It’s my birthday week. Getting another year older isn’t something that really excites me but I love my birthday. It’s mostly because every year my wife makes me a homemade carrot cake.
We’re talking making it from scratch from the tea room recipe her Mom gave her. The kind where you grate the carrots by hand. The only box involved in this recipe is the one the raisins come out of. Yes, I like raisins in my carrot cake.
There are two things I love most about my birthday cake. The effort and love my wife puts into making it each year and the fact that it reminds me of my Grandma.
It’s not so much the cake that reminds me of Grandma. It’s the cream cheese frosting. That frosting always takes me back to my Grandma’s kitchen.
I think that’s because my Grandma always had a dessert in the house. Not some package of store bought cookies. Real desserts. A cake, cookies, or pan of bars could always be found at Grandma’s house. You considered yourself especially lucky if you dropped by when there were applesauce bars on the table.
While some may dread getting another year older I actually look forward to it because it means for a few days I’ll spend some time enjoying carrot cake and remembering my Grandma.
What’s the one food that reminds you of your Grandma?
Recently I took a day off from work to tag along with my youngest daughter’s 3rd grade class on their field trip to the Iowa State Capitol and State Historical Building. It was a great day and I learned a lot.
Here are a few of my observations.
1. Kids seem to listen to their teachers better than their parents. (The teachers on this trip were fantastic! So were the other parents.)
2. Even when you don’t think they are paying attention kids really are listening. I was surprised at the amount of facts my daughter retained when I asked her what she learned.
3. An inexpensive digital camera with a large memory card would be a great gift for a 3rd grader. I saw lots of budding photographers on the trip.
4. If you took all the gold leaf off the capitol dome and made it into a ball it would be about the size of a baseball and weigh 6 pounds. That I’ll always remember but I’m sure I’ll forget something important the next time I go to the store.
5. There are plenty of free family activities if you search them out. Our group only saw a fraction of what we could have. A family outing to the Capitol and State Historical Building will be added to our can you buy modafinil at walmart.
6. One of the benefits of going along on a class field trip is getting to know the other parents better. This is a good thing because you’ll be seeing them at school functions for years to come. You might as well become friends sooner rather than later.
7. The view of downtown Des Moines from the Capitol is awesome.
buy modafinil bitcoin8. Watching your child laughing and having fun with their friends will put a big smile on your face.
9. Kids are eager to learn and will ask lots of questions if you let them… and you should let them.
10. You’ll never regret taking a day off from work to join your child’s class on a field trip. I regret not realizing this when my kids were younger.
Those are just a few of my thoughts after spending some time on a 3rd grade field trip.
Ever gone on a class outing with your kids? What do you remember most about the experience?