Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I'm All Shook Up

Christians on Facebook
Who sings that song?... Do you know it?  Can't you hear the melody; something like "whoa... I'm all shook up!"  Found this graphic on a page called "Christians on Facebook" today.  Now, as my entire house is asleep, I just can't seem to get Elvis out of my head.

No.way!  Elvis' "All Shook Up" is a musical based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night!  Add that to the list of things I did not know!  (It's a long list.)  While browsing around some old Elvis Presley videos on youtube, I came across "Burning Love" also.  There's a fun song to watch Elvis dancing and moving across the stage!

Hummmmm.  And I began to smile as I remember the Hott House weekly Friday Night Dance Celebration.  "BB" (which stands for "before boys" OR those years ages ago before our boys, Isaac 9 and Levi now 8 were born), anyway... "BB," there was a time when every.Friday.night, we (then it was just Dan, Caity, Violet, and well, me) well, we would crank up some music in the living room all just dance ourselves silly.

Way back then, Friday meant the end of a stressful workweek for Dan as an environmental engineer for Chevron.  We all looked forward to that Friday night home when we all got a little goofy.  Fortunately, our neighbors were acres away.  I must admit, as Caity became a teenager, she seemed a little less enthusiastic with our boot-scootin-boogie.  That might be mostly because Dan's favorite song to blast was "Hott Mama" by Trace Adkins!  Do you remember that?  "You're one hot mama!  You wanna?"  :-)  I guess 14 year-olds don't like it when their mom's license plate says "Hott Mama".  Wonder why.

Since then, our house has doubled in occupancy.  And you know what?  We don't have those dance parties anymore.  Sure, we have our own sunset celebrations; but since PD moved in, well... I guess it's just a little more low key around here.  Yeah right!  Now, it's all about ninja training boys, bow and arrows, and the middle school track team.

You want to know what "shakes me up"?  With all that something like living with Parkinson's Disease has changed, Dan might be more of a silent observer in all our commotion  but "he will not be shaken" by it all.  No.  He is always somewhere in the middle of it all or listening from his laptop and watching his crew tear the house apart while Isaac plays ragtime.

Do I miss the dancing?  Sure.  The boys will never see their daddy's sweet moves like the girls did; but hey, you know what they do see?

Their daddy.  Every day.  And... he will not be shaken.

He's my hunka-hunka-burning-love!

"He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken."  Psalm 62:6

Friday, February 8, 2013

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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Cowabunga Birthday Cake!

Really?  Is the youngest Hott really turning eight?  Well, he is.  And here is what Levi wanted to do to celebrate this 8th birthday.  With two older sisters coming before him, I must admit that I was a bit unfamiliar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Until now!

Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo, and Donatello arrived to mutate into a team of four teenage anthropomorphic turtles in our home for the celebration and play in the art of ninjutsu!  Following a transformation with "mutagen" turtle egg jello, turtle t-shirts, and masks, the boys all went crazy when they saw a tray of turtle cupcakes!

Gathered around for a very LOUD rendition of "Happy Birthday" heard miles away, these turtles from the sewers of New York City dove into their favorite green-masked cupcake.  As a mom, I was completely shocked by the response of this simple yet fun idea for Levi's birthday cake.  Who knew just a little ole cupcake could be so much fun?

You see, it all started with just a picture found on google while searching for an image to draw Levi's four Lego TMNT posters.  While exploring pictures, there.it.was!  Cupcakes!  

"MOM!  That's what I want for my birthday cake!"  So,... with a box of simple Betty Crocker funfetti, this mom set out to make her soon-to-be-8-year-old a mixture of mutant TMNT fun!  Equipped with a box of simple food coloring, a sister, and a friend home from school for a February snow day, we all set out to create gobs of green icing, four multi-colored masks, and some chocolate flavored icing for turtle eyes when......


We created a birthday cake to remember!  And, several happy little boys.  Check them out! (Warning, you may need earplugs!)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A New Old Birthday Party Idea

Really?  Is the youngest Hott really turning eight in just a few days?  Well, he is.  And here is what Levi wanted to do to celebrate this 8th birthday.  With two older girls coming before him, I must admit that I was a bit unfamiliar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Until now!

Sweet Sister Violet with her pink TMNT mask....and.... Uncle Tony too!

The Teenage (or 8 yr old) Mutant Ninja Turtles all slept over and we wound up the fun with turtle pancakes for breakfast to a snowy Sunday Morning.  Levi's day was one to remember from the turtle t-shirts, masks, to the turtle cupcakes, it was all simple fun.  But best of all, was the family and friends to share it with Levi.  Thanks ya'll!

"This is the day 

which the Lord has made; 
Let us rejoice and be glad in it." 
(Psalm 118:24, NASB)

Friday, February 1, 2013

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