Aug 30, 2008

Screaming Blue Angels

Every August, Chicago hosts the Air and Water Show on the lakefront. It features boats, water skiers, and a zillion different kinds of airplanes. Including the infamous Blue Angels.

We just moved in February, and our new house is right under the fly path of some of the airplanes as they're practicing, or performing in the show. So, instead of going to the lakefront with the millions of other tourists and Chicagoans, we went to the top floor of our house...and ended up getting up close and personal.

These suckers are incredibly loud. Especially when they got so close you could read the writing on the underbellies. My oldest son is highly sensitive to sound, and got a bit concerned when the windows were rattling in their panes. He covered his ears and hid under his blanket.

My youngest son, however, is like a rock. Nothing rattles him. He just covered his ears, then grinned up at the Blue Angels screaming by as if they were there just for him. It was kind of cute. :)
We went through a full week of this - four practice days, then three performance days. Fortunately, the practice days were mostly during the middle of the day, when both my kids were at preschool. But the performance days went until eight at night. That seemed a bit ridiculous even to me.
Next year, we might actually join the rest of Chicago on the beach so we can see the actual show, rather than the bits and pieces from our house. But I think I'll invest in some ear plugs, or something, for my oldest. Got any suggestions?

Aug 9, 2008

Fender Guitar Cake


I made this cake for the son of one of my best friends. He was premature, born at 25 weeks, and yesterday was his fourth birthday. He wasn't expected to survive, but he did. So, a big Happy Birthday to you!!!

I've made cakes before, but never one like this. Sure, it's not to scale and the guitar strings aren't straight...but still, I'm pretty proud of it. :) And, I think, if I did it again, it would only get better.

So enjoy a little fun cake today, and wish this little boy well for suriviving against the odds, and for knowing how much he is loved.