Happy Birthday, CeiRai!

Ceili Rain hit the big ol’ eight years old.

Her birthday was on a Sunday which means, I completely forgot to get a picture of her cake (we took it to church to celebrate).  She chose a chocolate cake with chocolate chip mint icing.  It’s safe to say that this first trimester had me off my game in the birthday cake department.  But, I’m told the cake was super tasty. When Malachi got his birthday gift from us, Ceili Rain found one and asked if she could do that for her birthday.

On her actual birthday, she got one something from us and a little something from her cousins.

And brothers with boxes on their heads have to be in the pictures.

Papa and Grandmere got to celebrate the day before her birthday.

Later in the month, she got to celebrate with Ge and Granddaddy.

Because I felt so bad, I never posted on Facebook about how awesome our second girl is.  We are so glad God chose to give us this girl.  She is a true celebration of Him!  She loves her siblings but knows how to defend herself.  She is the resident first aid responder and takes her job of finding and applying bandages very seriously.  I can not wait to see what the Lord is going to do in her life.

Happy Birthday, Number 5!

Malachi turned 5 years old in March.  It was a crazy busy day but thankfully, he went with the flow.

The requested cake was a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and Nexo Knights.  Still making it through my first trimester, this was the best I could come up with!  I would like to thank Lego for having printable party stuff on their website. They saved me.

We decided Build-a-Bear is a great fifth birthday deal and he agreed.  After an afternoon of fun at Chuck E. Cheese’s, we headed over to the mall to see what he would come up with.

His choice, a KyLo Ren bear.  Complete with light up sword.  He was happy.

Since we were at the mall, he decided his out to eat would be the food court.  This worked out great because the girls had a meeting to get to!  We opted to do presents at the mall too.

The S.W.A.T. team showed up!

Later in the month, he got to visit with Ge and Granddaddy who gave him the world’s coolest Storm Trooper shirt!

Happy Birthday, Silas!

Silas’s first birthday here seemed to be everything he wanted. He loved the various celebrations with his grandparents and aunts and uncles. He requested a Ninjago cake. Ya’ll…it’s getting really hard to come up with different Ninjago cakes each time.  Thankfully, I haven’t had a boy ask for another one yet. We did a smash cake because, well, it’s his first birthday with us.  Honestly, we don’t believe he had birthday cakes often before us.  So, why not!

Breakfast request:  Krispy Kreme of course!
Lego for birthday and brothers to assist in the build.

Pie Face from Aunt Yaya!  Of course!

It was such a blessing to celebrate our Silas’s 10th birthday.  Oh, how I wish we could have been there through the other nine.  But God had a plan and we were not to come in until now!  So, we rejoice with the time we have with our newest son.

Happy 9th Birthday, Josiah!

The end of June brought another birthday.  Josiah is our quiet yet goofy, contemplative, introvert extreme.  In other words, he is his daddy’s mini-me.  I think the only thing he got from me was thick hair.  We enjoyed having a day where we could celebrate all things Josiah.

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Josiah asked for a Minecraft birthday theme.  He also asked for doughnuts.  What better way to go Minecraft with doughnuts than to have square doughnuts…and then make faces out of them.  And these doughnuts are ah-maz-ing.  The kids compare all sour cream doughnuts to mine and pretty much say there is nothing as good as this recipe I use.  My highest compliment.

He also asked for a diamond ore minecraft cake.

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I delivered to the best of my ability.  It wasn’t my most favorite design but I think it came out okay.

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Josiah’s buddy enjoyed helping.
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Josiah.  It just seems like yesterday he was toddling around.  And now he’s growing in to a tall and fun young man.  I can’t wait to see what the double digits will bring us.

Super Cake

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Given our exciting and super hero filled passed two years with Super Ems,  I knew I wanted her second birthday to be super hero themed.  When I mentioned it to my friend, Tracy, she said, “Oh, and you could have the super hero emblem with an E instead of an S.”  Um, yeah, but I would be the one who had to make it like that.

After a  lot of thinking, and youtube tutorials, I came up with a plan.

Sketch the design on paper.

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Check.

Then, I traced the design on parchment paper and cut it out.

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Using a utility knife (clean blade, of course), I scored the fondant with layer after layer.  Then, I ever so carefully did the “E.”  I did not want to have to re-trace the “E.”  I think I held my breath the whole time I cut it out.

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First try!  Phew!  I slapped the pink onto a purple background and then stuck it all in the freezer to harden and stay that way before the party.  Then, I realized I had extra fondant and borrowed a neighbors star cookie cutter to cut out star decorations.

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I think it turned out really good and is one of my prouder projects.

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Emmie seemed happy with it too!  Well, at least eating the frosting part.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Emmie!

We celebrated Emmie’s birthday just a few days shy of her actual birthday.  She didn’t seem to mind too much.  Since she could get in water with a swap of neck braces, we decided to head to a local park along with about ten other families who had the same idea for a party.  Thankfully, the park is big and we found a wonderful spot under the shade of a tree.DSC_4963 This girl thought she was pretty hot stuff! Okay, we all did.DSC_4966 Papa and Grandmere came over to help us celebrate.DSC_4967 DSC_4970 DSC_4976 It looks like she has bodyguards.  Well, she does. I guess this picture is pretty accurate.DSC_4978 Yeah, I don’t know.  Teenagers!DSC_4982 Cake and picture time.DSC_4989 DSC_4999 DSC_5007 We kept the guest list small inviting our church family, our “family” family and our close friend family.DSC_5008 DSC_5016 DSC_5023 I thought this cake was pretty fun. While I was decorating it, I saw the idea of icing the center in atlernating colors to make a polka dot effect.  Um, yeah, that was cool.  I’ll post more on the cake tomorrow.DSC_5028 Emmie was still getting used to her neck freedom and was a touch shy of the water.DSC_5033 DSC_5040 Papa and Grandmere present time!DSC_5052 DSC_5086 She loves her new “home” that she got for her birthday.IMG_20160524_212508554Taking a peek at gifts from Ge and Granddaddy.

Happy 7th Birthday Ceili Rain!

Seven years of our CeiRai! She definitely marches to her own beat and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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She asked for a chocolate chocolate chocolate cake.  I made it trim healthy by using a recipe in the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.  Then, last minute came a request for chocolate chips and marshmallows.  She was a happy girl.

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Ceili Rain requested a crochet set.  I couldn’t find one for 7 year olds that had just what she needed.  So, I made her one.  Including a bag to hold it all in.  She was thrilled.

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Ge and Granddaddy made her day with a knitting loom.DSC_4796
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She asked for a girls’ day.  We spent the afternoon at a ceramics painting place and then watched Cinderella.  Mark set up a laptop with another move for the boys who just couldn’t handle Cinderella but most everyone eventually made it in to the living room to watch.

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