Happy Birthday Self!

Yes, I've been MIA.  I have good reasons...although they really sound just like excuses.

1) My little buddy started preschool this past week.  We got the picture on the front porch with the sign saying "Preschool 2010."  So cute.  I dropped him off and felt the crying emotion building, but I held it in.  He was going to be okay...and he was.  I left him at school where he knew no one and he came away with a new friend.  This is going to be great!  So we're getting used to a new schedule around here.  Tomorrow marks another day of preschool and little girl starting dancing school.  She is SO excited for ballet.  2-year-olds in leotards cannot get much cuter.  I'm looking forward to taking pictures.

2) My parents were in town last weekend and my sister was in town this weekend.  The later was a surprise.  My bday was yesterday and she decided to come in and join me for the celebration.  I turned 27 - the age I remember my mom turning, the age she's stuck at in my head.  Does your mom have an age in your head, too?

P.S. I had a blast, Nan!  I'm so glad we garage-saled for my bday and we found those halloween costumes for the kids ($5)...and $1 scrapbook paper for you!

3) I'm finally really excited for our house.  When we made the offer and then we had it, we gave them money, and looked at each other...aaahh!  Wow.  We're going to be settled.  I'm very excited.  We are always talking about it now.

4) Honestly I've been hooked to the summer show finales that have been happening.  ie. Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar, and my new favorite Covert Affairs.  Being a lazy bum in the evening seemed easier than sewing...no excuses!  How about you guys, any favorite shows out there?

And I guess that's it.  To make up for it, here's some exciting things:

I got a new camera!  I am so in love right now.  No, I haven't kissed it, but I check on it every so often, just to make sure it's safe and feels loved.  It is a Sony NEX-3.  It has the body of a point-and-shoot but the lens of a DSLR.  So I get crisp pictures with a small body.  There are a billion settings on it too, so I'm having fun reading the manual.  Like I already didn't take enough pictures.  Thank you everyone for birthday money!

I love how this camera shoots food.  Clean pictures.  My sis and I braved an Indian Restaurant Channai Masala and it was excellent.  It is really authentic Indian, so if you're in the mood for it, I would definitely recommend the lunch buffet.

 Look how cute she is with her new short haircut...just about to down some good food.

When I got home, I found my hubs and kids had made me theses special birthday brownies.  There was even a gummy worm baked inside the brownies as a surprise (I never found it...I think it gooed into the brownie mix).  I don't really know how many candles are on this, but I do know they started the paper on fire.

I had already put out the candles on the left side because they had fallen on the paper and had their own little barbie bonfire going on.  The kids were kinda freaked out by the large bday cake flames.  We quickly sang happy birthday and put them out.  I didn't even get all the candles lit because of the fire hazard.  We'll pretend.

Then we decided to go swimming while my husband sulked watching the BYU football game.  Not a winner of a day for the team.  I, however, was still just really excited about my new camera.  This is my "I'm so happy about this new camera that I'm going to take a picture of myself on the way to the pool" face.  I should probably stop doing that.  Have I mentioned I love my camera.  

And then my sister flew home today.  Her hubs was feeling lonely without her.  She is gorgeous and I told her I wanted her shirt: Plato's closet - $4.  Steal.

So as a treat for making it to the end of this massive email that was really self-centered, I have a treat for you.  I make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies this morning.  They are  t o  d i e  f o r.  Have you tasted Great Harvest Pumpkin Bread?  Well this is the same, but cookie form.  Here's a recipe to bring in the fall and pumpkin season.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe from Teri (amazing and thoughtful friend)

3 cups pumpkin
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
3 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
5 1/2 cups flour
2 cups chocolate chips (1 bag)

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients together in kitchen aid or with hand mixer.  Once combined, scoop with spoons (it will be a sticky batter) onto a greased cookie sheet.  Bake 12-15 minutes (this morning I baked mine for 13.5 minutes).  Scarf down.

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  1. Hey Bonnie, Looks like you had a great birthday! I am so glad!

  2. Congrats on the house and happy bday!

  3. Do we share a birthday? How did I not know it was your special day??? Happy happy to you. And I LOVE the shot of your cake full of candles.

    And yes, we have to go shopping at Plato's Closet.

  4. OOoh! Drooling over your camera! AH! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I said to Jared, "Ohhhh, Sept 11th? What a bummer. Everybody thinks instantly of your birthday as a day of national tragedy for the rest of your life. And it's not even named a NAME, but just a day. You know, "Remember Sept 11th?" "Yeah!" Okay, so Yay for the recipe! I always wanted to know how to make a good-one-of-those! yippe for fall food!

  5. What a fun site! And the cookies? Totally on my To Do List for tomorrow :)


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