I enjoy watching baking competitions on TV and was inspired to try something a little over-the-top for Evan's birthday cake this year-- a four-layer, supposed-to-be-'pumpkin'-shaped chocolate cake with orange-colored peanut butter frosting. Each layer had chocolate frosting and chopped up Reece's cups in the middle, and as you can see-- the whole thing is covered in fall sprinkles and peanut M-n-Ms. Pheww! Yeah, it's a little rich... While it's no showpiece, Evan liked it and it was fun to make!
Early birthday treats for Evan: Bat Oreo Pops
Jewish Apple Cake
He looked so sleepy and finally tumbled over and nodded off...
We came back to see him one more time before we left the fair. This time he went into a full-blown nap, and started twitching like crazy! It was adorable, I tried to capture some of it on video. Watching this little bunny twitch and dream was a little slice of heaven. We were sorely tempted to smuggle him out of there!!
Sorry the video is sideways!
We love you, little bunny!
Bye for now!
My cousin-in-law pointed out that this is a black and yellow garden spider, and is a good one to have!
If you say so, John! :-) Evan found this one on a bush in our yard.
Taken 2:17 pm
I did NOT look directly into the sun to take this shot. I just held the camera up and clicked away, hoping for the best.
Evan says he can see the shadows of the moon in this image.
It was such a unique and awesome experience to be a part of America's solar eclipse yesterday (partial for us here in NJ). We didn't have eclipse glasses, but Evan remembered watching an eclipse as a child using a box with a pinhole. I found directions here, and we made one!
I found the scriptures (below) afterward, and it confirmed the strange excitement and joy I experienced. It was like God's hand was moving the planets around, inviting us to watch--with Him.
It was also amazing to see the clouds floating by on the image reflected in in the box-- we could actually see the 'clouds' moving over the 'sun'-- surreal!
View from out kitchen window • 1:45 pm • There was an odd stillness during the 'celestial dimming' as I came to view it. Like a hush, like God turned the knob down on the dimmer switch. It was soooo cool!!
Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.
All things were created through Him and for Him.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky.
Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities--
his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the phenomenal 'Light Show'--
You are so HUGE and incomparable! Thank you for loving us!
One of my favorite songs!
Ev saw this amazing (huge) spider outside our front door this morning...
I'm glad he's OUTside!!! :-O
This was an epic birthday, full of surprises!
I felt very LOVED!
Thank you, Jesus, for your love...
And the loved ones You've given me...
to enjoy this life with!
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