Jaden’s Birthday….the Birthday Month.
Last Saturday was Jaden’s second birthday, and it is a family tradition to have cake. I’m no cake boss, but I do have a fetish for decorating cakes, so as you can imagine Jaden’s birthday cake was not going to be two cakes slapped together with cream and jam – or sprinkled with icing sugar. Not that there is anything wrong with such a cake!
Jaden loves dinosaurs so Bethy and I set out to come up with a simple concept for a little boy who loves dinosaurs.
Last Saturday we celebrated two birthdays – Jaden and Charlotte. Charlotte is 8 days younger than Jaden. Charlotte isn’t into dinosaurs so we decided to make a barbie cake for Charlotte. Sadly it was incredibly hot and the icing kept melting, or should I say sliding down the cake! There were freckles carefully placed around her dress, but they literally slid off the cake 🙁
January is an incredibly busy month for our family, so it makes sense to combine all the birthdays for the month together. I worked out that there is at least 2 people from our family each month of the year. The only month free of family birthdays is July – so combining the birthday parties together is a smart move. It means that we get to catch up every month, which is great! Next year we will have a party to celebrate three little January birthdays. My younger brother and his wife have a little girl – Dakota turns one this weekend – Charlotte and Dakota share the same birthday exactly one year apart.
With all the parties, cake and sweets, I bet your thinking that I have fallen off the wagon and have stopped my ‘get healthy campaign’. I believe that birthdays need to be celebrated and enjoyed. After all, life is a journey and celebrations are part of the highs in life. If you are bound by the chains of not being able to take part, or enjoy celebrations – then life becomes dull and dominated by rules and regulations. I think this is why I have failed miserably in the past – I hate feeling like I am bound by rules and regulations, and as soon as you tell me that I am not allowed to have something – I want it. I want it more than I wanted it before those nasty words of not being allowed to have it, were mentioned!
Over the holidays I have skim read a book about how French women keep their figures…and basically the secret is – you can eat anything you like….but the trick is – you only have one bite! This way, you get the taste satisfaction, but you don’t end up with massive hips and a huge butt. This is my brand new plan – the one bite method. I can have my cake and eat it too, it seems – especially if exercise is added into the routine!!. LOL