Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Growing up too fast!

As one of our birthday traditions I let the children each choose their favorite dinner for me to make. We usually end up with hot dogs, pizza, or some other kid favorite. Most of my kids switch what they want each year, but I could always count on Cami. For 6 years I've made the same meal for each of Cami's birthdays...broccoli cheese soup. Kind of fun and different from our normal summer fare--I liked it and looked forward to it every year.

But this year she changed her mind. :( She wanted steak and mashed potatoes instead.

Doesn't that sound like such a grown up thing to request?

Well, I wasn't about to deny her her requested meal of steak, but I wasn't quite ready to let go of the broccoli cheese soup quite yet either. So we let her enjoy her new second favorite meal on her birthday eve.

Since Cami's birthday fell on a craft club day, I let her choose the theme and the crafts for the day. So "Beach Day" was born. We made seashell boxes, whale shaped piggy banks, and these cool plaster of paris handprints.

Of course what would a gathering of friends on your birthday be without some good old-fashioned cupcakes to share? We had quite the time trying to create milk-less, egg-less cupcakes to accommodate some food allergies, but I believe her beach umbrella cupcakes turned out quite cute indeed and thankfully did not cause any anaphylactic reactions!

Then, after her new grown-up birthday dinner of steak and potatoes (which was quite delicious, if I do say so myself), we got to indulge in a cookie dough ice cream cake from Coldstone.


If you're wondering why there are no pictures of her opening any presents, you can refer to her birthday list pictured in the post below.

Kind of a grown-up list too, huh?

So, she's getting a daddy-daughter date and a trip to the mall with me this weekend as her birthday gifts. Not quite as much fun as birthday surprises, but I guess we won't have to take anything back this way!


rosanna-steve said...

What a fun-fun birthday Cami! And your birthday eve and birthday dinners both sounded yummy, but what got Grandma's attention was the picture of the Coldstone cake.

Grandma sat straight up in her chair, started licking her lips, and saying "oooh that sounds so good!"

I thought that I was going to have to take off my pjs, get dressed, and run out and find a Coldstone for her.

So glad that you had a wonderful grown-up birthday. Wish we could have been there to share it with you. (Our card is on the way!)

Love, Grandpa-Grandma

Pete said...

Sounds like the perfect meal . . . except the hand-shaped thing made of sand and seashells. I don't like the feeling of sand in my mouth. But, hey its your B-day -- you can eat whatever makes you happy.

JenJ said...

Happy birthday to you Cami!!!
From Mandi and all the Johnsons. Your birthday sounds wonderful!!! So, is this the big 11?????? Wow, I am still remembering your twos!!!
Congrats and now my mouth is wanting some yummy steak and potatoes.

Aitch said...

Happy (belated) Birthday Camikins! I can't believe you're 11. I still remember visiting you in the hospital the day you were born with a giant bouquet of flowers your dad bought that was five times as big as you were :o)

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