I love to bake so on Tuesday morning while Cruz was at school and David was in the village I baked a cake for us to enjoy for my birthday. A few weeks ago a friend had posted a recipe on facebook for an Old Fashioned Butter Cake with homemade Hershey's chocolate icing. I thought it sounded yummy so I wrote the recipe down and made plans to bake it for my birthday cake. It turned out pretty good.
my birthday cakeThe candles are from Cruz's 3rd and 4th birthdays. I love to reuse them for all of our birthdays. I'll use that #3 again in April for Ben. Oh my, is my baby really about to turn three!!!
That afternoon when the boys got up from their naps David took them shopping to pick me out a gift. David and I do not normally buy each other gifts but Cruz insisted that I have a present to open. I think from now on it will be our tradition to take the kids shopping and let them pick something out for us. Regardless of gifts I always get flowers for every special occasion. I love flowers!
I heard them drive up so I knew to grab my camera. Here they are coming in the door with my flowers. This year I got two bouquets- one from each boy.
I think they get just as excited as I do.
my little loves!
aren't they pretty!
my flowers and my birthday banner
these two make every day fun but especially my birthday
I cooked supper on Tuesday evening and afterwards we ate cake. I knew Wednesday (my original birthday) would be busy so we started celebrating a little early.
me with my birthday cake
the boys singing "Happy Birthday" to me before helping me blow out my candles
My birthday morning got started early as in a 5:30 a.m. alarm going off. We had a busy morning and had to get an early start. I made banana pancakes for our breakfast.
My birthday breakfast on our Celebration Plate and my birthday gift waiting to be opened.
opening my presents
(I didn't notice until I loaded these photos that I am wearing very similar shirts on both days. I did change clothes y'all, ha)
After eating and getting dressed we headed out for a morning adventure. We had plans to pick up Mrs. Diana Lubeck in Camotan and then travel on to the village of Tunuco Arriba. We were starting a new Bible class in the village school that day. We have been given permission to have class there in the school every Wednesday morning.
Our family on my birthday morning on our way to the village of Tunuco Arriba. It's an hour and 40 minutes from our house to get there. That's 30 minutes on pavement and an hour and ten minutes up the mountain road.
me and my boys after we arrived in the village
some of the 2nd- 6th graders
When we returned to the Lubeck's house they asked us to get out for a minute. She surprised me with a birthday cake and we took some time to eat and fellowship together.
my birthday cake from the Lubeck's
Here's Mr. John showing the boys around his work shop. They were fascinated with all of his tools.
We returned home for a little time to catch our breath before heading out again. For our late afternoon/ evening entertainment we headed out to the bowling alley for some family fun. We love bowling and it's a fun thing to do on special occasions.
me and my boys ready to bowl
We enjoyed some pizza and cheese fries for our supper before returning home. While driving back home I saw this gorgeous sunset in the distance.
What a beautiful way to end my day!!!
The boys were in bed asleep before 8:00 and we were not far behind them. It had been a long day for all of us but was one that I enjoyed thoroughly! Birthdays are my favorite days of the year.