2012 was such a roller coaster ride. up and down, round and round..... When did it start? And now, it's ending.
So many things happened, as they always do, no doubt, in every body's life and we (my little family) are no exceptions.
I have lost my patience many more times than I care to remember. I feel ashamed.
I have cried, as though my heart was broken, indeed, it felt like that, I survived.
I laughed, loudly, I cherish those moments.
I made new friends, strengthened the bond of an acquaintance to a strong and reliable friendship.
I missed my parents, so much that I started imagining them with me in my home or riding the car with me... I was lonely.
I watched my son grow taller, I felt proud yet sad, he is no longer the infant I held in my arms, soft as butter, no longer the toddler, who ran round the apartment in his diaper squealing with joy and avoiding all attempts at putting him into a pair of tracks.
I watched him climb into the school bus, his face aglow with happiness at getting to ride the great big yellow school bus! I missed putting him in the car seat and strapping him in and kissing him before I got into the drivers seat. I sighed!
I watched Father and Son playing games and felt like a complete family, even if it was the weekend. I wished for better and I got my wish.
After 41/2 long years, we are a full-time family, once more. M got a local job and what was a dream is now reality. Talking, watching movies, going out for a coffee, just because we want to, in the middle of the week was something we wished for, simple pleasures, which are so easily taken for granted! My son now understands that 'office' means his father goes in the morning and returns in the evening as opposed to going on either Sunday or Monday and returning on Thursday night as we had led him to believe.
This year, after a long wait, I finally managed to enroll myself for Wilton Cake Decorating classes! I wanted to try my hand at something crafty ( since I am a bit handicapped in this department, cannot draw a straight line!) and see if could, you know, learn.
Here are some pictures of the cakes I decorated.
This was my first cake. I tried out all the techniques and tips I had used in the first 3 lessons (each course/ level has 4 classes, you make a cake and decorate it in the last class)
Some of the cupcakes I decorated in the first course. The icing is Butter cream Frosting, using the Wilton prescribed measurements.
Course 2 was even more fun! We were learning to make delicate little flowers using Royal Icing. I am not a crafty person and have never been able to do the simplest things, I honestly *never* imagined making flowers and decorating cakes! But here I was, learning! I was so happy!
4 weeks went by in a flash and here I was, learning to make calla lillies, and mums, and roses and daisies! oh what a thrill!
I wanted to do a little something more to this cake, but I ran out of time in the class. When I decided to finish it at home, my son was a little too eager to help and so I decided to leave things as they were, at least until I had taken pictures ( and then my friends came over and we cut the cake and ate it, so there you are! )
The Cake is Classic yellow cake (box mix), I made 2- 8 inch cakes and a filling of whipped cream and added pineapple chunks in the middle.
The frosting was Cheesecake flavor. I used store bought Fondant , tinted it with neon green ( just a few drops to get a light color) and the border in neon blue.
The daisies are made of Gum Paste.