Monday, March 29, 2010

A (sort of) Spontaneous Stop On the Side of the Road

I think I've mentioned a time or eight that we have the kids' pictures taken once a month the entire first year of their lives.
Cavan is on month eleven.

I'm going to move quickly on from here, lest I break down.
A couple weeks ago I bought matching Easter outfits for the kids (early!) and decided I would have their pictures made in their pretty clothes today. I got them up from their naps, fed them, dressed them, and loaded them in the car and we were on our way.
Except on the way into town I saw the most gorgeous patch of bluebonnets on the side of the road. I turned around and drove back home for my camera. We then went back to the patch of wildflowers and I unloaded the kids and plopped them down in the middle of that field and snapped away. (What you can't hear is Christian screeching at Cullen not to pick the bluebonnets. "YOU CAN'T PICK THEM, CULLEN! NO! IT'S AGAINST THE LAW! DON'T PICK THE BLUE ONES!!!" She's so helpful that way.)
Anyone who's ever taken a picture of more than one kid knows how elusive that holy grail of photos is:

The one where they're all looking at the camera, with normal (read: not crazy) eyes, and smiling.
Since I had Cullen with me, I wasn't expecting to get it.


It's a good thing I had low expectations.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Look Familiar?

The baby (boy) dressed as Snow White in my sidebar is Cullen.



And here's Cavan, two and a half years later!



As you can see, both times, my first instinct is not to take the outfit off, but to get a few pictures first!


Poor baby boys! She really needs a sister!



Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Morning Spent Playing

The other morning, the boys and I played on the floor for a bit... after powdered donuts for breakfast.



"Did you say powdered donuts, Mommy?"





"I like powdered donuts. Can I have some more?"





"Ummmm... please? I haven't had any in a really really really long time. Please?"





"I have some what on my face? Oh. So you saw that?"





"Maybe there's some more in here..."





"Oh forget it. I'll go find something else to do."




"This looks interesting..."


Really, we're not gearing up to take over the world.



Cullen? Hello? Cullen, are you in there? Say something, sweetie. Anything.

Yes, you have to share your toys with your baby brother.
Cullen? You okay?
You want to what?

No, you may not knock him over the head with that!


Ahhhhh. Just another day at the office.

A Birthday Cake for Princess Cassidy

Can you see the sparkles?

This was for a sweet little princess...

On her first birthday.

The little cake on top was her personal "smash" cake...

And her mom asked me to make a sugar tiara for Princess Cassidy.

Her only other request was that it be decorated in pink and brown.


I used a bunch of new "cake toys" that I picked up at the cake show last weekend. I had fun doing this one.
It was white cake with chocolate buttercream.
The buttercream was so yummy, Hubs ate the leftovers straight from the bowl with a spoon!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

So Here's My Sugar Piece for the Cake Show...

I titled it, "The Proposal." It was a huge tree with a couple sharing a picnic under its branches.

The man is on one knee, proposing to his lady love.

There are two lovebirds in the tree (smaller than m&ms) and a nest with some eggs (about the size of boogers; sorry, but that's my comparison).

The man has carved their initials in a heart on the tree.
A pair of squirrels (about the size of jellybeans) look on from the roots of the tree.
She's shocked; she thought they were just going on a picnic.

"Will you marry me?" The diamond ring sparkles in the light from its place in the box. A pair of bunnies hide under the bushes.

A feast is spread out before them: fried chicken, buttery mashed potatoes, peas, corn on the cob, rolls, strawberries, and grapes. It's all served on gold-rimmed china. They have lemonade to drink and cake for dessert. He brought along a bottle of champagne, anticipating a positive answer.

A couple of raccoons wait to see if the people will share their picnic.

The ants just help themselves.
The tree and log are chocolate; everything else is icing, fondant, or gumpaste. It's all edible, of course.

FIRST PLACE, BABY!!! Two years in a row! I didn't win best of division in addition to first place, like I did last year. I moved up from the beginner to the intermediate division. I'm pretty proud that I still placed first, even having to move up a level.
Cavan had a really hard night the night before this. He was coughing and feverish and really congested. He actually slept through the awards ceremony, and through me accepting my medal.

Thanks, Kyla! We think he's pretty cute, too!


This is the third year we've gone to the cake show in Austin, and it just gets better and better.
Kyla, you and your army of volunteers rocked it this year!!!

I can't wait to play with all the stuff I bought... and start on next year's project. Hopefully I'll give myself more than a week to do it next year!