Monster First Birthday

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.

I made this monster cake and his baby cupcakes for Nate's party.
I made this monster cake and his baby cupcakes for Nate’s party.


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

Wilton grass / fur tip

First I put on the bottom layer of monster fur.
First I put on the bottom layer of monster fur.
For the cupcakes I went back and forth across the top.


Frosting the cupcakes.
Frosting the cupcakes.

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!


Why I Started This Blog

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.

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