We finally managed to celebrate the Diva’s 5th birthday yesterday – better late than never. Last year we had a party at a venue that only allowed 10 children and while it was a really good party it felt a bit restricted so this year we found out where the next Families in Parks Summer Fun event was happening and used the same park for our party venue. Sneaky but it meant that she could invite as many of her friends as she wanted and there’d be lots to entertain them without us needing to do much at all besides supply the food.
The weather played ball and the kids all had a really good time. We set up a gazebo, laid out picnic blankets and chatted while the kids played.
No post on this blog is complete without mention of food, so here it is. Spent Friday evening and all day Saturday in the kitchen (with a wonderful kitchen slave – thank you Liesl!!) making sugar cookies, giant rainbow cookies, cupcakes and a rainbow cake. I’d taken inspiration from Pinterest and can highly recommend the rainbow cake recipe. Next time I’d up the cake mixture by half and make 8 layers instead of 6, I’d have liked just a little more height, and I’d flavour the layers too. It went down a treat though – Diva was so thrilled with her “rose” cake and didn’t know about the rainbow middle so when we cut it she squealed with delight. I’d have loved to have a picture of her face when she saw it.
Links to recipes are at the bottom of this post.
Opening presents in the morning:
Diva’s reaction to the candles not lighting:
The “rose” cake:
With a surprise middle:
Martha Stewart Rainbow Cake. I didnt use the icing recipe because I wanted to colour the icing and suspected the white chocolate would seize if I did. Instead I used this very simple buttercream frosting recipe which I quadrupled so it could be used for all the cupcakes too.
So, two big milestones this week for our family this week:
1. Yesterday we enrolled the Diva in school. When we were first pregnant with her I remember seeing little girls walking to school, in too big uniforms with their hair beautifully plaited and thinking “wow, one day I’ll also have a little girl on her way to school”. At the time it seemed so far in the future – to me it represented the dream of having children. And in a few short months it’ll be my little one heading off to school. She loved the visit we had yesterday and the school seems to really value children’s creativity so it will be a good place for our smart, funny, imaginative girl!
2. And then, today is DestructaBoy’s 1st birthday! Its a bittersweet moment, bitter because he is growing so fast and I was hoping time would pass more slowly with him being our last baby, and also because its days like today that remind us how far away from family we are. Our baby is 1 and none of our family members have met him yet. Just saying it hurts. Best we focus on the ‘sweet’… what a blessing this little guy is! People I know spoke about how hard the transition from one to two children is but we’ve had the opposite experience, this little boy is so laid back, just a charming, smiley little guy that fits in with whatever is going on around him. Very much a boy he doesn’t crawl, he gallops, and he’s recently discovered climbing so he’s clambering up on anything that stands still for long enough. Happy birthday my Angel!
Woohoo… finally 30! Its funny, I’ve felt 30 for at least the last 10 years 😛
How awesome is this birthday cake?
I’m feeling very spoiled already, even though I haven’t yet opened my gifts. My sister, knowing my fascination with all the weird and wonderful edible things in America, sent me a box full of wrapped presents and food. So breakfast this morning is Twinkies! And my Mum sent 2 enormous packages over the last month which I was told not to open until today. So I am really looking forward to this evening 🙂
I’m considering spoiling myself too, with a Kindle or a Nook. But before I do, any recommendations from someone who has one? Is it a good buy or do you regret it? Its very extravagant… so I’ll probably just daydream about it forever.
What a crazy weekend we’ve had!
My lovely relaxed happy-go-lucky little boy morphed into a grumpy grinch and spent friday, saturday and sunday crying or wailing. A high temperature and lots of drool meant we suspected it was teething related and sure enough one tooth has just broken through with another pressing against the gums. I am not looking forward to the rest of this teething thing if its going to be like this for every tooth. And if anyone has any advice (short of keeping him medicated for the next few months) please share.
It seems to be the month for birthday parties with the Diva being invited to at least 2 every weekend for the next few weeks (see I’m not a fan of birthdays). This weekend one of her old friends from daycare #2 had her 4th birthday party at the beach which was really nice! My very odd kid ignored the cake and dived into the fruit platter (she definitely does not get that from me!), all was fine until an hour or so after we got home when she turned slightly green, left the room and regurgitated all the fruit onto the rug in the hallway. Blegh!! She kept getting sick for the rest of the day and I was a bit worried we’d have to cancel her party… luckily she woke up on Sunday morning a little pale and withdrawn but otherwise fine.
Diva woke up on Sunday and was led outside with her eyes closed. When she saw her gift, a very large trampoline she stood silent for a few seconds and then said “woah!…” like she couldn’t quite believe it was there. Then she thought it was just for her party and we explained that its hers and its staying. She’s been on and off it ever since and its made her quite popular with the neighbours kids too!
Sunday afternoon was party time and I think we’ll be doing all future parties at a venue, it was the best party ever. She and her friends from daycare had an amazing time! They got to dress up, were entertained by 3 or 4 fairies, had a treasure hunt, decorated cookies and had feast at a table laden with cupcakes, cookies, pizza and other goodies (none of which were made by me) and all the adults could sit and chat with a drink and some food, or join in the fun with the kids. Ivy cottage rocks!
I know having a party with only daycare friends was controversial with friends and family but it really worked out well for the kids and at the end of the day I wanted the party to be all about the Diva. Next time we may consider doing a separate barbecue to share the day with family and friends as well if time and finances allow but I’d always like to keep the school/daycare party separate.
Here are a few pics from the party…
Today our beautiful little Diva is 4! I know everyone says it about their kids but I really cant believe how fast they grow. She’s still a petite little firecracker of a girl, independent, strong-willed and whip-smart with a crazy fascination with anything pink (no idea where she gets that from). She’s taught me so much over the last 4 years and I imagine she’ll be teaching me every day for the next 10 or 15 to follow.
She’s reached the stage where she knows exactly what a birthday is and she’s been looking forward to hers for the longest time. We’re celebrating tomorrow with a fairy party with 8 or 9 of her friends from daycare, and she’ll be getting the trampoline she’s been wanting for ages – I cant wait to see her face when she sees it! (yes, the presents really are for us rather than them :P)
Here’s a few pics from our journey so far… Happy Birthday Angel Girl!