Birthdays with Bud and Makayla

annie1992November 1, 2007

Yes, it's nearly impossible to believe, but Makayla is four, or she will be on November 4. Bud turned 2 on October 20 and Amanda will be 25 on November 2. Sigh.

Amanda had one big birthday party for everyone last Saturday and it was in the garage! Last year's party had a lot of kids under the age of 4, cake ground into the carpet, koolaid spilled on the furniture, it was a mess. In the garage we just hose down the concrete, LOL.

Amanda did well, her first big party on her own. She made lasagna, garlic bread, green salad, coffee, koolaid for the kids, birthday cake and ice cream. Well, I made the cake, but she did everything else and did it pretty well.

Bud loved his "construction zone" cake, banana with cream cheese frosting and Oreo roads and dirt. Every picture I got of Bud, he has a dirty face! One of my young lawyers calls him "Mr. Cookies and Dirt". I think it's appropriate...

Makayla is true to form, she "needed" a bright pink cake with purple trim and TinkerBell on top. Well, since she "needed" it, what was there to do except deliver. Heart shaped too, because she's my little love...

Since she's such a big girl now, she cut her own cake:

Amanda didn't care about decoration, just about the peanut butter fudge frosting on her dark chocolate cake:

My ex showed up and I offered to "provide" him with a piece of cake:

Amanda got her birthday spanking from David's mother:

Ashley hugged her sister so she would feel better after that vicious spanking, LOL.

My Dad and David's Dad sat around and swapped the problems of the world. Yeah, that's it.

All the cousins were there, including little Linsey. Remember the Downs Syndrome baby with all the heart surgeries? Lots of prayers from this forum went up when the doctors despaired that she couldn't possibly survive. She's happy and growing, thanks in part to the power of the forum. She just loves Ashley.

The food was good, the cake was fun, Bud got a fleet of trucks and Makayla got more Barbie stuff than Toys R Us. Altogether, the day was pretty perfect.

Happy birthday to the whole darned family!


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Annie, the cakes are amazing...I bet they tasted really really good. Now that's my kind of birthday party.

Your 'kids' are gigagorgeous! And when did Makayla and Bud grow into little people?

I really think I'd have had the birthday parties in the garage too... with all that road dirt and everything...;-)

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 9:13AM
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Wow what a blast :) The cakes and the kids (big and small) are all gorgeous, I'd go for the pink and purple cake myself (I'm going to show the pic to our little Marley, she was Tinkerbell for Halloween and her room looks about like that cake!)

God, I wish I could have been there when you had that plate of cake near Bruce's face :)

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 11:33AM
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Well shoot Annie, I raced over here to the gallery when you said on the other thread that there were pictures of the birthday honorees here!! And so there are - look at your beautiful family:-) Bud is so cute, smudgy face and all. Makayla is a real beauty, and she looks like an absolute Diva in that coat. Amanda has a peaceful beauty, minus the flash and fire of Ashley. Put them together and it's one lovely family. Thank you for sharing those special pictures!

P.S. - You should have given Bruce the face-in-the-cake treatment:-)

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 4:04PM
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Carol Schmertzler Siegel

Great party, Annie! Somehow whenever you post pictures and tell the stories, I feel like I was there! Your girls are beautiful! and the kids are getting so big, and always so adorable! Thanks for sharing, Annie, I love hearing the family stories!

A slice, I'd have given Bruce a whole cake! LOL! He looks like he know you will do it, too!

    Bookmark   November 1, 2007 at 10:11PM
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What a fun celebration that must have been. I love Bud's cake....what a great imagination you have!
Everyone looks like they are having a wonderful time. Ashley again like a beauty queen!


    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 7:17AM
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I like the look on the x's face, something along the lines of "she won't do that...of course, she would do that." Lol. I love your gk's you know that. Is Ashley in college? It certainly is agreeing with her, whatever she is doing. She's gorgeous, just like her sis. Thanks for sharing a fun-filled family bd.


    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 2:05PM
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I love your family gatherings! The babes are growing so fast! And your daughters just glow!

Now I want cake, darn it.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2007 at 3:21PM
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Oh Annie, thanks for sharing the Birthday Party with us. I love your family gatherings too. It really is hard to believe that Makayla is 4 years old and that Bud is two.


    Bookmark   November 3, 2007 at 10:55AM
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What fun. Everyone in your family just keeps getting better looking.

You know, I think you were flashing that engagement ring right in your ex's face. So there, buddy. You lost a good one. Didn't appreciate what you had when you had it. Nyah.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 7:17PM
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Ok, Annie, between your engagement post and this one, you lured me hither. Hope you're satisfied, darn you! (And the last email I tried to send you came back with some really weird and cryptic error message.)

Congratulations on the engagement and all the birthdays. The kids are more gorgeous than ever, and E obviously knows a good thing when he sees one.

Cheers, chica, it coldn't happen to a nicer lady. The DH says to give you his best. :)
"The Other Renee"

    Bookmark   November 4, 2007 at 10:20PM
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Renee, I'm so darned glad to see you here. I have a new email address but I changed it on GW. They're not so good at emails, I guess.

See, I knew I could get you to come back, or else you'd miss all the good gossip!


    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 1:13AM
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You know, I didn't even think to try to send you an email from GW. Plumb forgot that was possible unitl last night. Doh!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 1:28AM
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Hey Annie, thanks for keeping the Gallery section alive - lol.

Great pics - Scott does a great c-c-c-cowardly lion...

Hey beanthere! How are you - very very nice to hear from you...:-)


    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 12:39PM
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It does look a lot like Annie's personal gallery here. What? The rest of you don't have anything to take pictures of? I know you have the cameras because the food picture quality totally blew me away when I was looking at the What's for Dinner just now.

Hey there, Stacy. I'm good. 2007 will go down as the year of complete and utter chaos, but that's what keeps life interesting, huh?

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 1:35PM
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Hello Beantheredunthat :) Cute name and I'm happy to see you! Really happy! I'm making your beans this week!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 4:25PM
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My mind went totally blank when I tried to come up with a name. LOL! I guess I could have used my Live Journal name, but I thought something at least a little related to cooking was in order. :)

Which beans are those, Woodie? I've done so little cooking the last few years I probably don't rememeber them!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2007 at 10:43PM
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Active time: 30 min Start to finish: 10 hr
Well, if you do Portuguese-style potatoes, may as well do Portuguese -style
beans. :)

1 lb dried navy or Great Northern beans, picked over
1 lb sliced bacon
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 to 5 cups water
1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
1 lb Portuguese chouri or Spanish chorizo (cured spicy pork sausage), cut into
1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 tablespoon paprika

Soak beans in cold water to cover by 2 inches 8 hours.
Cook bacon in a 4- to 6-quart heavy pot until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Spoon off (and discard) all but about 3 tablespoons fat in pot. Cook
onion in reserved fat over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until golden, 7
to 9 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until it begins to turn golden.
Drain beans and add to onion mixture with remaining ingredients (except bacon).
Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until beans are
tender, about 1 1/2 hours. (Older beans will take longer to cook and require
more water during cooking.) Crumble bacon into beans and season with salt and
pepper before serving. Serves: 6
Source: David Leite

I hope Annie doesn't mind how this thread got hijacked!

    Bookmark   November 7, 2007 at 7:39AM
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It's her own fault, she's only been after my to check in for a couple years. LOL!

Ah, yes, THOSE beans. Love 'em. I made that with fava beans, too, and thought it was a nice variation. (Except I think fava beans are a PIA to deal with).

David is in Portugal right now, lucky dog, doing research for his upcoming cookbook! If you haven't checked out his website lately, it's worth a look. Some great recipes and articles.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2007 at 7:47PM
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Carol Schmertzler Siegel

LOL, Woodie, we're from the Jersey and New Yawk, we interrupt everything :) (at least I do, LOL) Best hijacking in ages! Really great to see you here, bean there! Love the name :)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 10:10AM
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Hi Carol!

I can't get used to it myself, but I went blank and couldn't think of anything! At the time I was logging in, the Pun Fairy must have been here -- I had a bowl of bean soup in front of me, then remembered that to "dun" something means to salt it down (like fish). :) Every time I see it though, I think of Book of the Dun Cow that I read in high school. :)

And cow brings us back to topic of Annie -- so, Annie, what is the steer's name this year? Or are you just calling it dinner?

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 12:48PM
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R, it's just one more post you missed. This year's beef is named Hamilton Burger, after the Prosecutor in the old "Perry Mason" shows. Remember, I work for the Prosecutor here, so it seemed appropriate.

Plus, I call him "Ham" for short. "Ham Burger". Do I get double bonus points for that? (grin)


    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 2:21PM
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Triple points...just as soon as I wipe downthe monitor from my snort-take. That's the best one yet! (And I have the Perry Mason theme running through my head now, darn you.)

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 7:53PM
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Well....I missed this exchange!!!
Hi there Bean!! Sure glad to see you!!..
Now I have to go search for David's page...
You still living in the hinterlands??
Linda C

    Bookmark   November 14, 2007 at 12:41AM
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Oh I'm just tuning in here and waking up...took me a while for the penny to drop!

I had to come back here to this thread to say...a big HI to Bean....great to see you!


    Bookmark   November 14, 2007 at 5:15AM
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Hi Linda. You won't be diappointed in the website, I think. Check out the Christmas goose story. It's a riot.

We escaped. Or rather I escaped. The other half is still tied back there for the foreseeable future. I'm in northern Nevada now.

Sharon, you were probably wondering "Who the blazes IS this and why is she asking me about German desserts?" Good to "see" you. I hope the fires a while back didn't affect you directly.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2007 at 9:20PM
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