabulously, Holden’s smash cake was—yet again—a FAIL:

Mini layer cake FAIL @ohbotherblog

Looks like I’ll be running to my favorite cupcake bakery, Just Cupcakes, tomorrow morning for a last-minute-emergency smash (cup)cake!

Otherwise, tonight has been spent baking, cleaning and decorating, all in preparation for tomorrow’s birthday party. Stay tuned for pics tomorrow!

pinterest fail 004: mini cakes

30.05.13

Pinterest FAIL: Oh Happy Day's mini cakes @ohbotherblog

top (good looking) photo by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

So after my massive FAIL with my first attempt at Holden’s smash cake, I wanted to try again. While I figured out the rainbow cupcakes this time around, I experienced a second heartbreaking fail when it came to the smash cake.

I had been eyeing the super cute mini cakes that you make in soup cans on Pinterest for a few years. Oh Happy Day has a gorgeous and (I thought) easy-to-follow tutorial for mini cakes on her site. I was envisioning making Holden’s smash cake white, with multi-colored frosting in between the layers. Adorable, right?

From Oh Happy Day’s tutorial, it looks like the mini cake should go like this:

  1. Regular box cake mix
  2. Empty a soup can. Clean it out. Flour it.
  3. Fill the can halfway with batter.
  4. When the cake is finished and cooled, cut it into layers.
  5. Frost in between the layers.
  6. Admire the cuteness.

Did it actually work out that way? Spoiler alert: no.

So I mixed up the batter and floured the can. I think I went wrong right from the start because I used a larger pineapple-chunk can when I probably should have just stuck with a little Campbell’s can. Why do I always try to go bigger?

Mini Cakes Fail Step One: the mix @ohbotherblog

Then I filled that can halfway (the rest of the batter I used for my rainbow cupcake win):

Mini Cakes Fail Step Two: fill the soup can halfway @ohbotherblog

And I baked it up. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t looking good:

Mini Cake Fai Step 3: deflated top @ohbotherblog

My cute little cake was looking a little… deflated in the middle. Not wanting to make the same mistake I did with the first batch of rainbow cupcakes and overbake, I took it out of the oven. Oh hey, look at that: the cake isn’t cooked at all in the middle, yet it’s baked on the outside! It’s a big hollow ring o’cake!

Mini Cake Fail Step Four: Take the cake out of the can  @ohbotherblog

So clearly the cutting-into-layers-and-frosting-them-with-cute-rainbow-icing part didn’t work out. Again, pretty sure this whole fail is due to the fact that I consistently choose the wrong cake mold, haha. Now you know: it is possible to pick the wrong kind of aluminum can.

I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do about her smash cake now. Not sure if the mini cake is worth a redo or if I should just suck it up and buy something. There definitely will be rainbow cupcakes at least!

Seriously though, check out Oh Happy Day’s mini cake tutorial if you want to give these a shot. Her whole site is beautiful and she has so many great party ideas.

pinterest WIN: the rainbow cupcake!

25.05.13

Pinterest WIN: Rainbow Cupcake @ohbotherblog

you read that right. take two on the rainbow cupcakes was a success. (in case you’re just catching up, I want to do a rainbow/colorful theme for Holden’s first birthday party, which is two weeks away. My first attempt at making Spearmint Baby’s gorgeous rainbow cupcakes was a raging Pinterest fail.)

I did everything the same this time around, but instead of being aggressive and trying out my huge Wilton cupcake pan (I was thinking smash cake), I kept it reasonable and went with your standard cupcake.

Rainbow Cupcake, Take 2: Pinterest Win @ohbotherblog Rainbow Cupcake, Take 2: Pinterest Win @ohbotherblog Rainbow Cupcake, Take 2: Pinterest Win @ohbotherblog Rainbow Cupcake, Take 2: Pinterest Win @ohbotherblog

It was late so I got lazy with the icing and just went with Betty, but I’ll make my own for her actual party. I usually make Magnolia’s vanilla buttercream icing, but I may try something new. I’ve had my eye on that coconut milk frosting that’s all over Pinterest (another fail on the way?)

Rainbow Cupcake, Take 2: Pinterest Win @ohbotherblog

So this is how I eat a cupcake:

How to eat a cupcake: tear off the bottom and place on top. BOOM: cupcake sandwich @ohbotherblog

Tear off the bottom, plop it on top. BOOM: cupcake sandwich.

Rainbow cupcake Pinterest win @ohbotherblog

Thanks again to Spearmint Baby for the inspiration!

If you were hoping I’d screw it up again so I had another Pinterest fail, don’t be sad: I also tried Oh Happy Day’s Mini Cakes last night. So yeah, I have another fail to tell you all about. But we’ll save that for another post.

let’s try this again

24.05.13

Rainbow Cupcakes, Take 2 @ohbotherblog

I’m attempting the rainbow cupcakes again tonight. Wish me luck!

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