Sunday, April 3, 2011

cupcakes and dumplings

It's been another exhausting couple of days - but so fun!  First was April Fool's day on Friday.  I totally didn't expect Poppy to get the concept of April Fool's day, so I didn't plan anything fun or exciting.  But when we explained it to her during breakfast and told her a couple of jokes, she was rolling on the floor laughing.  When I went to pick her up from school her teachers said that she had not stopped giggling all day long.  So during naptime I had Marc pick up a few things from the store for me and I made these "spaghetti and meatball cupcakes"!  (click on this link for the how-to!)

I wish I had Poppy's reaction on camera because it was soooo funny.   And then I thought she might be a little scared to actually eat them, but she dove right in.  Next year I am totally making those for her class and reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs to them.  I think a bunch of 4 year olds would get a kick out of that.

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This is the favorite art project I mentioned before.  The first step was to coat a canvas with this acrylic medium that basically just adds a layer of texture.  Then I gave Poppy a paper cup and a beaded mardi gras necklace so that she could press the shapes onto the canvas...

After letting it dry for a day, Poppy picked out a few colors of acrylic paint and finished her masterpiece.  I think it turned out great, and so does Poppy.  Every time she walks by her painting, she compliments herself on how beautiful it is. :)

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And check out the newest addition to our dining room...
We used magnetic chalkboard paint to paint the wall with, and then Marc added the trim to look like a frame.  I love the way it turned out, and we are all having a ton of fun doodling all over it with chalk.  (I had to laugh when I noticed what we had written on the wall while I took this picture - I got a coupon for a free donut and Poppy was worried that we might forget about it so we put our reminder up there, and Kuni, Poppy's beloved stuffed raccoon from Korea is missing, which explains the wanted sign)

Oh, and you guys can help me out with a debate.  I'm super sick of the red walls in the dining room and I want to paint it a real light grey.  Marc wants to keep the red.  What do you guys think???  Keep the red or paint it grey?  Please vote!

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Saturday was our annual dumpling day when everyone comes over to help make Korean dumplings (mandu) for Poppy's birthday.  We made a ton this year...


Our little Korean helpers, hard at work...


After the Mandu madness, we heard giggling coming from Poppy's room and Marc found Poppy trying to "put Brendan to bed".  How cute is that?!  And check out the sneek peek of the awesome window seat bookshelf my dad made for Poppy.  I'm having a cushion and a few pillows made for it and I'll take a better picture once we get them...

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Only 3 more days until we leave for the nice warm sandy beaches of Florida!  I'm off to do more packing!!!

5 comments:

Elizabeth Frick said...

My goodness, woman, do your creative juices ever STOP flowing?! Those cupcakes are beyond adorable!!! And the idea to read "Cloudy" to the kids with the cupcakes? Genius.
LOVE the artwork and your family's commitment to it!
And sorry, but I vote red. I like the vibrancy of it!

Anonymous said...

I vote for red!

Christine said...

Love every little piece of this update! Love the chalkboard. Love the dumplings. Love the cupcakes!

As for the color... I painted over our red dining room walls with a light blue and it was ridiculous. Two coats of primer and three coats of paint. In other words... I should have left it. :-(

Michelle said...

Changing a red is NOT fun but I say go for it if you are up for the challenge.

As for those freaking cupcakes, how amazingly cute. I want one now!

Jennifer said...

Oh gosh! I'm so far behind :) Love that your family and friends get together to make dumplings. What a beautiful tradition....and Poppy is quite the artist! Your home is going to be full of beautiful keep sakes.

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