Birthday Cake Wrap-Up

The kids’ birthdays have come and gone and I realized I haven’t shared this year’s birthday cake creations. Having four kids with birthdays immediately following Christmas right through January means I spend a lot of time covered in flour, trying to make something that they’ll love.

Drew’s birthday always sneaks up on us, since it’s 3 days after Christmas. He is a very laid back kid when it comes to his birthday and therefore had absolutely no idea what he wanted for a cake. I spent too much time trolling the internet looking for a different Star Wars cake (last year’s cake ). I again put Doug to work with his steady hand and we came up with this cake:

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Annie and Izzie’s birthday came next and this year we went with a winter theme. Annie chose a snowman and Izzie a snowflake (although the snowflake looks a bit too much like a spiderweb for my liking):

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Meg’s cake theme this year represents what she loves the most: music. I again spent too much time trolling Pinterest and Google for ideas, but finally settled on making my own frosting (thank you Ree Drummond; it was awesome!) and my own music notes with melting chocolates.

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(Not sure why the image has such poor quality, but you get the idea)

I love making the cakes for my kids, but as they get older inspiration is getting hard to come by. Meg has already asked me to make a clarinet cake for her, which I politely declined. Good thing I have another 7 months before I need to make another one!



In honor of Meg’s 11th birthday today, I gave her a quiz asked her some questions about her life (idea shamelessly filched from Beth). Hard to believe we’ve gone from this:

to this:


What is your favorite color? Yellow

What is your favorite food? Tacos

What sports do you play? Hockey and Softball

What musical instruments do you play? Clarinet, Piano and kinda sorta guitar

What is your favorite thing in the world to do? Read

What are your favorite types of books to read? Fantasy

What do you love about Drew? I love that he’s a dork. I am a dork too.

What do you love about Izzie? She likes to snuggle me at times.

What do you love about Annie? She gives great hugs.

What is your favorite subject in school? Everything.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Oh my gosh. Maybe something to do with animals. Or maybe a writer.

What’s your favorite thing to do with Dad? Go to hockey.

What’s your favorite thing to do with me? Have you read to me.

Do you think you’ll ever clean your room?  (one question to grow on) It’s kinda clean. But I think I can, someday.

Happy 11th birthday my sweet girl. Mom loves you more than you know.

Let Them Eat….Lamb and Cow?

January is a big birthday month for our family, as all three of the girls celebrate birthdays. Annie and Izzie’s birthday is exactly 2 weeks before Meg’s. It makes for a crazy month of baking, wrapping and celebrating, much like December. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This year I knew right away that I would be making cakes to celebrate what Annie and Izzie love most~lambs and cows. I had no idea if I’d find any party supplies to match, but I knew that the girls would have the cakes of their favorite things.

Of course once I made the cakes I was nervous that neither of the girls would even let me cut them, as the cow cake was made to resemble Annie’s cow named Mooie and the lamb cake was made to resemble Izzie’s lamb Shakes. We did have a small crying episode from Izzie when she was presented with her cake to eat, so we pretended it wasn’t Shakes at all and she happily gobbled it up.

Can I just say how much I miss using my own camera? I use Meg’s Coolpix and when the light is low I get yellow pictures. I need to get my lens sent in to Canon for repairs ASAP.

I still can’t believe my babies are five.


Normally I have my birthday posts written so they’ll post ON the kids’ birthdays. Meg’s birthday, however, is monumental and needed a bit more thought.

Dear Meggie~

Ten years ago Sunday, you made me a Mom for the first time. I didn’t know if you were going to be a girl or a boy and we had names picked out either way. We had a cute nursery done up in Winnie-the-Pooh and were so anxious for your arrival. You made us wait a bit by dragging out labor for two days so you could be born on your due date, but we loved you anyway.

As a baby you had such a fierce independent streak. I see that in you to this day. You’re so loyal to your friends, and despite your protests, to you brother and sisters as well. It’s hard to believe that you’re ten, because sometimes when I look at you I flash forward to your teenage years (which of course are right on the doorstep). But sometimes I still see a little girl, because of course ten doesn’t mean you’re all grown up either.

We’re entering such uncharted territory. You’re heading to middle school in the fall. You want to play in the school band and will be joining an all-girls hockey team. You’re itching for your own email address (nope), cell phone (nope) or a Facebook account (nope) and Dad and I are trying so hard to give you things without letting you grow up too fast, too soon. Keep trusting that we’re doing what we think is best.

It was so wonderful to see you with your friends Saturday night at your birthday party. You’ve truly found a group of friends who share your interests and make you happy and comfortable. Remember that as you continue to grow up, because those are the friends that will stay with you for a lifetime.

I’m really amazed that we’ve gone from this little baby: to this grown up girl: .

Always know that we love you.

Love, Mom and Dad


Dear Annabelle and Isabelle~

How is it possible that you are turning FOUR years old today? You’re more than willing to tell anyone who asks that you are turning four, not six or three.

You are my babies, my “let’s have a third child”. You make me crazy, fill my heart with love, smother me with kisses, give awesome hugs, make more messes than your big brother and sister combined. Your personalities are so different now from how you first entered the world, with Annie so quick to join us and Izzie needing some turning and prompting. Now Annie, you’re the laid back one, always watching us with your big brown eyes and Izzie is the one barreling into a room at a mach-3.

For my Annie, my sweet big girl. You are your big sister’s clone. Your eyes, hair, build are all Megan but your personality is all Drew’s. Still, you are your own girl, with a love of coloring, writing, cows and giving the best hugs. You love school and are constantly asking if it’s “your day to go to school”.

For my Izzie, my little one. I can tell exactly how you’re feeling by looking into your big brown eyes. They tell me everything. You’re quite the imp too, although it’s not always a bad thing. Your love of lambs may be bordering on obsession and you want so much to be a “big girl”. You do everything big-love, fight, play-and that is going to take you far in this world my sweets.

From this:

To this:

Happy birthday my loves.

Love Mama


Dear Drew~

Today, at 5:23 am, you turned 6 years old! Those six years have gone by in the blink of an eye.

You are all boy. You love cars, trucks, dirt, superheroes, Star Wars, your cats, hockey and anything else that keeps you moving. You think that kindergarten is the greatest thing since sliced bread and love all the friends you’ve made this year.

You took it in stride yesterday when I told you we’d have to postpone your friend party as Annie and Izzie came down with a stomach bug. You haven’t complained about it at all and are just grateful that some friends can come on Thursday after all. I’m so very proud of you!

I wonder what 2011 will bring for you. Will you learn to read us stories? You’re so very close that I know you can feel it! I can’t wait to see what this year will bring you. I love you so very much.

Love, Mama

Cake Central

I am so darn glad the kids’ birthdays are over. I’ve baked and decorated 5 cakes in the last 4 weeks (Drew had 2 parties, one with family and one with friends). This year I went a different route with the cakes~no cake pans allowed. So Google was my friend for inspiration and the kids got the following cakes to celebrate their birthdays:

Drew’s theme was PIRATE of course. Thanks to Doug for decorating this!

The girls’ party was PRINCESS themed (not Disney) so I created crowns for them

Meg’s party was HEART themed. She helped decorate

So it was nothing extravagant this year. The cakes were relatively easy to make and decorate, I didn’t spend a ton of money or lose my mind with a thousand different frosting colors to tint. The cakes are all the same~homemade marble cake that is so delicious (thank you Better Homes and Gardens cookbook). Now I just have 10 more months to come up with the next cake idea.