He's not little any more. He's really getting very big. The kid does Sudoku puzzles and builds Legos sets with THOUSANDS of pieces into airports all by himself for cryin' out loud!
In our family, we have a few birthday traditions.
#1 is you get a candle in your cereal at breakfast.
#2 is Mom hangs a "Happy Birthday" banner on the wall behind the kitchen table and take a crazy number of photos of you opening presents and blowing out candles. It's been the same banner for everyone's birthday since 2005.
#3 is Mom will make you WHATEVER kind of cake you want for your special day. That's my gift to the kids every year.
I've got TONS of cookbooks and cake magazines and the kids literally plot out what kind of cake they want for their birthday months in advance. I've made some that are totally CakeWreck worthy... and some that have been kinda cool.
Last year, Jack wanted a cake with a baseball field full of Teddy Graham baseball players on it.
YES. I did pinstripe Teddy Grahams uniforms.
This year, he wanted a jungle cake full of Teddy Graham natives and lions... so....
I turned 'Nilla wafers into lions!
I gave Teddy Grahams hula skirts
And I built Jack the best Red Velvet with cream cheese frosting jungle island I possibly could... with toasted coconut marshmallow huts... it took 2 hours to assemble it after baking the cake part.
This is what a happy 7 yr old looks like... and you see the banner in the background right?! ;)
I won't win any World's Best Mom awards for day-to-day Mom-ual Labor stuff. But my kids aren't going to wonder if I love them. They'll at least leave my house and know that their birthdays were special to me... and I cared enough to frost miniature cookies! ha ha!