Ryan’s birthday was on a Thursday this year. We had celebrated with the fire station birthday the weekend prior, so weren’t going to be doing much on his actual day. Lucky for him, his birthday fell on the same day that all the kindergarten teachers were serving a pancake breakfast to their students. So he got to wear pajamas to school, bring his blankie with him, and eat a feast of yummy pancakes. Sam and I decided to crash the party last minute so I could get some pictures of the fun he was having at school on his 6th birthday.

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the kids (mine especially) were really excited to have chocolate chips on their pancakes. I think Ryan went back through the pancake line about four times.

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Sam completely made himself at home- he’s all ready for kindergarten:)


After school Ryan and I put together and decorated his volcano cake. He had decided months before his birthday that he wanted a volcano cake with actual erupting lava. Since I didn’t think my first pass at a homemade volcano cake would be a good idea for his fire station kid party, I told him we could make it for his 4/25 birthday. After a combo of different recipes garnered from various google searches and you tube videos, this is what we came up with.


(I used two boxed cake mixes and baked them into two different sized mixing bowls. Flipped them upside down and stacked them in the cone shape, with a layer of frosting in between. The top I cut away with the open end of a glass, to be filled with raspberry jelly as the lava. The cake was frosted, and then Ry used a fork to scrape texture into the sides. We dyed coconut green and used green sugar as grass around the base. Also stuck in plastic dinosaurs and pretzels dipped in frosting and green coconut as trees.)

Ryan LOVED this project:


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We ordered pizza for an early dinner that night because we were also had the boys’ first tball class at 6:00pm. Birthday tball:


above: swing and a miss? below: fielding. or something.

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We dashed home quickly after tball to open a few presents and finally (finally!) eat that erupting volcano.

The gift was: spiderman shirt, new pack of socks, matchbox mater, and a captain underpants book.

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Six. Six? Six candles? Can hardly believe it.