"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Party Hardy

Yesterday was little Catherine's 4th birthday!

The real surprise was not that I remembered that we had a birthday shirt stashed somewhere, but that I actually managed to find the shirt!

Catherine only asked for one thing - salad.

Anastasia got her some lip gloss! Happy, happy day! Did you know Chapstick is really hard to scrap off a couch?

Isabella gave her a really cool squishy ball and four pennies and rocks! Catherine carried them around all day!

She also wore these Santa socks all day too. She is such a fashionista.

She really enjoyed licking the bowl, maybe a little too much.

Her presents were elaborately wrapped in a towel and a grocery bag. Who needs real wrapping paper anyway?

I think she is a little excited!

Somehow the cake looked way, way better in my mind. I had big plans. I didn't make a homemade cake since I wanted it to be edible. Since Catherine wanted a fire engine cake, I planned on making a little house next to the fire truck that was on fire. I thought I would mix red and yellow icing and make fire icing! I was going to have Oreo cookies crumbled for a road. But, by the time I finally managed to throw a frozen meal in the microwave for dinner and put the salad in a bowl, I was exhausted. It was already 7 pm. My mom and Carol were begging me to just eat the cake plain, but no, I pressed on, despite the fact that the birthday girl was off playing with her pennies somewhere.

I was trying to make windshield wippers, but instead it looked like I made the cake for someone named "AL".

The licorice was supposed to be the hose, but it looked more like a tail. I have never heard Carol laugh so hard.

It's kind of a cool cake, right? RIGHT???? Everyone's laughter made me feel the tiniest bit insecure!

Happy Birthday sweet Catherine!


  1. Thanks for the great belly laugh. I am laughing with you, not at you. Really. Best blog post I've read in a long while.

    New Mexico

  2. Happy Birthday Catherine!!! Mommy's going to have to send me your address so Tamara can send you a gift. ;o)
    Amazing it must be a Georgian thing. My little one prefers salad to most sweets. She once traded her ice cream for a salad?

  3. BTW... I like the cake.. came out pretty cute. How did it taste? LOL

  4. Happy Birthday!!!! Looks like it was a very fun Birthday!!!

  5. What a special day. The cake looks great!

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  7. Happy Birthday Catherine! God bless your 5ht year of life!!! (I did bad math on the post above, hence the deletion....oops)

  8. Happy Birthday sweet Catherine! Your cake was awesome and I think you got the best presents!

  9. I'll say it again; you must be a fun friend. Clearly a fun mom. :)

  10. Happy birthday Catherine!!!
    You've got a bunch of cutie pies!!! Love the cake. I gave up on baking a few years ago and let the kids take over! My 9 yr. old son is head baker and he's really good! Catherine reminds me of my 5 yr. old. Her most favorite things are chapstick and change.

  11. I love it! Seeing your blogs brightens my day. Praying for you and your sweet family!

  12. Happy Birthday Catherine!! Got you some lip gloss!!! WOO HOO!!!

    I love your home , your efforts and your cake was fabulous! Catherine will never forget her 4th birthday cake!

    Do you remember your 4th birthday cake. I don't even remember my 4th birthday. That cake will go down in family history. It was all decorated up with love!! And doesn't look nearly as bad as you think, I couldn't even attempt that.

  13. Happy Birthday Catherine!!!! You sure look beautiful with your new lip gloss on and your birthday shirt!!! You sweet little girl!!!

    I LOVE THE CAKE!!!!! I think it is the BEST!!! I am with Stephanie - it is all about LOVE that cake is!!!

    You are such a Wonderful Mom - I LOVE visiting your blog as you always make me smile or laugh so hard I cry!!!! Thank you!!!!

  14. AH! Sorry I missed this! Happy Birthday beautiful girl!



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