It hardly seems like 8 years since Eliza has come into our lives, but there it is. Yup, time's a' marching. It's been so neat to see her talents unfold and develop this past couple of years. She loves to read and draw, and she inherited her daddy's natural athletic abilities.
Eliza wanted a pool party to celebrate, so I thought it only fitting to make her a pool cake.
Believe it or not, the hardest part of decorating this cake was getting the colored sprinkles to stick to the frosting in the appropriate places. By the time I got to that part of it, the icing had already formed a bit of a "skin" and so they wouldn't stick. I ended up having to use my fingertips and pick them up and press them into the icing a few at a time. Crazy, I know. By the time I was done with that part I only had 10 minutes to do the piping and everything else, so the top of the cake was a bit simpler than originally planned. I made the diving board from a stick of gum (supported underneath with a toothpick) and the floaties were gummy lifesavers. I was going to make lounge chairs from gum and candy to go beneath the umbrellas, but ran out of time (as it was, we were late and half our guests were waiting at the front gate of the pool!). I used blue sparkle gel (available in a tube premade, just in time for 4th of July) for the water. Fun, fun!
Hyrum is the proud owner of a large space where his two front teeth used to be, and he wanted me to show you all. He has since lost yet another tooth on the bottom row, so he's even more gappy now. Ah, the excitement of losing one's baby teeth and being the recipient of tooth fairy loot! I remember it well.
This has been an exciting time for Eliza. In addition to her birthday, she was baptized, which is what these pictures were commemorating.
She was being a really good sport about all the pictures, until the end when she decided that enough was enough....
I don't have any smiley shots of Eliza and her daddy together. I suppose I shouldn't post these because they'll probably embarrass her, but they're so stinkin' funny I couldn't resist. I crack up every time I see them. That's my girl! If they disappear after a day or two, you'll know why. :-)
Okay, I've got to end this post with a happy shot. Eliza and her Grandma have been having such a wonderful time together. They've been enjoying some much-needed bonding time, which is great to watch. Mom is so good with kids, and mine have been loving all the attention and fun things they've been able do with Grandma here at our house. My kids are going to go into serious Grandma-withdrawal when her visit is at an end.