but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
Martin Luther King Jr.
My friend posted this on facebook and I think it sums up perfectly how I am feeling about the events that went down late last night.
Well, its been another week since I was here blogging, haha. As you may remember I was going into the wacky week of 5 orders!!!!! Haha, am I alive? Yes, and I think I am finally caught up on my sleep. Everything went smoothly and every single order was a success and a hit! Woot!!! Makes me feel extremely happy and pleased with my work. So without further ado, check out a look at what kept me busy this week... first up grad cupcakes...
Besides cake I had a painting job of doing Peanuts themed shirts for a dance teacher at the studio where Kara works! Super cute and pleased with how they turned out. This week is light... one cake, and I am thankful! I need a break before getting into some big orders coming up this month! Yay!
I managed to capture some pictures of Ariel at her gymnastics class this past week. Xander was in a better mode and made friends with someone with an iphone who let him play games on it. Lucky boy!
Way to go Ariel!
Friday morning I was up early... there was a wedding, and I wasn't going to miss it! Thursday night I stayed up working on cakes as at midnight the coverage started from England of William and Kate's wedding. Eek! I loved every minute of it and pray they have a happy life together. The hats were hilarious, the dress beautiful and the fun of online friends chatting about it was a blast! I hope Harry gets married soon, haha. I did get about a few hours sleep as I had to get Ariel to school and Xander to sportsball. I sorta shuffled through the day as you can imagine, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything.
Saturday rolled around and it was Ariel's pageant day. Needless to say we were a tad disorganized due to my heavy workload during the week but we got out the door, cakes dropped off and Xander to the babysitters. We arrived early at the venue because I remembered last time the limited parking. Ariel was hungry and so we hit Subway to get her a sandwich before her big afternoon. She loves this whole thing, and this time had a huge learning moment in recovery. Each girl got to go out 3 times, upon her first time out she was listening to the announcer talk about her and it looked like she froze. She still managed to get through but came off stage into my arms with tears in her eyes. 'I forgot what I wanted to do!' she cried. Of course I told her not to worry and she did fine and had 2 more times out on stage.
The next time she ROCKED it! In her cute poodle skirt outfit and a mini version of the hand jive I taught her (yeah Grease!), she ended up winning a sash for best overall fashion because of this. Had to include the video, too cute!
Next one in her fancy dress she did well too. It was then time to play with the girls while waiting for crowning. Ariel looks forward to seeing the girls and they have a great time playing and giggling. Too cute!
Crowing came and she got her fashion sash and royalty crown, treat bag, balloon and flower. They even gave out picture frames with the event printed on them, which is super cute! Oh and each girl got a charm bracelet too! Every pageant they attend they will get a new charm, and an extra charm if they get a high title.
We watched the other girls get crowned and then came the big supreme awards. Ariel was already thrilled with her little tiara and sash that she was up front with the girls eating candy from her treat bag. We all then were surprised with what happened next... Ariel got called for Novice Supreme! A new award added for a girl who had taken part in previous pageants but never won a supreme title. Ariel realized what happened and fell of the chair she was on in surprise. She ran up with lollipop still in hand. It was so cute to see her excited and proud of herself!
Afterwards Ken dropped me at Kara's place and went home with Ariel to get Xander. Kara and I hit the Cactus Club for dinner for my birthday, yay! I had yummy butternut squash ravioli, ohhh so good! I wish I had my camera, it was so pretty too. Haha. Kara dropped me off where I spent the remainder of the evening working on my final cake.
The next morning I slept in until Ariel and Ken came in with a tray with pancakes, eggs and a cute little rose. Happy Birthday to me!
Ariel drew a cute card with a cake on it... which the words 'we drew a cake' on it as well. Haha. When we got to church Stella had a cute gift of a needle holder she made me... a Monty Mushroom Chicken burger! (complete with mushroom fabric inside. I LOVE it!!!
Ten Thousand Villages was at our church and I got this for Xander, he loves it!
I got this for myself, squeal!
We had my cake early at Dad and Rita's because baby Henry likes to crash early in the evening. My kids came running to sit with me to blow out the candles on the cake my Dad made me (yes I didn't have to make my own cake, haha). This is one of my favorite memories of the day. I love my sweet babies.
Then it was off to dinner at the Boot and Xander was just a hoot. He was in such a good mood (surprising since he skipped his nap) and was laughing and chatty. Ariel at one point went and sat with 2 fellows at the next table, and told them I was turning 32. LOL. Ken went and chatted with them, and they got quite a kick out of our silly girl.
This morning we were up and out in the rain to go vote, with both kids in tow. Whee. Then I got Ken dropped to catch his bus and Ariel to school while Xander and I hit the pool. It was nice to come home and not have anything to do. Ahhh. So we cleaned and tidied up which felt really good. Well I need to get my kids bathed and in bed. I have some sketching to do tonight of some orders I just got placed today... 3 to be exact! Gotta love the cake business, always something to celebrate!