Tonight, our small group peeps are coming over for a cookout and I'm looking around my house with a new wariness. We invited the parents and their kids... Gasp! Most of these kiddos are coffee table height.... like how I describe them? Can you tell which decorations I'm worried about? I made a flower arrangement this week that is no kidding, about the height of the average 3 year old. I put it on our bar height kitchen table and it looks pretty cool, but if it fell over, it probably could seriously maim something. Heck, it kind of scares me.
|It's pretty but angry looking, right? I might stick it on Chile.|
|We might not have to buy a Christmas tree this year, just hang the ornaments off this monstrosity.|
And then there's the obvious questions... what do you do with kids once you've fed them? The only toys we own are dog toys, and we stopped buying them toys once we realized that two smelly socks tied together was way more interesting than something from Petsmart. Ghetto? Yes! Cheap? Yes! Dogs that are too stupid to know the difference? Heck yes! I guess the kids could play with the dogs, but then there's the whole issue with Chile... (he's not really a people person) ((Actually, he's not really an anything living/breathing/or moving person.)) I always feel like parents should sign a waiver before they let their kids near him.
We, ____________ and ______________ do hereby release Andrew & Allison & Won Ton Redmon of any responsiblity in the event that said dog, Chile Redmon, attacks/bites/bites off/insults/brings irreparable mental, physical, or emotional harm to our child(ren), ________________. Signtaure, ____________________.
|This is not Photoshopped.|
So dogs as entertainment are not a healthy option. My next though was the sprinkler! Kids like water right? Its like 100 degrees right? I can turn on the sprinkler! Yes! And Andrew can pick up all the crap (literally) in the back yard... thanks again to Chile. But somehow I think they'll get tired of this after a bit, so I needed something else.
|Ahhhh!!! They're so cute and I made them!!!!!!|
So, you know how cupcakes are all the rage these days? I think Cake Pops are the next big thing. If I had my own store, I could charge like $5 for a little ball of dough with sprinkles. So I set out to make my first batch of cake pops, which for the record, are super easy. I even went to the craft store (I'm going to pause for a moment and let that last sentence digest for a while........................................) and bought lollypop sticks and a foam box thingy to skewer the cake pops on to. [preposition ending just for you English majors (and Josh, too, as well as.)]
Cake pops serve two purposes! Entertainment for said children AND a sugar rush for the parents to have to deal with at home! I feel like I should get an award or something. And they are so easy. Here is where I got the recipe: http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2011/02/09/cake-pops/.
Here are a few pictures to document my domestic-wifeyness. See husband? I'm not a work-a-holic!
|Learned the hard way that colored sugar sprinkles don't work as well. Definitely though about making one of those colored towers like we did with colored sand when we were kids. Had to remind myself that I'm now 28.|
|Don't make fun of the apron, I'll sick the flower arrangement on you.|
|Bwaaa! They're still so cute!!!!|
|Foam box underneath, wrapped with wrapping paper. Way too many polka dots in this picture.|
|Wow. Andrew decided to get creative with the shaving of the beard. It was unfortunate. (Yar.)|