How did this boy get to be six? I can’t even believe it. He needs to still be my cuddly little boy. He needs to stay like this forever. I can’t deal with him aging. Ok, that’s not true. I actually can’t wait to see him grow up. I think it’s going to be quite an adventure!
So I interrupt the previously scheduled Christmas Post #2 to share the details of Cooper’s birthday. It spanned over 2 weekends and was quite fun. First up was his actual birthday weekend. Sadly it coincided with a winter storm that caused many delays. Kristin was delayed in Baltimore for almost 5 hours. Papa luckily got on an earlier delayed flight as standby – otherwise who knows when he would have made it to Providence! And with the 6-8 inches of snow and the polar vortex of freezing cold weather, we stayed inside most of the time. But we made the best of it. We went out for meals, rested a bunch, did some crafts, and played on the Wii. And when it finally warmed up Sunday morning, we HAD to get some sledding in. Good times.
Swirly spinner painting fun.
Easy Bake Oven treats hand-crafted by Mason and Kristin.
And yummy chocolate cupcakes as requested by the birthday boy.
Oh the laughs!
Even I got in on the fun.
With the family birthday celebration over, it was time to start preparing for Cooper’s birthday party with his friends. He had been insistent on a Frozen-themed party. We adjusted it a little bit to be mostly about snow, snowmen, and winter with a little bit of Olaf in there. (If you haven’t seen Frozen yet, it is worth it just for the laughs Olaf, the snowman, brings!) Cooper was hoping for snow for his party so we could be outside and build snowmen with his friends, but the day of his party was actually very warm and rainy. Not quite the winter wonderland. So we brought winter inside!
Melted Snowman water!
“Pin the nose on the snowman” game.
Not pictured was the Snowman Bowling Game.
(Made with empty water bottles filled with cotton balls.)
And no party is complete without a GIANT pizza. Seriously, this thing barely fit through the door!
The boys had a lot of fun, and it was nice that many of the moms stayed so we could all get to know each other better. (I have a good feeling about all the mom’s from Cooper’s class. They seem very open and friendly, which is awesome and just what I was hoping for!) But my biggest success of the party was the cake. Cooper had wanted an igloo with penguins and rocks. But looking at all the pictures on Google of igloo cakes, I realized it was not going with the snowman theme (and I was scared I would mess it up.) A snowman cake would be much more appropriate! So I found a few inspirational shots, but knew I didn’t want to go too overboard. Oh wait, I always go overboard with Cooper’s cakes! Bring it on!
Three round cake pans – 1 was a Funfetti cake mix and the other two were my homemade chocolate cake (the third was used for the hat)
It took quite a while since I individually piped each floret on every inch of the cake. But so worth it! I am in love with this cake!
It was a hit with the birthday boy too!
Now Cooper’s birthday celebrations are officially over. I’m trying to catch up on his birthday book so that it’s done before March! (It usually sits out for about 2 months before I complete each year.) The reality is my baby boy is six, and keeps getting older…. and bigger! His pants keep getting shorter. I hope age six brings many more fun memories. But knowing Cooper, I have no doubt it will.
Love you, Cooper! Always have, always will!