Belated pictures

I didn’t forget the birthday pictures.

I still can’t believe how fast the girls are growing.  I’m sure all parents feel this way, discount but it still takes me by surprise sometimes.

They worry all year about their birthday cakes.  I’ve learned not to listen until the actual week of the birthday because the desired cake will switch seven hundred times between now and the next birthday.

Anna settled on Hello Kitty this year.  I learned how to make marshmallow fondant.

Claire wanted a monkey cake.

The chocolate marshmallow fondant was a total failure, what is ed but I improvised with cocoa-tinted buttercream at the last minute.  (It wasn’t totally the last minute, health care but it was 1:30 in the morning and I was tired of icing.)

While Hello Kitty looked fine, the chocolate layered monkey cake with bannana filling was very well received.  Now there’s only nine more months to figure out next year’s cakes.

Oh, and speaking of nine more months, do not conceive this coming week if you don’t like throwing birthday parties the week after Christmas.  I’m just sayin’.

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