But I guess I'll start with the story of my birthday, which is also known around here as "A Tale of Three Chocolate Cakes".
Cake One: Deliciously rich Wegman's chocolate cake. If you've ever watched the movie Matilda and remeber the scene with the chubby boy at the assembly who has to eat that incredibly dense super dark chocolate cake ... well, then you know what Wegman's chocolate cake is like. So wonderful and cruel at the same time. haha
This one was from my bosses to celebrate the day before my birthday, since I took my actual birthday off. (Best decision ever).
Despite the incredible richness, we managed to eat a sizable chunk after lunch. Sort of looks like more than just 4 women work at my company, doesn't it? Hee hee. Oops. We were craving chocolate that day, I guess.
For my actual birthday, Chris's dad, stepmom, and aunt came out to Syracuse to take me out to dinner. We ate a delicious meal at Gordon Birsch, (yum!) and then the waitress brought me out this: another chocolate cake!
This one had a chocolate mousse between the layers, so it was slightly lighter than the Wegman's cake, and luckily it was just one piece.
But then, after the restaurant, we went home and this happened:
Yep. Aunt Lynn brought me another chocolate cake! Apparently I give off a vibe that I'm a chocoholic or something. Haha Not that I'm complaining.
Even after a piece of chocolate cake the day before and two pieces that evening, Chris and I still managed a smile for the camera before passing out on the couch.
The family getting ready to enjoy cake #3, which had a lighter "milk chocolate" type frosting and lots of extra frosting flowers on it.
So after all that, I was relieved to find that for Emma's birthday party, it was vanilla cake with raspberry filling. haha
Well, not that relieved. Chris and I were still reeling from the three other cakes, so we shared a piece and didn't even finish that. But it sure was cute!
Emma, on the other hand, had no problem finishing her individual cupcake, pictured to the left of the Minnie Mouse cake.
We all knew she was going to put on a show, so the cameras were out and all eyes were on the birthday girl.
She did not disappoint.
Unlike her brother, this beautiful blue-eyed girl loves food and didn't mind getting messy.
She even perfected the art of licking her fingers. Waste not, want not, Emma girl.
But don't worry, Jackson still had a good time, even if cake eating wasn't his forte.
I think speed is more of his thing. He wore out Daddy and Uncle Chris having them push him around on this balance-training bike. So cute.
Oh, and if you're wondering how I celebrated finally being passed all the cake eating for a little while, check this out:
Not exactly the healthy meal I was intending to eat, but damn it was good.