Tag: Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday! VPK School Lunch

Saturday is my Big Buddy’s 5th birthday. I honestly don’t know where the time went. I blinked. I literally only blinked.

He was screaming and crying, in his new baby way, his little newborn faced all scrunched up. He then turned his gorgeous violet eyes on to me and stopped crying. We gazed into each others’ eyes, and time stood still. That was the first moment of my life, as well as his.

I knew there was a Bigs-shaped hole in my heart, before he was born, but what I didn’t know was just how perfectly he’d fill it. He’s completely changed my life. He’s made me less selfish. He’s taught me patience (but oh, I am still working on this one). He’s taught me unconditional love, from a depth in my heart I didn’t know existed. This boy is so incredibly special. I hope he feels as loved as he is, always, for I’d surely be lost without him. <3

To kick off his 5th birthday celebrations, I packed a special birthday lunch for him for tomorrow:


I made a cupcake shaped PB&J and added detailing to show the cupcake liner, the icing, and a cherry, and added confetti sprinkles. I also packed goldfish crackers, blueberries, trail mix, a mandarin orange, and seasoned corn. I used my cake slice silicone molds and cupcake picks as decoration. I didn’t pack a dessert because I’ll be bringing donuts into school after lunch.

It’s going to be awesome having a 5 year old. He’s simply the best.


Happy 2nd Birthday, Smalls!


Today is my Smalls’ 2nd birthday. He has brought me so much joy in his little life. I am crazy about him. This kid has spunk. He’s fearless about so many things, and I secretly love that about him. Even though it can be scary, as a parent, for my child to go into things without thinking, it’s neat to see the joy that fearlessness brings him. On the flip-side, he’s very complex – he gets overwhelmed very easily in certain situations. He gets upset at things that are too sensory-oriented (he’s got some proprioceptive things going on). But…I LOVE that we have this understanding, me and him. I know when he’s got his issues, and he comes to me to make them go away. He trusts my hugs to make him feel better. I love his silly, fun-loving sense of humor, the way he loves to make people laugh, but also gets shy when directly addressed by others. I love his wild antics, his mischievous smile, the naughty twinkle in his eye, partially hidden by his dark, long lashes. I love his teeny, little button nose. I love his lanky, long, skinny stick legs that envelope me in a hug, like a little koala bear. I love his hands, they are still like little baby hands. I love his bouncy, golden curls that frame his face, and flounce all over the place, especially because he’s almost always running and jumping, everywhere he goes. He’s simply the best. And I’m so blessed and eternally grateful to be his Mommy. What a gift from God.

We had a little party for him over the weekend with both sets of his Grandparents. I went with a beachy, tropical theme. It was a little tacky. I love tacky. And it was kind of a nod to his first birthday party, last year, where I did an under-the-sea theme.

I cooked and baked allllll day.

I made a Pineapple Cilantro Pulled Pork in the crock pot. It was an easy(ish) recipe because the crock pot did most of the work. I simply seasoned the pork butt and made a BBQ sauce.


It was delicious and FULL of flavor.


I also made a Porky Pineapple Fried Rice.


It was also very good.


I made green beans, too! I boiled fresh green beans, put them in an ice bath, and then sauteed them with a little bit of olive oil and garlic. Delicious.

I also made crescent roll octopi. They more came out like jellyfish. I don’t know how on earth I was supposed to get EIGHT legs out of them. But they came out so cute. The boys kept asking for “legs”.

It wasn’t weird at all.


They were a hit. Just cut 7 (or however many you can, then call them “jellyfish”) strips on the short side of the crescent and then roll the top down to form the head. Use (or not) black olives for the eyeballs.


Dinner was delicious.

But dessert…oh boy, dessert was where it was at.


I have to say, and not to pat myself on the back, but it was my best ever work. It was DIVINE.


I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe, but I used Hershey’s dark cocoa in place of the regular cocoa (both turn out delicious). Because of that change, this cake was black and fudgey with a deep, complex cocoa flavor. It was insanely good.


I paired it with a white buttercream.

The buttercream was silky smooth. I just added blue coloring (Americolor Sky Blue). I used my offset spatula to make waves with the blue frosting.



I left some of the buttercream white and used that as the shore, and added graham cracker crumbs for sand.


I decorated it with palm trees and a surfboard (all from Smalls’ first ever birthday cake last year), flamingos, fish and dolphin sprinkles, and gummy turtles (Smalls loves turtles).

It was so, so, so good.


The combination was heavenly. And not because of what I did, but because of the recipes. So good. I can’t even stop thinking or talking about it. My mouth is watering for it now.

It was a great celebration. And today is family day – we will be showering Smalls with lots of love, fun times, and good food.

Happiest Birthday, my sweet, spicy nugget. May you always feel as loved as you are. <3

Blessings to you all,


Happy 4th Birthday, Bigs!

Four years ago today, my life changed. I became a Mommy for the first time. My son, Bigs, came into this world two days before he was due to meet me. I’d like to think he was as excited to meet me as I was to meet him. I already knew I loved him, even before I met him, that Sunday in May. He was tiny, like a little doll, so incredibly small. He had violet-gray eyes, that later turned into the most beautiful blue surrounded by a navy blue ring. His hair was fine and soft, a beautiful shade of brown, with silvery tips, the type people pay for at salons. He had the softest, wrinkly skin. He was warm and red and new. I felt a love I’d never felt before, a hole in my heart was filled. He was perfection.


I am so very thankful for him. He has not only given me the gift of being a Mommy, but he has taught me patience (which I am still learning), he has shown me grace in my own off days, and he has given me a deep, true, unconditional love. I love his sweet, shy spirit. I love how empathetic he is towards others in life. I love his clever ideas and funny jokes, the way he makes me laugh. I love his thoughtful nature, the way he thinks hard about things and asks questions about everything.  I love how he plays with his little brother. I love his big, beautiful, blue eyes, framed by long, dark lashes. I love the sprinkling of cinnamon freckles all over his nose and cheeks. I love how he loves Jesus and how he shows Jesus’ love through his own little heart. I love how no matter what meal we’re sharing at our dining room table, our feet are playing footsies. Most of all, I just love who he is. I am so, so, deeply thankful and blessed by him.

Happiest Birthday, my sweet son. May this next year be the best yet, and may you always feel as loved as you are.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above…” – James 1:17

Yesterday, I packed a very special lunch for my Bigs. Instead of using his lunchbox, as usual, I wrapped each lunch item separately, like a gift. I put them in a gift bag with a bow. I even wrapped his spoon/fork! I did the same for his snack.


For his lunch, I made a PB&J and added Food Writer designs and put a decoration from a past cake. I also packed corn (which he later told me that he and his friends guessed it was a cupcake before unwrapping – what a disappointment!), a fruit salad (grapes, strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries), and for dessert, two Oreo cookies and an after dinner mint. My kid loves after dinner mints as much as me.


For snack, I wrapped up one of his favorite things – animal crackers!

I think he got a real kick out of this lunch. It’s my favorite lunch that I’ve packed for him so far. So fun!

Have a blessed day,