Sunday, November 14, 2010
I believe there is sufficient evidence that my cake "decorating" skills suggest I should take early retirement from being the resident baker!
William, Alex, and Maria came to me and announced, with comical force: "We are making a cake. That's how it is."
And they did. A real beauty. Maria helped mix the frosting. William was there melting the butter. Alex prepared the pans...
I missed the key shot... the one that shows the cakes dropping out of the pans, clean and whole... nary a crumb out of place! Nothing like my last attempt. And by "last" I mean "most recent," and last effort. I do retire from cake making. I already placed an order from them for Maria's birthday cake.
Imagine the awesomeness factor of a day that includes building a robotic arm for a holiday parade (more on this later!), a simply delicious and beautiful chocolate cake (mixes from our favorite purveyor of eatable goods), and new books!
There's a new blogger in town. She's keeping "a little family journal:" Dottie and Mae!" Not only did I have the good fortune of discovering her blog, but I also happened to arrive in time for her giveaway! Karla has two beautiful children, she's creative, and she is making happy reflections, and preserving special memories... all such good reasons to be a blogger.
It's not easy to introduce me to a new children's book, let alone one about Christmas! My book collection is pretty big already. But Karla surprised with some ones I didn't even know about. Lucky us! Night Tree is wonderful... peaceful and genuine, a family story about our place in the natural world, told with imagination and a loving Christmas spirit.
And Bear Stays Up has already moved his way in to Maria's heart and imagination. Why else would the dining table be covered in drawings of bears in caves? Both of these books are living on the nightstand, for guaranteed bedtime reading and enjoyment.
Thank you Karla.
Thank you William, Alex, and Maria.
Any weekend with chocolate cake, new friends, robotic arm plans, and good reads, is a weekend to savor and enjoy.