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

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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.

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It takes work to catch a butterfly.

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There is so much joy once the mission is accomplished.

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There are mixed emotions when setting it free.

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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.

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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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/04/24/chasing-butterflies-recipe-amazing-white-cupcakes/

Recipe from RecipeGirl’s White Wedding Cupcakes

Enjoy chasing…and catching…your dreams today!

I am linking up at the following:

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