Mother’s Day 2013

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Mother’s Day 2013 was beautiful.

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It began with a Mother’s Day make-over in Summer’s Kindergarten classroom.

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She was so excited to pamper me, and I enjoyed every single second of the special time with my little girl. Watching her smile and giggle and just have fun was the best present in the world.

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My Mother spent the weekend with us.  Not only was it Mother’s Day weekend.  It was also her 60th birthday.  We had a fun, little celebration for her.  My mother amazes me every single day. Not only does she not look a day over 50.  She also has the energy of a 40 year old.  Even more important than those things, though, is her heart.  She taught me to be loving, kind, and giving by being all of those things herself.

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Being able to celebrate my mother’s birthday Saturday night and then have a Mother’s Day brunch with her Sunday morning made the weekend beyond special.

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Of course, the little people who made me a mom completed the weekend for me.  I look at my life every day and almost feel like I am dreaming because, really, having a husband and children was all I ever dreamed about in my life.  I honestly cannot believe that I get to celebrate Mother’s Day because I am actually a mom.  Not just any mom, either.  I am a mom to the best children in the world.  That simple truth allows me to know that sometimes dreams really do come true.

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Chasing Butterflies – Recipe: Amazing White Cupcakes


As I sit and watch the littles chase butterflies today, I am reminded that, as adults, we are always chasing things, too – dreams, children, housework, etc.  And, while the tasks as adults are obviously different, it has given me a moment of reflection watching my littles today.




It takes work to catch a butterfly.



There is so much joy once the mission is accomplished.


There are mixed emotions when setting it free.




So, while there are many differences between what we chase as children and what we chase as adults, there are always lessons to be learned when watching our children.  Mostly, what I learned today is that there is such beauty in the small things.  Sometimes work is fun, it is joyful, and the end result is so worth it.



I have been chasing the dream of the perfect white cupcake for far too long.  When I read Lori’s post about her White Wedding Cupcakes, I felt very hopeful.  So, when I had a friend ask for 1 dozen chocolate cupcakes and 1 dozen white cupcakes, I knew that it was the opportunity that I needed to try RecipeGirl’s cupcakes.  Let me just tell you, it was worth the hours that I spent searching for that perfect white cupcake to be able to finally find this one.  I was filled with utter, complete joy, knowing that yet another mission was accomplished today.  I am not sure what was more joyful for me today – watching my littles chase and catch butterflies…or biting into this perfect, amazing white cupcake.

Amazing White Cupcakes

Amazing White Cupcakes


1 (18.25 ounce) box white cake mix

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup granulated white sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cups water

2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

4 large egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pans. This recipe will make 34-36 cupcakes.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and beat for 2 minutes, or until well blended.
  5. Using ice cream scoop, fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 17-18 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Frost with your favorite frosting. I used this cream cheese frosting.

Recipe from RecipeGirl’s White Wedding Cupcakes

Enjoy chasing…and catching…your dreams today!

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The NY Melrose Family for Whimsy Wednesday

Mrs. Fox’s Sweets for Mrs. Fox’s Sweets Party

Lil’ Luna for Lil’ Luna’s Link Party

Sugar and Dots for What I Whipped Up Wednesday

Lady Behind the Curtain for Cast Party Wednesday

Polkadots on Parade for Wow Me Wednesday

Gratefully Belly for What’s New Wednesday