“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but paddling like the dickens underneath.”

~Michael Caine

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Emma Grace Schaeffer Rose

So yesterday while I was driving Emma to school, we were discussing the proper spelling of all of her names. She spelled "E-M-M-A" then we went on to "G-R-A-C-E" then to "S-C-H-A-E-F-F-E-R". She had trouble with this one so we sung our last name to to a little tune to help her remember how to spell it. After talking about this for a little while, she proclaimed that 3 names is not enough and that she has to have 4 names. She then said "My name is Emma Grace Schaeffer Rose." How could I argue with such a pretty name? After all she is as pretty as a rose.
And I have to say that my little girl has some pretty awesome manners. The other night, I was enjoying a small after dinner treat. Every few minutes, she would crane her neck to see if my bowl was empty. When my bow finally was empty, she got up, took my bowl and spoon and put it in the sink. What a sweet girl I have. It may seem like a little thing to you, but to me it shows that she has great observation skills and will be a wonderful care-taker. She is eager to help with anything and is always looking for praise (which I try to give her at every opportunity). She always says "Please" and "Thank you", "Bless-you" and "Your Welcome". She constantly says "I have the best family." or "You're the best mommy." I'm so proud of this little girl. There are few moments in motherhood where you feel like you are doing something right or that you are doing enough. It's times like this that remind me that I'm doing alright. Of course I've made mistakes and there will be many more to make. But more often than not, she makes me feel like a good mom.

PS: Emma and her class made a Thanksgiving banner. On it the teacher wrote all the things that the kids were thankful for. Some kids were thankful for food, others for toys. Emma was thankful for her family. Gosh, what this little girl could teach some people.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Madonna, Madonna, Madonna...

My bestest girlfriend Cindy and I went to see Madonna. She is a phenomenal performer. We had a blast! It was really awesome to hear all of the songs that we grew up with. The best part was that she added a twist to the music. When did she learn to play guitar? Thanks Cin for the great time!

The Great Southern California Shake Out

At 10:00 am on Thursday, November 13th, the largest earthquake emergency preparedness drill in US history took place in Southern California. Millions of people throughout Southern California participated in the ShakeOut Drill. The shake out drill was based on studies made by over 300 scientists from the US Geological Survey. Every public school in Southern California participated, including the one that Emma attends. When I returned home from work on Thursday, Emma explained to me what happened at school. She said with great enthusiasm, "Mommy! We had an earthquack today! We had to get under the tables and hold on! Then, the earthquack lady came on the speaker and said 'All Clear' and then we could get out." So, I asked her, "What is an earthquack?". She answered, "It's when everything shakes and you fall down. And you have to get under the table so you don't get hurt." Thankfully we have an earthquack expert in the house now. I'm glad someone knows what to do.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


It's here! A blog containing a pictoral of all of my cupcakes. This one will not be updated as often as Mama Duck but I'll email updates when there are new pics.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

More than a Mouthful...

...I tend to bite off more than I can chew. I guess people think I make great cupcakes so I have had 3 requests. Two for this Saturday and one for December 6th. This is great but I can't just make a cupcake and throw some frosting on it. It has to be spectacular...amazing...stupendous! I get an idea in my head and I just have to make it work. I end up spending more money than they are worth but it's so much fun for me. I love it when I can make something for someone and they are absolutely wow-ed. It really gives me a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth.
My full-time paying job gives me that on occasion but not as often as I'd like. Working with numbers is difficult for me as it is and sometimes I feel inadequate because it takes me so long to find my 'ah-ha'. But, I get it eventually. My job is great but not quite as much fun as making cupcakes. Isn't that just like any 'job'? As soon as it gets the 'job' label it's no fun at all...

Stay tuned...I'll be starting a new blog all about cupcakes / cakes.

Monday, November 3, 2008

12 inches...

...yes I cut it off. Ok people get your mind out of the gutter, we aren't talking about body parts (I'm not of Bobbit decent). I would never do that to my husband. We are talking about my hair. I've been thinking about cutting my hair to donate it to Locks of Love for a while now. I finally got up the courage to do it. Yep, I have short hair. I cut 12.5 inches to be exact. The girl that cut my hair did a wonderful job. It's alot shorter than I thought it would be, but I love it. So, from now on I'm ponytail-less. Let's hope that I don't freak out after the shock wears off. Better yet, lets hope my husband doesn't freak out.

PS. Ty has absolutely no idea that I was planning to do this.