Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun

It was a great weekend for family members to cash in on my “Coupon of the Month” gift from Christmas. (See #8 in the link, there, for an explanation).

Saturday, B and I drove to Toronto to babysit Little E and Baby C while The Brother and SIL Ana went on a date got out of the house sans enfants for a few hours.

good-bye! good-bye! take your time!....

I couldn’t wait to show Little E the Valentine’s-themed activity I brought for us to do (Aunti loves having a gung-ho partner-in-crime for artsy-craftsy projects!).

a tad hyper, are we, aunti?!

We all gathered around the dining room table. Little E and I got right down to work. E set the rules: six cookies for Aunti, six for her, zero for Uncle B. (That’s OK, as Uncle B is not keen on fiddly projects).

cookies, icing and sprinkles, oh my!

Baby C got down with snack time:


e is now old enough that sprinkles do not present a potential spillage situation

baby c has a suggestion...

Little E was totally into our cookie time…



whoa, pink icing, you!

…and Little C was very content to watch and continue with snack time!


enough with the photos! let me snack in peace!

Our finished product:

too. much. fun.

Two group shots, since it is near impossible to get everyone to say “cheese” simultaneously!

eyes down, eyes up...

eyes up, eyes down!...

Cookie time morphed into pirate-themed freeze dancing:

the littlest pirate!

maestro fresh-matey!

streaming from pirate to poncho-peach!

Uncle B taught Little E the physics of aerodynamics:

the proud engineer!

Baby C and Aunti preferred more Arts n Crafts:

the artiste at work

cookie project AND marker/sticker time? aunti is in 7th heaven

Little E soon joined in with girl-time. The call of the creative surpassed that of the scientific. That’s my girl!

crayolas are the best...

...cuz you can do marker tattooing...

...and wash off the evidence before the

Aunti was eternally grateful that The Brother and SIL Ana organized and left chicken and rice for dinner. Whew!

no complaints from this party!...

...or this one!

What a winwinwin situation: The Brother and SIL Ana enjoyed their time together; we loved having the little cutie-patooties to ourselves, and the girls did not seem to mind their babysitters, either!

Can’t wait til March’s coupon redemption!


This afternoon, it was time for Shopping With Mom!

We went up the street, around the corner, and into…


Home of the Cake Decorating Class! Since I needed to pick up some more supplies before next class, and Mom has never really poked about in Michaels, we agreed this was the perfect February outing.

Michaels gets you as soon as you walk in the door:

cute, affordable, enticing Heart Day stuffz!

You never know what you’ll find:

i need a giant clothespin, don

We perused the yarn dept and mom researched her next project.

grandma c (mom

Mom found note cards for $1.50!

choices, choices...which one??? (mom picked the green on the L)

I found my icing!

gotta be ready for class #2!

Too bad Michaels does not sell pre-made cakes, too…

Mom treated me to a silicone pastry brush:

note the poster about the cake decorating classes, in the background!

Thanks, Mom!

It took us ages to get around the store. Neither of us can walk and tell a story at the same time!

We already have our shopping destination for March picked out – again, I can’t wait!



And guess what – I beat my deadline by a full twelve hours. The shrug-sweater is being blocked right now, so I’ll show you the finished product when Mom can model it! Must say I am very pleased with the final result, despite the gnashing of teeth that went on over the last couple of weeks!

Hope you had a great weekend, too!

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  • Lisa  On February 14, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Those two are the cutest cutie pies ever!!!
    Little people and art projects are the recipe for a perfect fun time. Love the pics!

    I love Michaels—I live about .25 miles from one, and I have to stay away for the most part—I end up with so many things to make and do…sometimes totally unrealistic things that take skills I don’t have 🙂

    Looks like a great time with you mom—moms are awesome 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      yes! you and your mom are quite close, too, i believe – you chat daily?? (my mom and i do!) haha, my michael’s is literally DOWN THE ROAD, too. so close. yes, i stay away from the scrapbooking stuff, for example, because i know i’d start a project and never complete it! the nieces just have the most easy-going personalities, too – just a joy to spend time with. hope you have an enjoyable (i know it’s a quiet one!) valentine’s eve, lisa!

  • Holly  On February 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Somehow I missed your cake class is at Michaels – I seem to forget that they offer classes! I could spend hours in there looking at all the crafty stuff!

    What a fun day with the kids — the cookies turned out really good!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      it’s the first time i’ve taken a class at michael’s and i’m impressed with the discounts and products that we can get! man, it is SO hard to discipline myself when i go in there!! everything is so cute!!!

  • Gina Unger  On February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Oh, the Phentex yarn! I think both my grandma’s used to knit with that stuff and made loads of slippers out of it! I hated the texture, look… everything about it! So that brought back memories for sure for me. I think there may still be some of that yarn still kicking around (just for funny memory’s sake though!) 🙂
    Your mom is such a card – loved seeing her and your expressions for those snapshots! And you’re right! Michaels always “gets you” as soon as you walk in the door and when you’re walking up to the cashier, too. I love Michaels and don’t think i’ve ever left empty-handed!
    Great work on those cookies, girls! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      oh yea, i think phentex is beloved of grandmother’s everywhere, likely because it is such a *bargain* price! but it is a yarn that gives knitting a bad name!…
      haha, my mom should have been an actress…she can do any facial expression/reaction you throw at her.
      between your boys and my nieces, i think we have the heart cookie decorating down pat!! easter is next!!! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      so i got your comment for the blog on my blackberry but not in gmail – grrrr!!! but at least it’s on the blog, which is the main thing. here’s what i replied back, in case you don’t check back on the blog!

      oh yea, i think phentex is beloved of grandmothers everywhere, likely because it is such a *bargain* price! but it is a yarn that gives knitting a bad name! haha, my mom should have been an actressshe can do any facial expression/reaction you throw at her. between your boys and my nieces, i think we have the heart cookie decorating down pat!! easter is next!!! [image: :)]

  • Dorry  On February 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Such adorable kiddos! What a fun weekend. I love decorating cookies – did that with my nieces for Christmas and they had a blast. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      thanks, dorry! the girls are as sweet in personality, too, as they are cute in looks (although i AM a little biased, i admit!)
      isn’t it fun being an aunt to nieces? glad you enjoy *crafty* activities with your nieces, too!

  • Mom  On February 14, 2011 at 11:02 am

    After an amazing afternoon:
    amount off one-only item? 50%
    amount spent on this outing? $20
    amount of joy in this mother/daughter visit? PRICELESS!

    • 1970kikiproject  On February 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      oh, i enjoyed myself so much, too!
      isn’t michael’s just the best?? i can never walk in and walk out with ONLY what i was looking for…and i love their coupons!
      yarn, cake decorating supplies, paper products…i think we’ll be back soon!

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