Well I've finally become a mom. It's official. I remember when I first started this blog, at the prompting of other mommy friends who were already mommy blogging away, I vowed it would never become a mommy blog. This was back in the day when I was still in denial over the whole thing. "It doesn't have to change my lifestyle." or "I'm never gonna be one of those mom's who are all about the kids." Two phrases that I carried like a badge. Funny how good we are at planning parenting life when we don't have kids. The honest truth is once I let go of my struggle, I really started liking the whole mom thing. And it turns out, not to sound too big for my britches, I'm not too bad at it either. So this year for Sevilla's second birthday, I've cooked up some exciting plans, all mom-ed out if you know what I mean.
Previously full of great fiction, travel guides, political nonfiction, and the occasional Economist magazine, my book stack is now loaded with mom books. Crafting, cooking, gardening, homeschooling, etc. And I can't get enough of them. I've called on some of the great moms (Mary Jane Butters, Amanda Blake Soule, and Amy Karol to name a few) to help me with my first ever 100% handmade birthday. I've even enlisted a few non kid experts. I've mapped out my plans, drawn the pie chart, and like any good type-A, made a list.
The best part was finding all the recipes and patterns to get it going. I even found a great new blog to spend more of the time I don't have reading. 17 and baking. It's a 17-year-old gal from Seattle, who bakes and blogs. In fact, I'm using the lavender ice cream she wrote about. Check it out if you have a moment and you're looking for new cooking blog fun. It's truly inspired.
I feel pretty confident. Sevi's birthday is on the 17th, Wednesay. I've already got 2 of the three sewing projects cut and pinned. And one of the birthday presents pretty much finished. The big daddy is the cake. I've chosen a tripple lemon job, for my girl who eats em like apples, and it takes 4 days. The recipe says and I quote, "It's okay to start a week ahead if that is more convenient." I'm really having a ball and don't care too much if something goes wrong. It's just for fun, and though it's disguised as a gift, it's all for me really. Do you think I can handle the challenge?