Some of us have been friends for a long time, and some of us have just met so I thought now is a good time to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Stephanie and I am a part time dental hygienist and an almost full time stay at home mom. Until about two years ago, I actually used to work full time, but a bunch of circumstances seemed to come together all at once. First, my husband graduated from nursing school and got a job working over nights. Second, my parents’ hygienist (they are dentists) left to have a baby and came back to work part time, so my parents offered the other two days to me. Third, my daughter, Ellie (who was almost three at the time), was expelled from her daycare. For biting.
I know, it is very hard to be the parent of a biter. We had meeting after meeting with the daycare and her teachers, I even talked to a patient of mine who was a child psychologist. The verdict was that at that age it is a very normal thing. According to the psychologist, she doesn’t worry about it until the child is old enough and able to express him/herself verbally. I won’t go on and on about the details. Suffice it to say that someone complained and we were asked to leave, and when we moved her to a new daycare facility, the behavior stopped – whatever the issue actually was . But the new daycare was 15 minutes out of the way from my already 45 minute commute, so we decided that I would take the part time job at my parents’ office and be home three days a week. (I was soon pregnant with Benjamin, so this worked out for the best anyway.)
I decorated my first cookie for Ellie’s first birthday party- it was a Jimmy Buffett theme. Do you want to laugh?
This was August, 2007. Since I have been home more, I have started planning our meals, and making homemade desserts. And I started doing more cookies for my nieces and nephew’s birthdays. Around the time of Ben’s first birthday, this past March, I was searching Sesame Street cookies on line and that is how I discovered Bakerella. Then SugarBelle. Then I was hooked on cookie decorating. I started paying more attention to technique and I stopped piping my icing out of plastic bags with the corners cut off. And I practiced, and practiced, and made cookies for my friends, and practiced some more. And I could still use practice, but I developed confidence (which- if you knew me in highschool- you know I lack). And I am HUGELY grateful for you, for giving me that confidence.
People are always asking why I chose “Ellie’s Bites” as the name of my cookies. Now you know. If it wasn’t for my Ellie’s bites, my cookies would still look like those margaritas and palm trees, and we would still be eating pizza and take-out four nights a week, LOL!!!!
So I picked up some really cool cookie cutters recently, and I am going to give them away to one of you. Actually, I have two things. So I will be picking two people. Since I just told you a little about me, I would love to learn a little about you. Leave me a comment (here on this blog, not on my Facebook page) and let me know something about you. Do you have kids – was one of them a biter? Do you make cookies or cakes, or do you just like to look at the pictures? Do you work or stay home (if you stay home- how do you keep the kids busy? I am sooo interested in that since I will be looking for ways to keep Ellie occupied once Kindergarden starts)? On Wednesday night, July 27, I will pick two comments (content doesn’t matter, I will write down the number of comments and pull a number out of a basket) and the first number I pick will win this:
Please don’t forget to leave your comment here, not on Facebook, and make sure you leave me an email so I can reach you. Thank you so much for letting me ramble on and on!!!! You all are really the best!