Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spring Break

Spring break is happening everywhere in every state. Arkansas spring break was this past week and all my clients were talking about where they were going. Although we didn't go anywhere, Linda and Nikohl did. Deric and I spent the first part of last week with his mom and niece. We had so much fun! It was nice just having the two of them come down to see us.
The forecast was looking good for Sunday so we decided to head to the Tulsa zoo for the day. Right after we picked them up from the airport and dropped their stuff off we got back in the car and drove to Tulsa. Deric and I have never been to the Tulsa Zoo and only been to Tulsa one other time. We borrowed our neighbor's GPS, which turned out to be a great idea. That thing is awesome. We relied on it the whole trip. We have to get one! We all had a good time and the weather was great! Monday, I had to go into the salon for a few hours but that afternoon when I got home Kohl wanted me to teach her some belly dance moves. Okay just side note, I have been belly dancing for about 7-8 months now. I Love it. I am in a class and a troupe that will be performing in a few months. After I gave Kohl a lesson it was time for the two of us to go to practice with my troupe. She thought that is was pretty cool and had a lot of fun. We made her work... she had to dance with us, it was super cute!

(Kohl at the Zoo)

On Tuesday I took the whole day off. I told Kohl she was going to help me bake that day and we were going to use fondant to cover the cakes. First we went to the salon and did their hair then the store. While Kohl and I ran in real quick Linda stayed in the car. Turned out that Linda was the smart one as soon as Kohl and I got in to the store we heard rain pouring down. I mean it was solid rain. Linda meant us right outside the doors but when we got to the car the doors were locked. Let me remind you, the rain was coming down so hard I could hardly see. I am screaming "UNLOCK THE DOORS!" to Linda who replied "I can't find the button". Then I yell back" PUT IT IN PARK!!!" The doors unlocked and I jumped into the truck soaked. Meanwhile Kohl got her door open but the wind was blowing so hard she couldn't get it closed until she stuck half of her body outside and pulled the door shut! It looked like she jumped into a lake that is how wet she was!! Once we got home I fixed Nikohl's hair once again then we made the fondant before we went to lunch with Deric. We ate at this really cute coffee cafe called the Iron Horse C.C. I went there with my dad and uncle but it was the first time Deric had gone. After lunch we made our cute little egg shaped chocolate cakes covered in fodant! BOY, they were sugary but good. Deric made dinner that night while Linda and I took Kohl to the new target and she got some new clothes.

(Kohl poring the cake in the pan)

(She is now tinting the fondant, it was a mess!)

I had to work all day Wednesday but Deric took half a day off and they all went shopping. Linda made dinner that night while I was at work. After I got home the girls all ready had their bags packed for the flight out in the morning and we just hung out at the house. It was so much fun and so glad they got to come for a few days. Thanks again Linda for flying you and Nikohl out to see us! We sure did have a great time!

We have a week break then my brother Chris and his family will be here for their kid's spring break! But we will have many more people here, 2 adults and 4 kids! Wish us luck!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Warm Weather Brings Vistors

Two weeks ago we were having temps in the high 70's. When I talked to my parents I told them of the great weather we were having and it must have made an impression on my dad. It was probably two days after I told them about this unheard of weather, my dad told me that he and my "uncle" Jim were coming down for a few days. I say "uncle" because he really is just a great family friend who has become an uncle figure in my life. We haven't seen any family since Christmas so we needed some guests. My Dad and Jim got here on Tuesday night and came up to the salon because I was still working. The next day I planned on just driving them around so they can see the area. When my parents and in-laws have come in the past we never just drive around so it was nice to be able to do that. Jim loves to go into the downtown areas to see where the cities started out like. Deric and I have never stop in downtown so it was as new to me and it was to them. We went to the Daisy Air Rifle Museum that I didn't even know was there! It was pretty neat to see how the Daisy company started and where it is now. We were walking back to the car and I saw one of my clients and she told us where to eat. It was so funny; it was like I was a tourist in my own town! I didn't even know where to eat! She told us to go to the Iron Horse Cafe. It was the cutest little coffee and sandwich shop. I am sure Deric and I will have many more visits there. Then we went to "Junk Shops", which was a lot of fun. It was nice to do that with them, both Dad and Jim love to look at places like that.
On Thursday we had lunch with Deric and some of his coworkers then back out to explore different downtowns. First we had to stop to get a part for our freezer. Good thing the guys came when they did. The evaporator fan motor in our 2 year old GE decided to stop working... it was making this annoying noise that kept get louder and louder. But Dad and Jim fixed it and now you can't hear a thing. So quiet, so nice! After we picked up the part I took them over to a store call Oops. I love Oops. It has everything you can think of. We bought our ladder shelves and a tall vase there a while ago. It is a hit or miss kind of store, but it is still fun to go. After that we headed to Bentonville, which is Wal-Mart town. The headquarters to the biggest retail store is about 10 minutes from our house. I took them to the first ever wal-mart but back then it was called "Walton's Five and Dime". This now museum sits on the Bentonville Square. Once again I forgot my camera but we bought a disposable one for Jim to take pictures. This was our last night with Dad and Jim so I made homemade pizza which was super good! Then I baked cookies for the drive home.
I took some pictures but they were all taken that last night the guys were here. Thanks again to Dad and Jim! We loved having you here! Come back soon!

my dad and I

Uncle Jim and I

Monday, March 2, 2009

Sweet Treats

I have been so eager to bake something. I think this feeling has been sparked by a new blog that my friend Val introduced me to. You can find the link on the side of our page. The woman behind "Bakerella" is hands down the best I have ever seen. She is best know for cake pops which she was on Martha for. She was the inspiration of the latest cake I baked.
Another stylist at work needed to get a cake for her little girl's 5th birthday. She is a single mom raising 2 children on her own. When she told me she couldn't find anyone around to make her daughter a "Littlest Pet Shoppe" Cake. I jumped right in. My brain starting filling with all kinds of ideas. I was just so excited that I could bake something and not have to be tempted by the sweet cake sitting around my house.
So when I got home I sat right down at the computer and started searching for cake ideas. I found a few cute ones but I wanted to come up with something original. So on Friday when I was done at the salon I went to Hobby Lobby to get a cute cake pan and went straight home. I had called Val and asked her to come over to help. We were really wanting to fondant something, but since neither of us had before we threw out that idea and stuck to butter cream! We had such a great time making this cake and I was so glad I got to bake and decorate something! Val and I make a pretty good team! Our very first themed caked turned out wonderful..... I think! Thanks again Val Pal!