Friday, April 25, 2008

More Cakes

This is the Tinkerbell cake that Tiani and I did last weekend for my neighbor's baby girl's 1st birthday. Tiani did a fantastic job helping me and hopefully she learned something. She is going to make a fantastic pastry chef.

A little girl in my primary class had her 6th birthday today and the theme was "girly". They got purses as goody bags so her mother and I decided that a purse cake would suit just fine. It was so fun to do.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Let's go fly a Kite...

He would not let go of this bag ALL night!This lasted about 2 minutes, then it was back to the park...

For FHE on Monday night, our famiy went to the park by City hall and had a picnic and flew kites. So fun! The best part of that is that means it's finally spring time!! Horray!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Last weekend we took a trip to the Discovery Children's Museum at the Gateway in Salt Lake. This place is AMAZING. All three of my kiddos LOVED it! They have a giant "Bee Hive" where you can put balls in all kinds of openings and watch them go up and down different tubes. This was Trevor's favorite. Then they have a "Kid's Town" where everything is their size and it has a house, a construction zone, a farm, a gas station, and even a grocery store! Lizzy's favorite part was the kid's-sized kitchen. (She must take after her mommy!) They even have little police and fire cars with costumes to match that the kids can drive around in. So cute. Upstairs, they have a Sesame Street area with all kinds of things to teach kids about their bodies. They even teach about I needed more reasons in my house to talk about poop! Upstairs, they also have a science room to learn about magnets and physics. They even had a little pad where you could build a building with blocks and see if it can stand up to an earthquake. Then we went outside to the "launch pad" where they have a helicopter that the kids can play in and even communicate to the control tower. (Ryan's absolute favorite!) Before we even went to the museum, I caught Lizzy telling Ryan that we were going to a museum and that he was not to touch anything. I told her that this was a "kid's museum" and that they could touch anything that they wanted to. She had a hard time comprehending that because she loves rules and hates to break them. She finally saw what I ment when we got there and decided that I was right. It was so fun to see them explore and discover all day and they were thoroghly entertained the entire time. They also slept quite well that night...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Easter Disaster in Primary...

I teach the 5 year olds in Primary and on Easter Sunday my very good friend's little boy decided that for the good of the class, he would tell them all that there was no such thing as an Easter Bunny. I was horrified as he proceded to announce that his mom and dad were the Easter Bunny. I tried to get him to stop by telling him that I needed to start the lesson (hoping that no one was paying attention to his little outburst.) but he would NOT let up. He started getting frantic and yelling to everyone that the Easter Bunny was not real. I couldn't just sweep this under the rug and distract the kids anymore...he had already done his damage. I finally had to take him outside and explain to him that the other kids didn't know yet and that he had to keep this secret to himself while the other teacher tried to console and reasure the rest of the kids of the lie that there was an Easter Bunny. It turns out that morning was the morning his parents decided to explain to him that there was no Easter Bunny because he was terrified the night before that there would be a huge bunny coming into his house while he was sleeping. His outburst was only in concern for the rest of the kids that might be frightened as well. He finally agreed to not shout "There's no such thing as the Easter Bunny" anymore so I took him back into class. I then had to explain to the parents of my kids what has transpired in class that day. It's one of those surreal moments in life where you sit there, watching it all thinking "this can't be happening". Ahhh...the joys of being a primary teacher.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Catch up...I'm HIRED!!!

So I've been super busy lately and kind of blog-lazy. Plus, my laptop crashed so that didn't help either. I've got quite a bit to catch up on! First, the most exciting news...I got a job! I am a Wilton Cake Decorating Instructor at Robert's Crafts (the big craft store chain up here in UT). I love it! I make my own schedule and I only work two nights a week (for 2 hours each night) and I work 2 hours on Saturdays too. I got to do an hour long demo at "Ladies' Night" on Saturday night as well. Every conferance, all the craft stores up here throw a "Ladies Night while the men are in priesthood session. Only in Utah... It's so nice to get out of the house every once in a while and feel like an intelligent adult again. Jacob is very supportive and has assured me that I don't HAVE to work but he is happy that I am out doing something that I really enjoy. I really do have the best husband ever. I had to do a demo for the store to display to advertise my class so this is the demo that I did. It is made from styrafoam instead of cake and it is iced with royal icing so that it wont spoil.

I've actually been doing a lot of cakes lately so here are a few:

This is a baby shower cake I did for my friend across the street. I snuck up into her nursery to get color and design ideas. She had brown, burgandy and pink colors and different flowers hand-painted all over, including the Black-eyed susans that you see on the cake. Everything on it is edible. The cake is lemon berry with a lemon filling and lemon buttercream covered in fondant and royal icing flowers.

I also did one last night for my friend's birthday. We both share a love for shoes so I thought this was very fitting. It is a chocolate-chip sour cream cake with chocolate sour cream buttercream and strawberry filling covered in fondant with a gumpaste shoe that I made. Once again, everything is edible...even the shoe. The shoe is pink gumpaste and I hand painted the zebra stripes with foodcoloring. It looks much better in person.

Here's a close-up of the shoe:
Here are the cookies I did for St. Patty's day:

Anyway...that's a little of what's been going on in my life...cakes, cakes, and more cakes...