Archive | September, 2012

Just a Little Cake Magic!

19 Sep

There are all sorts of reasons to get a cake…..and people actually make up reasons for cakes! The ones I like the most are ones like this one on the left. This was a wedding style cake made for a proposal! This was the most fun cake to make simply because of the reason it was made! I wish I had been there when the cake was brought out and he asked her to marry him!

The magic of cake!

And, the most magical cakes, don’t always have to be the most extravagent looking ones, it is the reason for the cake that makes them special. It’s kind of like the saying, it’s the thought that counts. I truly believe that! I love the look on a person’s face when they see the cake that we have done for them, and they truly love it! It makes me proud and ecstatic that the recipient is happy. It kind of puts me in a euphoric state, and I think “this is exactly why I am here!”

Even though, I make all cakes for all occassions, it really is fun to make some cakes more than others. I love to make little baby cakes. The accessories that go on them, and they all end up super cute. It reminds me of the days when my boys were just little babies, and I miss those days! Making baby bums out of cake and teddy bears out of fondant really put me in a place that makes me happy, and then the customer is happy with the little bits of cuteness on the cake! I love baby shower cakes. Diaper bags, baby bums, teddy bears etc. all of the cakes make me happy.But then, when I see a baby, I want to cry, I miss having one! Those little tiny lips! The little kissable feet! Ah!

And then there are cupcakes! Cupcakes are fun! Anything can be done with cupcakes! Fondant accents can be put on them, they can be smoothed down and piped, they can be made into a whole cake and kids love them! There arent too many adults that don’t love a good cupcake as well!

And, at Bake Me A Cake we have over 40 flavours to choose from! The possibilities are endless! It’s so fun having my job!

I get to make people happy and feed them yummy cake! Life is sweet! Ha! Ha!

At a later date, I am going to post some awesome birthday cakes that we have done here at the shop!

Stay sweet!

 

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The Education of it All

18 Sep

  I have a five year old, and a three year old. My children are polar opposites of each other, which, I am sure is a common thing with siblings. My five year old is very advanced with reading, he does crossword puzzles for fun and likes to be read science books for bedtime. I was reading him a story before bed one time and he was looking through a book while I was reading…..it was the Atlas! No kidding. I think his future will be bright, as long as he can keep that curiosity going, wanting to learn things and being interested like he is now.

My other son, the three year old, is quite different. He is more introverted, and he watches things and repeats them. He is sneaky in a way, and really good at being quiet and making trouble. He is just starting to like being read to, but he prefers cartoons. He has his comfort zone, which is home, and he likes to stay there. Even if I make a trip to the grocery store with him, he always asks when we are going home. I am trying to get him out of his shyness and introduce him to an environment with more children than just his brother.

I know that my children are pretty normal, each child develops differently, but I still can’t help but worry about their education. First of all, my oldest, he learns quickly and gets bored easily, so I am wondering if the teachers notice this and introduce new things to him regularly. I know there is specific curriculum required for certain age groups to learn, but what if he needs more? I am trying my best to introduce new things to him all the time, getting new library books and feeding into his hunger for knowledge, but I am just flying by the seat of my pants. Should I have a method for this? Am I showing and teaching him things that are out of his range of understanding? What do I show him and how in depth can I go before he turns his nose up at this subject?                                                                                                       

This might seem like I am thinking too much and really going overboard, but I am concerned. I know we have a good education system and my son’s school is very good, but things get lost. When a teacher and a T.A. are with a class of 25 kids, I am sure things get lost in the mix. And, as every good parent does, they want the best for their children. I don’t want my son to just learn what he is taught in school, he needs to experience things and see them first hand. Every child learns in a different way, and I think that by trying to categorize learning abilities, we are hindering the childs thought process and full capability to grow.  I know, that seems very opinionated, I am not knocking the school system….I am just thinking that maybe we should grow and let the kids teach us and guide us on how they are to be taught. Times have changed.

At the shop, I am teaching 4 co-0p students. I would like them all to learn at their own speed and learn things that they want to know. When I interview them, I tell them, even though this is like a first experience in the workforce, I am still their teacher and they have to let me know if they are loving what they are doing or not. I like them to be vocal and to guide me to what they need. They kind of take the reigns with their education, and I provide them with the experience and knowledge. I want every one of my students to succeed.

If I were to go back to school now, not only would I love it, but I would work really hard! Education is key! I believe that as adults, we should be concerned and involved in not only our own childs education, but every child.

The Ultimate Fear

12 Sep

So, school season is here! I took my oldest (who is 5) to school in the morning, my youngest (3 years old) was with me. Adam, the youngest had a major melt down that morning as he is adjusting to being away from his brother 5 days a week. It’s not easy for him, especially because he is painfully shy…..just an introverted kid. So, I was in the school yard with both of them, Adam had a bottle with him……yes, he has a bottle. This is his security blanket…when he gets upset, this is what he wants. It dosen’t even have to be full. So, standing there, and there is two other mothers standing together. The one mother nudges the other and nods her head towards my son. I got angry and stared at her. I had sunglasses on, but I wouldn’t stop looking at her. She has already assessed and judged me, and my 3 year old. I did not look away from her until I left. By this time I was furious… how dare she judge like that? She does not know my life, my kids personalities or mine. I wanted to say to her…”I know you just won the mother of the year award, so next time I make a decision about my kids, I should call you first!” But, of course I didn’t…..if you can’t say something nice …etc.

I was completely upset, and I kept thinking about it. The next day I talked to my friend Kathy about it, she put things in perspective for me….which I needed badly! She asked me if my surface emotion has a root emotion of joy or fear, of course I said fear because anger has nothing to do with joy. Now she told me to assess why I felt fear, which was not easy for me to pinpoint, but as soon as she said it, I knew she was right. I am afraid of being a bad mother, and by someone else judging my parenting and turning up their nose at my decision, I thought that I had failed, which made me angry, thinking that someone else judged me and I failed. The feeling of failure is such a strong force when mothering, that it can make you blind with surface emotions.

Sure, I know that it is stretching it for my 3 year old to have a bottle, but I really don’t think that it is the most important thing to worry about. He will get out of it, I will work with him to get out of his shell so that he becomes less dependent on it over time. Such is life. My kids are well taken care of, they are fed and clothed, clean and happy. Spoiled by grandparents (and by mom!). My emotions have travelled so far from anger now, that I feel pity for the other mother. She must have some deep seeded fear of her own if she is so judgemental on others without knowing or caring about the truth. Knowledge is power. I have enough motherly guilt and fears of my own, to have to worry about what other people think of me and the way that I mother my children!

They are my life, they are my heart, beating on the outside of my body. I would be an empty shell without them.

My little ones! Out for a stroll with mom on a beautiful day!