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Friday, November 16, 2007It feels like it was only yesterday I was blogging about Elnora's second birthday.
They say time moves so fast when you're a parent, that you turn around and your kids are going off to school. It never feels that way when you're up with them in the middle of the night dreaming of the day you can sleep again...but then the sun rises and you're packing lunches and getting them dressed for pre-school.
How does that happen?
She turned three last weekend. (On the same day Greg turned 35..."Happy Birthday" old man!) She spent a full week walking around the house saying "birthday cake, birthday hat" over and over and over. I'm not sure what sparked the hat bit...but I imagine the cake talk was sparked by how much she loved Emmitt's Cookie Monster cupcakes.
So, I asked her what she wanted for her birthday cake.
"Me want cupcakes." (Hey, remember when we thought she'd never talk? Progress!)
Me: "What do you want on your cupcakes?"
Her: "Know...." (translation: I have no idea...)
Me: "Would you like Blues Clues? Sesame Street?"
Me: "Maybe Curious George?"
Her: "Uh huh!! Me see monkey cake!!!"
This is the point at which I had a *headdesk* moment.
NEVER suggest a cake unless you know you can make it!
I spent the next two days pouring over Flickr feeds looking for ideas. The PBS site was a big let down. They show a fairly lame looking circle cake with two cupcakes tacked on for ears. It looks NOTHING like Curious George. Then I found this absolutely amazing Curious George cake on Flickr.
Now, if you've read this blog for any length of time, or follow me over at my day job...you know I'm fairly creative.
If you've ever browsed The Lactivist Store, you know that what I possess in creativity, I completely make up for in severe lack of artistic talent. This is why all of my shirts have text based slogans on them. ;)
So, I did what any good mother would do. I pulled down the image of that cake, opened it in Photoshop, created an outline of each part of the monkey, blew them up to the proper size and printed them out on my computer to use as templates. (What, that's not how YOU make cakes?) It was a good idea in my head, but ya know...you can't really use paper templates with frosting.
So I did the best I could. I showed it to Elnora and she immediately started shouting "Monkey cake!" so I figured that was a good sign.
The thing I really do like about this cake is the cupcake aspect. If you haven't seen these yet, you'll love the idea. A few months back, I noticed our local Meijer was doing cakes made of cupcakes set next to each other and frosted as if they were a layer cake. (You simply let the frosting flow over the cracks.) So, I decided to give it a try. I simply set the cupcakes next to each other while they were still a little warm. That let me push them close together to leave as few a cracks as possible. As you can see from the picture, the "frost it like a cake" idea worked pretty well.
When it came time to eat them, you simply grab a cupcake by the base and pull it apart from the rest. Voila! No cake cutting!
Of course no birthday post would be complete without at least one shot of a kid playing with their new toys. So...introducing, Elnora's kitchen. I think this may be the most excited I ever was to give a kid a gift. I just knew she was going to love it.
She's always migrated to kitchen sets and when I spotted this one, I knew it was perfect. It's just the right size, has plenty of storage for toys and is made of wood instead of plastic. (That way, when it's done being passed along from person to person, it can be burned rather than added to a landfill.)
I can't even tell you how many imaginary meals I've eaten in the last week.
And so, on November 11th, I officially became the parent of a preschool girl rather than a toddler girl.
Three today, 18 tomorrow. Right?