Thursday, July 17, 2008



WooHoo. We made it. The Slawta family is reunited in Indiana. There were supposed to be exclamation points after those three sentences, but for some strange reason, blogger is telling me I can't use them in my posts...bizarre. Heeee...actually, we have been here for about 2 weeks now. Still boxes and more boxes to unpack, but all the essentials have been put away, so the rest will be weeded through when we have the time. I am amazed at all the "stuff" we've managed to collect though. We sent van-loads to the mission in NY, and I have a perpetual Goodwill box going here and keep refilling it. Wherever did I find to room to pack it all away in NY? In a home with half the square footage?

We have met many of our neighbors and they are all wonderful. They have this awesome "open Door" policy when it comes to the kids. All are welcome, wherever, and everyone just politely sends them packing when it's time to go home or for meals. So there are often some extras here, or if mine are missing, they're really not as I know right where to find them. I thought I would miss the solitude and privacy we had in NY, but I am really enjoying the secure feeling of having caring neighbors nearby.

Okay, so I will try to post a few pics, one blog entry at a time, that I've neglected to upload. These butterfly cupcakes were sooooo easy to make and we did them for Claire's birthday in school. We just cut fruit-jelly slices in half, and then in half again for the wings (must rinse scissors every 10 slices or so as they get very sticky), and used chocolate-flavored Twizzlers for the butterfly body, and melted chocolate chips squeezed out the corner of a ziploc baggie for the antennae. Really, couldn't have been easier and they looked so festive...Girly enough for the feminine quotient of the class, and tasty enough for the boys. Oh yeah, I just noticed the toothpicks in the pics, they are solely there to keep the foil from doing damage in transit.

7 comments:

Becki said...

LOVIN' the cupcakes, I will have to save this post for future reference.

So glad you are getting settled and love your new home so much, :)

JenLo said...

So glad you are settling in! I'm going to have to try those cupcakes...

Lori said...

Congrats on the move Laurie! LOVE those cupcakes... so cute!

simplyred said...

Glad to see you back online again! I've really missed your fun posts and your great blog. And I'm so glad that you are happy and liking your new home and neighborhood and neighbors.

Ernie
Gypsy Gold Studio

Thriftin and Craftin said...

Congrats on your big move, and thanks so much for stopping by my blog. As I'm sure you know, I totally agree with you and your hubby about teaching kids proper money habits. NO WAY it's good to let them blow everything. We need to be taught every step of the way. A LOT of heartache could be avoided if our schools taught finance just as they do the other core subjects in my opinion. LOVE the cupcakes. Check in soon. I love hearing from you!

Fantacy so Sweet-n-Stuff... said...

Laurie!!! :D you are close to me now!!! (well about 2 hours but I head through there somewhat regularly lol)
just wanted to say hey and see what is up in the life of the coffeequeen :D I will be in Indy (most likely) sometime around Sept 9th (close enough to spit at!)....love love love the cupcakes...i thought the toothpicks where like an entomologists (however you spell that) thing :D to keep the butterflies down hahahaaha

simplyred said...

Ok, girl, it's time for an update. Let us know what's going on with you.

Ernie
Gypsy Gold Studio