Monday, June 4, 2012

Mischief makers

First, I am super-excited because my first ever children's article is out! If you happen to pick up a copy of the June/July 2012 Boys' Quest magazine, check pages 30-31 for a fun puzzle about animal teeth. I am officially a published children's author! The next one is slated to come out in Highlights in September. Squeee! 

I'm overflowing with ideas for more pieces, but school's out for the summer, which makes it hard to do anything with those lovely, shiny thoughts. It doesn't help that Loki, god of mischief, settled into our home around the time that last school bell rang. The result? A week full of conversations like this:
*boys arguing*
Me: That's enough.
*each child gets in one last zinger, and then they start up again*
Me: I said stop arguing.
not-quite-7YO: We're not arguing.
Me: Yes, you are.
not-quite-7YO: No, really, we're not.
Me: Now you're arguing with me.
4YO: No he's not.
Me: *raises eyebrow*
4YO: He's just trying to say ...
Me: *raises the other eyebrow*
not-quite-7YO: Uh ... let's go play outside.
I am blessed with two children who believe they know everything and are convinced they have a god- (think Loki) -given right to the last word in every conversation. After a week of conversations like that one, I didn't have much energy left to put into the not-quite-7YO's birthday party.

I usually do a theme, and I really wanted to do something like this:

(click on the photos for image credit)

or this:
Yeah, I know. Who am I kidding?

Then it occurred to me that a cake like that would be like the not-quite-7YO giving me a light saber. Or the 4YO giving Beloved Husband a Lego set. Or just about any toy the boys have ever stopped to drool over going to either of us. (These are actual examples. Recent ones.)

And since we've been trying to kick them of that habit, I had to find something the not-quite-7YO would actually want. But it had to be easy.

And then it hit me:

Thank you, Captain America!

Add to that, the not-quite-7YO wanted to have a treasure hunt, so the kids spent a good chunk of the party scouring the neighborhood for clues left by Loki after he stole the cake. 

They got the cake back, but Loki got away, taking both of the now-7YO's front teeth with him. Not sure it qualifies as a victory, but we'll take what we can get.


  1. Those cakes are fabulous!! So yummy... I love the daisies!!

    1. I'm only responsible for the last one. And it was delicious! I really wish I knew how to decorate a cake like that middle one. Maybe in another life, when days have 36 hours... ;)

  2. You never know, maybe one day the days really will have 36 hours. When we're dead, right?

    You gave me an idea for my son's party next year (May - he'll be 9). I think I'll make a cake as a Bull's Eye and have the candles be darts!

    1. I figure the Earth's momentum has to start slowing down at some point. ;)

      The bull's eye cake is a brilliant idea!

  3. I love the cake! What a cute idea for a birthday party :) I bought a cake decorating set recently, and the only thing I've accomplished is eating a lot of icing, lol.

    1. Lol! That's why I keep it simple--no icing temptations, if I can help it!

  4. To be honest, I actually really like the look of the Captain America one :P.