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The Sweet Life

IMG_9348.jpgToday, April 17, my son Rishi celebrates his sixth birthday!  This year he chose a dinosaur fossil excavation site as the theme for his cake.  Unlike past years, he requested a small party with people in his immediate circle...in other words, mostly family and family friends who visit with him on a regular basis.   It’s odd to not experience the full-scale blow out party I usually plan, but this year was particularly IMG_9290.jpgexhausting for me as well so I was actually grateful to scale back.   The cake part of my business is really taking off and usurping both my time and energy. 

His party on Sunday was fun.  It wasn’t his favorite; that would have been the Dinosaur Party last year. That, however, was when he felt very close to his friends at school.  We invited his entire class and they had a ball.  This year, he was not interested in inviting any school kids....yet another concern for me about his kindergarten adjustment, adaptation ugghhhh....  However, he wanted to make sure that even though he was having a small party, he wanted an “amazing excavation cake” and scary dinosaur cookies to take to school for his friends.  Those requests were easy to honor but the no friends from school thing does break my heart a little...especially since I’ve seen him embrace it in the past, I’m sure you can see it too from the pictures of his preschool party last year.

My neighbor Cathy and I had a good laugh when I told her that he requested a “small birthday” this year.  We laughed hysterically as we recalled the petting zoo party  the year he turned four .  It was iconic on our block.  The pigs, donkey, bunnies and other animals created quite a scene.  Tons of neighborhood kids showed up in addition to the 50 kids I had invited.  Ironically, Rishi stayed indoors for much of that party.  I strictly forbid the opening of any new toys during  my kids’ parties but my sister (who had just returned from a business trip) did not hear my request and she gave him the train set she got from Opening his new Shinkansen Train SetIMG_5852.jpgJapan.  He stayed indoors with the set for almost half of the party enamored with his new toy.  I was miffed but only briefly.  My daughter and the other 100 party guests were having a ball in the “barnyard.”  He enjoyed it too once he made it outside but the crowd was unsettling to him at that party... I could tell from his reaction.  
 

The prior year was all about trains, an obsession of his that lasted a good couple of years.  My husband and I are now versed in Japanese, French, German, American...all kinds of trains, thanks to my son.  I remember waking up on the morning of his third birthday...he was in my room...I know, I know...that’s for another post, another time....but his first words that morning were, “Mommy, I wanted a high speed train and you made me a diesel and a slow train but I really wanted a high speed train.”  To you this may sound ungrateful but what I (finally) heard was just him expressing what he had been telling me all week: IMG_9751.jpghe wanted a high-speed train cake.  I had never made a fancy cake and in fact had been thrilled to find a train mold pan at William-Sonoma because it’s what I used for all the train…I had no idea how to make a high-speed train cake and I should have known better than to think he wouldn’t notice. 

So...at 7am, prior to our 11 am party, I raced to Giant’s bakery where the baker gruffly turned me away because he was too busy.  I went to Bloom where the bakery was deserted and I ended up and Shopper’s where the baker took pity on me and she trimmed a ready-made pound cake to look like a high-speed train.  I was home before 9 am and my friend Danny helped ice and decorate the cake to look like the JR500, one of the high speed trains in Rishi’s train book.  The other kids loved the variety of train cakes filled with candy and goodies but the only cake Rishi requested all day was “a piece of the JR 500.”  He loved it and it was worth the ridiculous running around.  Now I look back and wonder why I never figured out how to make it myself but I guess I wasn’t there yet. 

At two he was enthralled with construction vehicles.  I remember like it was 7bfff9cd_9e5a_47ef_ac23_e910fc602acawallpaper.jpgyesterday how I would take him to construction sites and we would sit there, eat snacks, run around and just watch the machines in action. 

And at one, we had a party at home for his family, my in-laws hosted one for their close family and friends and my parents hosted one for their friends (all two hundred of them).  It was a party that requires a description in an unto itself...but not today!

Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy my six-year old today and make sure he enjoys his day.  We'll visit him for lunch at school and make his favorite things to eat (why is it always about the food with me??)!!   Birthdays are sentimental and I feel blessed to have each and every day to spend with my children and savor each and every moment not just today but every day!

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About Ameeta

Moms of the world...we're in the kitchen all the time so why not make it fun...RIGHT?! After working in the field of higher education for over a decade, I decided to stay home. Being here is wonderful (sometimes!). BUT, I love the invaluable (read crazy but good) moments with my children. One thing I miss about work is having a creative outlet. Decorating cakes and cookies gives me that focus for my creativity. It's therapeutic to work on cakes, cookies and the like. As you will understand, with two young children, lots of therapy is necessary! Hence I've been baking more and more....and in my blog I'll be sharing my culinary adventures with you with a side serving of raising my two kids! For pictures and information about my confections, please visit my site at www.ameetabakes.com

 

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