Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christmas & Big Kids Birthdays Part I

We have a packed Christmas season in our house.  Eli's birthday is about a week before Christmas and Eve's birthday is about a week after Christmas.  I wanted to post pictures as soon as I finished, but I was worried the kids would see.  There was a close call when I was transferring pictures while Elijah was on my lap.  Thankfully another picture caught his eye first.

In the past I made  thoughtful, handmade gifts, but combining a glum mood with having a full time job and this year it's sad to say I didn't put much effort into picking out their gifts.

Eli's birthday came first.  Earlier this year he had decided his superhero alias was going to be 'flameboy'.  I had bought him some flame baby legs and a flame socks to go with his theme, and decided that it was time he got his own cape for his birthday.  (For a long time he would run around with Eve's word girl cape yelling "I'm Lisha Word GIRL")

I designed the flames to match the same style of flame as the babylegs we wears.

I'll try to post the plans for the cape sometime soon, although they're very simple to make.  I was planning on making Eli a mask, but when I saw a 2-pack of red/black masks at Target for a good price, I decided to get those instead.

I actually pursued one of my pintrests and made these superhero lollypops for Eli.  I didn't actually print out the template, as my printers broken, so I just cut out some colored paper and drew the emblems on the back, which wasn't hard at all.  But, unfortunately, they were incredibly last minute, and the whole time I had to fight my daughter off whilst she tried to steal a look at what I was doing.  One thing I've found- bad enough moods that cause me to put off things, only makes for more frustration and bad moods later.  Stupid downward spiral kind of thing. Anyway, they were both really happy when I finished and put it on the table for the party.

The cake was the last 'homemade' thing I made for his birthday.  I don't really think I should count a box cake and canned frosting as homemade, but there was some effort put in.  Eli was very specific about his cake needs.  Chocolate. With a layer of chocolate frosting inside.  And chocolate frosting on top.  And a robot.  Riding on Lightning McQueen.  Oh and tow mater too. He's a funny kid.

So here's my attempt.  I decided there wasn't enough room for tow mater, and since I only had two piping bags to work with, so I didn't want to do more than the colors necessary.  He was still very happy with the outcome.  I was pretty happy with it too.  I've had some bad cake-making experiences in the last year which had resulted in me handing the frosting to Eve to take over (who did a good job) and going to my room to dissolve in tears.  So this a redeeming experience.

All in all, it was a good birthday.  As for everything else, he received typical 'boy' stuff (which he loves) cars, legos, swords and a shield.   My mom made him the handmade robot shirt (with freezer paper and paint from Dharma Trading Company).  To both myself and my mom's pleasure, he thought was awesome and ripped off his shirt to put on right away.

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