When Brianna turned 2, I decided I wanted to make her cake. I have fond memories of the cakes that my mom made for me for my birthdays growing up, and I wanted to do the same for my kids. My first attempt was a Dora the Explorer cake, and I was immediately hooked! My next cake was an Ariel cake for her third birthday. This year she had a Hannah Montana cake, which was fun because it wasn’t the star tip decoration that all the other cakes I had made had been, so I got to try some new techniques. I also made Micah’s baptism cake, which was really challenging because I had never done a sheet cake before! But it turned out cute, and each oppurtunity to learn and practice is great! On of these days I will take the Wilton cake classes. One day!
Today I got to make a cake for mom’s department at work. They have a celebration tomorrow for their Fall graduates and needed a cake. Krogers didn’t come through for them so mom asked if I’d like to make it. I thought, “Why not? I’ll give it a shot!” Well, it was another sheet cake (I’m not sure whether or not I like sheet cakes!!!!) but was easier than last time. It took about 2 1/2 hours to ice and decorate (it’s hard to get the icing level and smooth, even after all that time I had bubbles popping up on the top like air bubbles!!! Grrr!!!) and the kids were in hog heaven as they snuck icing out of the bowl! (There is nothing in the world like homemade buttercream!!!!)
I LOVE Christmas lights. Each year we take a drive around town and look at all of the Christmas displays. We get some great ones around here! This year, we were the fortunate recipients of a handcrafted Nativity scene. A gentleman from church spent many years crafting this scene out of plywood, starting with Mary, Jesus and Joseph, adding the creche the next year, and then various other Christmas story “characters” a few at a time after that. He was going to put it out in the trash this year because it was getting to the point where it was too much work for him to put it out every year, and his children, I guess, didn’t want it. When his wife told me that I said “Oh please don’t! We’ll take it! We have a very big front yard! We’d love to have it!” So, the Nativity scene came to live at our house. It has added such a special touch to our decorations this year and will be cherished for many years to come. We’ve already had people stop when they see us outside and ask us where we got it. We just smile and say that it is a one of a kind creation! I don’t think Art wants to make another 🙂
My mom asked if I would post some pics of the outside decorations so here they are. They were taken at night, but that’s when it looks it’s prettiest I think! But I’ll try to get some daytime pictures too because it looks awfully pretty in the daytime!
I hope you all will take the time to drive around and enjoy the pretty lights. Then go home and drink some hot chocolate, and just enjoy this wonderful time of year!
In need of a good laugh? Just listen to a baby giggling away and you can’t help but laugh too. I found the following clip from Youtube on a genealogy website (of all places!) and Bri and Jonah watched it about 3 times, laughing until we cried each time. This little guy, Ethan is his name, is hilarious!
So I decided to look at some of the other laughing baby posts. Here’s another one. This kid has a GREAT laugh!
Then there’s Morgan. (So super funny!!!!)
Then there’s twin baby boys Peyton and Brennan, 4 months old, laughing at each other in their crib. Too cute, especially when Brennan (on the right) gets hiccups!
I know this is a lot of videos, but they were so cute, and really brightened my day! I thought someone out there might be able to use them too! Nothing like a baby laughing!