Weekend Ramblings: Happy Birthday Cash!

I realized that while West got his own birthday post, I neglected to write posts for Cash and Neve’s birthdays. It’s so hectic with all three kids having birthdays within a month of each other. I’m going to post Cash’s birthday post today and Neve’s tomorrow.

My sweet first-born Cash turned nine in July. He’s so tall – he comes up to my chin now! He’s still super skinny at about 55 pounds.

His latest obsession is Minecraft so he had a Minecraft themed birthday party. Before the party, he opened his presents from Travis and I. He’d been asking for a keytar for months and he finally got one!

Since the Minecraft craze is relatively new, there aren’t many Minecraft birthday supplies on the market yet and I was forced to get creative. Travis, Granddad and the boys painted several cardboard boxes to look like Minecraft world items. The plan was that the kids would build things with them, but intstead they just destroyed them.

We also played Pin the Tail on the Ender Dragon. We found Ender Dragon images online and printed them out to make the game.

For the food I just made as much as I could square since everything is square in the Minecraft world. We had square cheeseburger sliders and square blue Knox blox to look like Minecraft water. I made a Creeper cake that is a composite of ideas I found on Pinterest.

For goodie bags I ordered some boxes that look like gold bars (there is gold in Minecraft) and put in a Dum-Dum sucker (the stick had to be cut down a little to make it fit) and some fake diamonds that are meant to be used as table decorations for weddings. There are diamonds in Minecraft so they fit the theme. Then I pinned a Minecraft pin on the outside of the box since it wouldn’t fit inside of it. I used the extra diamonds as table decorations. For the table cloths, I used plastic table cloths that look like grass. I ordered everything except the suckers off Amazon.

If you are more crafty and motivated than I am, you can find tons of elaborate Minecraft party ideas on Pinterest. Luckily, Cash was thrilled was his mid-range Minecraft party. A good time was had by all!

Sunday Salon: Happy Birthday Sweet Boy

West turned seven last week. He’ll be starting 2nd grade in the fall. I know I say  this every year, but I can’t believe how fast time with my kids is flying by. This year West had a Cars 2 themed birthday party at an insane kids play place called Power Play. They have everything a kid could want to do all in one building: laser-tag, bowling, go carts, video games, skee-ball, and I don’t even know what else. West wanted to have purple hair for his special day but my hair dresser was fresh out of purple dye. He settled for red:

We gave West the Kindle Fire he asked for and while he mostly plays games on it, he does read books on it too. Although he reads above grade level, he still prefers to be read to and says he doesn’t like reading in his brain. I’m glad that the Kindle has made him a little more interested in books. I’m hoping that as he gets older, he learns to enjoy reading in his brain.

Dueling Birthday Cakes

Cash and Little Miss’s birthdays are only one day apart. Luckily, Cash actually wanted to have a joint party with Little Miss. We had a Dora vs Star Wars party.

I made Cash’s cake using the Wilton Darth Vader pan. Beware of the black icing – everyone who ate this cake had purple teeth and lips!

I made Little Miss’s cake using the 2010 Wilton Dora pan. I don’t know if it’s discontinued or what but it was out of stock everywhere, even on Wilton’s website. Fortunately, I found a pan on eBay for a good price.

West’s Birthday Cake

West had a farm themed birthday party this year. I made this cake using the Wilton Tractor cake pan:

Easter Dessert

This Easter we also celebrated my birthday and my mother-in-laws birthday because they were both within a few days of Easter. My mom brought my favorite birthday cake – strawberry. Cash claims not to like strawberry cake (impossible!) so I wanted to make a fun Easter dessert that he would like. I found the idea for these carrot garden beds in the April 2011 Family Fun magazine. They were quick and easy to put together and everyone at Easter dinner thought they were cute.

Ornament Cupcakes

I made these ornament cupcakes for West's preschool Christmas party. I found the idea on the Wilton website.


West leaves the paper on and eats the cupcake out of it. You might think that would be less messy but it's actually not.



Chaos Suspended

Family Nap

The Midway

This layout is the boys on the rides at the Douglas County Fair, the fair that we went to for the tractor pull. Cash's serious motorcycle face cracks me up.

I used a sketch on this one too.

Tractor Pull

Another layout from a sketch. We went to the Tractor Pull at the Douglas County Fair in August and it was HOT.
Tractor Pull

Chuck E. Cheese

Here's a layout I did of the boys' first trip to Chuck E. Cheese. I used a sketch – I'd give credit to the sketch designer but I can't remember where it came from.
Chuck E Cheese