Friday, July 25, 2008

The The Queen

Wednesday evening my Mom and her good friend Cleo arrived from Dallas. Cleo flew to Dallas Wednesday morning just so my Mom would have someone to ride back to Georgia with her. She's a great friend! Yesterday, Mom kept the kids while Mark was in the kitchen making chicken parm, homemade alfredo and eclairs. Cleo and I took off and visited The King's house - Elvis, that is. We had a blast! She grew up following Elvis and had seen him on his first tour. Elvis week is coming up, so Graceland was already buzzing. We both really enjoyed our visit, especially listening to all the wonderful music. Then, after our incredible dinner prepared by Chef Mark, Mom, Cleo, Cathy and I went to see Mamma Mia. Mom had already seen it but wanted to go again. That's how good it is! We had so much fun and there was not one man in the audience. A great girl's night out movie! The play is great - but we think the movie might be better. You really want to get up and dance in the aisles, especially with Dancing Queen!! Go see it! Graceland
Nina before church last Sunday night in the dress my parents brought back from Budapest

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Strawberry Cake

Last week was our good friend Cathy's birthday, and she requested a strawberry birthday cake made by Mark. After much searching, Mark and I found a recipe that is a keeper! It was sooooo yummy!!! Believe it or not, we could only find 2 recipes that didn't start with a cake mix. You know Mark..... there is NO cake mix in our house!! Has to be completely homemade! Happy Birthday Cathy - next year we'll celebrate in Paris!Look how gooey that icing was - cream cheese, butter, an entire box of powdered sugar and should be gooey!!!
Today I found them upstairs in his room with the door closed. When I opened it, they were in his toddler bed, which is still in his room, reading together. They play so well together - just wish it would last!Nina is enjoying being driven around by Ethan - although she looks pretty concerned here. He's so gentle while she's in the Jeep with him and so rough once she gets out.