Friday, January 22, 2010

It's Better to Give Than to Receive

I believe the title statement. I do.

But I have to admit, receiving the following Christmas gifts from Son's family was great.

If you've read my blog for awhile you know about the ongoing fun Son and I have with flamingos. The grandkids gave me this adorable flamingo that has a voice box. It says, "I love you!"

I love each one of them too. And I love the flamingo!

This book is the gift I received from Son and his wife.

I've decorated cakes for friends and family for about 35 years - and I'm not counting the years before I actually took a class. However, I am by no means a professional cake decorator, just one that enjoys baking and decorating fun cakes for those around me.

In 2008 Jen Yates created her blog, Cake Wrecks. I can't remember how I even came across it but I've followed it for well over a year now. Son follows it too.

I really can't believe there is anyone out there in the blogging world that isn't familiar with Cake Wrecks, but if you haven't seen it you should drop on over. It's an absolute HOOT!

Anyway, Jen's blog led to a book and the book, of course, led to a book tour. Kansas City was listed in the tour dates and I asked AD if we could take a drive up there for the book signing. One thing led to another and to make a long story short we weren't able to go.

Dallas was also on the tour. Son planned to attend that one, then called and told me he wasn't going to be able to make his trip after all.

Now I want you to know that I taught my kids that lying is wrong, wrong, wrong but Son actually LIED to his own mother! Well, I guess it's what one would call a white lie. He did make that trip, bought me - and him too, of course - copies of the book and had Jen sign them.

What fun Christmas gifts. So, in this case, it was pretty darn good to receive!


  1. I love going to the OKC zoo and seeing the flamingos. They are my favorites because they are my favorite color!

  2. it sounds like your family is wonderful, warm and fun ;-)

  3. You had a wonderful time and I'm happy for you! I love Cake Wrecks myself and follow her on her blog.

    Awww--your son wanted to surprise you with a signed copy! How delightful!

    I love the pink flamingo!

  4. Obviously your family loves you and wants to give you those things that do mean a lot to you. How special!!

  5. Now that's a cute cute gift! And your Son got you the perfect gift and he was so thoughtful to have it signed too.

    Yippie for late holiday's!!

    with love,


  6. Oh my goodness. The book looks hysterical!!

  7. What wonderful gifts! I had to look at the cake on the cover of the book a few times before I realized what it was. How funny!

  8. Your flamingo needs a yo-yo.

  9. Such great gifts! Keep looking at that little flamingo and he/she will get you through til warmer weather arrives. Cake Wrecks is a scream. I love that blog!

  10. Obtain a copy of Disney's Fantasia 2000 and watch the section with the flamingos. It's hysterical.

    As for the birds, try them as an adult. They're a blast!

  11. Aww that's so sweet !!!
    Cake Wrecks is a panic!!
    Have a great weekend

  12. Oh..unrealted to this post. I had it set to Google accts only because of some strange comments. I thing that's all over now so I will get it set up for 'Deborah' to comment anytime. Thanks.

  13. What fun gifts! I have not heard of Cake Wrecks, but I'm about to check it out.

  14. Thanks for the tip on Cake Wrecks. Having made many cake wrecks -- I am a horrible cake baker -- I am now intrigued.

  15. I love the Flamingo Fued you guys have. Too cute!!!

  16. it sure is fun to receive!

    also looked at the beekeeping video...and laughed my head off!! thanks!

  17. Um... actually... I did not intentionally lie to you.

    I really, seriously, could not go. All because of the kids being SERIOUSLY sick. Nimble was the only one who wasn't. I called Dad at the last minute and asked him if you were going to KC. He said "no" so I made the snap decision to take Nimble and head down there. I stayed up late making the Dead Raven cupcake cake to take, and we left early. (You can see the cake here:

    We stopped at Rainforest Cafe to eat and make you the flamingo. On the way home, Nimble got sick--a three hour drive took us almost five hours. Fortunately, we had a plastic bag for him to hork in, and everywhere we stopped, I was able to get a new one to replace it. And we stopped a LOT.

    So no, I didn't lie. It was a last minute "OK, I'm going" decision.

    I just hadn't related the story to you yet.

    PS--did you get the pics of Jill's dress-up and Horner's cooking I sent you?

  18. If you didn't get anything else for Christmas, I'd say you had a great Christmas.
    Great gifts!!