April 21st is a special day in our family. My eldest daughter whose birthday is that day gave birth to her son some 27 years later on the same day. Double the reasons for a family party and this year was no exception. We started with “Ronnie’s Chocolate Sheet Cake” which is our family’s favorite special occasion cake. (One day I’ll tell you about Ronnie.)
As the younger generation grows up these parties start to have more significance than ever before. Two of our family had to drive some distance to be here for the festivities. We very much appreciate their effort.
It’s fun to watch the gift-opening and to read the funny cards. Often in our family we say “I love you” by finding the funniest card in the store and trying to make the celebrant laugh. Does your family do that?
My birthday grandson gave these lovely cut flowers to his birthday mom because he knew they would make her smile. They fit right in with the quirky colors on the cake and we didn’t even compare notes. ( You probably noticed in the top photo that I’m not a decorator of cakes, just a baker. To make it look festive I find candles and ribbons to fake it for me.)
Here you see the honored birthday folk with smiles on their faces right after blowing out the candles. (They are deliberately in shadow because I failed to get permission to publish them.) May all their wishes come true.
Meanwhile I’ll pack up the 9 x 13 cake pan and look forward to June when we will have another cake that will look eerily similar to the one pictured here. But more important than the sameness of the cake will be the sameness of the faces and the laughter and the silliness and the dogs and the children–our family! How lucky we are.