Saturday, November 17, 2012

Just Me - A new development

Psalm 127:3 
Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.

So when do you say, "We're really done."  My hubby and I have gone back and forth, forth and back about whether or not to have another child.

Welp, decision made, baby on the way. 

I am currently 12 weeks and feeling every bit the 'expecting' mother.  Sick, tormenting itchiness (one of the those extras that only a few women encounter), tired, and more.  At the same time, we are happy and awaiting the gender revealing in about 2 more months.  Also, we are wondering just how we will care for three children instead of just the two.  They certainly are a handful.  I mean, just last night Inky stepped on a metal piece of a branch of our Christmas tree as we were putting it together.  This morning Inky tried to get up from the floor and somehow spinned around and landed squarly on her chin - huge chin bruise.  Again I say, a handfull.  With one dedicated room for school, there are no more bedrooms to put the baby in.  Sigh.  No problem though, because the Lord will help us to make all those decisions when the baby comes.  Good sigh. 

I've already gained 15 lbs.  Bad sigh.  I generally gain about 60 lbs with my children (I did with each of my girls).  I remember telling myself, "NOT AGAIN!", when I was expecting my second child, but alas, the 60 lbs came on just the same.  The trend is following suit this time too.  It's not that I just make the excuse that I'm pregnant, hey let me eat my food, yours, and the pantry full just because I can.  There are two kinds of sick when you get preggy.  One is "I'm so sick that I can't eat."  The other is, "I'm so sick that I HAVE to eat."  Hard to understand for those that can't eat, very so true for those that are in my boat rowing through oceans of french fries and spagetti.  I told my husband the other day, "I'm just so tired of eating."  Eat healthier?  I've tried that.  I dutifully cut up carrots and had low fat cottage cheese within easy reach in the refrigerator.  Did it work?  No.  I ate that, and then had to follow up with the fattening stuff to stretch out the relief from the hunger/sick/pukey feeling.  Somehow, fattening stuff = longer periods without sickness.  Go figure.  No pun intended.

Well, see you in about 45 lbs!
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Homeschooling Adventure - Extra Curricular - Baking with Jane

Titus 2:4 "That they may teach the young women..."

Jane is a household name in our church.  That said name belongs to a sweet, meek, quiet woman who bakes like nobody's business.  She has made so many wedding, birthday, special events cakes I couldn't even count.  Everyone loves her cakes.  They are masterpieces. 

Jane made a birthday cake for Iggy out of a Cinderella Barbie doll.  The dress was, well, perfect.  Iggy could not believe it was a cake.  She masterfully swirled and tucked the dress with ribbons and fabric made out of fondant.  It was beautiful!  We told Jane how Iggy responded to her cake, and Jane graciously offered to teach Iggy how to decorate a princess cake for home economics.  Wow!  Cool!  I signed up for it immediately. 

Jane came with her cake partially prepared and let Iggy decorate.  Oh, and Inky too.  : )
Here's our day Baking with Jane!

Jane showing Iggy the baking mold for the dress.

Iggy rolling out the fondant.

Iggy using shapes to cut out flowers.


Jane showed Iggy that if she put icing on the back of the fondant, it would stick to the cake.

Jane cutting the fondant ribbons.


Iggy trimming the dress with icing.


Jane made a second cake for Iggy's Pappy's birthday that Iggy and Inky got to decorate.
Iggy is squeezing out a clown.

Inky's addition.

And the cakes are dressed!  Success!
I'm so thankful for this opportunity for Iggy.  Jane took so much time in baking the cakes and bringing the materials for the girls to use in decorating the cakes.  Iggy loves baking.  She pretends all the time.  She didn't have to pretend on this day.  Jane brought her the real thing.  What an experience!  Thanks Jane!!!!!
I hope to add some photos of Jane's actual Cinderella cake that she made for Iggy's birthday party so you can see her talent for yourself.  Also, not only does she work with fondant, but she uses icing to make the most life-like flowers you will ever see!  Sometimes you have to get down really close to see if the flowers are real or not!
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Here are the added photos of Jane's actual Cinderella Cake