Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Renie's Birthday

Let me start by saying that with three girls in the family, this little doll cake set has been a sound investment.

So back at the end of July, Renie turned four. My little firecracker girl has definitely made the transition from toddler to preschooler. This is one headstrong, independent, bold little girl. She is not easily intimidated or pushed around. She doesn't care who it is, she will set her jaw and stand her ground. Not necessarily an ideal trait in a 4 year old, but I'm banking on it being an asset one day. As long as I can teach her what is worth standing her ground for, and she doesn't use it for evil. Renie is beautiful and funny and her strong personality demands attention and holds a huge place in our family. (Typical middle child, right?)

Renie's birthday dinner was homemade pizza, a popular choice with the whole family.

Blowing out the candles was a little tricky because her thoughtless mother spread them around the cake.

I was babysitting that day as I made the cake. Normally, when I'm making a birthday cake, I like to have the house to myself so i can concentrate and create. Well, with my kids PLUS two extras, that didn't happen. Instead I was here with 6 kids ages 2,3,4,5,7,8. Carson, the three year old, asked me AT LEAST 6 million times if it was time to eat the mermaid cake. Every time I turned my back, some kid was trying to stick their fingers in the cake or swipe some of my fondant. But, other than a few fingerprints in the frosting, she survived until the proper time for consumption.

Gift time:

So the scooter is from her father and I. Kind of. My neighbor brought over this scooter thinking that maybe Renie would like it. It was still in the box. And it was a week before her birthday. I said thank you and put it up on a shelf in our closet, then wrapped it up and gave it to her for her birthday. Is that wicked of me?

A mermaid barbie from her siblings

Giving the scooter a test run on the hill out front.

Happy Birthday my beautiful little handful! You have challenged me in new ways as a mother, but I love your powerful little personality. Thanks for being ours and making us laugh.


Jenn-Lee said...

I love how you said this :

"I'm banking on it being an asset one day. As long as I can teach her what is worth standing her ground for....."

So much truth behind that. I often bank on the same thing with Kailani, but so important to add those last few words into it as a good reminder. Happy belated B-day to Renie! They are all growing up so lovely. I love the cake too. How cute.

Erin said...

that is a sweet mermaid cake!

happy birthday renie!

Longhurst Family said...

Wow, FOUR!!! Time is flying. I love a strong girl. :) They get what they want in life. :) Why are you selling your home? Missed us too much and are coming back to Charlotte?

McKeehan's said...

I can't believe that is Renie! She is like 40 now!