Monday, December 14, 2009

Whatta Weekend

Gemma and I had another busy yet not very productive weekend. In my old life I would have thought this was a "waste" of a weekend, but actually it was quite nice.

I don't even remember what we did Friday night, so I am assuming it was not very exciting!

Saturday was enjoyable (and slightly more memmorable!).

 My sister Kate and I took Gemma and Aunt Abby (my 2 year old half sister) shopping. It was my dad's 46th birthday so Kate wanted to buy him shoes. It was great to have sister bonding time but it possibly was not the best idea to bring a 2 year old and an infant to the mall only 2 weeks before Christmas! 

Here is Aunt Abby playing at the mall's Kid's Korner:

And Gemma taking a spin in Aunt Abby's stroller:

 Since I didn't have money for a birthday present (boo), so I baked my dad a birthday cake. He actually requested the same cake that was made for my uncle's birthday, just a week earlier, Paula Deen's "Grandma Hier's Carrot Cake". This cake is SOOOO good, and I am not even a huge fan of Carrot Cake. I tweaked Paula's recipe though, adding half of a can of pineapple and about a third of a bag of coconut (who ever said baking is a science?), and using significantly less sugar in the frosting. There is definitely a little work involved but the results are well worth it. Promise.

Sunday was are usual PJs and grocery shopping day. There is something about Sunday's that repel my body from real clothes. Usually, I will just clean Gem's up and throw clean PJs onto her...I wouldn't want for her to feel overdressed! ;) 

I am really glad we got to have this weekend of leisure because as the holiday's draw nearer our schedule gets more and more packed (who am I kidding, I MUCH prefer to be busy!)

So tell me, how was your weekend?


  1. My weekend was okay. Wished I could have gotten Zakiah out the house and gone to the mall just to be out in the crowd and see the holiday rush.

    That's so sweet that you baked your dad a cake. I love Paula Deen and checked out that recipe. It looks doable by me so I might try it while I am down in SC for the holidays. I never thought about adding pineapple and coconut. That sounds yummy. If I do make it, I will let you know how it turns out.

    Girl, Zakiah also goes to the grocery store in PJs because by the time we get back home, she is SO ready to fall out in bed.

    I prefer busy also. It makes the time we don't have go even (Although I wished Zakiah would just slow down JUST a little bit).

    Gemma is such a gem! :)

  2. If you get the time I really do recommend this cake!

    I wish Gemma was ready to go to sleep! Zakiah seems like such a good sleeper. I need tips!!!