Friday, April 09, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010!

Here we go again! Welcome here everyone for my annual party post! My blog, This is the Great Adventure, is my so called 'adventure book' following my life as a wife, mommy and artist. I love blogging and how much it has changed my life. Meeting new friends, sharing my life (good and bad) and most recently taking part in Project 365, a photo daily for a year.

Before I go any further, lets have some goodies, I was going to make a big cake for you all, but because of my crazy schedule this week, I could only offer you mug cake! Haven't had it before, well stand back and be amazed at how quick you can have warm chocolate cake in your hands... a good one for that monthly PMS fix girls, haha.

Here is how it goes, take a nice size mug and put in:
4 tbsp flour
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cocoa

Mix well and then add:
1 egg
3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp oil
splash of vanilla

Again, mix well and microwave (no cover) for 2-3 minutes. It will look like its going to spill over when its cooking, but don't freak out, it won't go over the edge. When done, dump it onto a plate and enjoy! Its so awesome, and if you want, add some chocolate chips for an extra boost of chocolate flavor! I guess my snack can also be my picture of the day, yay!

Project 365 - Day 99

Well, now that we have our cake, lets meet the family! First off is my hubby Ken. We have been together 10 years now, and will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary next summer. Yes, if you do the math, we got married pretty quickly. After 6 months of dating we got engaged and married the following summer. I love my amazing man, he is such a wonderful father and husband. He is an animator, and pretty much dabbles in all things connected to it. He works as an adviser and instructor at an animation school, is just finishing writing his second book on stop motion (coming to book stores this summer- The Advanced Art of Stop Motion Animation), he also animates freelance projects and wrote and teaches an online course that operates out of San Francisco. So to say he is busy is an understatement, but he always finds time for our kids and me.

Next up is our first born, Ariel! She is a feisty 3.5 year old girl who is destined for stardom. She loves to sing, dance and act silly. Ariel is our fashion queen and keeps us on our toes with her drive for adventure.

My girl is pretty much always smiling and has us rolling with her funny sayings. Her life consists of preschool, something she wanted to do since 2, and ballet classes. Swimming is also a fun activity, but currently is on hold till summer. With two artistic parents, its no surprise she has the art gene too. Painting, drawing and creative endeavors seem to be her strong suit. She always has several paintings to bring home from school, usually with funny stories tied to them. Ariel loves church, especially Sunday school, her growing love for God is amazing and makes me so happy.

Then there is our little boy and the last piece of our family puzzle. Xander was born just at the end of the summer and so for the last party I was preggers. He is a sweet heart and gentle spirit. He was my little miracle that helped get me through the sudden lost of my Nana. My seven month old boy is almost crawling. He loves to squeal and try out his newly discovered voice. He thinks Ariel is the funniest thing ever, and he is always looking for her. The best known trait my son has... HAIR!

He startled the doctor who was doing my c-section with his mane of hair. She gasped and said oh wow! He kinda looked like he was wearing a hair piece when he was first born. It has only gotten more thick and gorgeous! Girls are going to love it when he is older, haha. One of his favorite things to do is jump, so I think he is going to keep us all on our toes once he is mobile.

As for me, I am a full time mom these days. I also dabble in freelance work related to graphic design, painting and photography. I also love baking and cooking up new goodies, sewing and quilting and party planning! I love a good party!!! Its great for me to wear different hats to help my life stay fresh and keep my brain going. My kids always come first, but its nice to have things that are just for me too!

Well, I hope you stop by again! We always have something fun happening. Lots of stories, lots of pictures and lots of adventures! Party on!


Shelly said...

Hi Jay, it sounds like you have a very fun and happy family. I enjoyed reading your introduction.

joeandbridge said...

Hi there! Popping in to be your newest google follower. My oldest daughter is creative and artsy, have no idea where she gets it! LOL! Hope you can swing by my blog! Have a super weekend!

Bridgette Groschen
The Groschen Goblin

Heather said...

Stopping by the party - you have adorable children!!

Erin said...

Wow that is a lot of hair! Following you from UBP. I hope you'll come check out our chaos at

Teri Lynne Underwood said...

LOVE it!! I'm trying the 365 challenge but this week I've only managed two pics. Up til now I'd only missed two days. Ugh...

Great pics and lovely family!

MisAdventuresofMomof3 said...

Hiya popping in from UBP10. I'm your newest follower! You have a beautiful family.

Misadventures Of Mom of 3

sleeplessnights04 said...

I'm so sorry I missed the party - your family sounds lovely, that's why I keep reading :o). I myself was knee deep in 'Hippo' so to speak last night.

aimymichelle said...

hey i'm gonna follow you stopping through on the party!

Susieqtpies said...

Toot Tootin' the #UBP10 Party Horn!!!

I'm your newest blog follower

Stop in and toot your horn!!!

at Scraps of Life

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Those mug cakes are wonderful! Just dropping in from the UBP to say hi :)

sleeplessnights04 said...

I feel so silly, maybe I should have taken the time to read up on UBP more before saying I missed it :o( I've got my banner flying high now - party on ladies!

Michelle said...

Hi Jay.

Great post ;) The pictures of the children are great ,love the one of Ariel in the pettiskirt is a favorite..

Sir Xander is too cute ;)

Amy said...

I {heart} you guys! Come back for another visit to Disneyland!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Stopping in from the party! LOVE your pics! And wow, your precious son have some hair!!! He's too cute! And I love how your little girl looks like such a sassafras in her hot pink tutu and shades. Thanks for the cake! Without my friend, the cocoa bean, I get like Godzilla with PMS.

Come see me!

Shonda said...

Hi Jay- What a nice intro. I need to make my cake! Cute family. Come visit me @ Knowlton Nest. -Shonda (

Jadehollow said...

Dropping in from UBP .. You have a beautiful family Jay. What A Great Blog .. I will return for sure :) Happy Partying!

~Debbie aka Jadehollow

Cascia said...

Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. You have a great site. I would love it if you visited my blog and left me a comment! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

The Healthy Moms

Jen said...

You have a great blog. Your kids are adorable! I'm stopping by from the UBP '10.


Maria and Michelle said...

Your house sounds like a lot of fun, such adorable children too! Just visiting from UBP '10, feel free to swing by our blog for some peanut butter pie and to enter our giveaway! I can't wait to look around your blog some more. Have a great weekend!

~ Michelle @ FTSN

pregnancy and baby said...

Hope you had some fun at the party! can't wait till next year, hope to see you next year!

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