Friday, April 18, 2014

Cookies Galore

Ok, well, I kinda did something crazy...
I started an impromptu cookie business!
Say WHAT?! Yah, I know. I'm hardly qualified. I've posted on this blog every cookie I've made so far...sooo...that started with Hello Kitty, like, 3 weeks ago. Haha. I am FAR from experienced. This is my third "batch"/time making cookies like this.
And to the "trained eye" (like mine, HAHA) there are more errors than I can even name. But I am a bit of a perfectionist, and well, icing is kind of a hard medium to figure out. Additionally, I have the least steady hand in the world. Or at least in the cookie business. I guarantee it.

I am a testament to all you can accomplish watching youtube videos. Not kidding.

For example, I have never made a leaf in my life. I have a leaf tip, because it came in the set of basic tips from Wilton...never used once. Until these little guys. So my leaves need much work.
So, I posted pics of my lovely cookies on facebook (which I am making these as thank you gifts, actually). Lots of rave reviews, and people messaging me asking about orders and stuff. So I made an fb "business" page, just to keep it separate from my Personal page.

I called it Cookies & Cupcakes by Darby Jane. I feel like I need better title. Anyway, it was all that was coming to me yesterday morning when I did it:-) So since yesterday morning - I have orders for
400 cookies
150 cookies (still tentative)
25 cookies
a smash cake and cupcakes
and an undetermined number of cookies for a wedding

Um, WOW. Ok. Not bad for 1 day in business, I guess, right?! Good news is, I learn fast, and can only get better from here:-)

These little guys were for a customer - doing an Easter dinner tonight, with a "lamb" theme.

Almond cake, filled with raspberry, topped with almond buttercream and a cute little lamb
So anyway, I won't turn this blog into a cookie one, if you want to see pics of all my work, you can like me on facebook for updates. I'm sure I'll post about how it's going from time to time, since it's part of life, and that's what this is all about: Living life, and sharing the journey!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Neighbourhood

I've been trying to become a runner. For the sole purpose of losing weight/being in shape, really. So the kids come with me and run, ride bikes or scooters along side me...or waaaay up ahead of me:-) Today Brooks decided he would walk/run and take pictures of birds on the trip. I don't know that he saw any birds, but a few other neighbourhood treasures caught his eye.

I asked him to come tell me about the pictures he took, and his exact quotes are under the pictures they relate to;-) Enjoy!

I like that shed, because it's not a dirty shed. It's a nice shed, so I like it.

Yah, I don't have a sentence about this one

So, I was looking actually for houses actually, like if we want to move again, maybe we would want to move into this 'pecific house. Like, it looks like a pretty good house, actually.

That one, I was trying to get that really good house, but I took the picture too soon, but it was a really good house.

That was a little too blurry, but it had palm trees beside it
Oh, see that car? I took a picture of that car, because it looks pretty fancy. I really like that car, and I thought Grey'd like it.

That's a part of the house, I took

This one, I took of picture only of that part, cause it looks really good, right. Isn't that doorway pretty?
That one! Oh yah, the Honda! That one is so you can give it to Miss Foster on the computer. Cause it reminds me of just like their car.
I tried to take a picture of that mailbox. It's a nice one
See that house?! That was my favourite house! See how beautiful it is?

Hair Be Gone

Using her dress as a "ruler" - her hair came to just below the embroidered bodice, and after...not so much!! A lot of hair, gone!

She loves it. It was her first haircut by someone other than Brian or I - and it was Great Clips, haha;-)

Monday, April 14, 2014

An Afternoon Stroll

If you have time to kill and calories to burn, our downtown area is a fun one to explore. It's not "huge", like Toronto or New York, it's just a pretty, calm, laid back blend of old and new. Unlike large scale cities, where you have whole sections of a city dedicated to something (art, chinatown etc), this is buildings, or streets, so everything you want is compactly put, right where you want it:-)

It was a day I really wished I had a great camera! We saw so many pretty things! All I had was my phone though...
Boardwalk. After almost 2 hours walking around, Grey was tired!
*I might mention - we are on Spring Break this week - no Sonny or May. And that really tall brown building in the background is where Brian spends a LOT of his time managing projects. He had a little break between subcontractors this afternoon, so he called us out to explore!

I love sail boats

They love cannons
Remember this wall? The kids sure do! When we had our pics taken here, they literally were shaking and bawling (so no really good pics of the wall came out, but you can see some here). When I showed them today, they said "that is not it! It was way higher!" They are sticking to their guns with the "it shrunk" theory. We climbed up today, and they did so voluntarily, and without fear and crying. Haha!!
Recognize this alley? It's the one from that same photo session. And yes, it looked like this then, too. With a little vision, you wouldn't believe what can look good in pictures!!
I love wrought iron fire escapes
Oh look! We found China!

After being told that this statue was a replication of DC's statue "The Lone Sailor", Grey asked "Is this the guy that flew the Titanic?" haha

The docks

It's "Whisky". The USS Wisconsin is so long, I can't get it all in one camera-angled shot. Where is the panoramic lens for my phone? :-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Birthday

20 Questions: All about Grandpa!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Awana Grand Prix

A fathers never ending quest to make a fast car:-)...This year was Grey's first year to race, since it's his first year in the Awana program. The kids had SO much fun, let me tell you! Especially because...Grey WON...third place (Cubbies category). But it feels like a 1st place win around here;-)
Kids with their cars, and their celebratory frosty's! (This is Kenna's final year as a Sparks, she's on to the "big kids" with Truth & Training next year, yikes!)
And here's Grey with his big trophy! He is quite proud of it.
The cars - Well, they actually raced well. Kenna's was the slowest all around, but the boys ones were both fast. They run your car 4 times (once on each lane), and throw out the bottom score, highest combined score wins!
Brooks went 180.3 mph in this lane!

Kenna's car always ran in the 177-179 mph range

Grey happened to win this heat, with 179.1, which I think was actually his slowest race. One of the heats he took second place by one one thousandth of a second!


Piano lessons today for the older played in piano teachers backyard! It's been our first time to do so, since it's been too muddy back there until now...and there was lots to do. The littles loved it! 
Grey wanted a picture of his rock climbing skills
Biggest news of all...they have a zipline!! The kids LOVED this!

Maisy Daisy!


Sonny again, doing "tricks" this time (they liked to "spin around" and "bounce back" really hard...whatever!)
So, May, ...Now before you watch this and think I'm torturing her. It's a kid sized zipline, you are not a million feet in the air. Also, Sonny and May both are very athletic and very strong for their ages, so I knew she could handle it. Also, she was BEGGING me for "my turn now" while the boys had fun. So I got her all rigged up, and camera ready to immortalize the cute event, and then she really thought better of her decision, haha!! ...But I was all ready to go, so it was really too late to back out now:-) Watch this!

(Note: Yes, she calls me Mom/Ma. When encouraged to say Miss Darla, she calls me Masada)
Here's her pic right after that "terrifying" ride:-) She went on it 3 more times, and had a blast (pic above of her dangling is from a another run down the zipline:-)