I made a cake.

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This was maybe the most fun I have had since renovating my kitchen. When I saw this incredible cake from Sqeak & Squirrel, it was love at first sight. I knew I had to make one—with my own little twist, of course. I had a handful of farm animals in the toy box, so I decided to do a picnic scene. I already had the bunting from a cake I made last year... The picket fence was just a piece of card stock I folded and cut. The mini cakes were made from leftover Halloween candy—Bottlecaps and Rolos, to be exact...

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Before I had kids, I think I had a lot of preconceived notions of what being a mom would be like. I guess I expected it to be hard, but I thought it would always just "feel" right. Maybe I thought it would be easier or less interrupted or less exhausting—more like the magazine pictures. My glamorous projection of myself as a mom was immature and unrealistic, and I am slowly realizing that there is beauty and satisfaction in the labor and sacrifice... Being a parent is hard work.

HOWEVER, that is not what I am talking about today. What I really want to say today is that getting to make this cake for my little girl was one of those moments that was EXACTLY like I imagined it would be. Pure joy. Pure delight. It was one of those moments that made me realize how much fun it is to be a mom. 

Did I get a little carried away? Yes. Is making 1/4 inch paper hats for barnyard animal figurines obsessive? Yes. But, do you know what? I am totally okay with that, because it was worth it for me to realize how much I really do enjoy my kids. It's easy to get so wrapped up in the everyday that I forget to enjoy the extraordinary. The miracle of life is unfolding right in front of my eyes.

Sometimes it takes hot gluing a flag onto a plastic duck to realize what a short time we actually have with our kids. We each have our own way of celebrating the beauty and brevity of life. This cake just happened to be mine.  

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