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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Small Fry Celebrates a Birthday!

Small Fry had a birthday recently.  He wanted a Thomas the Train birthday theme…. so, I began to think of a few Thomas the Train ideas, like a cake, etc.  Here’s the thing about Small Fry, he isn’t in preschool like my other boys were, and so we aren’t having the big preschool birthday parties.  Our birthdays are pretty much our family.  Maybe every other year we have a few friends over for birthdays, but typically it’s just us.  And by “us” I mean, just our little family unit, as The King Fish and I don’t have family that live in the area. 

Birthdays are a big deal for us.  We want to make them very special for our kids.  So we almost always have streamers.  The dining room table must be “dressed” for the event.  
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The birthday child always gets to chose what they would like for dinner.  Small Fry’s choice was interesting…. chicken divan, and corn on the cob.  Hmmmmm.  He wanted a Thomas cake, and since we have a Thomas Cake pan, that was one easy thing that I could provide for him.  Except that a few days before his birthday, The King Fish and I could NOT find the Thomas Cake Pan anywhere.  And we looked everywhere, in the cabinets, pantry, all  the usual places.  Then we started to look in unusual places…. the garage, the attic, the master closet in our bedroom…..  No Cake Pan ANYWHERE.  Plus they are not sold in any stores around here.  Ordering it was not an option, as we didn’t have time for it to be shipped.  Enter Plan B….. make my own Thomas Cake.  I found one online where Thomas was actually carved out like the train. Holy Cabooses!  (What movie is that phrase from?)  It was a very difficult cake to make,  especially for this novice cake maker.  I was up until 4am working on that cake!  A whole lotta love went into it…. but it was worth it! 
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I also found several ideas for games we could play as a family for when we had our little family party.  Tiger Shark made this awesome poster.  It’s called Pin the Nose on James, and he drew it all freehand.  That was such a fun game that everyone enjoyed. 
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Jabber Jaw was tied up with football, but was able to come back and help me laminate some of the cutest Thomas the Train Bingo cards that I found online for free!  Awesome! 
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Finally we had a Thomas Piñata and everyone enjoyed whacking away at that! 
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Here is the birthday boy at the beginning next to all his presents and some of the games….  I forgot to get a photo of the birthday boy and all his brothers.  Darn!  Next year I must remember!
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So much work went into this little party, but it was one of the sweetest birthdays we celebrated!  We certainly made some lasting memories. 
This is a photo of Munchkin sometime during dinner. 
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He was certainly zoned into something, but I have no idea what it was.  His birthday is next, and I’m thinking of some sort of Sesame Street cake/theme.  Stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

What a great birthday party! Such wonderful memories. And, way to go on the cake! Have you found the pan yet? That would be the story of my life, to find the pan a week or so after the party. ;-)

Dede said...

Great job on the cake! It looks like an awesome party. Way to go Mom!

Tracey said...

Jackie, kudos on the cake! It turned out sooooo cute! I have made all of my kids cakes and can tell you firsthand that it is the most difficult & stressful thing to do, but also the most rewarding. Looks like you guys had a great time. Praying for your sweet family.

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