Penelope’s Simple Birthday


Penelope turned four yesterday. The girl is growing like a weed and it makes me feel SO OLD!!

I had elaborate plans for a sweet library party for Penelope, but that did NOT happen. I swear I might have mono or something, because it’s like pulling teeth trying to get out of bed before 10am (and no I’m not prego). I’m going to blame it on my stationary lifestyle for now.

I think I will still do a big friend party for her, but sometime in May or June. It’s not like Penelope really cares when the birthday party is, right? Have any of you done something like that before?

I still wanted to make a big to do for her birthday, so we had a special dinner with presents and cake. The easiest and most delicious cake that I could think of to make was Texas Sheet Cake. It’s my late grandmother’s recipe. It’s divine.

Do you ever find that your most creative ideas come out of your laziness? I really didn’t want to make a buttercream frosting for a sweet message on the cake, so I made the message out of mini marshmallows. I thought it turned out rather cute. I could see this being even more clever on an all-white cake.

It’s not like Penelope really cares about this type stuff at four years old, but that’s just fine.

It’s still so surreal that she’s four. She’s a rad kid. I can’t believe that she’s ours. I love you, sweet Penelope!

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  1. phil says:

    miam miam , what a beautiful cake , looks delicious too …
    happy birthday Penelope

  2. samarahuel says:

    You are too cute. Once again, validating my style of parenting by proving that one can be lazy and still have a beautiful life. Perhaps even more beautiful by the fact that you spent some lovely moments with your daughter that might have been used making a more high-maintenance cake. Looks like the result was delicious for sure.

  3. Johanna Jay says:

    Happy Birthday to Penelope! What a wonderful cake…I have to say great minds think alike, I made a similar cake for my son this year. I am no cake decorator, in that I’m useless with those icing decorating bags. So I do a sort of “reverse stenciling” technique using sprinkles and M&Ms. Here’s a link to a photo of my cake:

  4. marissa says:

    Happy 4th birthday penelope!

  5. Emily says:

    Happy birthday Penelope! Those marshmallows are really fun. :) Maybe you’re tired from pr&p?

  6. Tara says:

    Happy birthday to Penelope! I’m sure she loved the cake. Plenty of birthdays left for when you’re feeling better and inspired to go all out.

    Hope you get your energy back soon, so hard to feel like that especially with kiddies. XX

  7. Awe! Happy Birthday Penelope! Our Daughter’s birthdays are one day apart! Hannah turned 6 on Saturday. And Penelope was one of my top name choices for her! haha

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