Super Ems Turns 3!

I can’t believe it’s been three years since this little princes/super hero/silly girl made her entrance in to this world.I don’t think any of us would trade her for the world!

She has lots of loves but Minnie Mouse and princesses are in the top spots (okay, so are all animals).  I couldn’t resist grabbing up a Minnie Mouse outfit for the occasion.  And, of course the ears. Her brothers had to get in on picture time too. And a Minnie Mouse balloon made it a great day.

Emmie loved opening gifts and enjoyed each one.

Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I decided making a Minnie Mouse cake wouldn’t be too hard.  If I hadn’t messed up on the fondant the first time (and threw it all over the kitchen table), it probably wouldn’t have been bad…Regardless I am super happy with how it turned out and seeing the smile that stretched a mile wide on our birthday girl was worth every bit of the headache I brought on myself.

For those who want a challenge:  Here is the video I used to make the cake.  Take note that in the comments, it also includes a link to a template.  Templates make life a little easier.  I also make my own marshmallow fondant using this website recipe.  Finally, this little image saved me from a lot of headache trying to figure out how to get the peachy/light beige color of Minnie’s face.

Here’s the photo montage of the process to get to Minnie!

Minnie has a face! Phew….at this point, I felt like I might survive.

Bowed up.  Because we had an extremely busy week, I had to get her face made about five days before her birthday.  I just put her in the fridge until we were ready to use her.

The birthday girl with her birthday cake!

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 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.


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.

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


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.

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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.

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.


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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.


Happy 4th Malachi!


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.
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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).

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A Decade of Liam

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.DSC_4312 DSC_4321
DSC_4478 DSC_4489 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.

Welcome to the Teenage Years

We blinked.

And just like that she went from this:

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to this:

She has graciously accepted the roll of first-born-guinea pig.  She is challenging, cautious and so extremely smart.  She loves her brothers and sisters fiercely and wants to see them grow up to be strong men and women of God.  We are so blessed that God gave us Zoe and we can not wait to see what these teenage years will hold!IMG_20151220_134012649

Zoe’s “Dad!” look.  After church, we ate at IHOP.  We had a quiet and small celebration this year in hopes that her present will come very soon…more on that later.


She found a caramel apple cake she wanted me to try.  The cake turned out fine but I had to scour to find a icing that would work best.  When all was said and done, it was well received!