Andy had last Friday off so we spent the day painting one of our apartments. Saturday Andy and Oliver (our hard working past-tenant) spent the day in our yard spreading mulch, picking up sticks, mowing and weed-eating. It took from 8 am to 4 pm to get it all done but it looks so good! I wish I could take some credit but I stayed inside and cleaned out closets. It's amazing how much junk you can acquire that you really don't need or ever use! That night we had our second Supper Club at Nathan and Kim Mah's house. Nathan is Chinese so they made an Asian cuisine for us - very tasty! Kim likes to tease Nathan (and so do the rest of us) about his Chinese heritage. She told us of how a white girl taught Nathan how to use chop sticks in his younger years! Andy did discover a new favorite dessert - mochi balls (they were Japanese - not Chinese but still within the Asian theme of the night). Basically, it's breaded ice cream! So, between the painting, yard work, beautiful weather, time with friends, and Mochi balls, it was a pretty nice weekend! Thanks, Kim for making sure our ice cream tastes are well-rounded!
This past weekend I went to Charleston, SC with a few of my college girls (Kristina, you were missed!) to celebrate my friend Amy's upcoming wedding. She is getting married April 4th so this was her time to hang out with the girls. She's the glowing one - 2nd from the left.
We had such a great time together and spent most of our time lying around in our pj's and staying up late talking and laughing like old times! It was absolutely the best and, as I told Andy, if it weren't for missing him, I wouldn't have come home at all! The Lord blessed us with beautiful weather and beautiful fellowship. The best part is I get to see them all again in just a few short weeks for the big day! Congrats, Amy! I am so happy you've "found your lobster"!
The weekend before last it started snowing and this is what we woke up to on Monday morning: Mae Belle had to check it out and decided everything was ok (after barking at the snow for awhile). She enjoyed eating it more than anything!
I called my friend Kristina in Denver, CO to confirm the rumors I had heard...it was 70 degrees there that same day!
The next Friday, it was 80 degrees here! This is what we call NC weather.
I decided to play Suzie Homemaker last week while thumbing through a Southern Living magazine. I saw a recipe for a basic vanilla layer cake and several options of butter cream icing to make with it. It seemed easy enough and I decided I would give it a shot. I had never made a cake from scratch and my mom has lent me her Kitchen Aid mixer "until further notice". It doesn't get that much use so I was feeling adventurous. All this the same week of Andy's birthday - perfect! I asked him if it would be alright to try a vanilla cake for him and showed him all the icing options since he's not a fan of butter cream icing. He decided the butterscotch caramel icing sounded tempting so the decision was made - only one request - "as long as it's not pound cake" he said and I assured him it wasn't.
So, after gathering some tips from Andy's mom (the best baker one could meet) and one shopping trip to Wal-Mart and Harris Teeter later, I was ready to go. This was Thursday. I decided I only needed a couple more ingredients to try a chocolate cake as well. Why not make two since I'll already have the ingredients and mess to clean up? That way I can surprise Andy with an option - vanilla or chocolate. This was working out beautifully.
I made the vanilla cake first and was careful to do everything just right. I made the chocolate cake while that was baking. When the chocolate cake was finished I wrapped the vanilla cake, which looked and smelt perfect, and put it in the freezer. This was a great tip from Sue, Andy's mom to keep it moist until Saturday. In order for the chocolate cake layers to cool, I placed them carefully on the wire racks as directed and went to take care of a little work since I had spent over 3 hours working on cakes (shopping included)! About 10 minutes later, I realized something wasn't right in the kitchen - mainly because of the sound of my sweet Mae Belle's paws hitting the countertop and the licking of her lips. I jumped out of the chair and ran to the kitchen yelling only to find my fears confirmed.
You see, Mae Belle's birthday was just 2 weeks earlier. I guess she thought the chocolate cake was for her! Needless to say, I was so thankful I had made two cakes! So vanilla it was. There was only one problem. When I went to taste it the next day before icing it to see how well I had done, I realized I had made a perfectly moist and beautiful POUND CAKE!!! AAHH!! I can't win. So, for Andy's birthday I made him a pound cake with butter cream icing - neither of them his favorites. Oh well. It looked nice and at least I had the satisfaction of knowing I can now make pound cake.
I did redeem myself on Friday by surprising him with a little outing. We went to Durham to test drive a Lotus, Andy's dream car. I had arranged it with one of the salesmen there. He was absolutely just being nice because I told him over the phone there was NO way we would be buying one - that I just wanted to give Andy a chance to drive it for fun for his birthday. He agreed and said we could come and he would let him drive one (these cars easily start in the $60's). Unfortunately it was raining and they wouldn't let us drive it. I think Andy was relieved not to be driving an $80,000 sportscar that didn't belong to him in the rain. We were promised that if we came back on a sunny day, we could have a rain check so I'm sure Andy will take him up on that. I'll be sure to post photos when that happens but until then, here's the car that has captured his heart:
Our little family of 3, growing by 2 feet this fall!
Our precious China doll joined our family forever on August 20, 2012, making us a Baba and Mama for the very first time!
We're looking forward to meeting and learning more about our newest addition! Due 11/05
Joined together in 2005, we love life, each other, our family and friends but more importantly, the God we serve and His precious Son. We hope this blog serves as a testament to and thanksgiving for His great love and provision for us. We'd love for you to follow along as we document the rest of our journey with our little loves, Lucy Hope Yamin (AKA Goose!), and now baby. Perhaps, somehow, it will be a blessing to you along the way!