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Creeper Cake (from Minecraft)

Posted on 13th July 2012 in birthday/ cake/ LEGO

For Thing 2’s birthday this year I made a Creeper cake. Creeper, in case you don’t already know, is a character from a game called Minecraft. Thing 2 is completely obsessed with this game even though has hasn’t actually got it yet, so a Creeper cake was the obvious choice.

I started off by baking 4 cakes:

The top two are for his head and feet and the two below are for his body. I’ve lined them up so that I can cut them both to the same size.

I then taped two boards together and covered them with baking paper and assembled the ‘naked’ cake. At this stage it did strike me that it resembled something else entirely and I’ve made a mental note to self in case I’m ever called upon to make a cake for a hen do!

Then covered it all with (shop bought!) green icing.

Then finally, the hardest part was mixing some black icing as I unfortunately forgot to buy some – so at 1.30am the features were added and the cake was done.

Here are some other cakes that I’ve made.

If you want some Minecraft Gifts or even Minecraft Wrapping paper to go with your cake, click here.

On My Birthday meme – 17th February

Posted on 2nd May 2012 in birthday

On my birthdayI was tagged for this meme by the lovely @Kateab who has set up a linky and hopes to get at least one post for all 366 days of the year. If you also do this meme (it’s open to everyone) please add your post to it and remember to mention the date of your birthday in the link title.  It won’t matter if we get more than one post for the same date, the aim will be at least one post for each day on the calendar.

What you will have to do is answer questions about your birthday. If you don’t know where to look, the best way is to go to Wikpedia, type in your birthday in the search box and it will tell you all you ever want to know (and more) about your special day. Obviously, you can take what is said with a pinch of salt but it’s mostly correct. Another site I found useful was NNDB.

When is your birthday?

 17th February

Pick three people who share your birthday and share what you know about them.

1. Barry Humphries – aka Dame Edna Everage

2. Billie Joe Armstrong – front man for Green Day

3. Wayne Morris – actor

Is anyone listed as being born on the same day as you (ie the same year)? If so, what do you know about them?

Wiki seems to think that no one other than ME was born on my birth date!

List three people who died on your birthday and tell us what you know about them. 

1. Albert I – King of Belgium

2. Geronimo – the last Indian to surrender #goGeronimo

3. Christopher Scholes – typewriter inventor, QWERTY keyboard

List three notable events that took place on your birthday.

1. 1776 – 1st volume of Gibbon’s “Decline & Fall of Roman Empire” published

2. 1836 – HMS Beagle/Charles Darwin leaves Tasmania

3. 1969 – Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash record an album (never released)

Tell us about a holiday that falls on your birthday.

The closest thing I could find was an American Day: February 17 National Indian Pudding Day!

Finally, please tag some people who will hate you some lovely people to carry on this meme, then link back to this post so they can find the badge and link up their post once published.

Consider yourselves tagged:

@CityGirlNoMore

@FayC

@MiddleScribbler

@MakeshiftMummy

But do remember this is open to everyone so please have a go if you fancy it.

Happy Birthday DS1

Posted on 21st December 2010 in birth/ birthday/ child/ diabetes/ fainting/ family/ gestational diabetes/ pregnancy/ SCBU/ shadow of the moon

Happy Birthday DS1

My boy is 11 – 22nd Dec, officially at 10.12pm – but he assures me it’s ok to have presents in the  morning!

My boy is wonderful, I know we all love our children but he really is! He has a depth of maturity that still shocks me, yet he has a playful sense of humour and is a happy, sunny boy.

He is clever (cleverer than me most of the time), he questions things that I just take for granted and seems to have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Yet he isn’t superior or smug, he is gentle and self effacing. It was he who prompted my post about the shadow on the moon – a question he asked at age 5.

He likes reading, drawing, building amazing things from LEGO, making paper aeroplanes (often balancing them on one side to ensure they fly how he wants), playing DS/PS3/Wii games, watching The Simpsons, comedy in general and CHOCOLATE!

He is also a complete pedant, which I just adore.

I did good with that boy :) *beams with pride*

 

His life didn’t start smoothly, the birth ‘went wrong’, after finding out late that I had Gestational Diabetes they decided to induce me on my due date. I clearly wasn’t ready to give birth and despite them trying 3 times to induce me Monday, 3 more times Tuesday and a membrane sweep first thing Wednesday, there was still no action! I was 3 cm dilated by Monday night and pretty much stayed there.

Wednesday ended for me as he was placed in my arms and the last thing I remember is someone shouting “She’s 80 over 50″

I didn’t see my son again until the Friday afternoon, Christmas Eve.

I’d lost so much blood that I couldn’t sit up without passing out. For my own reasons I refused a blood transfusion. Because of the diabetes DS1 had been taken straight down to SCBU, then because I was ill they kept him down there.

I did try and get down there once (2 floors away, might as well have been on Mars) but I passed out.

I can remember laying on the ward, the only ‘mother’ there who didn’t have a baby. I felt so confused. So alone. It was like I was being punished. Until on the Friday afternoon a nurse breezed in and said jokingly “oh haven’t you got a baby?” and I said “I don’t know.”

She was horrified that I hadn’t been taken to see him, she was horrified that no one had given me a photo of him.

When my husband (who had been down to see the baby every day) showed up, she was with him, with a photo and a wheel chair and I finally got taken to see him. Sitting upright that long was a struggle, but it was worth it.

He looked a bit of a fraud in SCBU though – at 8lb13 he looked big enough to eat the other babies!

I was terrified that the separation would affect how I felt about him. Or how he felt about me. But it didn’t. I love him so much, I’m so proud of who he is and I’m so proud of who he’ll become.

Desperately Seeking… Bear Bear

Posted on 29th June 2010 in birthday/ Colchester Zoo/ Keel Toys/ KidAround Magazine/ son

When my youngest was 6 months old we went for one of our regular walks round Colchester Zoo and out through the gift shop. My slightly older son had a habit at the time of collecting plastic animals – we had zillions of them – but youngest son had never really shown much interest.

On this day however, youngest son reached out and plucked a bear off the shelves.

From that day onwards, he and ‘Bear Bear’ were inseparable. Youngest son turns 9 in a couple of weeks and even now Bear Bear goes to bed with him every night.

When Bear Bear needed washing I went back to the Zoo and bought a second bear (Spare Bear) and for a while I got away with swopping the bears.

One weekend when my ex husband and his then girlfriend had the boys, they returned them home without Bear Bear. Youngest son was devastated. Ex husband claimed he was ‘lost in town’ and they had been back to every shop but the bear was no where to be seen.

The next morning I started phoning shops. I rang and continued ringing until I found a shop who said ‘yes, we had a bear left here yesterday’. And so I picked up the bear.

As time has gone on and other toys and computer games have competed for attention, it would seem that Spare Bear has been well and truly lost.

We do still have Bear Bear, but, youngest son has a few abandonment issues and he gets quite sad about the lost bear. He sometimes is tearful at bedtime because ‘he thinks Bear Bear is sad about missing his family’, it is quite heartbreaking.

I have appealed in the newspaper, via KidAround magazine, on a ‘toys reunited website’ and I’ve rung Keel Toys and I’ve been back to the Zoo. It would seem there are no more Bear Bears to be found! After the appeal in KidAround a very lovely lady did contact me and say she had a Bear Bear – I went straight round and it turned out to be a mini-Bear Bear. Youngest son was delighted but he was still sad that we hadn’t found ‘Bear Bears family’.

So this is a last ditch appeal. It would be just amazing if I could find a bear (in any condition) for him for his birthday. Can the power of twitter find that person who has a tatty old brown bear tucked away in a cupboard? Fingers crossed.

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