Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Guitar Smashing

Owen turned 4 on Sunday!

Unfortunately, he was sidelined by a case of hand, foot and mouth disease. So was his sister and his mom, and his baby brother had a mild, intermittent fever. I was very surprised to have gotten it, since it is a common viral illness among children. I must be lending my immunity to Jack while he is nursing. It's not the worst virus there ever was, but it is annoying. I have blisters on my palms and the soles of my feet and inside my mouth. The ones on my hands and feet feel like paper cuts. The ones in my mouth feel like I scalded it or I bit my cheek. I also feel like I got hit by a truck.

We had to adjust party plans. His cousin Abby was born the day after he was, and we were going to have a big shindig. Instead, we invited Jason's parents over for lunch after they came home from church. Owen's outlook improved once we told him our new plans.

He loved the card he got from us. His gift is still on its way.

Owen was so! excited! about his guitar cake. He could hardly take his nap while I was making it on Saturday.

We had cheese puffs! I don't remember buying these ever before. The label said, "Made with real cheese." Hmmmm. The kids had never tasted anything so good. I dignified them with china.

We had my final freezer casserole that I made before Jack came, an uninspiring pizza-rice combo, but it was something to eat. Ruth brought some yummy purple hull peas from her garden. I made garlic bread, and we had punch I had made for the big party.

Owen actually blew his candles out! He has never been able to do it before. He huffed them out one at a time. We love you, Owen! Happy birthday. We're glad you and Helen liked the cake.

11 comments:

Grandma Ruby said...

Happy Birthday, Owen! We love you lots and lots. Sorry you had to be sick on your big day. Save some guitar cake for me and have fun being 4! Grandma has to go shopping for your present, so watch the mailbox!

Anonymous said...

Joyce. . . that cake is adorable!!! I'm so sorry that ya'll had to miss the party. Tell Owen that I have his present and we will give it to him when he feels better. Jan

Anonymous said...

Blake says, "oooohhhh a guitar cake!!" :). He thought it looked yummy. Jan

Sabrina said...

We were visited by the hand, foot and mouth fun a few months ago. I feel for you!! happy birthday Owen! What a great cake!

wanita said...

happy birthday owen! love the cake! gerica celebrated her 7th b-day on monday and had to put up w/ a 'second hand' cake. ya second hand because recycled doesn't sound very good. lol actually it was leftovers of a huge cake given to us by family. poor thing! after seeing owen's smashing cake i feel kind of sorry for her!

...and about that left over cake--it's still not all!! maybe i'll freeze it and save it for my b-day so i can feel better about making geri eat it...

Sherri said...

I guess my previous birthday wishes came a couple days early...for some reason I have the 17th reserved on my calendar for "Owen turns 4". Oops.

Keep watching the mail, Owen. Love you!

The guitar cake looks fabulous, Joyce! Did he try to play it?

Cottonista said...

We are feeling better! But I noticed some blisters on Jack's feet this morning, and I thought I saw some on his gums last night...

Thanks for the kind comments about the cake. Making it was harder than I thought it would be, but was still a lot of fun. Sherri, Owen "played" it by tapping his fingers on the counter beside it.

Wanita, that is funny! Gerica will forever remember her 7th birthday as the year she had a "used cake." ( :

Lynette said...

I'm always in awe of your ability to use the writing tip. Hmmm. I need lessons.

I'm glad you had a little gathering for him anyway -- would have been such a shame for such a cute cake to go to waste. :)

ShaunJoy said...

Chiming in late here... but very cute cake! I'm sure Owen had a great birthday even with a smaller party. :)

heather said...

You are beyond creative with your cake baking/decorating abilities. I love the cake, it is sooooooo cute. Sorry about the virus you all have. :( Hope you all feeling better soon.

Anonymous said...

Hey Joyce, I'm a little late too. How's Jack handling the hand/foot/mouth thing? Is everyone else feeling better?

I love the cake. It is awesome. What a great memory for Owen to have, big family gathering or not.

Take care, Rosanna