We’ve had a busy weekend here at Greene Gables (as I’ve nicknamed the new house – not sure it’s really catching on, though, haha)!
Margaret turned ONE YEAR OLD on Friday! To think that during her pregnancy, we weren’t sure I’d carry her to term. All those worries. And now a year and a half later, we are celebrating the first birthday of this beautiful, perfect baby girl.
We kept her birthday simple. Cake and balloons. She had a blast, and especially liked her first official taste of cake.
I made her cake myself, and it was so simple! I used a Wilton 1M tip and followed the rosette techniques I searched out on YouTube. Crazy easy, I think the hardest part was getting the ombre colors right (I may have gone too subtle, but overall I think the look is there). Personally, my family isn’t crazy about homemade butter cream frosting, they just find it too rich. So I have started using store bought tubs of frosting and adding powdered sugar to get it to the desired thickness for piping. It’s still super sweet, but not as heavy so it’s a little easier to eat.
In other exciting news, the neighborhood pool opened this weekend! The kids have been counting down the days, they were so excited to put on their suits and head down for a swim. We love love love our new neighborhood and it’s beautiful pool. We can’t wait to use it OFTEN this summer!
(don’t mind the iphone pic)
And lastly, we spent the day of Memorial Day getting a little yard work done. Buying an older home, there’s been all sorts of little surprises in the yard. Pretty flowers and shrubs popping up that we didn’t expect. One of these has been dozens and dozens of daylilies. I like daylilies, but these were old and haven’t been maintained, so they’ve spread randomly and just made our front flower beds look messy. So I dug many out yesterday and I’ll start fresh. Before I dug them out, I let the girls walk around and cut the existing flowers so the plants weren’t a total waste!
When I cut flowers, I usually will take my vase straight out into the yard to put cut flowers into. That wasn’t really an option for the girls, so I looked around and saw this milk jug in the recycling bin and thought Perfect! I cut just the top off, leaving the handle, and I filled the bottom with some water. This made an easy-to-carry and unbreakable container for the girls to gather flowers. It worked so well, I put it in the cabinet in the laundry room for another time rather than putting it back in recycling.
So that was our Memorial Day weekend! I hope yours was a good one as well!