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Monday, March 23, 2015
Amber turned 14 this year. Her birthday is actually on pi day, but she doesn't like pie!! My kids don't eat a lot of cake any more, but when they do it is something special. Amber wanted a hot air balloon cake this year. No any ordinary hot air balloon. She wanted one that was flying or at least tethered to the ground.
No big deal. We figured out exactly what she wanted & started designing our stand. Once we had our cake board dimensions figured out we gave them to Mike. He cut out the boards and drill the for the all threads. We decided to make the bottom part of the balloon out of cereal treats because we didn't need that much cake.
She chose chocolate cake with cookies and cream filling!!
She planned her design and decorated it herself.
She made her basket and people out of modeling chocolate & fondant.
We knew the cake would be top heavy and we wanted to carry it by the all threads. We didn't add the modeling chocolate for our tether ropes & our people until after we arrived.
Amber & her younger sisters each made themselves to fly in the balloon.
This is Amber in the front.
This is Alaina.
This one is Delaney. She didn't use any color on her face, so the flash kept whiting out her face. Some day I will learn how to use my camera for my benefit!!
I think Amber did an excellent job!!!
I'm just a little worried about what she might want next year.
Friday, March 20, 2015
I had a request for an Elsa doll cake for a little girl turning 3.
I had a couple of cakes to deliver that day, so I told her I would drop her cake off as well. She was thrilled with the finished product.
The little girl came running into the room and the mom held the cake down where she could see it. The little girl squealed with delight and at the same time she grabbed Elsa around the waist!! As soon as she realized it was icing and her mom was telling her to stop she pulled her hands away. She only knocked off the top row of ruffles in the back.
They all loved the cake and here she is playing her song.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Alaina is my only child who likes math. The others have been a range from putting up with it to hating it. When I showed Alaina the GPALEARNMATH from GPA LEARN she couldn't wait to try it.
GPA stands for Great Parents Academy and their team is made up of lifetime learners who want to provide a fun way to teach children math. They believe a love for learning is the key to a child's success.
GPALEARNMATH is a math program for children in grades K-5. It has 150 lessons and over 10,000 problems per grade. If a child completes 4-5 lessons a week they will complete one grade in 10 months.
Alaina worked on 4th grade in GPA. Sometimes she worked on the computer and other times she used the iPad. When she first logged in her dashboard would appear. Here she can see how many lessons were completed, how many were attempted and any awards she had earned. There are tabs at the top that allow her to navigate the program. Her choices are Dashboard, Learn, Engage, & Motivate. You can also ask other members to be your friend.
In the Learn section the student has access to their math problems. The Engage section is where you find your friend code and send and view your messages. Under the Motivate tab you can build your child's Surprise List. There are rewards you can choose for you child to earn after lessons are completed. The awards can be chosen from a list or the parent can make their own.
Alaina had access to three sections:
- Operations & Algebraic Thinking
- Number and Operations in Base Ten & Number and Operations - Fractions
- Measurement and Data & Geometry
She liked working on GPA because she thought it was fun. She liked the stories that the Hooty Owl told to get the concepts across. She is a joke telling girl and she thought the owlisms were very funny, and she loved the fireworks that were at the end of the lessons. She did became frustrated that the quiz would not save until she completed all the problems. Two times she had to start the quiz over. One time she got up & her sister closed out her browser & the other time the computer froze up on her and when she logged back on she had to start over.
This is a great way to help students with math concepts in a fun way.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The last time we made cinnamon rolls I decided to try something different. I had seen this shape somewhere on the internet, but I can't remember where or what their recipe was. I used my sweet dough that I use for cinnamon rolls.
I rolled out three layers of dough the same size. Then I spread Nutella in between each layer. I cut an even number of slits all the way around the circle and the twisted two together all the way around.
Then I baked it. I can't remember how long. I'm going to guess around 15 minutes. It was very good. My kids ate it right away.