My first daughter is officially 11. Last year birthday stuff got absolutely lost in the ‘magic’ of moving. Each had a party, each was celebrated, none got a proper blog post and we never did do our adult friend/family party (people that would be invited to all 3). This year we are in a much better place to pay proper attention but this time I hesitate to write a full-on letter publically to #1 because other things have changed.
- She is pretty good about me sharing stuff but she is also shy about somethings so like all internet parents I need to make some boundaries
- I am a bit more of a public figure, not that school board is the same as president however my name is more out there locally and the kids don’t need the extra microscope on them
- There was a really scary local thing where a man spotted a kid getting off the bus and decided he would kidnap her. They had no relation otherwise, he just saw her one day. He broke into her house a couple weeks later, shot her parents, kidnapped her and there was a multi-week search and most had given up. She rescued herself in the end, she was locked in a room but figured out when he was gone and got out and made it to a road and got help. She is ok as can be expected but the safety we all feel is a little less secure. Not that *not* blogging about my kids could have prevented something like that, however, less info as the world gets smaller is probably better.
On the other side of the coin, this is my record of what we do and how I see the world. The title reflects that – I have been a mother for 11 years. It has been a really interesting 11 at that, I’ve learned, made mistakes, apologized to nearly everyone in the world for something I felt I did badly, let go of some notions, adopted others and generally aged a decade in the process.
For this birthday we had the good fortune that it was on a Sunday so I let her sleep in and we did a nice breakfast followed by picking out a bike from the shop (to be delivered next week) and picking up a friend for a rock climbing adventure. We had a little time at our house while I cooked the pie that needed hours to chill and the girls decided to have some impromptu sewing time. They made a pretty reasonable elephant pillow with minimal supervision. 11 is really good like that, the basic sewing machine set up and a 2-minute lesson of ‘follow the line and go slow’ and they were good.
Rock climbing was a blast. The place is just far enough away that we won’t do it often but it is a great thing to try. They have harnesses that are super safe for solo climbing and give just enough upwards pressure that I had no problem with the climbs beyond figuring out where to put my hands. I’m very glad I work out though, however, I wish I had my 6-year-olds weight to strength ratio. She was like a spider on the wall and even did the free climb.
Yesterday I spent from 11:30 on at school or with the birthday girl. I did lunch with each daughter and then took #1 out for our mother-daughter afternoon. We got a pedicure and then found pants that fit her. The day was shorter than other years because I still had to pick up her sisters but we had a nice time. The day was capped off by her getting a home visit from our SCA queen and she was given an award of arms, normally an adult award but she has earned it over the past few years doing pretty much everything she was allowed to help the group. It was a pretty special night overall. Not bad for an 11-year-old.
This weekend we will have a friend party and I have no idea how many kids are coming. A bunch. 20 were invited. I’ll just make a lot of pizza rolls and stay out of the way. They are taking on some of the planning so I’ll be hopefully a support system instead of a cruise director.
Otherwise, I did exciting things like meet with our tax guy. Next for me is party prep and that is mostly cleaning because that is NOT in this particular 11-year-olds wheelhouse…
weather; rained for 24 hours and now we are GREEN and sunny and nice
nap; maybe – resting at least, I could use one because spring = allergies = bad sleep
house; maintaining basic party clean and looking meaningfully at my closet
Yesterday I posted this picture. I got the idea from this
I got the idea from this pinned post. Looks easy right? Totally! Now look at this picture and see if you notice something about it…
maybe a little less perfect, little less even, little more cream on the glasses and candy on the tray….
Let us start a the beginning so you can benefit from my research
I ordered these plastic 1 piece champaign glasses and if you look in the questions part on Amazon there was obviously another woman looking at the same pin but she didn’t seem to notice that they are MINI cupcakes. The glasses themselves look nice but are on the flimsy side. Let’s just say that we started with 10 and now only have 5 post party. Maybe if I bought the ones from the pin it would be better?
What you need;
10 champaign glasses
1 5lb bag of candy, we used about 2/3
20 mini muffins. I originally made double so I could pick the nicest looking ones but it is good to have a backup set as you will soon see.
whipped cream for topping.
Assembly is easy – M&M into glass, add cupcake (unfrosted), add frosting to cake in glass to avoid mess on the glass. (ha!)
So I’m sure if you give the physics of the situation 3 seconds of thought you might note that filling a flute with M&Ms and topping it with a cupcake and a squeeze of cream might lead to tipping over problems. Boy did it!!! If you look closely at the picture you see my attempt at anchoring the glasses with bluetack to the tray and that helped… a little…
Walking 2 steps in my kitchen had one pitch over and crash into its neighbor. Candy all over the tray and floor and 10 kids outside waiting. I frantically salvaged the candy from the tray and was very glad that I baked 20 mini muffins so I re did the two. Slowly and carefully I got to the door only to wonder how will I get out this door? I did my best waitress one hand tray hold and got out only to have the door bump my elbow and about 5 kamikazed to the pavement. No breakage! just candy loss so I put it back together (again) and did more cupcakes (again) and I was very glad I didn’t clean up the whipped cream gun so they all still looked good but Lars took over and he traversed the nice flat yard to the waiting kids.
The positive – they all loved them! Nothing but smiles.
So I can’t say this is really a pin-fail but while the creation is super simple I advise making them for a dessert buffet and not trying to walk. Alternative if you have them clustered really tightly maybe they would lean on each other for support? Can’t say for sure. However I can’t stress enough how tippy these really are – you have been warned 🙂
If you focus on fun you can find it.
My sister had a baby boy today and all is happy in the world.
Meanwhile…. in MN… I decided to take on some of her pain and I’ve had whiplash-like neck pain for days and my tooth hurts… fortunately the tooth is the one scheduled to be dealt with on Thursday and I have a husband that has studied some high-end massage technique so hopefully things fall into place asap.