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Phew! Feb 4th and the days leading up to it sure are a celebration at our place. As you know, Kit and Kat have a birthday menu every year – actually its not really a birthDAY menu – it’s a birthWEEK menu so every time I go to the kitchen to prepare a quick meal and hoping for any food ingredients to jump at me and inspire me for a super easy meal, I am reminded that its birthday week and I can’t be forgiven... Having said that, it can be fun though – at least the end usually makes everyone happy as we eat ‘special’ food every day.
This week’s highlight was the birthday cake (as usual). For those of you, who don’t know that I love to bake, please note that I LOVE TO BAKE!
This year’s special was a double layer almond cake (pink sponge so Kit thought it was vanilla and just pink – she doesn’t want Kat to have her favourite flavour baked) with chocolate and raspberry ganache and buttercream pink icing…it was delicious! Enjoy the picture (for some reason, the picture looks more brown than pink!)
For the last few years, it been about hair with her - first they had to be at same level (journey from bob to long hair is a LONG one), then they had to be cut every few weeks to avoid split ends and of course, then came the phase where hair had to be straightened every day or so...(we're still stuck in this phase!)
Given all the hair obsession we have in the family, it was no surprise that Kat decided to order 3 different types of hair brushes, combs etc and that package was delivered yesterday from Sephora.
Apart from the hair accessories and other stuff, what makes this package really unique is the fact that this is Kat's birthday gift to herself. The thing is that, every year, Kat wants money for her birthday so she can then spend it the way she wishes. Its a win-win for everyone as it works not to spend hours trying to figure out what would please a teenager and the gift of money never fails to impress:)
So, this package delivered yesterday has the stuff that Kat wanted for her birthday and because of all the tempting hair brushes it has, she also REALLY wanted to use them.
She had this idea previously where I should gift wrap everything so she feels like she is getting a gift on her birthday. Since last night, she had been debating if she
should use any of her products or wait till next week. In the end, patience broke and this morning, she sampled all of them and was very happy indeed!
Here's to Kat - HAPPY BIRTHDAY and no matter how hard you try to seem grown up, I know you are still a baby at heart who can't control the urge to unwrap presents!
The day started at 5:45 am (both Kit and Kat had the alarm set for that early) - then began the treasure hunt. Kat had prepared a very interesting map of home with a trail for Kit to follow to retrieve all her gifts. Kit absolutely loved it!! Her most loved gift was the bunk bed for her dolls. So cute!
My challenge of the day was to prepare a strawberry cake from scratch and I am proud to say that it turned out excellent - in fact, its the best cake I have ever made and I have been baking for more than a decade now. I even made the piping gel myself when I realised there was no tube left at home for fancy message on cake. Hubby and Kat were super pleased and Kit was speechless when she saw the cake - I am SO happy that it turned out great!
Another year...closer to teens...Kit we love you!
P.S. In the meantime I am working on a brand new cake recipe for Kat for Feb!
When I was young, I would always gift my mother chocolates or sweets on her birthday as I knew she would instantly gift them back to me :-) so the following conversation between Kit Kat and Me at the dinner table should come as no surprise...
Kat: “Mummy, can I borrow $200 from you?”
Me: “What??!!” “Are you kidding me? You want to borrow $200 from me for my birthday gift? Forget it.”
Kat (visibly upset as she loves her money and can be often seen counting her notes in her spare time – she is SO looking forward to turning 13 and getting her own credit card – can’t wait!): “It’s ok – I’ll have to think of something else.”
This think of something else probably means that Kat will (easily) convince Papa to get an advance on her pocket money (for the rest of the year?) – In any case I can count on a decent card from her.
Now, Kit has been listening to this exchange between me and Kat and feels that she must contribute to my birthday. It’s a prestige issue now.
Kit: “Mummy, I really want to give you something on your birthday.”
Me (very touched): “It’s ok Kit. It’s very sweet but you can give with Kat together. (I get stares and glares from Kat!)
Kit: “No, I really want to give you something. Can I give you a toy that I DO NOT WANT?”
Me (taken aback): “Why would you do that?”
Kit: “Because if I give you something I want, then I will really miss it so maybe I should give you something that I do not like!”
Now, who can argue with that??
So as I get older (definitely not wiser) in the next few days, I look forward to receiving a mystery gift – will it be a battered toy or will it be teddy bear or a doll that needs lots of love?
As they say...it’s the thought that counts!
Such a long awaited, spreading over 2 weeks celebration finally ended with a grand finale this Sunday and Kit is already looking forward to her next one (I am aching from all the running around and of course belly hurts from all the yummy cake(s) – trying not to think about the endless miles on the treadmill!!)
There definitely is something magical about this age. The more I look at her, the more I want her to remain this age. The bond between the sisters is so tender now, especially because Kit is beyond the ‘find all, break all’ stage and Kat is so thankful for that!
This birthday was the first time when Kat shelled out her pocket money to buy gifts for Kit. It was spent on two Barbie movies (Barbie dolls not allowed here but movies are ok), an Ariel colouring book, a Pinkalicious book and a magic wand (this last one was actually our gift but Kat made it ‘her’ gift – cheeky!)
This 4th birthday was also the first time we did something totally different – we did a birthday colour coded Scavenger Hunt! It was so much FUN – we hid all of Kit’s presents and she spent the first hour finding them and the look on her face when she discovered them one after the other was priceless...she insists we do the same next year :- )
Kit’s school made her birthday extra special too. They celebrated a ‘Celebrate Me’ Week in school for her and every day was so special for Kit. She took something from home to share with her class for circle time. One day was the Tooth Fairy Box, then her first baby clothes and our holiday scrap book. I got to do healthy breakfast with the class one day followed by a favourite story...and a class project another day. So exciting it all was - It never ceases to amaze me how teachers can cope with 18 children all of the same inquisitive, always hyperactive minds of 3-4 year olds...it was hard enough to simply be a guest reader for precisely 5 minutes!!
Birthdays are so special for little ones – I still love to spoil them on theirs. I remember how I used to love mine and was so depressed on the evening of my birthday thinking it would be another year before the next one...It is so true – you do see your own childhood reflected in your children – they do make all the nice things last so much longer. God bless!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIT FROM ALL OF US!