Shayne’s Project 365

Happy Birthday Peter!
February 13, 2010, 8:00 am
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We celebrated Peter’s 8th birthday on Monday, December 21st.  We let him pick the restaurant, and he chose Pappadeaux specifically because of their birthday song.  The lyrics are:  “This is your birthday song.  It’s not very long.”  He enjoyed his favorite banana pudding for dessert.


Peter’s Swim Party
January 2, 2010, 10:51 pm
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Peter celebrated his birthday with some friends at a swim party.  The party had an “Iron Man” theme.  You may recall that Peter was Iron Man for Halloween.  We enjoyed another delicious cake from Sugar Sweet Cakes, shaped like Iron Man’s mask.  Since I missed a few days of photos in December, I’ve included 2 from the party.

Happy Birthday Cameron!
December 26, 2009, 12:54 pm
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On Saturday, December 5th, we celebrated our friend Cameron’s 9th birthday with a swim party.  The party had a Pokemon theme and this awesome cake to go along with it.  The cake was made by my new favorite baker, Sugar Sweet Cakes.  Yum.

Happy Birthday Jacob!
November 29, 2009, 11:55 am
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Jacob turned 6 on November 18th.  I can’t believe my baby has turned into such a big boy!  We celebrated with dinner at Texas Land and Cattle.  After we ate, we took a family photo by the fireplace at the restaurant.

Wolverine Party
November 18, 2009, 9:11 pm
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Jacob celebrated his 6th birthday at Houston Swim Club with friends and classmates.  The theme of his party was Wolverine.  I chose this photo as my photo of the day because of the drama surrounding the cake. 

Normally, I order our cakes from a local bakery that makes unbelievably amazing cakes and charges unbelievably amazing high prices to match.* 

The bakery normally needs at least 1 week notice to create a custom cake.  When we ordered Jacob’s birthday invitations, he and I discussed what kind of cake he wanted.  The invitations had this image on them.  We agreed that it would be cool to have a cake that matched the invitation and looked like Wolverine had clawed through the cake.

Well, our schedule got crazy busy and the Sunday night before the party, I realized I had not ordered the cake.  BIG OOPS!  Then I realized that my usual bakery was not open on Monday.  I did not think I could wait until Tuesday to order the cake, so I started digging around on the Internet for a local bakery that could do a custom cake. 

T0 my delight, I found Kaci at Sugar Sweet Cakes, who quoted me a reasonable price on the cake and said it was no problem to do it by the following Saturday.  She was wonderful to work with, making sure she and I had the same vision for the cake.  It came out looking awesome.  Even more importantly, it tasted incredibly delicious!  It was a chocolate double-layer cake with strawberry filling.  Wolverine’s claws have clawed through the “Happy Birthday Jacob” message (per our request).  These claws look menacing, but are actually made of sugar! 

Because I forgot to take a photo on Friday the 13th (there’s a real lost opportunity!), I’ve included a second photo of Jacob in the pool at his party.

Hey Jacob, who's turning 6?

*As a side note, I know a lot of people think this is ridiculous and prefer to make their own cakes.  When Peter’s 1st birthday rolled around, however, I realized that I would be doing well just to plan and execute a party and did not want to stress out over the cake.  I am not much of a baker, and we are blessed enough to be able to afford to outsource the birthday cake baking to an expert and pay accordingly.  I realize fully that the cake is probably more important to me than it is to the kids.  I’m ok with that.

Party Ready
November 16, 2009, 10:00 pm
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Jacob’s birthday party was on November 14th, but I did all the grocery shopping ahead of time.  Do you think we have enough to drink?

Happy Birthday Connor!
October 3, 2009, 10:35 pm
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October 3Today we celebrated our friend Connor’s 5th birthday! My favorite part of this photo, which I didn’t see until I looked at it later, is the birthday boy’s big brother holding his hand over little Sawyer’s mouth to keep him from blowing out the candles!