Busy Busy!

So my oldest daughter turned 9 last Sunday. Where has time gone? It seems like we just brought her home and now she is 9. I want my baby back. That means my littlest is about to be 3. For her birthday, she wanted to have a Dr Who / Minecraft theme. I was not about to attempt to deal with that many little squares on a cake. Not yet. Maybe one day I’ll feel adventurous. So I made a strictly Whovian cake. I made the Tardis. If you aren’t a fan of Dr Who (you really should be) but the Tardis is a blue police box. It looks like this…. Tardis Well, I covered the cake board and hand painted it… IMG_2664 Then made the cake (which was my first square, stacked cake and my first fondant covered square)…. IMG_2671 Then realized I forgot the windows and added candles and the birthday message….. IMG_2696   I went a little Minecraft on the decorations hanging from the ceiling…. IMG_2690 IMG_2685 IMG_2683 IMG_2677 IMG_2674 And I think she really enjoyed it when she came home from school…. IMG_2694 Oh yeah. The inside of the cake was pink and black…. IMG_2735 In addition to her birthday, I made some cupcakes for a Cakewalk at her school and a red velvet cake. 🙂

The Biggest’s Birthday Bash and Spring Finally Arrives!!!

The thing about those cute, little, cuddly babies is they grow up. Fast. Way too fast. It seems like my biggest was just born and completely dependent on us for everything. Now she is practically grown. My biggest turned eight two weeks ago. She does her chores, makes her own lunch for school, pours her own cereal, dresses herself, and generally knows what is off-limits without being told. We have a few moments where she doesn’t think before she does something but than can be expected. I’m very proud of my biggest little. She’s growing into quite the young lady. Image

For her birthday we asked what kind of cake she wanted. And without much hesitation promptly replied, “A fairy cake that is a little cake on top of a bigger cake on top of a bigger cake.” Okay then. I did scale back from 3 tiers to 2 since we weren’t feeding an army and this was my first attempt at a tiered cake. But I did manage to make 2 fairy figures. The first one was a little rough but the second showed some progress. The most important thing was that my birthday girl was happy with it. Image

 

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Not only was this my first attempt at figures, but I tried my hand at fondant and gum paste flowers. I’m pleased since they were my first attempt. 

And what did my biggest ask for as a present for her birthday? A bow. She has wanted one since she saw “Brave” and even more since watching “Hunger Games”. Well, hubs and I decided to get her one and see if she would stay interested in it for more than a day. And she has so far. It takes her some effort to pull it back and she can’t quite hit the target yet, but she’s getting there. I’m proud she hasn’t given up. Image

And now that we are nearing the end of April, spring has finally decided to show up. About time too. The garden is getting a late start because it has been cold and done nothing but rain for the last few weeks. Hopefully things will still come in. I’m looking forward to garden grown veggies. And we all enjoy being outside instead of inside so I’m looking forward to some warm, dry weather. Image

The littlest has decided that throwing rocks and walking through puddles is the greatest thing ever. 

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And anytime we pass flowers (real or fake) or anything green (like ferns, cacti, or my veggie sprouts) she wants to smell them. Image