Saturday, May 26, 2007

My 1st wedding cake!

I was so stressed out over this cake! It was my first wedding cake, my first 3-tiered cake and my first time using whipped cream frosting on a stacked cake. That's a lot of firsts! It did not turn out exactly how I had pictured it in my minds eye but I'm pretty happy with the end product. I was in disaster mode last night because I couldn't get the frosting smooth (note to self: NEVER use whipped cream frosting on a wedding cake again!) and the buttercream decorations I put on were starting to slide down the cake. Then, this morning I went out to buy flowers for the cake only to find out that (duh!) it's Memorial Day weekend and fresh flowers aren't that easy to come by unless you order them in advance. So, I bought silk flowers instead. I just feel like anything that could've gone wrong with this cake did go wrong. So, I'm just happy that I was able to pull it all together and it still looks like it's supposed to. Chalk this one up as a learning experience. Dad, are you still sure you want me to do your wedding cake?!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

One more cake.

This one was made for June's (my SIL) neighbor. She ordered it for her daughter who loves basketball. I tell you what- if I ever need anyone to be in charge of marketing for my itty-bitty company, she's the first person I'm calling. She tells everyone she knows about my cakes and I just love it because I'm not very good at tooting my own horn. :) Thanks June!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day

My boys are so sweet! Somehow Will found time to put together a gift with Coleman that was really unforgettable! After church yesterday, Coleman gave me a shoebox that was covered in his drawings. Upon opening the box, I realized that there were several little presents and they were all numbered. I started with box #1 and opened it to find a slip of paper that said, "I will clean the kitchen and toy room." Will took Coleman right away and they cleaned up toy room (the kitchen was already clean) while I waited to open my next gift. After the toy room was clean I opened gift #2 and wrote on it was "Dipidee treats for a sweet mommy!" and it was 2 boxes of gourmet chocolates from a local sweets store, Dipidee. (Yum!) Box #3 read "Time for Mommy's pedicure!" and inside was a new bottle of pink nail polish. Will grabbed a big bowl of hot water for me to soak my feet in and then massaged my feet, dried them off and Coleman painted Mommy's toenails. It was so cute how excited he was to take care of me. I don't care that there is nail polish all over my toes. It was the best pedicure I've ever had! LOL! Gift #4 was a gourmet meal cooked by Will. (Gourmet means cooked on the grill because that's all the cooking Will does.) We had blackened salmon, rice pilaf and salad. It was fantastic! And last, but certainly not least, gift #5 was a card made for me by Coleman. He wrote Happy Mother's Day on the front and signed his and Cooper's name and wrote We Love You on the inside.

The perfect ending to such a perfect day! Thanks, Sweetheart, for letting me sit back and reflect on why it's so wonderful to be a mommy! I love my boys, all 3 of them!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lindsay's Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday, Lindsay! This birthday cake was for my niece, Lindsay, who wanted an Arabian castle cake. I did my best to make it girly and fun. It was quite a cake, probably could feed 50+ people. I worked really hard on this one and am kind of glad that I don't have to see it torn apart. (They took it to a Mother's Day BBQ that we were invited to but Will had other plans for us for Mother's Day- more about that later.) Anyway, here's the pic-

It was really great to get some practice with the fondant. The more I work with it, the better I get at it. Now, if someone can just tell me how to not eat all the leftover cake scraps! Ugh! I need another sugar fast.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The sun is back! Time to get going!

At our house, we merely "survive" the winter. When the sun starts shining in the spring it breathes new life into our whole family. We've gotten busy with new activities around here. Coleman started his itty-bitty ball class this past Monday. It's really fun for him. He is on an assigned team (the A's) and he and his team go from station to station learning about the basics of baseball. (He won't start t-ball until next summer.) Here's video of him learning how to round the bases-

He really has a lot of fun. They learn how to hit the ball, how to catch, round the bases, some of the common terms used in baseball and they finish every class with a good old-fashioned relay race. Here's video of him in the relay-

We also got out this morning and ran another 5k at the Jr High where Will works. We took the boys and the jogging stroller with us again only to find out when we got there that we had a flat tire. Thankfully, one of Will's co-workers offered to watch the boys while we ran. This race was definitely a lot different than the last one we did. There were only about 20 runners at this race and most of them were students at the Jr. High. This race just wasn't very well organized. In fact, the race itself ended up being 2.6 miles instead of the full 3.1 miles (which really helped my time but wasn't really accurate.) My time was 25 minutes flat but I figured it out that if it had been the full 3.1 miles I would've run it in about 29 minutes something- which is average for me. Will was a couple minutes behind me. (Smoked him without his "I had to push the boys" excuse!) Here's a pic of us after the race-

I missed my tennis this morning because of the race but will make up my lesson on Tuesday. Will's off to play golf later this afternoon. Welcome back, sun! We missed you!!!

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