I apparently had about 266 "favorite" pics from the year and at least narrowed it down a tiny bit to create this :-)
As always, one of the most exciting parts of celebrations around here is the cake making and Matthew definitely had some input this year. First he helped mix up the cake and did some very necessary tasting:
And then it was time to make the cake and I then naively realized that he has influences and opinions outside of what I know about him. More specifically, I thought I had his interests pinned down. I had ideas for a dino cake and in the back of my mind a cars/transportation cake, a train cake and/or a construction cake which pretty much cover my impressions of his daily interests. He totally threw me off when he specifically asked for a "Hungry Caterpillar Cake". He must have been looking over my shoulder on pinterest or something :-) Here he is adding the sprinkles:
And Catherine doing a clean-up inspection (thanks Dad for taking this fun photo - if only for proof that every once in a while my counters are clean, even if my kids aren't!)
Its pretty slick as it has a roof that we can raise and lower to keep the sun off the kids:
It was then time for candles and cake and ice cream.
The next day Matthew tested out his new squirt gun from Mas and Pas.
"I get you Papa"