Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Day at the Pumpkin Patch

We had a great day at the Underwood Farm's Harvest Celebration! Sophie loved all the animals (alpacas, sheep, chickens, cows, pigs, ducks, goats) and got to feed them carrots through a unique feeding tube that was a pvc pipe propped up on an incline. We also got to climb all over a wooden train, ride a John Deer tractor, sit in a wheelbarrow, climb a giant haystack, and find our way through a corn maze. We picked our pumpkin, smelled some beautiful sunflowers, then shooed away some bees. Sophie enjoyed her first pumpkin patch experience and we're pretty amazed at how the pictures turned out. The only thing she didn't like were the scarecrows. Oh well, we just learned to avoid them and we were on our way home...for a nap!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

How Do You Make a Happy Girl Happier?

How do you take a "happy-all-the-time" little girl happier? "Is it possible?" you wonder?

Do you put on a pair of the silliest Mickey Mouse sunglasses and visor? Noooooooo...

Do you give her a piece of Uncle Duke's favorite SunMaid raisin bread? Nooooo....

The answer to the question is as follows:

First, have your best big sister read the book If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff. This happy little girls LOVES her books!

Next, bake strawberry cupcakes and frost them with sweet pink frosting using a baby-sized knife. Anything to do with food is always highly recommended, especially when she gets to help with the cooking or baking.

Then, sprinkle on LOTS of multicolored sprinkles... sprinkles are the aphrodisiac of the toddler generation.

Next, of course, add just a few more sprinkles to top it off! And even taste test a few for "quality control" purposes only.

Then decide who each cupcake will be given to...Mama...Bubba? This beautiful one goes to Papa who LOVES cupcakes!
And that's how you make a happy little girl much, much happier!