I officially passed my first cake decorating class!!!! I had a lot of fun and cant wait to take course 2! Here are my creations from the last 2 classes.
First are my wonderful cupcakes....
Cale enjoyed the clown one. He went straight for the head first :)
In our last class we decorated a cake with a combo of all our skills....including the dreaded rose! I had the hardest time with those darn roses, and I still never got it right, but hey at least they look like flowers!!!!
And they got smash from the stupid cake carrier!!! I made it all the way home with the cake and as I went to get it out of the car, the lid popped off and hit the cake!!! I was so MAD! So that is why they are a little smashed...
Now with all my cake decorating knowledge, I plan to decorate Cale's 1st birthday cake next week....we will see how it goes :)
In being the ambitious first time Mom that I am, I decided that I would decorate Cale's first birthday cake. After looking online for the perfect race car cake pan, I came across the Michael's craft store website. They advertised for "Wilton" cake decorating classes. I was very excited! But I knew I did not want to do it by myself. So, after some careful thinking, I had the perfect partner in mind....Tina!!! Of course it didn't really take much to talk her into it because she loves crafty things. She also thought that her sis-in-law Mandy would love to join in the fun too!
Well, we signed up and were off! The first week was mostly intro and just watching, but today was all about the cake!!!! We had to come to class with a cake that was already iced (with home-made butter cream icing, might I add!). Once we were there......after our frantic rush to get everything in the car and make it on time....we got right to business.
We started off practicing on our practice boards. Today we learned how to do stars, wavy lines, tight zig-zag borders, writing, and started learning how to do a rose. After much practice, we were turned loose on our cakes!!!
Here are a few pics from today's cake....
Not sure why it is sideways???? Here are my stars
Tight zig-zag border and a star border on the bottom
Writing....not as easy as you would think!
Here is the whole cake (right-side-up!)
Make sure to check Tina and Mandy's blogs to see their cakes too!
We are having a blast and plan on doing the next course too!
It is tradition for us to spend the 4th of July at my Mom's house. We spend the day eating, playing in the pool, and eating some more. This year was no different. With all the pool fun, I didn't get any pictures! I was too busy playing myself to worry about the camera. It was a great day of pool volleyball. It was fun, but boy was I SORE!!!! I felt it for days!!!!
After the sun goes down, we always go to my aunt's house on the beach. From there we can see several sets of fireworks, including all the amateurs on the beach. Cale was very intrigued at first. Then the loud noise from the up close ones started to get to him. He lasted a little while, but then Bryan took him inside.
It was another great 4th! I look forward to next year....maybe Cale will like the fireworks better then :)
While we were in Sebring, we had planned to make a trip to Universal. For the past several years, Universal has sent out free tickets for teachers. This is not the first time we have taken advantage of them, and I am sure it wont be the last either.
When we got there, the sky was very gray and threatening to rain. So we decided to go to the Dr. Seuss section first and let Cale ride a few rides. I didnt know how long he would last before he was ready for a nap, so I thought he should ride first. He rode the merry-go-round first. He loved it!
Here are Cale and Daddy waiting to get on....
Within a few minutes the rains arrived. We made a mad dash for the nearest restaurant for shelter. Inside it looks like a train that goes all the way around the restaurant. Each of the train cars is a booth to eat at and then there is the drivers seat at the front. Well of course Cale had to drive!
After it slacked off, he wanted to ride the merry-go-round again :)
Before long it was a steady rain. We decided it would be best to get a poncho to put over the stroller. Well Cale wanted no part of that. He didnt like that he couldnt see. Every time we put it up there, he would pull it off. At one point, Bryan put the poncho on Cale. That was hilarious. He hated it, so it didnt last long!
It rained off and on until about 3:30 or so. After that it cleared up and it was great. We were able to visit both parks while we were there. It was a full day. We arrived at 9:30 and didnt leave until about 9:30 that night. Cale was such a trooper! He did great. We made it all day on one nap and no melt downs :)
Of course we had to stop in front of the NASCAR Cafe on our way out!
Cale made it until we were about 30 seconds from the car and then he crashed!
All-in-all it was a great day. The rain was probably the best thing that could have happened. It kept it from being way too hot and miserable. We will definitely take this trip again.
The day that we returned from the lake, our dear friends from TN, Chad and Heather came down. After some unpacking, repacking, and loading the truck up, we were ready to hit the road. This time we went south to Sebring, FL. Where is that you ask? Because I had to ask too....it is about an hour and a half past Orlando. Since we waited so late to try and plan a trip, we had to take what we could get. It turned out to be good though. It was a nice condo with a pool....what else could you ask for?
Since Chad and Heather will not be able to be here for Cale's birthday, they decided we should celebrate a little early! Here he is opening his first gift.
He wasnt sure about the bow...
But he wore it on his head for a long time!
Trying to eat the paper
Swimming in the pool was nice. Cale loves the water, so he splashed and played for a long time.
One afternoon, Cale got into his diaper bag. In there he found his favorite puffs. No biggie. Then he figured out how to open them! He thought he was something else! Needless to say, he got himself a snack :)
Cale loves to read. Here he is reading a book to Aunt Heather.
Time for more presents!!!!
Then it was time for Cale's favorite part.....the CUPCAKE!!!! My child loves to eat, so he was all about this part. He didnt even hesitate about grabbing it and digging in!
Do you think he liked it?????
Let's just say, that I had to bath him twice. Once to get the cake off, and then once for an actual bath!
Here is Cale asleep on Uncle Chad's lap. He laid right up there and went to sleep. Too sweet!
Playing on the floor with Aunt Heather and his new dump truck :)
Playing in the bath with his new boats!!!
We had a great time. It was really nice to see Chad and Heather and spend some time with them. We wont see them again until Thanksgiving :( So we always make the most of each visit!