32 In Life

2 Flashbacks

1st flashback: Last week.

Mom drove me home from the airport and stayed. It’s always such a treat to have her here. She loves her grand babies

… and will probably be a tad perturbed that I posted a picture of her without makeup. Speaking of makeup, like most grandmothers, she has a hard time saying no. On more than one occasion I’d be quite surprised by Paige’s appearance; bright red lips, rosy red cheeks, and she always smelled of “night cream”.

We made some cookies last week… good sugar cookies. It’s always such a mess but I love little hands in the kitchen with me. {most of the time} Thank you, Stephanie {in AZ} for our princess cookie cutters… we love them!!






The cookie recipe came from my friend Tami and may actually be Martha’s but it is perfect for rolling and cutting. It makes a dense, not too sweet cookie, that is perfect for icing with a very simple icing.

  • 4.5 C flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter {room temp}
  • 2 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs. Mix dry ingredients together. Add vanilla to milk. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture to the creamed butter and sugar mixture until well incorporated.

Scrape dough from bowl and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Divide into 4 sections, roll one section at a time and cut shapes. Place cut out cookies on parchment {I never bake without parchment!} lined baking sheets and bake for 8 to 10 mins.  Let cool.


Mix powdered sugar with a little bit of milk and vanilla extract until you reach the consistency of Elmer’s glue, add food coloring if you like and frost cookies.

 I don’t have any pictures of the iced cookies because by then I had lost my patience. 🙂


John Martin also got his hair cut. It was a little too out of control and it looked like he had “ear warmers”…. he seems pleased with his new ‘do.


I could eat his face off.

2nd flashback: 1985.

4 of our friends are moving away. To bid them farewell, we sent them off with a totally rockin’ 1980’s themed going away party. {That’s Justin in the jams.}


Since Mom was in town we had a built in babysitter which also allowed me time to shop alone at the thrift store Friday pre-party {and enough time to wash and dry what I bought}. I was so tickled in there, people were staring at me as I laughed and laughed. I called Justin and asked if he wanted black acid washed jeans or jams… he quickly answered “jams”. I found an equally impressive outfit for myself and while checking out I mentioned to the clerk I was getting ready for a party. She told me how cute my shoes were and how cute my skirt was. I thought she couldn’t be serious, but she was, so I just thanked her for the compliment and told her what a great deal they were.


Our kids thought we looked awesome. “Mommy, you look like a bootiful pwincess!” Paige would say. Then she’d touch my hair. Paige is the queen of compliments, if you’re ever not feeling good about yourself you can hang around her and she’ll tell you how “pwetty” you look. My skirt is by My Michelle, let me know if you want to borrow it or my shoes. I also had the pleasure of styling Justin’s hair. It had so much hairspray in it that it could have also served as a helmet.

All of the girls pretty much looked the same: hot pink nails, big earrings, blue eyeshadow, big hair {or bad wigs}, capri leggings, short skirts, off the shoulder tops… and how cool is the splatter paint backdrop?


Belinda Carlisle, Michael Jackson, Poison, B52s, Journey, Tiffany… you name it, we heard it and we sang it… karaoke style! Most came as rockin’ couples.

Others came as preps.

 Tim and Jill came as the conservative couple… how ’bout those 1980’s Mom jeans with a tight roll!? Aren’t they awesome!??


Seriously, I’ve not laughed as hard as I did that night in a long time. It was so much fun, I think we should do it once a month. I love these people a LOT! More hilarious pictures in Flickr… just click on any of the above pictures, they’ll take you there.

Happy Monday!!

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  • brandy
    October 12, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with sugar cookies! They are so yummy and cute, but by the time we start icing I am asking myself why I did this again!? The party looks like a blast!

  • stephanie
    October 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    your husband’s hair is AWESOME! lol!!!

    And actually, your hair looks great….And i mean 2009 great…well, it needs to be “devolume-ised” a little. But love it!

  • Jacci
    October 12, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Oh, wow! That’s so awesome 🙂 The gal second from the right – in the blue shirt – she looks EXACTLY like my best friend, Tracy, from 6th grade. That would have been around 1987 – just about right.

    “I think we’re alone now (now, now)…” Thanks for the Tiffany sings the Beatles hit going through my head!!! 🙂


  • alison g. (brazil)
    October 12, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Hilarious party! Can you believe some of that gear is coming back? I always giggle a bit because the Brazilian women are ALWAYS wearing off-the-shoulder tops – guess they’re either WAY ahead of us (80’s stuff coming back) or they never let it go!

    JM’s haircut is precious, but I’m always a little sad to see baby boys go “to the barber” – they seem so much more like little boys than babies 🙁

  • pam
    October 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    please thank justin for providing my monday morning laugh! that hair is too funny. pam

  • Amanda F
    October 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    With absolutely all due respect, I think you and your hubby could reuse those costumes and make an attractive looking Ken & Barbie set for Halloween. 🙂 Seriously, though, it looked like a LOT of fun! What a great way to spend a night out with friends!

  • Lindsey
    October 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Oh D–too funny!!! Those pics make me miss everyone so much!! Say hi to all the crew for me. I had a little happy for you that 3 year hands go to….and broke it. Tried to call yesterday for her to apologize to you, but Justin said you were out to run errands. I’m not sure how much of a lesson she would have learned though b/c instead of being saddened that she had to apologize, she was upset she didn’t get to talk on the phone to you and Justin! Such a stinker. Love and miss you. Hug and kiss those kiddos for me.

  • Lillian @ Domestic Simplicity
    October 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    That looks like SUCH a rad time!!

  • Jennifer
    October 12, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I love flashback parties! We just had one, but ours was a flashback to high school- the 90’s! It was so fun- complete with senior pictures!

  • Christie
    October 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    What a cute party idea! I have been to so many 70s parties but never and 80s party — and that music is right up my alley! As for the 80s style, I am glad it went out of style, and I am not sure why it seems to be coming back for this fall?!?!?

  • heather
    October 12, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I was in high school in the 80’s and even though it’s been more than 20 years, I can still tease my bangs and peg my jeans like there’s nobody’s business!

  • mandy
    October 12, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I truly love the 80’s pictures! What fun….Justin’s hair made me laugh the most!
    Love trying new roll-out cookie recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  • jade
    October 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Oh my Darby! You’ve got me in stitches over here. Hilarious!

  • Becky
    October 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    hilarious!! justin’s hair is killin’ me. killin.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    October 12, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I love a throwback party so much. I had to go check out the flickr page to see who all I knew {of course} and I recognize some pretty rockin’ Dothanites there. HA!
    I think we are going retro for Halloween this year. Better get out my pick and hairspray. And I know those rollers are around here SOMEwhere.

  • Mary Feagley
    October 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Hate to tell y’all this….but I teach high school, and I see this stuff on a daily basis (minis, leggings, even neon/dayglo)…ok, minus the pegging! I even saw some deck/boat shoes the other day! Of course, they say if you were there to wear it the first time…

  • Victoria
    October 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Hi- i just wanted you to know 1) i love the blog 2)your kids are to precious for words 3) you really know how to rock the 80’s look!

  • Melissa
    October 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I am rolling on the floor over this one! I was a child of the 80s, and remember all this soooo well! And how cool is it that the guys actually went along with it and dressed up?!? Love JM’s new haircut too!

  • Melissa
    October 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Oh, and the music…..I remember going to school dances when I was in 7th, 8th, maybe 9th grade and hearing all thos songs! Memories….some good, some not so good, but memories….

  • Anne
    October 12, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Next time you need to have an 80’s Prom like we did…big puffed sleeves and lots of “bow butts” haha. It does make everyone loosen up a little doesn’t it. There’s nothing like a costume party! Justin’s hair is pretty funny!

  • Anne
    October 12, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Just for the record…I was a mom in the 80’s…but happy to say I NEVER wore jeans like those mom jeans. They are hilarious.

  • elizabeth
    October 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    every year i try to make sugar cookies and get so frustrated. i end up saying i’ll never make them again, but i eventually get over it and try again.

    your 80’s pictures cracked me up! those mom jeans were hilarious. glad you had a date night!

  • Shireen
    October 13, 2009 at 7:27 am

    This is HILARIOUS! Now, I understand your comment from last night about the 80’s party! 🙂 Ha! Well, you and Justin look HOT! 😉 Yall did it up right…totally 80’s.
    Thank you for texting me last night…let’s talk this week, just whenever we have time online! Otherwise, I could call you over the weekend…trying to watch my cell minutes! 🙂 You and I could talk for hours…not a bad thing, but weekends are FREE!!! 🙂
    Love you! Looking forward to catching up. Hope your power is back on! 🙂 I guess it doesn’t matter too much, now! 🙂

  • Nancy
    October 13, 2009 at 8:21 am

    The 80’s…. totally rad! Love your slingback flats. And, the peg jeans. Perfect. The perfect peg was an art form. As well as the large fluffy, aqua netted bangs. True art, I tell you! 🙂

  • bellamia
    October 13, 2009 at 9:29 am

    This was the most fun I’ve had in a long time!!! My mouth hurt so bad from all the laughing, of course that’s not the only thing that hurt! My back has really been feeling it….3 hours of non-stop cardio(so worth it though!)!! I will still just randomly burst into laughs during the day over Justin’s hair!! That was the best!!Love you guys!

  • Melise
    October 13, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Oh gracious that looks like so much fun! Both things! Thanks for the cookie recipe! I simply cannot wait to see what you’ll do for Cmas!!!

  • Abby Maddox
    October 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Too bad the eighties are over, you and Justin are lookin’ oh so good! Especially all that hair, Darby.

  • stephanie
    October 13, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks so much for the “shout out” I feel so important:) Those 80’s photos are SO FUNNY! I was in high school in the (VERY)late 80’s…so, that is what I was really looking like!!! What was my mom thinking letting me leave the house like that!?!

  • stephanie
    October 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    ooops that did not sound very nice. You all look great! What I meant to say is….wow how times have changed!

  • Sara Jane
    October 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

    We loved reading Corduroy when we were little! It made me so sad that he was so lonely in that big ol’ mean store.

    The sugar cookies look perfect!

  • Sara Jane
    October 14, 2009 at 11:50 am

    and Justin looks 12 in that getup!

  • Tanya
    October 14, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, that’s my roomie from college standing by you..Amanda! These pictures are hilarious. We attended many swaps looking just like this. Looks like fun!

    John Martin is precious.