Happy Birthday Samuel!
Now you are two!
I didn’t make it to the Hash like I was going to on Saturday afternoon because Bill didn’t get back from his tennis match til late, however this did mean I was able to bake Sam a birthday cake in a leisurely fashion and didn’t end up staying up til the early hours with it.
Seeing as Sam so loves his trains I decided to make his second birthday cake locomotive themed. Originally I was planning to make a proper train shaped cake but had scaled this down when we agreed that we would just be visiting his grandparents on the day. Plan B saw me buying a little blue Thomas engine to use as decoration on top of a cake landscape. Before we even made it into the house though, Sam had pilfered it from my bag and refused to release his “Thomas!” from his clutches. After it had been in the sand pit and dragged all over the house I realised plan C was necessary. So on Saturday morning as I was gathering up cake ingredients I ended up buying yet another little engine for the top of the cake.
The cake itself was partly inspired by Martha who we had enjoyed lunch with on Friday. She had been talking about baking with buttermilk and had produced some marvelously succulent cupcakes which she shared with us. Yum! Back at the house I did some Googling and decided to try a new recipe for Sam’s special chocolate cake.
While I was clattering away in the kitchen Sam came charging in for a few secs, closely followed by Daddy who scooped him up and carried him back into the other room. Immediately Sam burst into howls and cries and was demanding something neither of us could work out. It sort of sounded like “honey” or “hungry” but every offer of food was refused amidst more screams and foot stomps. We were really confused until we realised that Sam’s keen eyes had spotted the little green train hiding on the countertop amongst the icing sugar, and that the little green train was in fact called Henry.
The finished cake:
The next morning we packed up and took Sam to visit Granma and Granpa in Milledgeville.
After we had had cake we let him open his presents. Along with the High Museum annual pass he got a couple of DVDs from Nanna and Dandad: Fireman Sam and Postman Pat. We have yet to try those out as Sam’s still keen on the In The Night Garden recordings and wouldn’t let me change the disk.
From Aunty Melly and Uncle Sy he got a Wiggles cd, a Australian book about a hippopotamus who likes to eat cake and hangs out on the roof, and a packet of glow in the dark stars. Thank you!
Granma and Granpa ensured that Sam will have a fun summer hanging out with his frog friends in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens by contributing towards an annual pass. They were installing a new exhibition there last week when we went and I think Sam will love to return and see the kinetic sculptures in action. We’ll also be able to do all the scheduled children’s storytimes and hopefully play in the fountains in the Children’s Garden, assuming that the water restrictions don’t get tightened this summer. Thank you!
Finally we got around to the big present from Bill and I. We had bought our little boy a rather cool trike. Thankfully the wet weather held off long enough yesterday for Sam to get to try it out and have plenty of fun in Granma and Granpa’s back yard. He was pretty thrilled, and so were Mummy and Daddy watching him.
Happy Birthday Samuel! The last two years have been brilliant, we love you so very much.