|Thanks Han for snapping this cutie-pie pic!|
As you know, my big boy turned 4 last week.
I've gone through the classic "oh my, how quick has he grown!" response to it all.
He was the first little one to be pulled from my body and placed into my eager arms. I cradled his warm tiny form against my chest and he and I just stared at each other with the same amount of shock and "how do you do?"
Liam Raul, my first born. The little one that made me a Mumma and turned my life on its axis.
In the four years following, we have watched him become a little boy of wonder. While our family has been through many challenges, Liam has kept his happy-cheer, his love of people and fun times. And we have also welcomed his little brother into the fold. Our family is complete despite my ever longing for more children (in my moments of complete abandon of reality!!)
Liam has never asked me what the mark is on his face.
Liam has never complained about trips to the hospital.
Liam has only once spat out his medicine (was at his little brother!)
All Liam wanted for his birthday was friends and cake. I thought I could get away this year without having a bona fide party, that perhaps he wouldn't miss what he has never had. I just didn't realise that 4 year olds are aware of parties. I really thought that it wouldn't be until school!
Even though he missed out on a party with his little friends, we continued our tradition of 'family parties'. My three beautiful step-kids came with their partners/spouse and their kids/step-kids. Rick bought a BBQ (his first ever- this man is 48 and never has owned a BBQ!), which was fired up and well used.
And the cake. What looked like was going to be a challenge of mega sorts, turned out wonderfully.
I used my basic cup cake mix and made 3 batches, baked in a 24cm square cake tin for 20 mins each.
Rick used a round cutter and layered cake with cream cheese frosting (uncoloured) and Wagon Wheels! The top is a waffle cone dipped in chocolate and the fins are cake covered in chocolate. Toss in m&ms and you have a rocket cake! I'm really chuffed. Rick said after icing and assembling Dean's Lego cake that he wanted to make Liam a rocket cake. And he did. I love that about Rick.
Liam is not a good candle-blower-outerer, so he had a separate cake to catch the spray.
Liam loves his big siblings! It was a really lovely day and has me wishing they would all visit more often. Life is busy but at least the birthdays are well spaced so we get a good smattering of visits through the year. It is hard when they live 1.5 hrs away and work weekends. But we love going up there too.
Who makes the birthday cakes in your house? If you have a blog link, I'd love to see it!