Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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I can't believe it... my little sister is seventeen years old. Where has the time gone?!
My sister has been with us since she was just two years old, and she was the second of my siblings to be adopted. It's incredible that fifteen years have passed since she entered our lives and she's only a year away from adulthood. I'm so proud of the young lady she is becoming, even if we argue sometimes... being roommates with her now that we're in our new house has really been a great way for us to connect on a more mature level than a bunch of sisters sharing a room that's filled with toys.
To make my sister's first birthday in Florida a little more special, I planned a bunch of little surprises for the day. It wasn't really anything big deal, but I made a birthday sign for just about everywhere my sister went during the day. I put one in our bathroom for when she woke up this morning. I stuck a card in her lunchbox with one of the cupcakes I had baked. I even put a birthday sign in our mailbox out front because my sister likes to get the mail on her way in after school everyday.
Speaking of the cupcakes, they came out great, and everyone enjoyed them. The twins picked out the colors for the frosting: purple, blue, and light green. At first, the color combo sounded kind of odd to me, but once I put them together, I thought they looked great!
Now, you may remember that the other night I talked about making fondant to put on the cupcakes. I had a recipe that I found online and I was excited to try it. I figured I wouldn't really cover the entire cupcake, but I would roll out the fondant and cut letters from it. I wanted to put one letter on each cupcake in order to spell out "Happy Birthday" and make it look nice. As you can see from the picture above, there's no fondant anywhere on these cupcakes. Unfortunately though, my creation turned out being one of those Pinterest fails that you hear about... it just didn't go well at all.
I have no idea what I did wrong, because I followed the recipe exactly as it was written. But the marshmallows were extremely ooey gooey, and this stuff ended up being completely stuck to my hands as I tried to knead the dough. I honestly don't know what happened, but the twins were getting a kick out of me being stuck in this stuff... my brother had to start adding ingredients for me because I couldn't touch anything, and by the time my mom came into the kitchen to see what we were up to, I was ready to give up on the project. It just didn't go as planned. My mom had to turn on the water for me and help me walk to the sink without dripping all over the floor, and the only way I could get this stuff off of me was to let hot water run over my hands for a few minutes.
My project may not have gone as planned, but I'm definitely willing to try this whole fondant thing again at a future time. If anyone has any good recipes or suggestions for me, I'd be happy to read about some other experiences with making fondant! My way clearly didn't work!
We also celebrated my sister's special day with some gifts that she wasn't expecting... my mom had told her that we couldn't get presents because we didn't have a lot of money right now after the move and whatnot. Yeah, right! What my sister didn't know was that my mom and I had gone shopping one day while everyone was at school. Gifts were wrapped and waiting in my mom's bedroom until after dinner. We took all of the kids into the bedroom and marched out to the living room singing "Happy Birthday" to my sister and then gave her presents one by one. She got some pretty nice stuff, although I guess I'm biased because I helped pick it all out!
Happy seventeenth birthday to my not-so-little sister!! I love you!
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.