2016 has been a year of finding ME. In the past 5 years, life has been a huge whirlwind full of a lot of confusion, excitement, love, and peace (within me). I had a baby, “re-met” Bryan, got married, built a house, had another baby, finalized B’s adoption of 1st baby (literally the same week that we jumped into kindergarten), and then slowed down just a little.
It all started when Bryan encouraged me to make our sweet soon to be 1 year old’s first birthday cake. Birthday cake? Me? Make it? Not from a box? Presentable to our party guests? I know, I know. It’s a child’s birthday cake, but I had envisioned this party and I wanted her to have this beautiful cake comparable to her sister’s first birthday cake. But, NO. Bryan had faith in me that I could bake and create this cake that I had been designing in my mind for months. So I set out to find the perfect recipe and ended up piecing a little of this and a little of that together. I decided on a chocolate cake with a chocolate filling and covered with green swiss meringue (it was a farm theme). For her smash cake, I did a basic white cake colored to different shades of pinks and covered in white buttercream with sprinkles. It wasn’t the cake I had been dreaming of but everyone loved it and I was proud of it.
Getting into baking, I began making more cakes and decided I wanted to try out bread. EPIC Fail on my first try. But I kept trying and finally got it. So I asked Bryan for a bread machine for my birthday. It’s my lazy way of making the bread. I can throw it in, set a timer, and my dough is ready when I’m ready for the final rise and baking. I began baking bread constantly. That’s has slowed down, but I still enjoy being able to bake homemade bread, after all that is so much better than store bought (in my opinion) and you know exactly what is going in your body.
Then, over the summer, Bryan and I started discussing plans for our upcoming fall Walt Disney World Trip. How Exciting! This will be Davyn’s 3rd Trip and Millie’s 1st Trip – even more exciting! I started trying to figure out what we were going to wear. I love Disney but am honestly not a huge fan of wearing characters on a normal basis. However, when in Disney, right? I couldn’t find bottoms that I just loved so I pulled out my sewing machine that I hadn’t used in 2+ years. Talk about a newfound love. I liked it before, but I love it now. I sewed the girls matching pants/skirt for our Disney trip. Then I continued to make more outfits for the girls. I still have one unfinished (and it’s killing me) right now while I wait to try it on my big girl to make sure I hem it to the right length.
Going right along with our Disney trip, I started looking for shirts to wear to Disney. SO many cute heat transfer options, but nothing exactly what I wanted (maybe I’m the problem, here, huh?). The only logical solution was to present the idea to my husband that I needed to buy a machine to make these shirts myself. He was surprisingly on board and my new silhouette portrait just arrived. I’ve created one simple shirt so far, but have ordered many more supplies to get to work on some more shirts and of course, perfect our Disney shirts!
I love having these creative outlets. I can spend time doing something I enjoy after the girls go to bed and Bryan is getting things ready for work the next day. Not venturing far out of my comfort zone for now, but oh the plans I have!