Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Superstar Cake

Mom came over to Thatcher yesterday and helped me out with this cake.

I discovered why my other cakes haven't been turning out all that great.  I had the frosting too thin, and I was putting them in the oven before it had properly preheated.

Now that I know the correct frosting consistency I can do a lot better on my cakes, and learn how to use the other tips in my set.

I showed Zach the cake.  He leaned over and took a bite.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Are stay at home moms more depressed?

I got this article from  It is excellent, a good read.
Posted: 22 May 2012 04:31 AM PDT
'Screaming Boy' photo (c) 2008, Don LaVange - license: Hot Air, Gallup recently published a studyshowing that stay-at-home moms are more depressed at every income level. They’re more worried, more stressed, and angrier.
What’s up?
Over at Hot Air, they’re trying to explain it by income: if you stay at home, you’re poorer than you otherwise would be, so of course you’d be more stressed.
But that can’t be the whole answer, so they’re asking the question: what else is it?
I think it’s rather obvious. You’re more depressed because you’re with children all the time, you don’t get a break, the work is never done, and you get little adult interaction. Kids squabble. They puke. If you try to keep the house clean, it’s a never ending job. You could start to vacuum only to turn around and find a 3-year-old is trailing behind you munching through a box of crackers. And nobody is standing behind you saying, “Wow, that is a clean pot. You really washed that pot like a pro! I’m so impressed with that pot.”
At work we get stimulation. We get other people telling us we did a good job. We get a sense that our task is finished and we can move on to the next task. Anyone who has ever said, “today, I’m going to get through all the laundry in the house” knows that this is an impossibility. The laundry is never all done.
And when you stay at home, you don’t get to sit down and take a break. Kids even want to come into the bathroom with you! You’re tired. You’re overworked. And no one tells you what a great job you’re doing. So of course we’re going to register higher stress!
But here’s the thing:
We should not decide what to do based on whether or not it will give us the least amount of stress. We should decide what to do based on our values, not our feelings.
Just because staying at home is stressful does not mean it’s not worthwhile. It also does not mean there aren’t incredible benefits. Yes, it’s more stressful, but it also gives us those wonderful moments when someone cuddles up and says, “I love you, Mommy.” It gives us those amazing moments of outings to the library, where we all giggled and read books. It gives us wonderful times of bonding with each other. It gives us pillow fights.
And at the end of it, you get to look back and say, “I made a difference.” You can see it in your kids.
Does this mean every woman should stay at home? I wouldn’t say that, although I do have serious reservations about day care centres. But what I do believe is that the fact that it is stressful should not mean that we choose to not do it.
That seems to be the conclusion of the study, and those commenting on it are treating the study like it’s radioactive. “Shoot! We conservatives have been saying it’s wonderful to stay at home, and now it turns out it’s more stressful!”
Yes, but you’re measuring apples and oranges. It may be more stressful, but it’s still wonderful. It’s just simply hard work.

But when has being hard come to mean that we don’t do it?
 Just because something is harder doesn’t mean we should steer clear.
We seem to have this idea in our society that people should do the easiest thing, the most fun thing, the least stressful thing. That’s not the biblical way of looking at it. The Bible tells us to do the right thing. It tells us to seek God’s will. It tells us to be concerned, first and foremost, with people’s souls, not with money, or with prestige, or with standing in this world. It tells us to look to permanent things, not to temporary ones.
I’m pretty sure that the route that was chosen by many of those early Christians was far more stressful than the lives they had before. They left their homes and became missionaries, and quite frequently martyrs. They went to strange lands that didn’t welcome them. But they did it because God called them.
So I don’t take this study to mean, “Oh, my goodness, if it’s more stressful, maybe women shouldn’t do it!” I take this study to mean, “Of course it’s more stressful. But that just means we have to make sure we surround ourselves with support systems, and go to God to make sure that this is what He’s calling us to, so we don’t second guess ourselves. But lives are not about leisure; they’re about meaning and purpose. So decide what has the most meaning and purpose for you.”
And I really am okay with that.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Hansens

Well, after quite a long while of not posting anything (well not posting anything other than pictures) I'm back!  I just haven't felt like my life was exciting enough to post anything lately....

Well an update for those of you who read my post Quick Results Not Guaranteed  I haven't been very faithful in writing down everything that I eat, but I am being more aware of what I am eating.  For example, I am trying to eat sugar only on the weekends. I have found that if I try to cut it out all together, that I feel way too deprived, and when I do allow a small sugar snack it turns into a multi-day sugar binge.  So because of my sugar binges my weight isn't as low by now as I had hoped, but I am pleased with what I have lost.... I am now down to 163.8 as of yesterday morning!  Been awhile since I have been that low, so I am motivated to try even harder!

I haven't made any more cakes since Jessica's shower cake, but I do have some frosting in the fridge to work with.  Also I was able to buy some Wilton Cake Decorating Course books.  So now I have something to help guide me in my cake quest.  I am pretty excited to learn more.

I had lost my camera right after he was born.  I found it day before yesterday and got looking at the pics on it.  They were all pictures taken right after Wyler was born.  I can't believe that Wyler is going to be nine months next week!  He is getting sooo big!  

Beginning of next month Zach and I are going to be an Albuquerque to see Les Miserables!  I am sooo excited.  We are planning on spending a few days up there so we can explore all the cool museums, zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens, etc.  Also I am planning on a girls day with Jennifer.  I am soooo excited to see her again!!

This morning my MIL and I went to a bread and jam class.  We learned how to make Prickly Pear Jelly, and Green Tomato/Raspberry Jam.  Yes I know, Green Tomato/Raspberry Jam sounds kinda gross.  It was soooo yummy!  You can find the recipe here.  The bread recipe they gave us is to die for!  I'm sorry mom but I am now in love with someone else's bread.  I am going to put your recipe into deep storage and use this new one.... :-)

Well that is life for us Hansen right now!  More to come soon hopefully!