Since the last post sparked no interest...

Cake number 2. Roses. They are hard!!!


Pampered Chef

Hi everyone! I am having a Pampered Chef catalog show for the month of August and would love for all of you that stop by to take a look at what they have. I have catalogs I can mail out to anyone who would like one for them or for family members or coworkers. I really like the Pampered Chef products I've gotten recently and would love for you guys to try some out too. There is a great special going on in the month of August and that is that all of the Forged Cutlery Knives are going to be 20% off. That is pretty good as they are incredible knives. I have two of them and LOVE them. Anyways, I just wanted to put this out there and encourage you all to take a look at the site. They have tons of cool stuff and a lot of it would make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. Some of my favorites are the Bamboo Salad Tongs, Silicone Basting Brush, Quikut Paring Knives and of course their most popular product the Classic Baking Stones. All you have to do is go to the site and find what you want. If you want to order online you can do so by entering my name as the host or you can just let me know what you want and I'll order it for you. Thanks for all your help!!!





well, I wasn't really but thought I would join in on all the fun. All this stuff is probably already known about me but oh well. PLus I couldn't resist posting this picture of Baby Bean shaking her booty. One of her favorite past times. 8 Things you may no know about me:

1. I once was bored enough to discover I can fit a cue ball (from a pool table) in my mouth. I'm like the guy on the Reach commercial. Dentists love me.

2. A little over 2 years ago I had about 13 inches of my hair cut off and donated it to Locks of Love.
This is with my hair gone.

3. The fun, mischievous Elizabeth once left a 5 gallon tub of chocolate ice cream in my micro-fridge in college and didn't tell me. This created a wonderful mess of chocolate soup for me to clean up 2 days later when I found it. Mr. Bean was also a contributing factor in this.

4. I have never been skiing. Water or snow. Sad, huh?

5. My feet have shrunk since having Baby Bean. They used to be an 8 1/2 and they are now a 7 1/2. Weird, huh? Also, none of the 58 lbs I gained with her were gained in the upper female region most women like to gain it it.
The 58 lbs.

6. When Mr. Bean is not home for some reason I have a nightly ritual I follow. I kiss a picture of him, tell him goodnight and say a prayer for safety and protection for the three of us until we are together again in the same place. If he is home, there is no ritual just the nightly prayer of thanks. Maybe silly but I sleep better having done it. I also sleep with a blue elephant when he's not home.

7. My favorite part of my body is my hands. They are small and I think my fingernails are pretty.

8. I cheat on coupons at the grocery store. You know when they save 75 cents on two. I only get one and don't tell the cashier and get the 75 cents off one instead of having to buy two.


Getting to know me!

A) Four jobs I have had in my life:

1. Roger Butler Jewelers
2. The GAP
3. First Command Financial Planning
4. MOM

B) Four movies I would watch over and over:

1. The Saint
2. St. Elmo's Fire
3. Pride and Prejudice
4. Sweet Home Alabama

C) Six places I have lived:

1. Engelmanshoven, Belgium
2. Montgomery, AL
3. Charlotte, NC
4. Pekin, IL
5. Anaheim, CA
6. Fairview Heights, IL

D) Four TV Shows that I watch

1. Friends
2. Grey's Anatomy
3. Smallville
4. The Today Show
5. Ace of Cakes

E) Four places you have been on vacation:
1. Europe (Spain, France, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands)
2. San Francisco
3. Grand Cayman
4. New York City

F) People who e-mail me (regularly)
1. Kate
2. Merrill
3. Debbie
4. David

G) Four of my favorite foods:
1. Purple Dumplings
2. Orange Chicken Panda Bowl
3. Dad's Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
4. Dad's Fried Tacos

H) Four places I would rather be right now:

1. On a Cruise
2. Tahiti
3. Visiting friends and family in AL and NC
4. The Mall Shopping
I) Four friends I think will respond:
1. Michelle
2. Lane
3. Elizabeth
4. Laura

J) Four Things you would like to accomplish in the next four
y ears:
1. Having a second and possibly third child.
2. Start a cake decorating business out of my home.
3. Pay off all debt (including cars)
4. Get another dog

Cake #1

So here is my first attempt at cake decorating. What do you think? Now be honest but keep in mind it was my first attempt at it. Next week we are supposed to learn how to do roses, leaves, daisies, etc. This week was just drop flowers and borders.


Nothing much to report.

Nothing much to report here. We are all well and living life as usual. Baby Bean has started potty training. She is almost 18 months old so we are letting her set the pace and she is doing pretty well. At least I think she is. I've never done this before so I really have no real frame of reference. But she does use her potty about 4 times a day so far and after three days I think that's probably pretty good.

<---- March 2007 for my 25th birthday.

Mr. Bean and I will be celebrating our 5th Wedding Anniversary this Friday. I can't believe it's been 5 years already. Crazy how life just flies by sometimes. For instance we have been back stateside for 7 months now. That means Christmas is only 6 months away!

<---- May 2006 Hawaiian Luau

CRAZINESS!!! So much has changed in a year. We are now living in the U. S. A. again, we still have our beautiful angel, Brea but our sweet puppy is not longer with us. Brea this time last year was getting her first teeth and this year she has 12+ teeth and is potty training. So wild.

Oh, I am starting cake decorating courses this week at the base and then will be taking more at the local Hobby Lobby in July. I am so excited. I can't wait to start them. I've always wanted to be able to due all that fancy stuff they do on cakes so now I am going to learn.

Last and certainly not least, Mr. Bean and I have gotten hooked on two new shows. One being Hell's Kitchen. It's been on for two years before now but we just started watching it. It's a lot of fun and you get to see really neat things being cooked. The second which just wrapped it's 3rd season is yes, Grey's Anatomy. We didn't get in on this in the beginning as we were without the normal cable shows at the time but we have now watched season 1 and are working our way through season 2. This show combines the right amount of sarcasm with shocking medical cases and the usual nighttime drama to make you want more.

Well, that's all I have for now so I'll stop my rambling and let the few of you that may have dropped by here get back to work/school/life.