In the midst of recovering from jet lag, we (meaning Mark and I) muddled our way through two birthdays. I think the boys managed to have good days.
Bryant’s sixth birthday was first.
He asked for a birthday cake with ice cream layers. It was good!
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.
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.
I delivered to the best of my ability. It wasn’t my most favorite design but I think it came out okay.
Oh look! A minecraft gift…surprise, surprise, surprise.
Josiah’s buddy enjoyed helping.
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.
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.
Then, I traced the design on parchment paper and cut it out.
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.
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.
I think it turned out really good and is one of my prouder projects.
Emmie seemed happy with it too! Well, at least eating the frosting part.
Seven years of our CeiRai! She definitely marches to her own beat and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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.
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.
Ge and Granddaddy made her day with a knitting loom.
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.
Malachi is our first immediate family birthday of the year. Malachi is our resident four year old going on 40. He always has something wise to say but can quickly follow it up with a fit because his shoes were not tied just so.
He fulfilled my dream this year by requesting a cake with cars on it. And no. I did not coax him in to it. It was all his idea (as it typically goes with him).
He was super happy with his race car cake. And I was super excited to find race car candles!
He also requested breakfast pizza. We’ve never had breakfast pizza. So, I’m not sure where he got the idea from. I coated tortillas in cinnamon, sugar and butter and broiled them. Then covered in a cream cheese mixture and topped with the fruit. Looks fancy and takes very little effort.
His birthday fell on a Wednesday which meant he go to share his cake with his friends at Awana. I think he thought it was pretty cool that everyone sang, “Happy Birthday!” to him.
This was a birthday of awesome faces too. Ya’ll, he’s just too cute for words.
The cardboard space shuttle was a big hit for everyone.
Ge won major brownie points with this pj shirt!
His birthday activity of choice was to go to our local indoor jump place. Remember, the one he wasn’t going to jump in? We went the following Monday since they offer family nights then (we all got in for one price).
We now have three children in double digits! Our fiesty, fun and passionate Liam. We can not wait to see how God will work in his life.
He asked for a Minecraft cake birthday cake. I thought it would be easy. It wasn’t. The squares and my type A desire for perfection were at odds.
He was happy with it and that made all the work worth it.
Even the red stained hands, extremely dirty shirt and powdered sugar in the hair. To see that smile when he saw it the next morning…made it all worth it.