Elsie had her fifth birthday yesterday. I'm aware that birthdays so close to Christmas can be tricky and after canning the idea of the June half-birthday, I'm determined to work hard to make her real birthday special each year. This year we had friends over in the morning (two special friends of hers, plus their families, whose children all roughly correspond to our others, made it quite the party - excellent!). When asked what type of cake she'd like, she suggested something 'strawberryish', so I did a google search and came up with a double decker strawberry-shortcake-type cake which didn't turn out the way it did in the picture and caused me a bit of distress as I watched the marscapone insides of the cake explode everywhere when I put it together, but still tasted pretty good.
cake number 1
We also celebrated with both sides of the family with a BBQ (and a visit to a local nursery to choose part of her present) last night and a picnic today.
cake number 2 ...
I have decided that while there are negatives to a the close-to-Christmas-birthday, there are some definite pluses. For one thing, lots of family members and friends who are on holidays (some who live out of town and are visiting Sydney) are relaxed and happy and have time to spend with the birthday girl to celebrate. For me, Elsie's birth is inextricably tied with Christmas anyway - I'll never forget the long wait through the Christmas festivities 5 years ago (she ended up being 11 days late!). We even called her Elisabeth Mary because of her Christmas connection.
We're so grateful that God blessed us with her five years ago.