Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Football Photoshoot

Yesterday Bryce took some pictures of McBaby. Be warned, your head might explode by over exposure to adorable.

I wanted them with a football because of this cute picture of Handsome Bryce, back when he was Ickle Babykins Bryce:

Also my mom has this picture of my little brother from back when he was a baby:

Now I can have a collection of my favorite boys with footballs.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

In Which I am not Funny at All

I was recently talking with a good friend who I hadn't seen in ages. I told her about a friend who was flooding me with every kind of pro-gay link, web sites, groups, comics, jokes, sheesh it was getting overwhelming.

I laughed because, dude, I get it. You're gay. It's not really that interesting to me, and really it's not like it came as a shock either. I'm not always telling you about my straightness, can we talk about something else besides your gayness?

But then I saw two things that made me think.

The first was a picture of this billboard regarding Amendment 64 in Colorado:

This type of campaigning doesn't sit well with me because it is passive-aggressive. The group is asking you to pass judgement on a person so that they can criticize you for being judgmental, either that or just agree with them.

The second thing I saw was this video. It's long, but good.

The person who uploaded it described it with:

"We hope this video inspires empathy and compassion and moves you to have constructive conversations that will increase understanding. We want LGBT Mormon youth particularly to know that they are loved and there is hope for peace and acceptance."

Even though I find that billboard to be shrewd and spurious, it caused me to ponder a question which has nothing to do with Amendment 64: "Does that make me a bad person?" How many people are legitimately asking themselves that?

I'm an alcoholic,
I'm a thief,
I eat meat,
I'm a liar,
I'm fat,
I'm a hoarder,
I wear fur,
I'm a murderer,
I can't control my temper,
I'm gay,

Does that make me a bad person?

Is my friend who sends me all those links like the people in this video? Is he wondering that? Is he feeling alone? Is he afraid I am going to shun him, because I don't agree with his choices? I hope not. Because I believe that there is nothing on that list, or any list you can write, that would give me permission to decide whether or not you are a bad person.

I can judge whether or not I think you are a bad writer, or a bad cook, or a bad driver, but it is only for God to decide what kind of person you are. And whether or not I agree with your choices I can still love you, and God will still love you.

It might be difficult to understand how you can love a person who is doing something that you consider to be a sin, but really it is not very complicated. If you only loved perfect people you would be very lonely. And now that I have a baby I understand a little bit of what God feels for us. When I look into my son's big, beautiful eyes I know that there is nothing he can ever do, or say, or think that will stop me from loving him.

Certainly I will not always like and agree with what he is doing. There might come a day when he will me make me so angry, or hurt, or scared that I won't even be able to look at him. But I will never love him less. And if he ever asks me to forgive him for something, for anything, I will. How much more is God willing to do for us?

So if you are my friend, or if you are anyone wondering if God loves you, know that He does.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Petits Fours

This Saturday was a really special day! My niece, Maddy, got baptized! Children who are born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (Mormons) don't get baptized and become official members until they are 8 years old. This is because we don't believe that children begin to be accountable for their choices until this age, as I mentioned before.

Maddy is a fun girl who likes pretty things, animals, and wrestling with her dog. I thought petits fours would be a fun treat for after the baptism. I had never made them before but I followed the directions on this site.

They were fairly easy*, although I didn't realize that her pan was smaller than a normal full jellyroll pan, so I ended up having to make two cakes and a filling to put between them, otherwise they would have been "trop courte fours". (I just made that up, is it a thing? I am deciding it is a thing.)

Also the poured fondant was not extremely difficult*, but you definitely have to get the hang of it. And you should know that this was more of a glaze than a fondant, it is translucent.

It was still really fun*, and all the little girls loved them. So if you need a fun treat I highly recommend them.

*Keep in mind though, I worked for a catering company for a few years, so sometimes what I think is fun is not fun for other people (ie. making cakes for 3 hours). Just to warn you.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

You Should Eat This

My sister, Sara, sent me a recipe for blueberry muffin cake. I only read about 1/8 of the way through the recipe before deciding I needed to make it right away. I obtained the buttermilk and went to work!

The thing with only partially reading the recipe is that sometimes you might double the blueberries, thinking you are making a 9x13 sized cake instead of a 9x9. I found this to be NOT PROBLEMATIC AT ALL.

One day, little guy- One day I will try to make you eat this and you will say "Eeeew I hate your food Mom!" and I'm not going to argue. While Daddy is lecturing you about being respectful I'm going to eat your piece, you adorable naive little scamp!