Thursday, November 13, 2008

Birthdays, New Stuff, and Elections...You WILL Laugh

This post is a sort of hodgepodge of what's been happening lately with us. I hope it doesn't seem too chopped up!

We've been busy around here with birthdays. Dee's birthday was on election day. This is the cake I made for him. It's a playstation 3 controller. I feel bad for him because he never has time to play his PS3 during football season. He could, but he helps me out around the house and watches TV with me instead of playing video games. What a sweetie! So I thought if he can't play it, maybe he'd want to eat it!

I made my own fondant, colored it black, and covered the cake. I love using fondant on cakes. It's so much easier than you would think, and my recipe actually tastes good (I do put buttercream underneath too). Since it was dark and I had to use my on-camera flash, the photo doesn't do it justice (it looks sort of blotchy). In real life, it looked perfect--it was so cute I wanted to pick it up and start playing video games....

Emily is singing to her Dad here. Emily's favorite part of any birthday celebration is singing Happy Birthday! She also really likes the part where her Daddy let her blow out the candles and open his gifts.

My bday is exactly one week after Dee's. When we first got married, we used to alternate celebrating our birthdays together. For example, one year, we'd both celebrate on his, and the next year, we'd both celebrate on mine. It was really fun to open our gifts together and share a bday dessert. But after having kids, we lost track of which day we were supposed to celebrate on. And I also think it's more fun for the kids to have 2 separate "celebrations."

So for my bday, we had the day off. Dee had practice in the morning, and the kids went to school, so I enjoyed a blissful morning in my PJs.... All. By. My. Self. (YAY!) Dee and I went to lunch together at Olive Garden and picked up the kids after their naps. He made his awesome lasagna (Yes, we had Italian twice in one day), and he helped me take Emily to ballet. This was a blessing because I do not enjoy entertaining an 18 m/o while Emily attends her weekly dance lesson. After ballet, we headed home for cookie cake and candles. It was a really fun day.

I did a Southern Living at Home catalog party, and a few gals at work made some purchases. Then, Dee bought me some birthday presents on the sly which were added to the party. SOOOO I was able to get this (free) stuff with relatively little effort....

I think the olive jars look adorable on my piano--they make me happy.

So...are you ready to laugh??? If you are, please keep reading....

On election day, I picked Emily up from school. I checked her folder and found this artwork that she had done earlier in the day...her teacher recorded Emily's description of the drawing....

Click the picture to enlarge if you can't read the writing; trust me, it's worth it!

I just find it completely hilarious that she could have drawn anything, but on this particular day, politics were on her mind.
Apparently, her teacher thought this was so funny that she showed it to all of the other teachers and workers at the school. Thankfully, our kids go to a conservative Baptist school, so no one was upset by it ;-) I'm sure she's not the first Fox News watching, Bill O'Reilly lovin' 3 year old they've ever seen!

On a side note, don't you love how she writes the "E" in her name? And on another side note, after re-reading my post, I realized I used an excessive number of ellipsis.


Aleta said...

The cake is beautiful -- no wreck there! And isn't it funny how we change the way we do things just to please our children! I love your "new stuff" and can't wait to see it for real. I loved Emily's drawing, quite good I thought! And you'll find as you look back on her writing, you can almost tell her age by how she makes her E's! Glad you had good birthdays!

Kristi said...

Happy birthday to you both-- belated! Dee and David are the same age (roughly-- David's a little older) and you and I are neck & neck as well (I'm a little younger...hehe)! Great looking cake!
Oh, I got that bowl, too! Don't you just love it? I love the window treatments in your kitchen, too. cute!

Dawn said...

Love that conservative little gal!! Happy Birthday to YOU... And the cake was cute. You are a talented baker. Icing and I are just mortal enemies! We were just talking about W-I-the-World we are going to do for Braden's birthday. By the way, you are invited -both babies!! It's going to be the weekend prior/after the 9th of December. Is any one better than the other???

Angela said...

Hey girl- happy belated b-day! I actually got you a card and everything, but unfortunately, I never put it in the mail...but I did think of you...glad it was a relaxing day! I love the cake you made for Dee- too cute and very thoughtful!!!:)