Friday, February 25, 2011

Second Grade Program


Last night Reanne performed in her second grade patriotic program. I was so impressed with her and all the other second graders. I thought it was inspiring...for several reasons. First, I thought it wonderful that the school thought it worthwhile to instill some patriotism in these little souls. They sang probably a dozen songs, only half of which I knew. Second, I was amazed with how much these 8 year old kids memorized! They gave us long quotes from the founding fathers, the recited the Preamble to the Constitution, let alone ALL the verses to our patriotic songs. I loved how happy all the kids were to perform. I wish I was still like that. And I love that proud feeling of watching your child when you know they have worked so hard and are excited to show you what they can do.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seth's getting married!

Jess's youngest brother is getting married. I thought that this was the most awesome wedding invitation ever.Congratulations Seth and Samantha!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birthday cake

I found this recipe for maple cake and cream cheese frosting in the newspaper and decided it was going to be the cake for Reanne's family party last night. It looked so good in the picture. I figured it would take me about an hour to make it. I love homemade cakes. I've made them before and they are always more tasty. Well, everything was going well until I took the cake out of the pans. It crumbled everywhere and I could barely keep the whole cake from disintegrating as I transferred it to a platter. I put on the frosting to try to keep it together but it didn't help.
Isn't this the most pathetic cake you've ever seen? I don't know what happened, but I was pretty stubborn about it. I didn't want to waste it and I had already invested a bit of time on it and I didn't want my family to eat a cake from a box. So instead of starting over with an 88 cent mix I already had I decided to look up a fondant recipe to cover it with. The first recipe didn't work. The second called for two ingredients I was out of. Luckily my neighbor came to my rescue so I didn't have to make a Walmart run in the middle of my kitchen mess, and luckily the second recipe worked.
Here is the cake failure saved by about 5000 calories of fondant. The cake was saved but my day was not. The one hour cake had turned into a four hour cake and a pretty messy kitchen.
But Reanne is worth it. I'm glad she got a pretty and tasty, although crumbly cake. For her friend party next week however, she is definitely getting a cake from a box.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hats

My sister made a hat some time ago out of an old t-shirt. She left the pattern at my house. I loved the idea of it and knew I wanted to try them out.

The first one I wanted to do was for Reanne's patriotic program coming up. She needed a hat to throw during the program so I thought it would be fun to do a patriotic one.
Well, it was so easy I couldn't help but use up all my t-shirts that I was going to throw away.

The second is a green one that Sierra has already claimed. It has an iron on butterfly on it. I really liked how that one turned out.

The third was made out of a blue t-shirt from Jess. I'm glad he let me use it. No guy should ever be wearing that color of blue. I actually made a small hat for Grant out of a manly green color but realized that these hats are not for boys. He looked silly in it. Oh well.