Monday, October 06, 2008

Birthday Fun

This year my little girl turned 4. I had no idea that 4-year-olds would already be into Barbies, but I decided to go with it. So for her birthday cake... let me first say that I am not a baker. I am not a cake decorator. So although this cake is no big deal to some of you Cake Decorators Extraordinaire, this was quite an accomplishment for me.

(Before I tell you about the beginning of her day though, one more cake-related thing: After we sang and my daughter blew out her candle she looked at her cake and then ran to the other room and brought back the advertising insert that came with her birthday Barbie. She opened it to a page with a photo of a store-bought sheet cake with a picture of Barbie screen printed (or however they do that) on the top and told me that was the cake she wanted. Nice, huh?)

Anyway, this year for her birthday I decided to try to start some new family traditions. The first thing we did was give her a stack of 4 donuts for breakfast since she was 4. She was beyond thrilled. This is the girl that gets maybe one doughnut/year and here she was with 4 all for herself. Her birthday was on a Sunday, and I should have gotten her up earlier since she dawdled over those doughnuts like you wouldn't believe. It was a lot of fun though.

I had the dining room decorated and her pile of presents on the kitchen table when she woke up, but we didn't let her open any presents before church. Instead, while she ate lunch after church we hid her presents in different places and hid clues with them. Then she got to go on a treasure hunt to find her presents. This worked out SO GREAT! She typically gets bored and tired of opening presents after just a couple (can you imagine? Bored and tired of presents. Poor thing.) But with the treasure hunt she got to open a present and then go running around the house looking for her next present. This really kept her excitement level up and it was a lot of fun for us too.

I am going to skip the nostalgic writing today about how my little girl is growing up so fast. But I couldn't resist a photo from then and now.

My little girl is growing up so fast!


Lahdeedah said...

That is a SERIOUS cake. Oh my. I will not be attempting the same with Thomas. In fact, I will take note of your little girl's cake comment, and buy a Thomas sheet cake :).

Never thought of hiding presents, but the boys are only getting two each. Cheap us, I know.

MY problem is they want to do it at Chuckee Cheese, and keep inviting the adult neighbors... ummm.

OH and omigosh cuz I have to say omigosh... SHE LOOKS SO GROWN UP. Seriously. She looks wow. Omigosh.

Are you over the shock of her being Four yet? It starts a new path, you know. Now, she's a LITTLE GIRL.

SO sorry :)

Becky said...

You were so thoughtful with making a fun birthday for your little girl! That is cute that she was so excited to go find her presents. The cake looks really good. You did a great job!

Andrea :) said...

I love the cake! Wow! :) What a neat idea to have her hunt for her presents. I can't believe she is 4!

Dana said...

That is one gorgeous cake. Love it!