Sunday, January 20, 2008

Another birthday

I'm so proud of myself. I made Caden's birthday cake, and it turned out rather cute, even if I do say so myself. Here's what it looked like.

If you can't tell what it's supposed to be, it's a train. I realize some of the cars look a little...well, funny, but I'm thrilled with them. I wasn't very happy with it in the beginning. I had frosted two of the cars and it just didn't look good, and then I realized I had forgotten the wheels...those helped a lot. I would change some things if I had to do it again, but overall I'm very happy with it...not to mention thrilled that I don't have to make it again!

Caden sure liked his cake. Here is some proof of that.

I think this picture is soooo funny. I know he doesn't look good, but his eyes are so funky looking.
So, that was our Sunday after church. We had, let's see, 7 couples (including Dan and I) and their kids...Our apartment isn't that big, but we all managed to squish in.

Church continues to be a battle (well, sacrament meeting...thank goodness for the nursery). I took both kids out multiple times. Kember once because she was naughty, and then twice because she wanted to go potty. After the second time of that, I realized that she didn't really want to go potty (okay, that was obvious when she didn't do anything on the toilet) but she wanted to see her friend Kaycee who was in the hall. Yeah, I'm a little slow, I know.

Caden has started this scream/squeal like a stuck pig thing when he wants something or when someone is taking something he has. It's rather grating, and he did it a lot during sacrament. The poor kid gets so tired though. I had a 9:30 meeting so Dan brought the kids over later, and he tried to give Caden a nap. Technically Caden should have had over and hour nap, but Dan said that just wasn't happening today. I took him during Sunday School and tried to rock him to sleep in the mothers lounge. He squirmed and screamed for awhile and was so wore out that he finally just sat on my lap. I really liked that. It was fun to just hold him. I'm sure sacrament meeting was a battle with Kember but I'm glad that I don't remember it being like this. Of course, we have different battles with her now. She doesn't understand the concept of "inside voices" or "whispering". Everything is shouted, unless you are trying to hear her, and then it's really quiet. Our stake is putting out reverent tips every few weeks, and I am hoping to start trying those at home so Sundays can be more of a spiritual experience instead of a battle. I just kept thinking today though that I had my time for that before I had kids. Whether or not I took advantage of it was up to me. Hopefully I will get more time as the kids get older and even more when they are no longer in the house, but I feel like I should have prepared myself more somehow. Maybe these reverent tips will help. I'm sure most of it is our attitude and how prepared we are going to church.


Andrea said...

You did a great job! I had Zoie come over to look at the pictures, and she said, "A car cake!" I told her it was a train, and she said, "a train car cake!"

Very, very cute pictures!

Andrea said...

Oh, I thought of a question. Did you freeze the cake pieces before frosting them?

jerthorne said...

That cake is so cute! I'm so proud of you for making it, and jealous that I don't have your 'skills'!

Jer and Jules said...

That cake is so cute! I'm so proud of you for making it, and jealous that I don't have your 'skills'!

Heidi said...

It looks great! Sorry I missed it!

Loni said...

Wow! I didn't know you had it in you to make such decorative items. You did a great job:)

As for inside vs outside voices I don't remember any of you being noisy in church. Course there was always the iron grip or having to sit on mom's lap in the hall. But then again, there weren't so many kids out in the hall during church. Memories must fade with time.

Rorie said...

Tarah, I love this cake! I am officially commissioning you to make all of my future birthday cakes. You don't mind flying down here three times a year to make cakes, right?

Teeter Family said...

WOW!! Great cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooo impressed!!! Sounds like the party was a blast!

Ahh...I totally know the squealing pig sound you're describing. Brooklyn's finally phasing it out. SOOOOOOO irritating.

Poor Caden at church...pfft...poor TARAH at church. You have the patience of a saint. I don't know how you do it sometimes. How's Primary coming along these days? Hope all the transitions were all nice and smooth. Give the kids a hug for me!!!

Jennie said...

Hey Tarah, I love your train cake. It's amazing how when you become a mother you do things like making a cute cake that you would never have imagined doing before.

I can totally relate to the sqealing pig. My 15 month old daughter Clara does the same thing. And my 3 1/2 year old is just now starting to understand whispering. I know how tough church can be with children. All I keep thinking is how did my parents do it with 6 of us? I'm also looking forward to April when Clara can go to Nursery. It makes such a difference in what you get out of church. I sometimes wonder why I even go when I spend 2 of the 3 hours in the hall because she's too disruptive. She's good, but there's only so much wondering behind the teacher and grabbing his pants I can tolerate.

Sometimes I feel like this should be the time that I should be the most spiritual and yet I feel the oppisite. Oh well. Everything has it's season, and apparently this is the time you are excited if you only have to leave sacrament meeting or class 5 times during the meeting block.