Monthly Archives: May 2012

Chivalry is Not Dead!

We have just one more week of school left until summer break.  We have had such an amazing year with our new school.  When I tell people about it the first question is always, “that’s a public school?” Yep!  We love the teachers and the principal, but I have also been impressed by the other kids.  The girls and I have all noticed how much nicer they are at this school compared to the last school.  I don’t know why this is, but we are so thankful for the good friends we are finding.

Yesterday, Morgan came home with a story about a soccer game at recess.  A bunch of boys were playing and she wanted to play too.  She jumped into the game and one of the boys from her class yelled, “go easy on Morgan!” Apparently he told her that he plays soccer and got hit in the face recently.  He seemed honestly concerned for her well being.  At, six years old, I find that impressive.  He also went out of his way to stop fast moving balls for her in the middle of the game, so she would be able to take a shot.  Morgan is tough and a natural athlete.  She didn’t need him to do this, but I find it adorable that he took it upon himself to protect her and make sure she had turns with the ball.

Morgan’s story reminded me of an incident with Emma earlier in the year.  I was waiting for her after school and as usual she was the last child out the gate.  Normally she is last because she is busy chatting with friends or looking for a lost lunchbox.  This day was different because she came out with a boy from her class.  He was carrying a box that belonged to her.  He saw her in the classroom with a lot to carry out to the car and stopped to help her with her things.

So often we hear stories about kids being rude and disrespectful.  It’s exciting to see so many thoughtful kids at the school.  Especially boys treating girls with respect!  It gives me hope for the future of our daughters. I would love to hear more stories like this. Comment with a story about kids being kind to others.  I know they’re out there.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Since The Muppet Movie came out this year, my daughter decided to feature Kermit at her sixth birthday party.  We came up with a fun two-tiered cake design that would be similar in structure to cakes I have made in the past.  Unfortunately, my over confidence did not serve me well.

 

I baked the cakes and started stacking the way I always do.  I covered the bottom tier with white fondant, then covered the top tier before stacking the two cakes.  As the cakes sat on the table, I noticed that they were looking a little strange.  The bottom cake was bulging on the sides and the top cake was looking less and less stable as time passed.  I tried smoothing the fondant and shifting the top tier, but after a couple of hours it was obvious that the cake was not going to make it.

I was able to salvage the top tier with Kermit, so I was very happy about that.  I made Kermit out of colored fondant and applied him to the top with a small amount of water.  This became the pretty cake for pictures.  The bottom tier was saved for serving, but not pictures.  I was able to pull the fondant off and re-frost the cake so it was presentable and edible!

I also made some cupcakes to help feed the masses at the party.  I made a few frogs and pigs for the cupcake tree, but the rest had vanilla buttercream frosting with pink or green sprinkles.

In the end the party was a lot of fun and my daughter loved her Kermit cake.  One thing I have learned over the years of cake decorating is that you just have to be flexible and always ready with a plan B or C.  I don’t always handle these roadblocks gracefully, but I’m learning!