Happy Birthday Web Guy!

DSC00171.JPGTomorrow, May 12th, is Web Guy’s birthday. (Many of you know that Web Guy is also College Boy.) He will be leaving the teens forever, and turning 20. That’s a bit hard to imagine. Where did all of that time go?? Thankfully, we’ll get to see him next week as we pick him up from college and bring him home for the summer. I’m looking forward to having an on-site tech expert for a few months again. It ought to be a calmer summer than last summer. Last summer we were knee deep in getting inventory in and setting up The Loopy Ewe. Our goal was to have it up and running by August 1st. Web Guy had been working on it since he arrived home from college (mid-May) and around July 1st he told me that he was scrapping the whole site and starting over. I had to sit down. In my mind, it went like this, “Starting over?? What do you mean starting over? You’ve been working on it for 6 weeks! We open in 4 weeks. How can you start over? We have yarn here! We need to get this going!” What came out of my mouth was, “Oh? Why?” Well, apparently the “template website” would never allow “us” to do the great things “we” wanted it to be able to do, so he was going to build it from scratch, instead. Starting 4 weeks before we wanted to open. In my mind, it went like this, “Aaaaaaacccccckkkkkkkk!!!!!” What came out of my mouth was, “Are you sure?” He said he was and that I needed to trust him, and so I did. Of course he was right. We opened August 1st. Of course he was right. I do love the extra things that we can do with the site that he built right in there. I might be biased a little, but I think he’s a pretty smart guy. And I hope you all will leave him birthday greetings in the comments to make up for the fact that he’s celebrating his birthday away from home!

Today’s recipe is one that I will make again when we can celebrate his birthday in person. It’s fun and delicious!

DSC00633.JPGDirt Cake

1 large package chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup powdered sugar

1 large carton whipped topping (12 oz – Cool Whip)

2 boxes instant vanilla pudding (3 1/2 oz)

2 1/2 cups milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Crush cookies and put 1/4 of the crumbs in a brand new large flower pot. (You can line it with foil if it makes you feel better.) πŸ™‚ Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add powdered sugar. Fold in whipped topping. In separate bowl, mix milk, pudding and vanilla. Fold both mixtures together. Alternate layers of the pudding mixture with cookie crumbs, saving enough to completely cover the top so that it looks like dirt. Pop some gummy worms or new silk flowers into the top of the pot. Refrigerate until serving time.

Sheri wishingallofyou(andyourmoms)aHappyMother’sDay!


  1. Oooo…I’m the first to comment! Sock Club socks coming along here!

    Happy Birthday College Boy/Web Guy!

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sheri!

    Happy Mother’s Day to all you sock-knitting Moms!

  2. Happy birthday College Boy!

    Happy Mother’s Day Sheri!

    (I get to celebrate Mother’s Day by putting my son on a plane to go overseas for two weeks with his dad. I’m looking forward to the break ;-).)

  3. Happy, happy birthday College Man / Web Dude! Keep making your Mom proud!

    p.s. Having only 3 weeks to meet my August 1st deadline, I was able to debut my first professional website. You’re a good son :o)

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Sheri!

  4. Happy Birthday, Web Guy/College Boy! The web site is working great! Thank you for setting it up & debugging it. (I can appreciate all of the work that went into it because of my son’s involvement in e-Commerce web sites, among other computer-related stuff, as a Computer Systems Science major in college.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sheri and all of the knitting Moms & Grandmas, etc out there!

    I hope everyone has a great weekend! My College Boy is on his way back to college, for summer school & work for the summer, at the moment. I’m surprised at how many credits are required for his double majors. I can’t wait until my goodies from this week’s Sneakup arrive, most likely on Monday!

  5. happy birthday web guy! you are the only person ever to explain how to add a button to my blog in a way that made sense (to me). for your birthday i want to fly you out to my house so you and mr yarn pirate can fix my stupid shopping cart so it doesn’t oversell.

    you guys are such a great family. it’s so nice how you all work together to help each other. if only more families were like yours πŸ™‚

  6. Happy Happy Birthday, Web Guy/College Boy!! Thanks for making theis website so wonderful. And a very Happy Mother’s Day to you, Sheri πŸ™‚

  7. Happy Birthday Web Guy! You’ve done a wonderful job keeping the website up and running even when we all do our best to crash it. πŸ™‚

    I never realized that the Loopy Ewe hasn’t been open for a year yet. For some reason I thought you all had been doing this for years now. πŸ™‚

    Oh yum….Dirt Cake!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Happy Birthday Web Guy! I had a feeling you were a smart fella who had built it from scratch because it’s so well designed and works so well. There are a lot of online shops (include some big ones with, presumeably, decent set up resources) who would be lucky to be even half as good.

  9. Happy Birthday web guy! This site just keeps getting better and better. You should be proud to have it on your resume. I love the new and improved version of Search. It’s great that you can look at yarns regardless of whether they are still in stock. And it’s very cool that the Photo Gallery items cross reference to the detail pages for the yarns and patterns and such. I love being able to see the patterns worked in various yarns and that I can link over to the yarn listing to see what the colorway looked like before it was knit up. Anyway… I’m babbling… Have a great birthday!!

  10. Sherri:
    Happy birthday to Web Guy / College Boy! Guess what… my daughter’s birthday is also tomorrow and guess how old she will be. 20!! What a hoot. Guess that means you and I were both having a whole lot of fun at the same time 20 years ago. Dang…. how can that have been 20 years ago? But I digress…

    Anyhoo, hope he has a great day. I’m going up to visit my daughter at school tomorrow – her birthday, sorority parents’ weekend and Mother’s day all in the same weekend. Let the celebrating begin!

  11. Happy Birthday, College Boy! And Happy Mother’s Day to you Sheri, and to your mom! Let’s all raise a pot of Dirt Cake to honor the whole Loopy Family!

  12. Thank you for making such an easy AND FUN website for all of us!! I enjoy everything–especially the photo galleries (sorted by yarn brand—too cool!!!).

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, College Boy! You’re a blessing!!

    P.S. Please feel free to say “Howdy” to any other College Boys around there. πŸ™‚ Their mothers might miss them.

    Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

  13. Your son’s done a great job with the website! Almost a year later, it’s doing fantastic. I’m sure you’re very proud. Happy birthday Web Guy…hope you have a wonderful day!

  14. Happy Birthday, Web Guy/College Boy! (My own brother is a Web Guy/College Boy, too – I’m working on some nice geeky socks for him as a graduation gift next week!) And Happy Mother’s Day to you, Sheri! πŸ™‚

    Good choice on the Dirt Cake – it’s a favorite here, too!

  15. Happy Birthday Web Guy!! You’ve done a great job with the website and I know your mom is very proud!

    And, Sheri, I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day! You certainly deserve a day where you can do whatever you want!

  16. Happy birthday πŸ™‚
    Safe travels as you go pick up Web Guy next week and happy birthday to him – he did a great job with the shop, and I know how temperamental these shop things can be LOL!

  17. Oh Sheri, you’re so lucky to have such a terrific kid to be proud of. My youngest turns 20 on the 30th and I’m still trying to get him into college and productively on with his life. Last year at this time, we weren’t sure he was going to graduate from high school. This past year, he has been so irresponsible about the deadlines for application that even IUPUI won;t take him without his taking classes at Ivy Tech over the summer to prove he is willing to make the effort – which of course he has not signed up for yet (sigh) I really don;t want to keep him down on the farm. I’d rather he see Paree (or at least West Lafayette)

    Have a happy mother’s day and count you lucky stars your little boy has grown up. I’m still waiting…

  18. Happy Birthday College Boy! Thanks for keeping the Loopy Ewe running so wonderfully. You are gonna love being 20.

  19. Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you….Happy Birthday Dear College Boy…Happy Birthday to You!!!

    And a very Happy Mother’s day to your Mom!

  20. Happy Birthday to Web Guy! He really does a great job around here. That’s so cool that he built it from scratch. Happy early Mother’s Day to you! I think that I need to make that cake for my little guy. He’s only 3.5 years old and he would LOVE it.

  21. Happy Birthday to Web Guy/College Boy! You’ve done a wonderful job with this site. Thanks for making it attractive and easy to navigate.

  22. Web Guy is the ultimate enabler! He may have been, unwittingly, even more enable-y than you!! Where would we be without him?!? Yarnless, miserable, naked, shivering in the cold….okay, not naked. Probably not shivering in the cold either. And maybe not completely yarnless. But things wouldn’t be nearly as good!! Anyway, point is – Happy birthday, Web Guy! I’m very grateful you were born! Enjoy your dirt! (Hmmmm…..)

    (Happy Mother’s Day, Sheri!!)

  23. Tomorrow, May 12 is my youngest son’s birthday!! He will be 10! He is entering the double digits. I can’t believe how fast these past 10 years have gone!! It think it is cool that we have sons with the same birthday, 10 years apart!! Have a great Mother’s Day!!

  24. Happy Mother’s Day to you and a Very Happy Birthday to Web-guy. He’s one smart guy. Enjoy your weekend and the Dirt!

  25. Have a great day Web Guy! We look forward to the summer innovations to the site! Thanks for your part in making The Loopy Ewe such a great experience for us.

    And you have a wonderful Mother’s Day Sheri!

  26. Yay! Happy birthday to College Boy! And happy colleging! And happy almost 21! And many other happy things!

    Also, Sheri, I hope you got my thank you email. There is much squeeing and joy at my house now. My roommate is seriously freaked out.

  27. Happy Birthday to Web Guy. My College Girl also turns 20 tomorrow. I guess we had something in common 20 years ago! Thanx for sharing the Dirt Cake. Fun!

  28. Happy Birthday Web Boy!

    Congratulations on creating one of the best retail web sites I have ever seen. You did an amazing job, and although I have not purchased anything yet, I will be shopping at the Loopy Ewe just because of the way the site is designed, the incredibly clear pictures, and the intuitive logic. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be able to actually see the products I want to buy! You are a genius!

    Thank you Thank you Thank you.

  29. Happy Birthday! Perfect that it arrives at the end of the semester and you have the entire summer to celebrate.

    How does it happen so fast?! One day we (mothers ) are listening our first graders sounding out words and helping with addition….the next thing we know, these same children are setting up and running business websites!! It’s wonderful, but yikes…it sure goes fast!

  30. Happy Birthday, Web Guy! You did a stellar job.

    And to you, Sheri, a very happy Mother’s Day. You do a stellar job as well!


    When your mom’s done with you, maybe she’ll rent you out to us in exchange for yarn. Code makes me cross-eyed. πŸ™‚

    (to web guy only: one more year and you’re LEGAL! Woot! Ahem.)

    (to Mom only: You didn’t see that. Ahem.)

  32. Happy Birthday College Boy/Web Guy!! The Loopy Ewe site is truly wonderful and just think of all the women squee-ing with excitement over your work!

    Sheri, you sure have great kids. Happy happy Mother’s Day to you!

  33. Happy birthday Web Guy.

    You have done a great job with the site. You should be proud of yourself.

    Hope you get to enjoy your summer and do something special for your Mom on Mothers Day ’cause she is doing a great job keeping all of us happy.

  34. Happy Birthday, Web Guy. You’ve done a wonderful job with the site. So much so, that it has enabled me to make significant contributions to your tuition. πŸ™‚

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sheri.

  35. Happy Birthday, Web Guy, and happy Mother’s Day, Sheri! (Personally, I’m wondering where my teenage years went, and I’m only one year older than him.)

    I was puzzled by the food picture, at first. I guess that was the intention–it worked. Sounds yummy, though.

  36. Happy Happy Birthday DB! You have done an AMAZING job with Loopy!! But that is no surprise, knowing how AMAZING you are!! Can’t wait to wish you Happy Birthday in person. Have a great last few days of school!!

  37. Happy birthday, College Boy! Good luck with your remaining finals and surviving the last few days. πŸ™‚

    And happy Mother’s Day, Sheri. Enjoy it.

  38. Happy Birthday, Web Guy! You’re not just smart–you’re a genius!

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sheri! And a Happy Mother’s Day to all the other moms out there!

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