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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Birthday Boy

Yesterday was Jackson's 2nd Birthday! When he woke up in the morning I started singing him Happy Birthday & he said, "No mom, don't sing! Stop, don't sing!" Jeremiah thought he could do better but Jack did the same thing :) He even shut my mom down that afternoon!

I think he had a great day! We went to Story Time at the library, went to Del Taco for lunch (since they have one of the only 2 play places in town & it's cleaner than the other), and we had my parents & brother over for a little party.

The grown-ups had steak & the birthday boy & his sister had hot dogs for dinner. He finished his dinner & was getting impatient with us, waiting for us to tell him to open his presents, so I followed him as he picked up a present & took it to his bedroom to open!

We moved the party into the living room. So this was the funniest - my mom let Callie pick out the game Ants in the Pants for Jack so he opened it & Jeremiah was telling him what it was called. As soon as Jeremiah said the name Jack says "ants in my pants" & stands up to reach into his pants & get the ants out. He was very concerned the rest of the night about ants being in his pants.

So let me just tell you about this cake. I wanted to make him a Jack-o-lantern cake but didn't want to do the bundt cake method because that's a LOT of cake for not that many of us. So I baked my cake in 2 glass mixing bowls. I think I needed a denser batter to do this, and it didn't help that I added a can of pumpkin to the carrot cake mix. It was delicious, but extremely moist so when I turned the 1st bowl over to be the bottom of the pumpkin, it collapsed on itself! The cake was a total disaster. I did think I was ingenious to do the jack's face out of melted chocolate. As for the "eyebrows," when I was making the face on the wax paper it turned out too big so I made a second smaller one. Jeremiah broke the smile apart on the bigger one because he thought the jack needed eyebrows. I told him not to do it but he thought his idea was superior so he did it anyway. I of course got onto him & took them out, but then I decided, what the heck. It's not like this poor cake was some kind of masterpiece anyway & he just wanted to help. And I felt bad for being such a meanie. So I put the eyebrows back on. Or cat ears. Jack liked it either way. Jeremiah, I love you & I'm sorry I'm such a jerk. You have good ideas too. Well, ideas anyway. :) j/k - You have good ideas!

Callie wanted to use my cell phone to take a picture of the cake. She's pretty proud of the fact that she knows how to take pictures all by herself with the phone! :)

Callie was quite pouty about the toys that Jack got. Mostly she was upset that we kept telling her to stop opening his presents. Grandma tried to talk to her about it. Is it still going to be this bad next year?

This is the messiest Jack got. He did good. It's amazing how big he's getting. He's looking more & more like a little man. Oh yeah, I just want to let Chelsea know that the sword you gave him is just an annoying weekend visitor. Meaning, it's not sticking around! :p Not that Jack doesn't love it!

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shannon said...

is he really that old already? i love his "Jack" o' lantern cake. and callie's outfit is darling!

Janelle said...

I can't believe that he is 2 already. i didn't realize that he was that close in age to Camille, meaning 7 months, which in kid time is a lot, but not in real time. I think that your cake still looked pretty good. Putting pumpkin in a carrot cake sounds really yummy.