Sunday, May 5, 2013

Happy Birthday Shanna and Haley!

Shanna and Haley turned SIX last week!  Crazy!  They are almost done with kindergarten too and are quite the little ladies.  I love my girls and enjoy their different, yet similar personalities.

Lee and our friend Andrew came to the rescue the morning of the birthday.  Usually the night before a birthday Lee and I finish the cake, decorate the dining area and set out presents.  Since the oven wasn't hooked up I had no way to bake their cake.  I looked for a frozen cake at Sharp Shopper, but there weren't any.  Thursday morning--the day of their birthday--Lee took the cake pan with the batter in it over to a friend's house to bake.  I finally had a cake to work with.  Thursday was a crazy day so I didn't get the cakes done before they got home from school. I was at the school three different times that day. Thankfully they wanted an easy design....lady bugs.

Before school we let the girls open their presents from Clark, Cal and Elden.
May 2 2013 Cal Shanna Haley Clark

May 2 2013 Shanna Haley Clark

I was planning on bringing cupcakes to school, but with no oven, that wasn't going to happen.  I got some ice cream and sprinkles instead.  Their teachers were really nice and let us have the ice cream snack together with both of their classes at one time.
May 2 2013 Haley Shanna (2)

May 2 2013 Haley Shanna

May 2 2013 Lee Elden Shanna

Early evening I was finally "ready" for their birthday!
May 2 2013 Haley Shanna (3)

Like I just mentioned, it was great that they both picked the same thing-ladybugs. I just baked one 13x9 cake and cut it in half.  Then each half I "carved" into a lady bug shape. Usually Lee is the carving master, but with him at work I had to go for it myself.  I am doing a better job with the cakes--mainly getting them to look smooth. 
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May 2 2013 Shanna cake

May 2 2013 Haley cake

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Overall I enjoy working with this homemade fondant recipe.  We don't spend a lot of money on birthdays, but I still want them to be special.  With fondant we can pretty much make any type of cake they want.  So whatever they dream up, we make.  Sometimes it doesn't always turn out the best, but we go for it anyway.  I am not sure what they think, but I'm hoping these cakes will have a fond place in their memories!
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May 2 2013 Cake

May 2 2013 Cake (2)

Clark had a piano lesson that night and afterwards we stayed at the park for awhile.  We ate a VERY late dinner.  So before dinner the girls opened their presents from me and Lee.
May 2 2013 Cal Haley Shanna

It was awesome finding these tents on clearance at Target.  We spent about $15.00 on each girl for all birthday goodies (including the boys gifts to them).  I set aside a chunk of money to buy the girls new bikes...so it helped their other gifts were inexpensive.  Lee and I have been casually looking around for bikes.  I couldn't bring myself to buy them a brand new bike at Target or Walmart for $60.  On Friday I drove by a yardsale on the way to school to drop off the kids.  Afterwards I was heading home and spotted a bike at the same yard sale and thought that I should turn around and check it out.  I am SO glad I did.  I bought three girl bikes for $5 each! (Always handy to have a third bike around for parts!) The girls were in "need" of new bikes as they had the little tiny ones--12" wheels.  Now they have 16" wheeled bikes.  And luckily, all of them are in working order!  Which is a nice bonus...Lee could have fixed them up for sure, but this saves him some time. It was a nice blessing to have found these bikes! I'll have to post pictures of the bikes.
May 2 2013 Haley

After dinner and baths, it was time for cake and ice cream. We thought this lady bug looked a little freaky....
May 2 2013 Haley (4)

May 2 2013 Haley (2)

May 2 2013 Ruth Haley

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May 2 2013 Haley (9)

I have realized just recently that Cal LOVES being in pictures.
May 2 2013 Ruth Shanna (3)

May 2 2013 Shanna (6)

May 2 2013 Haley Shanne Cal Clark

May 2 2013 Shanna (8)

May 2 2013 Ruth

May 2 2013 Clark

Happy Birthday girls!!!  As I wrote on facebook, I was amazed for the longest time after they were first born that I had TWO babies.  Now it's weird thinking that they are actually twins!  We are so blessed that they are in our family.  We wouldn't have it any other way.

Believe it or not, they were both over 7 pounds each.  I was 39 weeks and 1 day when they were born.  I actually drove myself to the hospital.  Lee had a quiz that morning at optometry school, so I went on head to the triage place to be prepped for a c-section...both girls were breech. My mom and Clark and Cal were with me, so after I got out, she took over the wheel and drove back to our apartment.  About 10-15 minutes before the surgery Lee arrived.  Shanna weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce.  Haley weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.  
Shanna, Ruth and Haley May 2007

The picture below is of the girls during the fall of 2007, about 4-5 months old. It's fun looking back and seeing their personalities shining through even at a few months old.  This picture definitely captures it.  Haley is happily content, with Shanna adding a little extra flare.
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4 comments:

Melissa S. said...

Awwww. I just loved reading that all and especially their little birth-history and their baby pic. So fun to see their personalities even at baby age. That's closer to when I knew them!!! I can't believe they're 6!!!
Seriously Ruth, you have some MAD cake making skills. Fondant intimates me and have never tried. Not sure I want to either, because your's look so good!!! :)
I just LOVE the gifts the siblings gave them. Silly string, glow sticks, etc. That's what my kids would've wanted to GIVE and GET too!!!
I'm in the market for bikes and have been forever!!! You seriously got a STEAL!!!!!

Chris and Mary said...

Those cakes looked AMAZING! Great job! Happy Birthday Shanna and Haley--we just love seeing you when you visit your Aunt Lois and Uncle Jeff here in MD :)

Nostrebor said...

Thanks for making the cakes. That 4th from the last picture is a really good one of you!

Mike said...

Love the cakes Ruth! Thanks for sharing their birthday with us.