Monday, July 19, 2010

Party Party!

One of the things that is so nice about a two year old, or any young child for that matter, is that they don't really understand that a birthday is supposed to be celebrated on a particular day. Since we already had plans for Jack's actual birthday on June 26, we delayed the big celebration until we could throw some more party in the pot. Jason celebrated the big 3-5 on July 1, and since the Fourth fell nicely on a Sunday this year, we invited the family over for a bit of hoopla.

It took Saturday to make the cake, which was again lifted from the pages of Family Fun. Here is the empty barnyard that Helen helped make. I can't resist the nod to my pun-prone inlaws to say it was desserted. You can all throw pie at me now.
Then the animals gathered. Owen helped with the livestock, mostly in the hopes of candy rejects.
Here's my tell: a can of black olives shoring up the rickety structure. You'd think that being a builder's daughter I would know the importance of a good foundation, but I was just following the magazine instructions.
Here are the birthday boys! Jack had already gotten into the chips, and had to be torn away from the bag. Poor deprived child whose mama hardly ever buys chips!

He extinguished the candles on the first puff.He and cousin Allison had the best seats in the garage. Look at their plates. What in the world?! After supper, there was plenty of hang out time before the Poarch Indians' fireworks, which we watched from our house. The kids roamed the soybean field and raided the blueberry bush.David and Jace brought their new potato gun. The younger ones played with their hands over their ears, never knowing when the next potato would be launched. OK, so it was mostly Helen being fearful. In all of my pictures from that evening, she has her hands clenched over those ears. It reminds me of her response to automatic flushing toilets.
Jack opened his loot, and by the end of the day, was quite spoiled. The favorite was the John Deere truck, trailer and tractor. We had a great evening, and I felt quite spoiled when my mother in law and great aunt Lois washed all the dishes. We love our family!


Carrie said...

Looks like a great party and I love the cake!!

maren said...

Love Love Love the cake! Great Pics!

sherri said...

awwwww! What an ADORABLE cake, Joyce! Great it!

Anonymous said...

Yup, my girl likes to eat . . .and maybe the state of Jack's plate had something to do with the amount of cheese puffs he consumed before supper :) Jan

Cottonista said...

Janice, I was referring to all the junk food on Jack's plate, and Allison's healthy little pile of green beans. Ketchup is a vegetable too, right?

Thanks everyone! The cake is in the "will probably never make again" file.

heather said...

Love your creativity Joyce. You remind me so much of myself back about 6 years ago. I always went all out on the cake. Loved doing it..and loved the reaction from the child. Now this little ol' leftover cupcake for Suzy.

Poor 4th child.

Deb said...

I love all the little critter cupcakes!

Grandma Ruby said...

That's almost too much fun for one little man on his birthday. Looks like everyone had a blast. Great cake and animals to go with! The Webers know how to party!

Whoz Your Doula said...

that cake is awesome! you have much better skills than me. Last birthday around here we celebrated at B&R