Saturday, March 13, 2021

March Birthday Celebration

Today is Cory's 28th birthday. Monday is GG's (Dad's) 80th birthday. We opted to celebrate our March birthdays today. Dad wanted steak, but that is a really unwise (and expensive option). Cory asked him about ribs....I baked them four hours and then the guys grilled them....very easy to chew. 

Yep - Michael is a champ. He brushed the grill off once again....

We KNEW Quelf was over Benny's interest level - but he needed to find it out himself. 

Benny much prefers tackling Uncle Axe. 

BreZaak haven't been to a family celebration for about a was fun to have them today. The boys had so much fun together. This is seconds after we all sat down with our food. The boys were at one end of the very long table.... Benny put his hand on Gideon's back, gestured down the length of the table and said, "Look, Bubbie! That's a LOT of people." 

Livie and Bella were best buds. Bella was excited to be here...full of hugs for everyone. It was cute. 

Random table picture.... LOL 

WHUT? This threw me...Cory is holding Danny up at the end of the table. Note the BIRTHDAY TREE in the background. I hope to have it down by St Patrick's Day - because there should be green outside by then - right? 

GG and Cory blow out their candles with a bit of help from Benny. 

BreZaak had missed a few birthdays and brought cards and candy for all. We got a laugh out of some of the sentiments. Josiah's card said, "Take a bath!"  He most often stopped by BreZaak's after fishing. 

Ah - my heart. Jamin and Danny. 

It was a fun celebration with all by JaRissa and felt normal. YES...putting 2020 in the rearview mirror. 

Cakes Galore

 There were cakes galore at the Gherkin March Birthday Celebration.  I made the Oreo ice cream cake in the lower right hand corner per Cory's request.  Stacia made the other two and both were adorable. 

She simply couldn't resist making this cake for Cory. Cory is a newly licensed to sell real estate in Alaska. I found the logo for his business and made a little sign to go with this classic house. Stacia wants to have the time "someday" to decorate this cake the way it's meant to be decorated...but I thought it was cute this like this. 

Grandpa wanted steak for his birthday but grandpa can't chew steak. He chokes and we didn't want THAT at his birthday celebration. Stacia said she'd make a steak meal for the cake. Then he asked for carrot cake. This was a delicious way to eat veggies. LOL 

These veggies were AMAZING...she did a great job!

Yes, it LOOKS like a lot of cake. There were 22 of us. Everyone got a slice of cake and a bit of ice cream on the side...or a big piece of ice cream cake with a small slice of cake on the side. There is one piece of the ice cream cake left for Nolan, who was at work. There is one piece of the carrot cake/steak cake for Grandpa and about 1/2 of the house  cake.  It wasn't as over the top as it looks. AND the house was DAIRY FREE for our lactose intolerant members. 

On top of simply having fun creating, this earned Stacia school time in our Culinary Arts class. I met with our contact teacher this week and she discussed options for training in Alaska.  She thought job corp in our home town has possibilities. We'll have to start looking into it. Kaitlyn was gracious enough to help me plan Stacia's Culinary Arts credit this year. She gave us the title of 3 of her favorite college titles and Stacia has been happily working through them.