Birthdays are also for celebrating…

7 Oct


Being one is fun!


So yesterday was Quinn’s birthday.  All day Joe and I marveled at the fact that an entire year had gone by.  We looked at our daughter and said “she’s not a baby anymore”.  And then we had cake.  Kidding.  We opened presents.  And then we had cake. Our celebration was small and intimate…just the three of us.  Well, and our landlord.  But that’s a whole other story, maybe even blogpost.  In all seriousness though we had a great day just looking back over the past year and looking forward to all the continued joy we know Quinn will bring.  Here are a few pics from the day:


We could have just stopped there....ribbon would have been enough.



Her new wooden duck pull behind toy



Umm..she's advanced. Clearly she is reading this card.



Birthdays are awesome!



Family photo...courtesy of the landlord (he really was here)



the cake...I'll explain in a bit


And here is where the real fun began.  Every parent wants to know “what kind of cake eater will my kid be?”.  Here is Quinn’s personal cake eating style:


I'd have picked the chocolate one too.



Go for it girl!


So as for this cake…well it’s interesting about cakes over here.  We figured with the slew of bakeries in this city we’d have no problem finding a birthday cake.  I mean you can barely take five steps without running into a backerei and the countless goodies that summon to you from inside.  One would think a birthday cake would be fairly easy to score here.  But alas, apparently they are without the mass produced efforts of Giant Eagle (or whatever your local grocery chain might be) and so these cakes are hand-made.  With a lot of love.  (Someone literally told Joe that).  Anyway, we did come across what appeared to be a standard cake.  You know pretty basic, but with space to have “Happy Birthday Quinn” filled in.  When Joe asked about it he was quoted a price of 47 euro.  WHAT??????  That’s like 65 bucks people.  For a small cake.  I mean it would just be the three of us….well, and the landlord.  But still.  So we kept looking.  Most bakeries didn’t even offer these type of cakes and the one other that did that we found quoted us 60 euro.  Wow.  We love our daughter and all, but seriously??  And yes I could have just baked one.  But we’re in temporary housing which means a.) the kitchen has what could pass for an easybake oven and b.) the supplies are limited= no cake pans etc.  SO, we decided to just pick up any style cake/dessert and put a candle in to make it officially a “birthday” cake.  Then I came across a cake in the frozen food section.  It was a ready made cake with a layer of smooth frosting already on the top.  Included in the box were sprinkles and two tubes of the very thin “writing” icing.  It was made for us!  So I snatched that puppy up and wrote “Happy Birthday Quinn” myself.  There.  Done.  Perfect.


2 Responses to “Birthdays are also for celebrating…”

  1. Helen Gummersbach October 8, 2010 at 2:44 am #

    Good job, Rach!!!

  2. Katie Day October 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm #

    Happy Birthday Quinn!

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