25 March 2013

Local Adventure: Arboretum

When I heard the Arboretum was displaying fairy gardens on their maple syrup breakfast weekend, I just knew it was worth the trek down there!

And it was!

Look at the girls, they are feeling very grown up with their own table. Brent and I felt like we were on a date.

Pancake breakfast


Mr Pancake!!!!!

Mr. Pancakes says to Bella, "Your mom can use that picture to embarrass you with boyfriends in the future." Bella does not understand how that picture would ever be embarrassing....? That's my girl.


The pancakes were delicious and the coffee is top notch. We linger.

But our excitement to see the fairy gardens, built by professional fairy gardeners, is too much to resist.

Fairy Gardens!

Then we brave the chilly chilly day to see how maple syrup is made. We start out here with this lady who demonstrates tapping. We get to see all the tubing set up in their maplery.

Maple Syrup demonstration

Then we head down to the cooker area where they have run out of complimentary maple popcorn. D'oh! We sit down and make our own spire instead. Making your own spire involves an alder branch and unspeakable abuse to steel knitting needles.

Then we hike up to their nature center area. There is a little house that the girls immediately turn into an imaginary food booth at the State Fair. They make me so proud!

At the Arboretum

There is a stump you can practice pounding your spire into.

Tapping a maple stump

With a big hammer!!!

Pounding in her syrup spile

Mimi liked the taste testing. Never gave a final decision.

Maple Syrup taste testing

There is a green house area where we were happy to warm up and the girls were happy to "water" the plants with squirt bottles.

Arboretum plant watering

With all that excitement and photo opps, fairies and pancakes, not to mention MISTER Pancake, it was definitely worth the trip!

04 March 2013


Have you heard the news? Mimi will be the first to tell you. SHE'S FOUR!

Sometimes she will help you with the math a little. "I used to be FWEE and now I AM FOUR!"

"And look! I found a hidden Mickey in my Kix!"

Mimi finds a hidden Mickey

The day before her birthay, I texted Brent to ask her what kind of cake she wanted me to make her (so I could stop at grocery store). Here is what she said:

My favorite part is when Brent tells her to elaborate. She has obviously not thought beyond ARIEL. And frankly, my dear, she doesn't give a damn what flavor her cake is. Which is fine with me, I like a little artistic license.

Here she is having waffles with pink sugar on top for her birthday breakfast. Note the traditional birthday candelabra.

Mimi turns 4

And the cake! NAILED IT!!

Mimi turns 4

I made a jello poke cake with blue raspberry jello. Then I frosted it with Cool-whip with just a dash of blue jello in it to turn it blue. Then it definitely has ARIEL ON TOP (and Flounder and Sebastian, and a tiny cocktail fork for a dinglehopper). I put seashells on and used real frosting (not Cool-whip) to stick little cake decorator pearls in them. I know she said green before, but then we did blue so it would look like the ocean. And also because green jello is grooo-ooo-sss. She loved it.

Mimi turns 4

If I made it again I would definitely use strawberry jello and just frost it with the blue.
Blue raspberry jello was not my favorite. Anyway. Back to the birthday.

For her presents, she got the Bitty Baby crib from mommy and daddy. Bella and I went to the dollar store and spent about $6 and Bella was able to give her a whole bag of stuff plus a card and a balloon. That is definitely a new tradition because both the girls were just tickled that Bella had shopped and picked everything out herself.

Mimi turns 4

I asked Mimi what the best part of being four was, and she said it was moving to the pre-K room in her little school. The first week she came home with my favorite art project ever... a brown circle with her name on it. "I'm a little mud puddle!"

You mean a big four year old mud puddle!!

02 March 2013


The Hippo Song (Lyrics) by Mimi
I am a Hippo
I love being in the pool
So I waddle around in the pool
And I sleep
And I move slowly while I sleep
Doo doo doo doo doo doo