I Am Baker

Audrey the Stinker Dinker Winker Bear

On Sunday my sweet little angel woke up with a belly ache, which then led to a day of pretty consistent “emptying” of her belly.

On Monday she seemed to feel better, and made a good effort in trying to participate in the families activities.



As we were homeschooling… “Mom, I feel better!  Can I do my homeschool?”

“Have you eaten anything yet?” I inquired.  “No, and my tummy only hurts a little.  But I want to do my homeschool!”

“Okay, as soon as you can eat something we will get to work.”




“Mom, mom can I help you bake cookies?”

“Sure!  Do you think you can sit on the chair next to me?”

“I can sit real good!”

“Ok, you sit right here and watch mommy.”

*happy smiles*



“Mom, mom, mom!  Can I play angry birds?  I feel soooooooo much better!”

“Did you eat anything?”

“Yes!  I had a banana!”

“Sure, you can play for 15 minutes.”


The Faces of Audrey

It got to be closer to the time Dad comes home, so I walked to the playroom and asked Audrey,

“Honey, can you please help pick up the floor so its nice and clean when daddy comes home?”

“I cant.  I am way too sick.  I better go lay on the couch.”

Smart kid. ;)

I Am Baker


After all the trials and tribulations of 2012, I was determined to embrace hope for 2013.  I desperately hoped that in 2013 there would be no deaths, no heartbreaks, no disappointments, no rejection.

Just. No. More.

Recently I posted a story that I consider life changing.  You know, one of those stories that sticks with you and pops into your head in the most opportune moments.  When I recall it, I am in such awe that someone can put their own baggage and sense of personal loss aside to embrace a greater good moves me in a way that I can only describe as divine.

Its been about five months since my husband lost his father unexpectedly.  For some reason, the pain of losing him has not lessened.  Every new holiday that is our “first” without him, every new circumstance that we must handle without his wisdom and guidance, every memory that brings the most acute and sharp pain to our hearts… I just cant seem to find acceptance in that fact that he is no longer here.

I remember in the immediate aftermath of his passing of being so inspired by his life.  The way that he gave, the sacrifices he made, the impact he had on those around him.  Every story that people told made me realize what a gift I had in just knowing him.  And how blessed my kids were to call him grandpa.

His life moved me to the point that I wanted to change mine.

Over the holidays we spent a great deal of time with family.  My kids got used to seeing their grandparents and cousins.  When the New Year started and we didnt have plans to see them immediately, they were visibly saddened.  It was just so normal and so right… being with the people that we love.

While in Fargo we even had family pictures taken.

Looking at them now, I am trying to look past my double chins and huge belly and less than stellar fashion sense and see the family around me.  When I start to feel sad about Dennis I need to remember what his life was about.  He loved people and took care of them and gave them everything he could.  He lived.

My “i am mommy” blog might take a different turn this year, as I start to post more and more about family.  And about my growing family!

About little moments that may not mean anything to others, but mean the world to me.  (Like this one, with my Audrey and one of her namesakes, Grandma Audrey) The pictures and memories in the making that one day will hopefully mean as much to them as it does to me.  I will be sharing my faith, as I truly believe that anything that inspires and moves you deserves to be shared.

I dont have resolutions for 2013.  I know there will be trials and pain and loss just like I have faith that there will be highlights and joy and new life.

And lots and lots of laughter.


2 Corinthians 4:16-18  

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

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Rainbow Ruffle Birthday Cake

Today is my sweet little girls birthday. She is going to be four! And so far, she is the only girl among three boys. So yeah… a little princess to say the least.

Every year I let Audrey pick out what kind of cake she wants.

This is the cake she wanted last year.

And this is the cake she wanted the year before. (Ok, ok. So I may have made that choice on my own. She was only turning two.)

This year she chose a ruffle cake. But then specified that it had to be a rainbow cake. But then told me it had to be chocolate.

So needless to day, I had no idea how I was going to make a rainbow cake made of chocolate.

Which left… the exterior! Except, I had never seen a Rainbow Ruffle cake before, so I had to kinda make it up as I went along.

Getting those sweet little ruffles around a curve was easier said than done, but hopefully Audrey will love the final effect, so I am happy she challenged me!

Two of my favorite recipes were on hand for this cake.

Back to Basic’s Buttercream

The Best Chocolate Cake (I have been relying on my favorite brand for Vanilla lately, McCormick! I can really taste the difference when I use imitation brands. Only the best for the ones I love!)

The top was my oldest sons idea… he insisted I make a rainbow in circles around the top of the cake. Now, you know how much I love white, and leaving it white is exactly what I planned on doing. But seeing his face light up at his “bright” idea, I couldnt bear to say no.

Thanks to Kristen from Dine & Dish for sharing one of her birthday traditions… this is what Audrey will wake up to this morning!

And just in case you want a full tutorial for how to make your own Ruffle Cake, just head on over here and I’ll show you!

The kids all approve. Which is the most important approval there is.

Well, except Audrey! She will get to see it later tonight when we celebrate… but I have a sneaking suspicion she will be happy.

I do have at least one more post before Christmas… in which I might be returning to the red/green. Or not!! Cant wait to share with you! :)

I Am Baker

Name That Photo Contest Winner!

So I asked you to name this picture.

And boy did you ever!

Here are some of my favs:

From kookla9 on instagram

“What has two pointing fingers and loves cupcakes?  You do.”

From Tammy

“JESUS wants YOU

From carlasconfections on Instagram

“You will make me a cupcake!” (using the “force”)

From Heather O

“Take that suckas”

From mammarada on Instagram

“Pull them both, I dare you!”

From Mary

“Aint no sunshine when I’m gone.” Brilliant!

From fafabear8 on Instagram

“Hey fongool, I’m Sandra Dee!” 

From msmindy on Instagram

“You’re my honeybunch, sugarplum pumpy-umpy-umpkin, you’re my sweetie pie, you’re my cuppycake, gumdrop, snoogums-boogums, you’re the apple of my eye!”  We LOVE that book!

And my almost favorite:

From Liz

“I’m crushing your head.”  I used to do that ALL the time when I was a kid!  You brought back memories! 


And now for the winner.

Its not so much ‘funny’ as much as it is so stinkin perfect for my little girl I cant take it.


From hookemhil on Instagram

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” -Shakespeare

I have never heard that quote and I could not love it more.

Miss ‘hookemhil’ you have won a Kindle.  Please email me at manda2177@aol so I get get you your Kindle!

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Name That Photo Contest (contest closed)

I took this picture of Audrey today.

And I loved it.  But didnt know why.

She is rockin pig tails.  And my old sunglasses with no lens.  And her Little Miss Sunshine shirt.

And of course, plenty of attitude.

So I leave it to you.

Name this photo.

Best caption wins.

Judged by me.  I am sarcastic and have a dry sense of humor and pretty conservative so no cursing please.

The winner gets a Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display.

This Kindle.  Brand new.  Shipped to you from Amazon.

I would even be willing to ship it to your mom for Mothers Day.  (in case you are anything like me and have not gotten your mom a gift yet!)

To be entered to win simply leave a comment with your best caption for the above picture of Audrey.  You can enter as many times as you want.

Approximate retail value of the kindle is $100.

Knowing you are the wittiest person in the world? Priceless.

Giveaway will end on May 10 2012 at 11:00pm CST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.


***This contest is also open to my Instagram friends.  Your comment on the above picture in my Instagram feed will also be counted in the giveaway.


I Am Baker

Kids Say the Greatest Things

We often let the children pray before dinner.  Parker had just finished his prayer when Audrey declared it was her turn.

We all sat still, bowed our heads, and listened intently.

She began, “Dear Jesus, please bless our house… and Colton… and our house… and Parker… and la la la la la la la la la (singing) ….and daddy… la la la la la la la la  la la la la…”

And more “la la’s”,

and more “la la’s.”

Colton finally had had enough and said, “Audrey… come on.  Thats not prayin, its just delayin!”

To which we all burst into a fit of giggles.


I took this picture with my new phone using the free Instagram app.  I am completely addicted to Instragram and must know if you are on it.  I cant help but ‘heart’ almost every picture I see and comment on almost every one as well!

Its been SO cool getting to know people better through this beautiful and creative form of expression.  Please do let me know if you use it too!

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Now Thats a Great Grandma

The day after Christmas we ventured to Fosston, MN to visit my Great Grandma Inga.

I never get it right, but I believe she is 94.  Or 93.  Or 97.

Lets just say she is over 40.

My Audrey is named after Grandma Inga’s daughter Audrey. (My grandma Audrey)

This picture gets me a bit choked up… even though the lighting was off and its a little blurry… its Inga and Eddie.  Grandma Inga was married to my Grandpa Eddie.  He passed away over a decade ago, but obviously was a huge impact in my life as I named my son after him.



This visit with Grandma was different.

The way she recalled memories of her beloved, the way she allowed herself to get caught up in thinking about him and their life together, I was choked up more than once listening to her reminisce.

So thankful for our time together!


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The Birthday

Although her birthday is technically not until today, we celebrated Audrey’s birthday over the weekend.

My friend Kristen has this amazing picture of birthday streamers and I knew I wanted to do that for Audrey.

So I spent a whopping $3 and got three rolls of streamers, then taped them up all over the living room.

Audrey stood in the center and beamed a beautiful and proud grin at anyone who would walk by.  She was so tickled that it was all for her!

She was dancing and moving like a robot and having so much fun maneuvering through the pink and white crepe paper ‘room’.

Then we all hopped in the car and met the family over at Grandma’s house. Audrey was so excited to see her cake and even steal some frosting!

She is so just like her mama.

If you want to see more of her birthday cake its here!

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Audreys P’s and Q’s

I was busily typing an email today and Audrey came up and asked if she could sit on my lap.

Not breaking my stride, I moved a knee out and let her hop on.

She kept leaning closer and closer to my computer until her face was completely blocking the screen.

I stopped just looked at her.

She turned around and said,

“Mom you forgot the Q.”

“Oh really?  Did I need one?”

“Yup.” she told me matter of fact-ly.  “You must not be very good at Q’s.”