Monday, June 20, 2016

Update, June 6-20: Wedding cakes, Daisy standing, Father's Day

I had a wedding cake request for June 18, a vanilla bride and chocolate groom cake, so the weeks leading up to it were filled with researching designs and hot weather-stable frostings to survive the outdoor reception on a 90-degree day, in addition to the usual baking and decorating.  I ended up having to use a shortening-based buttercream for the outside frostings.  It was also my first square cake, which presented a few challenges getting sharp edges with the new buttercream.  I'm happy with the way they turned out, though.  

I had a hankering for chocolate chip cookies during a thunderstorm last week, so I made these fancy ones:
Our garden is in full swing.  Tons of chard, lettuce, spinach, kale, peas, and strawberries.   Beet are nearly ready (I just picked 4), as are raspberries.  We've been picking a few carrots a bit early to snack on.
Daisy updates: She's such a fun baby!  She really loves to play with you and delights in interacting with her family.  She's even more social around strangers than our other kids were.  She's been standing up unsupported on her own a lot lately and can slowly push a chair around the room.  She recently discovered the kids' dish drawer and gets into it every chance she gets.  She's also tall enough to dumpster dive in our trash can (which she alternates with the dish drawer), which makes me think it's time to get a new trash can with a lid.  She is super into scrunchy face smiles, tilting her head to the side to let us know she's cute, feeding herself (favorite foods: peas, butter and jam sandwiches, yogurt chips, strawberries), swinging, doing backflips (she throws her whole body backwards while we're holding her to let us know what she wants), being tossed in the air, and falling onto soft things while saying "Uh, uh, uh... aaaahhhhh!"  Seriously, so much fun.  She can also sign 'all done' and 'more'.  The one thing she can't do is sleep through the night, and it's really wearing us down lately.


Ellie has been going through a really hard time lately.  She has daily tantrums over completely arbitrary things.  Today it was because I put her water canteen in the cup holder of her carseat (she had wanted to do it but didn't inform me of this).  Yesterday it was because I made her a sandwich according to her specifications but she had changed her mind about it by the time I was done making the sandwich.  And of course there's the nightly tantrums over bedtime.  I feel like we're constantly walking on eggshells around her.  It's like living with a live grenade and you just never know what's going to set it off.  She's recently discovered how to Queen Bee, and regularly tries to leverage her love, affection and friendship to get what she wants.  The moment she doesn't get what she wants, we're no longer friends and she no longer loves us.  She spends a lot of time not loving us lately...  But, she does have her sweet moments, which is what we're desperately clinging to right now.  She adores her baby sister and loves to play with her.  And she really is affectionate when she isn't mad at us.  She loves morning and night time cuddles and is really into us telling her stories right now. Collin's stories about Petty Pappy and Tinkerbell are her favorites, while she tolerates my stories about Tinkerbell and the giant pizzas (Tinkerbell is featured prominently on her favorite light-up t-shirt).

We went to Discovery Park last week.  It was crazy hot and the boys were a sweaty, dirty mess by the time we were done.  They played hide-and-seek tag through the network of wooden structures while the girls and I hung out at the swings. 

It was 100 degrees today (how fitting for the summer solstice), so we went to the splash pad to cool off.  Daisy liked playing in the water for short spurts.  The boys got into a water gun fight with another group of boys and things got a little heated for a while.  Isaac resented getting nailed in the eyes and back, but it was nothing a post-water fight Slurpee couldn't fix.
Sunday was Father's Day.  In true Collin form, he woke up early with Daisy before I even heard her.  But he was able to get in a good nap later that morning.  The boys spent hours this week making a special book for his gift, I gave him a video game (Ratchet and Clank), and Ellie gave him a couple of tantrums.  (She's going through something lately.)  We got some nice treats at The Rose Establishment after lunch, then he spent the late afternoon playing his new game while I passed out in a big way during Daisy's nap.  I couldn't have asked for a better father to our children and am so grateful he is so devoted to us all.  He works tirelessly to provide for our every need, even when he's so very tired.  He runs around and wrestles with the kids.  He helps them build Legos.  He helps them walk on the ceiling.  He's at their side in a flash when one of them wakes up crying at night. He teaches them the Gospel of Christ.  The kids completely worship him, and for very good reason. Happy Father's Day, Collin!  We love you!

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