My sister's sent me this picture of my kitty cat (who still lives at my parents because Nick is allergic) on my phone on Saturday. They found a santa outfit in the Christmas boxes while decorating and decided it would be fun to dress up Molly (the kitty) like Santa Claus. Please know that Molly didn't mind at all-she is a weird cat who fetches like a dog, drinks out of the bathtub, and acts like a human. When she got the shirt on she just laid down and relaxed in her warm, comfy outfit. Looks pretty funny to me!
A little over a week ago my sisters came over for dinner/hang out time. After dinner, we decided to play a card game and Nick was craving sweets. So, he went and got out a cake mix (Angel food) and some frosting (Confetti) and decided to bake a cake. I gave him the advice to use 2 cake pans, since we didn't have the suggested bunt cake pan that the box called for. He poured the mixture into both of the cake pans and stuck them in the oven.
When he went to check on the cake with the oven light about 15 minutes later, we all saw that the cakes were about to overflow all over the oven because they had expanded so much! Nick used his quick thinking skills to put a cookie sheet under the pans in case any unwanted spills occured (which never happened). The box said to cook the cake until there were deep, dry cracks in the top of it. Well, the time came and went and the cracks had not appeared. We kept checking it every couple of minutes for about 10 minutes past suggested cake time, when I finally told him to pull the pans out because I didn't want it to be dry.
The box said to immediately remove the cakes from the pans, so logically we tried to do that. Unfortunately, the cakes were horribly stuck to the sides and we basically massacred them trying to remove them from the hot pans. I think we should have greased the pans, even though the recipe specifically said not to. Then, nick took the frosting and used a SPOON to frost the cake. He put like half a can of frosting on (DEFINITELY OVER FROSTED! :P) and served it to us as the whole cake on one plate for us to share.
You know how cake is supposed to be soft and airy? Yeah... when we went to take a bite it was spongy and rubbery. I don't know what exactly went wrong or if the box was bad or something but it was really funny trying to eat it and taking pictures with it. :P Here is a picture of my wonderful, non cake making husband frosting the "cake"
I grew up with the tradition that every year we get a new, real Christmas tree. It was tradition to cut it down with the family and decorate it together. Now, after getting married to Nick, things have changed. He grew up with a fake tree, mostly because of his horrible allergies. We tried a real one last year (Ya know, went and cut down one that we picked out) and I saw just how bad his allergies were. Not to mention the fact that it cost us like 30 bucks for the most little, lopsided tree EVER. Check my blog posts from last December to see it. So, this year I finally surrendered and said we could get a fake tree, if I knew it would look good. On Black Friday we went to Home depot because I saw several sales on them, and lo and behold what did I find? A 7.5 foot pre-lit fake tree for 49.99! We put it up and I have to say it is beautiful. All other comprable ones (that in my opinion didn't look as good) were 350-400 dollars so I am stoked we got it for so cheap! Here is a picture of the tree with just the lights on, with Nick standing next to it for comparison (He is 6 foot 2 or 3 inches). And 2 after pictures, decorated and pretty. :o)
I am going to be really really happy when this semester is done. It has been an awesome semester, full of learning new things, but really busy. I have never taken all child development classes before; every other semester it has been GE and one CHDV class. I have really enjoyed my teachers this semester and the different styles of teaching. But, by the end of every semester I am drained. Physically, mentally, and emotionally. Today I have reached that point. After printing out 80 pages of typed homework this weekend, I don't know how much more I can take. I have 4 tests, a huge advocacy project, an observation journal, and a notebook project left. To be honest, I feel like I am over the hump of a ton of work...but looking at this I get overwhelmed again. :o(
I hate feeling overwhelmed. I hate feeling hopeless. I hate feeling out of control. I hope that these feelings go away soon, as they have been back for about a week and a half. I need to control myself, and keep calm. I need to lean on my support to get through this, and above all rely on God. I thought that I was over this- over the weirdness- over the ridiculous feelings and thoughts. Guess not.