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Snow Day!

We had a real, legit snow day here yesterday! I know all you mid-westerners and north-easterners are rolling your eyes, but it just doesn’t happen here much, so we always try to call Snow Removal Services NRV when it does. We got 4-6″ in Issaquah, and I didn’t see any snow plows. They preemptively cancelled school at 8pm Sunday night, my yoga studio closed for the day, and our grocery store wasn’t open! Crazy.

I woke up at 7am to this.

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The trees looked mighty pretty.

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Of course, as it always does, the snow was ugly within an hour – yay black slush. Luckily, we were prepared. The boys’ received snowsuits for Christmas from grandma, grandpa and Aunt Sharon.

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So after breakfast I got everyone dressed and plopped them out in the backyard.

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Cormac loved it, but Teddy has like almost no ability to walk in giant snow boots and he was over it after 15 minutes.

Fortunately, Brent also took a semi snow day and suited up to play with Cormac.

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Cormac’s idea of a “snowball fight” was lightly tossing snow in Brent’s direction. It was pretty adorable.

And he built his first snowman! This was the first time we’ve received enough snow to do so in the 6 years we’ve lived here.

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He’s kind of an ugly, muddy snowman, but that’s alright.

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Cormac was quite proud of him, regardless.

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And what’s a great way to refuel on a snow day? Cupcakes!

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I got everything set up and Cormac went to town.

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He’s gotten really proficient with the stand mixer! Makes my heart proud. Plus, yay for cupcakes!

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Even though the grocery store was closed, I had enough ingredients, food coloring and sprinkles on hand to make things festive. As if there were ever any doubt.

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I just used the vanilla cupcake recipe from Williams-Sonoma, and made a quick buttercream with butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and lilac food coloring.

I just got an email from the school district and Cormac’s school is cancelled again today. One snow day was fun in a “oh this never happens!” sort of way, BUT two in a row might just kill me.

Cormac’s Monster-Themed Birthday Party

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I am all about birthdays. I’ve celebrated my own with flair rarely found in people past the age of 12, but I can’t help it. I love the idea of having your own special day to celebrate. I don’t think there was ever any doubt I was going to make a big deal for Cormac’s, especially his first.

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The cake was most important to me. I just wanted adorable, delicious cake. Not too much to ask, right? The great thing about monsters is that they don’t have to look neat or pretty, so making this monster cake and cupcakes wasn’t too difficult at all. I used Martha Stewart’s yellow butter cake recipe, which turned out perfectly and smells ridiculous while baking.

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For the frosting, I just made a simple vanilla buttercream with softened butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract, whipped until the consistency and flavor seemed right. I don’t have an exact ratio I use. Then, I obviously took things to a ridiculously colorful level with food coloring. Love it. Who doesn’t like food that stains your mouth? Oh, just me? Oh well.

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 To make the monster “fur,” I used a Wilton 233 piping cap, which makes like 8 strings of frosting. Perfect for hair. And because they’re monsters, none of them use a brush. Obviously. Oh, and the eyes for the cupcakes are just Wilton candy eyeballs. And marshmallows for the big monster. I was pretty proud of these, you guys. I thought they turned out super cute, considering my inexperience with cake decorating.

I was so excited about the cake smash. I was pretty convinced Cormac was going to go apeshit over it. Um, he did not go apeshit. Pretty much the opposite actually. He tentatively stuck a finger in.

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And clearly did not understand what all the fuss was about, or why there were a million cameras in his face. I think he could see something was expected of him, so he finally gave it the ol’ college try.

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And then gave me a weird half drunk on sugar look that said, “There are you happy now?”

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Luckily we had other more savory goods for him to pig out on, like mini cheese crackers, pickles, and Jimmy John’s sandwiches. We seem to have ordered the perfect amount of food, because we had exactly none left an hour after the party ended, which was great. And ordering the sandwiches was perfect, since all we had to do was pick them up and not make an even larger mess of my kitchen.

For beverages, we decided to go half kids party, half frat party and get a keg. We got a pony keg of Two Beers Pale Ale, and it worked out perfectly. Guests could drink as much as they want. I didn’t have a ton of bottles and bottle caps to deal with. Perfect. And it costs as much as a couple cases of beer. We also had sangria (mostly for me), and some soda. No drink would be complete without a cute monster cup, for the kids we got the http://www.jumpersjungle.com/santa-fe-springs/ party planners which helped them have tons of fun!

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Yay for Pinterest and hot glue guns! Am I right? Oh, just me again. Anywho, I thought they were cute. My mom thought I was nuts. We were both a little right.

Speaking of my mom, she also put together these goody buckets for the toddlers. Monster rubber duckies?! Are you kidding me? I might have gone a little overboard.

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Our decor was pretty limited, just a few streamers that my mom put up and this fringy number 1 I made. Another Pinterest find, more glue gun time!


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I think everyone had a good time, and it was so great to celebrate this milestone with our friends who helped us through the first year! Honestly, I don’t know what I would have done without all the mom friends I’ve made this past year.

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Whether it was babysitting exchanges, playdates, or just letting me vent about my crazy, projectile-puking baby, it was nice to have people to turn to, especially with our family 2000 miles away.

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Cormac was a champ and partied for 4 straight hours before crashing hard at the end.

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