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    Laurie~you are pretty much having the best week ever. Embrace it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    Laurie~you are pretty much having the best week ever. Embrace it
    Yep, I'm coasting on this positivity while I can, before something happens to change things. Trying to enjoy every minute.
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    Laurie I'm thrilled for you and I hope that you end up with the perfect position for you!

    In the spirit of wins I'm all excited ~ I recently joined the marketing committee for our local food cupboard and I just approached the personal assistant of one of the owner of three of the most popular restaurants in our town asking them to do a fundraiser for us ~ and I heard back from them! They are going to do one at 2 of their three restaurants ~ this is huge for us as we are a small organization and to date have ever only done such a thing at one restaurant before! I'm so excited!

    Its beautiful here ~ 80 and sunny ~ today is my long workout day and I got in a crushing workout, planted two flats of annuals, and am filthy so have to get it together to go to my sweet girls Mothers Day tea with her. It is her last one at her preschool, and as my son is going to a different school next year my last one at the school that we have been at for like 4 years now so its going to be emotional for me.

    Tonight my kids have their "kids night out" at my gym ~ free babysitting/moonbounce/dinner/movie etc... that my gym offers once a month from 6-9 so the husband and I have a date........its a great day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Laurie I'm thrilled for you and I hope that you end up with the perfect position for you!

    In the spirit of wins I'm all excited ~ I recently joined the marketing committee for our local food cupboard and I just approached the personal assistant of one of the owner of three of the most popular restaurants in our town asking them to do a fundraiser for us ~ and I heard back from them! They are going to do one at 2 of their three restaurants ~ this is huge for us as we are a small organization and to date have ever only done such a thing at one restaurant before! I'm so excited!

    Its beautiful here ~ 80 and sunny ~ today is my long workout day and I got in a crushing workout, planted two flats of annuals, and am filthy so have to get it together to go to my sweet girls Mothers Day tea with her. It is her last one at her preschool, and as my son is going to a different school next year my last one at the school that we have been at for like 4 years now so its going to be emotional for me.

    Tonight my kids have their "kids night out" at my gym ~ free babysitting/moonbounce/dinner/movie etc... that my gym offers once a month from 6-9 so the husband and I have a date........its a great day!
    OMG! I WANT your gym! We dont even have one here that offers childminding. Boo for me
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    Kyla it is awesome. THey offer it every month ~ you sign up on the first of the month for whatever Friday of the month you want, every family gets one free friday a month. The kids love it because they get to stay up late and are with all of their buddies.

    On a daily basis you get 2 hours and 15 minutes of childcare a day to workout (or not workout, they have a great cafe and pools and saunas and a wonderful spa on site......) its a great resource for families. Every day the kids have activities that are included free with our membership, art classes daily, and then a special every day, monday is cooking, tuesday kickball, wednesday gym games etc etc. The best part is that its a mile from our house. They also run a thousand fee based sports leagues like dance and soccer and whatnot. Its made motherhood (and staying in shape) a lot easier for me, thats for sure.

    Its a chain, there are 3 on the east coast I think, I swear I would open one everywhere if I could. Every family deserves a resource like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    I am making a princess cake tonight for DD's party tomorrow. It is one of those bowl ones that you put the barbie in. Any advice from our experienced bakers? I am a little concerned about the icing on this one. I usually do an icing with very little butter, just lots of icing sugar and it hardens slightly on the surface overnight and keeps its shape well, but it a little hard to work with. This time I was thinking of trying a true butter cream icing, but am concerned it could melt as it has been really warm here lately. This cake has to look good, cause last year (after the party) I put DD's castle cake in the oven to keep it away from the bugs, and then turned the oven on for dinner She cried and cried, and still talks about how I burned her cake up. I am feeling the need to redeem myself.
    Put the cake in the freezer when you are done. It will trap the moisture inside making the cake delicious. It will also make the frosting stay in place. Take the cake out 30 minutes before you want to serve it.

    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    My baking doesn't usually include frosting, sorry! Sounds like you're getting some good help.

    Bonita -- it often sounds a lot more exciting than it is, to be honest.
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    AFM - Just got back from the horse farm. We had a delightful time. There were horse rides, crafts, animals to pet and hold. The other children were mostly younger than my oldest, but there were a few that were close to her age and she did not seem to mind. I got some great pictures too.

    ~Bonita~

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    I'm in the acknowledgments of two of William Shatner's memoirs.


    I grew up on the original series which even back then we knew it was campy but so much fun! And on VHS tapes it was an awesome after-work drinking game in our college restaurant-work days. I never understood the need for a re-do, just make up another space show, kwim? Needless to say I've never watched any of them. I think we saw one of the movies on a double date once, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    I am making a princess cake tonight for DD's party tomorrow. It is one of those bowl ones that you put the barbie in. Any advice from our experienced bakers? I am a little concerned about the icing on this one. I usually do an icing with very little butter, just lots of icing sugar and it hardens slightly on the surface overnight and keeps its shape well, but it a little hard to work with. This time I was thinking of trying a true butter cream icing, but am concerned it could melt as it has been really warm here lately. This cake has to look good, cause last year (after the party) I put DD's castle cake in the oven to keep it away from the bugs, and then turned the oven on for dinner She cried and cried, and still talks about how I burned her cake up. I am feeling the need to redeem myself.
    I use the same recipe as Gloria, except I use all butter, no Crisco. The consistency is excellent for piping decorations, I thin it down with a bit more milk (maybe 2 tsp or 1 Tbsp) for spreading, and even more for dipping cupcakes.

    And if you put something in the oven for storage, try tying a ribbon or putting a rubber band on the oven dial to remind you before you turn it on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Laurie I'm thrilled for you and I hope that you end up with the perfect position for you!

    In the spirit of wins I'm all excited ~ I recently joined the marketing committee for our local food cupboard and I just approached the personal assistant of one of the owner of three of the most popular restaurants in our town asking them to do a fundraiser for us ~ and I heard back from them! They are going to do one at 2 of their three restaurants ~ this is huge for us as we are a small organization and to date have ever only done such a thing at one restaurant before! I'm so excited!

    Its beautiful here ~ 80 and sunny ~ today is my long workout day and I got in a crushing workout, planted two flats of annuals, and am filthy so have to get it together to go to my sweet girls Mothers Day tea with her. It is her last one at her preschool, and as my son is going to a different school next year my last one at the school that we have been at for like 4 years now so its going to be emotional for me.

    Tonight my kids have their "kids night out" at my gym ~ free babysitting/moonbounce/dinner/movie etc... that my gym offers once a month from 6-9 so the husband and I have a date........its a great day!
    Laurie, I'm so excited for you, too!

    And Melis, I would so totally join a gym if it offered all of that!


    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    AFM - Just got back from the horse farm. We had a delightful time. There were horse rides, crafts, animals to pet and hold. The other children were mostly younger than my oldest, but there were a few that were close to her age and she did not seem to mind. I got some great pictures too.
    Tiven loves being the oldest. She takes the littler kids under her wing and relishes the big sister role. She's been bugging me to take her out to Grandpa's ranch to ride the horses. I'm horribly allergic to them and everything else out there, I put up with it for special holidays, but any visits in between have to be DH's responsibility.
    David Letterman is retiring. Such great memories of watching him over the past thirty-two years!

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    Kids had their eye exams today. Ben is great. Claire needs reading glasses for Grade 1

    Awesome trail walk today with a coworker. The hills are brutal though. My calves are burning.

    Since I cut out grains 2 weeks ago I've lost 10 pounds The only 'grain' I get is the rice in an ice cold Bud Light. I want one, like right NOW. Too bad I'm at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post

    And if you put something in the oven for storage, try tying a ribbon or putting a rubber band on the oven dial to remind you before you turn it on.

    This is such an easy, obvious solution! I cant believe how stupid you made me feel for not thinking of it myself I will do this from now on. We get really bad bugs here in the summer, and dont have air conditioning so the windows are always open. I usually only put cakes in the oven though. They wont fit in my fridge.
    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Put the cake in the freezer when you are done. It will trap the moisture inside making the cake delicious. It will also make the frosting stay in place. Take the cake out 30 minutes before you want to serve it.

    This wont discolour the frosting? Please get back to me, this sounds like a wonderful idea if it doesnt make my icing yucky. I have to transport the cake to the bowling ally for the party, and if I could take it out and head right there, then there would be less chance of smearing the icing right?
    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Kyla it is awesome. THey offer it every month ~ you sign up on the first of the month for whatever Friday of the month you want, every family gets one free friday a month. The kids love it because they get to stay up late and are with all of their buddies.

    On a daily basis you get 2 hours and 15 minutes of childcare a day to workout (or not workout, they have a great cafe and pools and saunas and a wonderful spa on site......) its a great resource for families. Every day the kids have activities that are included free with our membership, art classes daily, and then a special every day, monday is cooking, tuesday kickball, wednesday gym games etc etc. The best part is that its a mile from our house. They also run a thousand fee based sports leagues like dance and soccer and whatnot. Its made motherhood (and staying in shape) a lot easier for me, thats for sure.

    Its a chain, there are 3 on the east coast I think, I swear I would open one everywhere if I could. Every family deserves a resource like that.
    There is something similar in a nearby town, but I dont believe that they offer as much 'included' stuff. Our town has some very nice gyms, but I have never been able to take advantage because I have always had a baby that DH doesnt want to 'keep' on his own for long enough to go.
    Kyla
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