This past weekend was Nate’s first birthday. To celebrate, we had a “Monster” of a party! We had a music performer who did bells, and drums, and I was so happy to see even Tim get into it! We had all of our friends and family, and I made a special monster cake and cupcakes.
Tim and Brandon helped me bake, and I had a ton of fun with the frosting. For the cake, I used 2 round 9″ pans and a round bowl to make the top shape. For the cupcakes, I made them without paper lining so I could serve them upside down.
For the frosting, I used the Wilton “grass / fur” tip. It was very labor-intensive but came out so cute!
Wilton grass / fur tip
For the cupcakes I went back and forth across the top.
I used marshmallows with icing dots for the eyes. Such a hit! Have you made a fun cake for one of your parties? Please share the pics!
Lots of people have blogs about a lot of topics. I never had any desire to be one of those people, until my son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder earlier this year.
I always knew Tim was different from other kids, so I was not surprised by the diagnosis. In some ways it was a relief. I can explain my son’s strange behaviors by simply saying “my son is Autistic.” Other people seem to understand that word a little bit. Yet, for me, hearing that my son is fundamentally atypical from the rest of the world has been very challenging. I worry about his future. I worry whether I am able to give him what he needs to succeed. I worry about the impact of his diagnosis on his brothers. There is a lot to worry about. And I am thankful every day that he is a part of my family, personality quirks and all.
I writing this blog I want to share my honest feelings about life, family, raising children, and raising an Autistic child. I hope to meet other moms and families with similar challenges to share experiences. I hope to help others who are facing some of the same struggles I have faced.
I hope I can help just one person get through a tough situation by reading about mine. Even if it is to laugh at my failures. I hope you will feel comfortable to share your struggles with me too.