Sunday, 17 November 2013

Charlie's Birthday Cake

Our darling wild boy turned 1. one. a big O.N.E.
it was an interesting weekend. the build up was more than i intended. between pressure to finish our front entrance way and keeping the house as clean as i normally do. the snow coming , kindergarten pick ups and drop offs , babysitting for friends, and party preparations.. i think i might have been close to sending my husband,mother in law and children over the edge with my anxiousness.

i'm not exactly sure why we do this to ourselves. but i just wanted charlie to have a birthday to remember. and that he will.

the day before his party , it snowed. and snowed wet , heavy , icy snow at that. family in northern alberta couldn't come for weather and work related reasons and same with family in southern alberta. it was so disappointing to see the weather reports and my mood showed; i was not entirely happy with mother nature. but charlie... he just bounced around , crawling here and there , like it was just another day. with my husbands reassurance that he wasn't going to miss a beat on his birthday.. i sucked up my pouty face and dealt. mommy's just want their babies to have the best of everything... and when my heart is set on something..  change is a tough concept for me to accept.

but all in all. i wanted everyone to be safe! and considering that the highways were being shut down and the roads were slicker than a wet noodle.. it's better to celebrate at a different time than risk our families lives. so.....

though we didn't have many family members stay and grandma scooted out the door at the sight of snowflakes before we even had supper,cake or took a peak at pressies... we still had a great evening with ry's sister, her bf and ry's ma.

in fact... we indulged in a few drinks after the kids went to bed and managed to squeeze in a few games of scattergories and three games of tile rummy (a fam favourite thanks to ryan's mom and !) . it was a great evening.. the snow fell , the drinks were yummy, the food was good and charlie enjoyed his cake and special birthday cookies...

i feel a little bit guilty about the cake... everyone expected that my mother in law, Audrey (who's the cake queen!!) and I would bust out an incredible sculpture of a cake but in reality.. when it comes to my family , I don't really dig those cakes.. I prefer the homestyle cakes like we used to have as kids. Quite frankly, I like the ol' Betty Crocker box cakes too.. but I  have been handed down a pretty wicked recipe for both chocolate and vanilla cake. Though.... I think in my haste and anxiousness I missed a key wet ingredient in my chocolate fudge cake since it came out dryer than usual...     oh well! Charlie wanted his birthday cookie anyways.

so charlie. you're a big boy now. and any day you will be walking. your family loves you more than you know and we promise, next year... we'll all be together to blow your first birthday out of the water!!


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