Thursday, February 26, 2009

This is a test. I am trying to experiment with a couple of different things to see if I can keep my photos and captions from shifting around. Whatever the end result is, I'm going to leave exactly as it comes out. John helped me upgrade something-or-rather on the computer and I am hoping it will make a difference. Windows Writer seemed like a good option but it is not Mac compatible.

My Aunt Sharon (Ok, she is not actually my aunt but we call her Aunt Sharon since she and my mom have been friends for a very, very long time) asked to see a picture of our house. Here is one taken a couple of weeks ago after a nice little snow. I hope you like the bikes laying in the yard, they are usually put away so neatly every day on the side of the house just like they are supposed to (NOT).

A couple of people asked how I made the school bus cake. It was two sheet cakes stacked on top of each other with icing smeared in between. I cut off about 1/3 of one side longways (to make the long bus part), then pieced the extra pieces on top for the roof of the bus, windows, etc. The little kids in the windows are made out of vanilla wafers. I let the kids help me bake the cake and decorate the little faces in the windows. I just used different sized icing tips to decorate the cake. I couldn't remember Ava's actual bus number so I wrote 220 for her birthday, Feb 20. The wheels are those little chocolate covered devil's food cookies. I took a cake decorating class at Hobby Lobby once with a friend and my sister for the same reason I WISH I would have gone to beauty school to learn how to cut hair save a lot of money on a bunch of kids who need frequent haircuts and birthday cakes!

Grandma Urban sent this little school bus for Ava's birthday. The kids knew she would love it so they brought it to her the morning of her birthday, while she was still in her pajamas eating breakfast. I'm so glad my camera was close to capture these expressions. :)


Lacia said...

Great pictures....I'm just SO in love with your house!

So tell me, what did you do to make the photos and captions work? I'm always having to re-edit my posts before publishing when there a pics on it. IT's a big pain in the butt.

Charissa said...

Well John updated the Safari browser, that is all he did. But I don't think that's the problem. I think the problem is switching back and forth from edit to compose mode.

I had two windows open, compose mode to check the placement of the pictures, and edit mode to put the captions. I did that so I wouldn't have to switch back and forth between the two modes to see which pictures were which. I didn't preview it or anything, I just hit publish. It is messed up on google reader I noticed, but I don't even care anymore!

Larsen Family said...

Great cake decorating tips. I was wondering what kind of cookies were the kids faces. Very cute. I love Ava's expressions w/ her new bus.

Lacia said...

I was kinda thinking it was just a blogger thing too. Drives me nuts!

Jaimie said...

love her facial expressions!

Anonymous said...

Charissa and gang..
I absolutely love your house. I can't wait to see you all again some day. Thank you so much for posting the photo. It's sort of like a house you'd see in Better Homes and Gardens with a baby calf or two roaming.Thanks so much for posting it for me.
Love you all!
Aunt Sharon