Happy Birthday To Me ! – The 411

A few weeks ago, I had a great birthday celebration with my family. We took a trip to Savannah, Georgia and spent four days playing tourists.

We had a lovely hotel suite overlooking the Savannah River in the historic district.

We took a dolphin sighting tour and ate at a lot of popular hotspots. I was sorely disappointed that Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room was closed due a death in their family. That was the one place I was pressed to go to. Their food is amazing!

I am still getting gifts for my month long birthday celebration. I love it !

My daughter’s father gave me these Gucci sunglasses.

My mom gave me a gift daily the week of my birthday from my baby girl…

Mommy’s stemless wine glass

MOM Bracelet

Stainless steel teaspoon

This custom card was made in my baby girl’s image !

A view of our hotel from the boat

Dolphin

A local burger place that had 174 burgers on their menu !

A spa gift certificate from my sister, J.

A box of fresh baked cookies from a friend who has a bakery in NC.

Needless to say, I am enjoying the month of July.

I am dreading August because we are packing up and putting everything in storage and moving back into the oceanfront condo. We will be traveling to DC for one week and will be in Nashville next week to attend Anita Baker’s concert and do some sightseeing. It will be a hectic month. We are then departing for NY on September 2nd and will be in town for a few days for appointments before leaving for the UK to celebrate the baby’s birthday with a tea party.

Hope you all are enjoying summer !

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Twenty Months Old – The 411

Today my baby is officially 20 months old !

Can you believe how time has flown by?

Above is a picture of us at her first gymnastics class.

She had a blast !

We are enrolling her in a dance/music class this week as well.

We definitely want to expose her to as much in life as possible. What ever she expresses an interest in, we will help cultivate and develop those interests.

I am struggling with the fact that my baby will be TWO years old in four months! Wow !

We just got back from a trip to Las Vegas. My mom and I flew my nephew out for his birthday. The baby had a great time shopping on the strip and eating out. We took a gondola ride which she enjoyed so much. My child loves water!

Here is a pic of my mom and the baby on the gondola. I can not wait to take her to Venice to ride one there….

Until next post…. I hope everyone is well !

Nineteen Months Old Today- The 411

My sweet girl is 19 months old today ! Where does time go?

She is as busy as ever and a ball of bubbly energy.

She is starting terrible twos already and her new favorite phrase is “no no no !”

My baby’s latest obsession is READING ! She is constantly shoving books under our noses to read to her ! We have started the Baby Can Read program and the challenge is getting her to sit for extended periods. We will continue until I get her conditioned to sitting. She had no problem sitting at preschool but at home with Mommy, it is different.

We are planning her 2nd birthday bash. The theme will be Tea for 2 ! We are taking her to London for 6 days and we will have high tea at the Ritz for her birthday. My mom, and a few of our friends are supposed to be going. I am putting the travel plans together now.

We are excited to do this with her. I decided against doing a birthday party for her annually because people always RSVP and do not show up. I would rather plan trips and make photo albums for her with all of memories to view when she is older.

This summer, we plan to take her to Costa Rica, Dubai, and hopefully can get to Tampa to Busch Gardens Africa before it gets hot.

We are looking for a lake house to purchase in Florida before Fall so that we can move there as our Winter residence because it is consistently warmer. It has been extremely cold the past few years during Fall and Winter and we have spent quite a bit of time in FL this year and fell in love with it.

Until next post….

Cinnamon Rolls with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting – Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 (3 1/2ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 2 12 teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • Filling

  • 12 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

Add ingredients to bread machine in the order as above. Using the DOUGH cycle, start the bread machine.

After the machine cycle has completed, punch down the dough and roll out on a floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread brown sugar mixture over the dough as close to the edge as possible. Roll dough, from longest end, into a tight log then cut into 1.5 inch slices. Place on a parchment paper lined jelly roll pan. Warm oven for a few minutes and then turn off. Place the pan, covered with a cloth, into the oven and let rise for 45-60 mins.

Remove pan from oven and preheat oven to 350. Bake rolls for 16-21 mins.

Frosting:

2 1/2 sticks softened butter

16oz softened cream cheese

3c powdered sugar

1T vanilla extract

3T Bourbon

Place ingredients into a stand mixer bowl and whisk together until smooth. Ice the warm rolls.