Archive for July, 2012
Today is going to be a hard day. See? Today I’m teaching a last class to my littlest friend.
E is 6 years old, I’ve known her since she was almost 3 and I’ve seen her grow. When I used to work at a Martial Arts place, I would play with her while her brother was in class. I even scared the beejeebees out of hers once without meaning to, good thing her mom is my best friend 😉
Actually, I think that day, the day were I scared her so bad that she cried non stop for what felt like an eternity, was the day when we started bonding, because since that day I’ve been trying to make her smile. For about a year I played with her weekly while her brother trained. After that I quit that job, but kept seeing her smile and grow. I’ve seen her start Junior Kindergarten, I’ve seen her start piano lessons, I’ve seen her play a composition of her own in a piano in front of many people.
When she turned 5 she didn’t tell me that she was 5 years old. She told me she was a hand years old and proceeded to show me her hand!
That might be the blurriest picture I own!
Now, for a whole year, she’s been coming to my children’s place almost weekly so, again, I got to play with her on a weekly basis. I had the pleasure of entertaining her friends during her 6th birthday and to see half her teeth fall off to give way to new ones.
E is very thoughtful, she always makes me drawings: in Christmas, for a House Warming, for my Wedding… She loves her brother in the way only a little sister can love: completely and passionately. Unlike me, E doesn’t cry often, but if she does, there is a very good reason for those tears. The good thing is: they don’t last long and a few minutes later you get a big gap toothed smile that makes your heart melt!
Today it’s her last class, she is moving away to another province. Hopefully, I cried all my sad tears last night while designing a special class just for her… (obviously I didn’t because I just had to stop writing to get a tissue) I will miss her like I never thought I would miss a little kid. I will miss her weekly smile and hug.
I will miss you kiddo
Right now it’s Wednesday at 9:30 am and these are some of the things that have happened to me lately:
- Rolled over my finger with a rolling pin while working on pierogie dough
- Walked into the corner of my desk (again)
- Woke up screaming in terror (again). Poor husband is used to it by now
- Got mocked by an Asian person because my last name is “too short” with only 4 letters on it
- Stepped on my dog’s ear
Today has been a somehow longer day:
- Blew dried my new bangs and they now look like a shelf
- When I was about to leave the house to walk the dog, I noticed that I had put on my pants backwards
- Jumped 3 feet in the air in terror when a jogger passed me by during my dog walk
Today, I just need to know that I am not the only person out there (besides looney toons) whose happenings are like the ones described above!
Hopefully, when I step out today a piano won’t land on my head 😛 Until then,
About two years ago was the first time I saw a picture from The Cake Whisperer, an amazing baker that has her home base so very close to my own house! Since I saw her cakes I felt in love and, since then, I’ve been dreaming of getting myself a cake in the shape of a dragon.
However, I needed a good excuse and when Mr. Fairy With T proposed I got my answer: perfect day for dragon cake! Thus, we contacted Cathy and the planning started. We decided to go with a dragon wrapped around a camera. The camera would be representing Mr. Groom. The dragon would be wearing a veil since I wasn’t wearing one.
We also got a couple of bowling pins on the cake in representation to our very first date. Then came the hard part: the flavour! She gave me an extensive list:
- Cookies n Cream Cake
- Red Velvet Bliss Cake
- Lemon Raspberry Cake
- Cherry Confetti Cake
- Caramel Cappuccino Cake
- Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
- Vanilla Raspberry Cake
- Caramel Apple Spice
- Toasted Coconut Cream Cake
- Banana Cinnamon French toast
- Banana Chocolate Caramel
- Chocolate Strawberry
- Sweet vanilla
- Classic Vanilla Chocolate
- Vanilla Raspberry Mocha
- Orange Dream
I didn’t even know so many flavours existed in real life! We tasted Orange Dream, Red Velvet, and Crunchy Chocolate Peanut Butter. I was honestly expecting the cake itself not to be anything special, come on! Someone with the mad skills of making art out of cake cannot be a good baker, right? WRONG! They were AMAZING! And it was SO hard to decide! We discarded the peanut butter one when we remembered that one of the guest has serious peanut allergies, so, for the sake of not killing anyone peanut was out! Red velvet was delicious but Cathy wisely pointed out that a red cake when you cut into an animal might be distasteful. So orange dream it was! BUT I was set on a chocolate cake. So Cathy always coming to the rescue suggested chocolate cake with orange filling (please note, the orange icing is made with real oranges, you could taste the freshness and see little bits of pulp: awesome!)
Isn’t it amazing?!
Details on the veil
Not the best lighting but you can see details on the camera
We also got cupcakes with bowling details!
Thank you Cathy for making this dream come true! I’ll make sure to find another excuse to keep getting cakes from you! Until then,
Everybody does reviews about everything, right? Well, I shall review my own wedding since I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
So I’ll start with the venue From This Day Forward.
The owner of the venue is Izabela, she is a Fairy God Mother in disguise. I say in disguise because I could not see the wings anywhere!
Anyways, let’s start from the beginning: we wanted a “Champagne Wedding with a Beer Budget” type of wedding, the thing is, we could only afford a small coffee at the cheapest coffee chain. We had thought of doing it at my dad’s and doing the math we would have had a regular wine wedding with an imported beer budget type of wedding; plus the headache of dealings with ten thousand different vendors: flowers, caters, table rentals, etc. PLUS cleaning the house before and after the event. The cleaning part makes me shudder in horror… This is how we landed at Izabela’s. The place looked exquisite and full of a cold and magnificent elegance that intimidated me and made the chequebook tremble in fear. Then Izabela showed up and made it all better 🙂
First of all, she let me bring tequeños which no one else would. That alone made me fall head over heels for the venue since for me, a wedding without tequeños is not a wedding! Then, she allowed me to have a “Crazy Hour” which is the last hour of the party gone bananas with whistles, masks, feather boas, and all sort of crazy things.
Since the investment we needed to do with her wasn’t huge, we decided to invest on a custom cake instead of using the cupcakes that come included in the package.
Reaction from people before the wedding:
- The place is already decorated?! Oh The tragedy!
- The tablecloth won’t be the same as your colors? Oh The tragedy! (Apparently, tablecloth color is a determinant of how much fun you can have at a wedding)
- You don’t know what the center pieces will be?! Oh The tragedy!
- You haven’t tasted the food first?! Oh The tragedy!
- You won’t have your bouquet before you arrive there?! Oh The tragedy!
- You don’t know exactly what your bouquet looks like?! Oh The tragedy! (I had given Izabela pictures of bouquets I liked and told her I wanted only white roses and daises)
- It is in a basement?! Oh The tragedy!
- You don’t know what is going to be on the food table?! Oh The tragedy!
Obviously, many people were having heart attacks for my lack of micro management skills.
Reaction of the people during/after the wedding:
- The place is perfect!
- The food is delicious!
- The place looked great!
- It was so much fun!
- Everything was beautiful!
- The bouquet was perfect!
- You must have spent hours organizing everything so it would come out in such a perfect way, every detail was looked after! (This one made me laugh quite a lot since this person didn’t know that I had nothing to do with anything and that all my planning was a 1-hour meeting with Izabela 3 weeks before the wedding)
The day before the wedding, my husband (heeh heeh I’m married!) dropped off several white plates where I had decided to write our reading, a little silver tower, chocolate truffles, and candy (green jelly beans and dark chocolates). My colors were brown and green and I thought very last moment that I could add the colors with the candy, I forgot to tell Izabela this little detail.
After a great ceremony where I couldn’t stop crying, my husband (I can’t stop saying it! husband husband husbandhusbandhusband) and I went for a photoshoot and came back 20 minutes later. When we arrived, this was the very first thing we saw:
I know, the cake is amazing, but look how she organized everything!
Then, inside the venue EVERY.SINGLE.THING had a touch of green and brown. I did not tell her to do this, she is just that attentive to details! She worked really hard the whole night and had a huge smile on her face that warmed up my heart every time I saw it. She was amazing and deserves a big round of applause:
Thank you Izabela for making my wedding planning a stress-free journey and my wedding day a day of care-free enjoyment and love. I had the pleasure of having a Champagne wedding, but not any Champagne: a “Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990, Millenium 2000, Methuselah” (*) with a nice domestic beer budget 🙂
I wish you the best and may you make all the brides of this city as happy as you made me. Until then,
(*) judged the most expensive champagne of the world in 2011 when a 6L bottle was auctioned for more than $17,000 (or something like that)