Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What's in a name

Today I am linking up with Momfessionals to talk about how we came up with our boys names.

Trevor Roberts
We had a really hard time coming up with a name for our first born. We had a list of 5 names (Trevor, Nathaniel, Lucas, Nicholas, Jared) and we let our friends at our shower vote on the name they liked best. I did let everyone know I had veto power. My guests favorite name was Nicholas. I love the name but thought it was too popular for what I wanted. Jared was the name Rob and I agreed on and that was going to be his name until about 3 weeks before his birth. Rob decided at that point that he liked Trevor better and I liked it too, so Trevor it is. His middle name is after my mother's maiden last name (which is also naming him after my grandfather who is one of my most favorite men ever) and Rob's and his father's name Robert.

If Trevor had been a girl, we were considering Natalie and Reese (and I'm sure others that I can't remember).

Nolan Michael
As soon as I found out I was pregnant the second time, I knew if it was a boy he was going to be Nolan. I just love the name, good thing Rob does too. It still is one of my very favorite names. It was so easy naming him. We chose Michael for no other reason than we liked the way it sounded together. Looking back I kind of wish I gave him a family name for a middle name since the other two have family names, but oh well. I love his name and if you know Nolan, you know I often have the opportunity to say/yell NOLAN MICHAEL.

Honestly, I can't remember considering much other than Reese had Nolan been a girl. I think we were fairly certain he was going to be a boy.

Griffin Kyle
When we found out we were having our third boy, we had exhausted all our boy names. We spent 9 months trying to come up with the perfect name for our precious 3rd boy. We were stuck on Quinn for a very long time but I decided late in my pregnancy that I wanted Griffin instead. Frankly, I liked the name Griffin all along but was worried about it being to sing-songy with our 'G' last name. Obviously, I got over that and I am glad I did. His middle name is my maiden name and I am happy he has a name that is part me (not to mention it is a pretty great name, if you ask me).

If Griffin was a girl we were considering Harper, Reese and my favorite girl name now is Hadley.

So that is how my boy's got their names. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015


With the sun shinning and temps predicted to be in the 60's, we headed to the slopes for a perfect ski/riding day.
Griffin was scheduled for a day of lessons. He was pretty nervous before starting

but quickly perked up and had a great day on the slopes with his instructor Judy.

Trevor and Nolan headed up the mountain together.
The quickly realized they were over dressed... you think Trevor?

and lightened the wardrobe and flew down the mountain a few more times.
The boys went their own ways in the afternoon.  Trevor hit the black diamonds,
Nolan enjoyed the blues 
and we enjoyed the sun and rum punch on the deck. A great day for all!
The rain came in late in the afternoon but that did not stop the three of them to take one last run all together. Nothing makes me happier than seeing my boys all get along. (G is upset because he fell getting on the lift).
And of course, I always get sad when I think about next year and how Trevor will not be home most weekends. I just can't imagine not having him around everyday.

It was a wonderful day and a wonderful way to end the long winter we have had.  Now let's melt the snow and move onto summer.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Baking a Cake for Mom's Birthday

First, happy birthday to my wonderful Mom. Yesterday we celebrated her. The sun was shinning brightly for the first time this year on her birthday, so we hung on the deck with margarita's and guacamole.
My mom is an amazing cook/baker so she is usually the one in the kitchen, but on her birthday she gets to take a break.  

I made her cake... from scratch! This was my first time ever doing that. I don't love to be in the kitchen, but I don't hate it either. I would rather bake than cook. And if I am being honest, I had fun making her birthday cake.

The cake was very pretty and it was yummy too. The icing was my favorite.
I searched the internet for a Lemon Cake (made without a cake mix and/or pudding).

This is what I found on recipes.com:

Nathan's Lemon Cake 
Cooking spray
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup granulates sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 Cup nonfat buttermilk
2 Tablespoons finely grated lemon rind
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 Cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 Tablespoon lemon rind
1/4 cup lemon juice
Lemon rind strips (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms of pans with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray. Dust pans with 2 tablespoons flour, and set aside.
3. Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups, and level with knife. Combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, string with a whisk.
4. Place granulates sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs. one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture and nonfat buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Beat in 2  tablespoons lemon rind and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
5. Pour batter into prepared pans, sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350 fro 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack; remove wax paper from cake layers.
6. To prepare the icing combine powdered sugar and the remaining ingredients (except lemon rind strings) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk until smooth. Place 1 cake layer on plate; spread half of icing on top of cake. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining half of icing over top of cake. Garnish with lemon rind strips, if desired. Store cake loosely covered in the refrigerator.
I followed this recipe to a T. Since I was new to this I wanted to do it right. The recipe was great. I did not have 8" cake pans so I used 9" and baked the cake for 27 minutes instead. I wish I had 8" pans because I think the cake would have looked better but I am happy with how it turned out and I will make it again.

Monday, April 6, 2015


Easter was spent with some of my favorite family and friends.
The Easter bunny brought the big boy's some early Easter presents, but they still got a basket with a few goodies.
Griffin loved his basket. He got a ninja turtle stuffed ball, an Easter tervis cup, sunglasses, 2 pairs of swim shorts, farm cheesy pasta, ds game and lots of candy.
Cool kid showed up for Easter.
Trevor got a new soccer bag, vita game, shower gel, soccer pasta and candy.
Nolan was in a mood all morning. He got a rubix cube, flip flops, hockey pasta, hockey cards, hockey figure and candy. He would not smile for me and he quickly opened his basket and headed back to his room. He missed the egg hunt :(

Trevor helped Griffin find the eggs on this very cold Easter.
Rob was dressed for the occasion.
The rest of the day was spent with friends and family playing games, watching hockey, eating, laughing, eating, drinking and being merry!