Five years ago, something felt weird after we gave Rebecca a bath and got her ready for bed. My due date was tax day, so it's not like wasn't expecting it, but still - I wasn't quite sure whether or not my water had broken (I know, dumb, right?)... my parents were already here to help out, so my husband and I decided to go to the hospital (20 miles away) just in case. But first, I wanted things to be as normal as possible for Rebecca, so I decided to read to her as usual before leaving. She chose a long one, her favorite at the time, The Lorax. And then, less than six or seven hours later, Jessie was in my arms.
So it seems only fitting that for two years, Jessica has wanted to have a Love the Earth party for her birthday. Well, actually, it started as a Save the Earth party, which was supposed to entail all her guests going to the beach to clean it up and collect trash. Instead, I made Earth cupcakes for her preschool class (with heart liners), along with plantable flower tags as party favors.
I can never quite get my cupcakes to be just the right size, not too flat but not overflowing, but these were passable. The ocean was white whipped frosting with almost half a bottle of blue food coloring (could probably have used even more), and some green blobs on top were the land masses. It all turned out not too shabby, pretty much the way I envisioned. My geography was never any good, so don't look too closely. Just call it artistic license.
Last week the girls and I made some paper and sprinkled seeds in towards the end of the process to make these plantable tag party favors. Super easy, fun for us to do, and a big hit with the preschoolers. I'll explain more about these later, I took lots of pictures along the way. Good summer vacation project, too, when playing with water is a big plus and getting wet isn't a big deal.
Oh, happy birthday, Jessie, baby. Five is so big. And still so little. Blow out your candles and let me wish for you to always know and feel how much I love you.
Disneyland, here we come.