Happy Birthday Son!

Last Saturday, my youngest turned eight.

GoGo has asked that his blog name be changed.  He says he hates it.  Since half the time I refer to him as Mr Picky, I guess I can’t argue with him.   My second grader is growing up.  I’m not thrilled with leaving his name as Mr Picky either, but I’m stumped at what else to call him.  Sigh.

For my long term readers, you’ll be so proud of me!  There’s now a New Year’s Resolution I can cross off the list.

We did the whole birthday party thing for him!  Since his actual birthday was on a Saturday, we even managed to hold the party on his actual birthday.  For him, that was a huge deal.

Happy Birthday!  May you always stay as fabulous and amazing as you are today!

For me, it was a huge ordeal that trashed my kitchen.

Minecraft inspired Iron Golem cake.  Golem was cut from fondant.  Icing is buttercream.  Four layers of cake in square pans,  Ice in chocolate, then add the green grass on the top with the "hair" tip.  Feed extra icing to child.


The cake was a huge success.  The kids even wanted to taste the fondant golem on the top of the cake.  We let them, but they all said it was nasty.  I can’t say I blame them.

Yes.  We fed extra icing to Watty.  He has the sweet tooth.

My birthday boy… not so much.  He is happier with popcorn and potato chips.  He didn’t even have cake at his party.  He didn’t want any.

He had a great birthday.

We asked him about peas again.

Ever since the original epic battle of the peas (the one where I realized just how strong willed he is), we’ve turned peas into a bit of a family joke.  After the five hour long battle over peas (not my proudest parenting story) what else can I do but laugh?

Mr Picky and Peas - not good

Shortly before his fourth birthday, he told us he thought he’d be ready to eat peas when he was older… like maybe when he was four.

So when he turned four, we asked him about his promise.  I even offered him peas.  He shook his head and said

I’m not quite ready yet.  Maybe when I’m five.

On his fifth birthday, he said he wanted to hold off until he turned six.  It’s been the same every year.  Only now, it’s funny.  He blows out the candle and we ask him if he wants peas.  He laughs and tells us “next year.”

He is growing up too fast.

In some ways, he’s about sixty.

Yesterday after school, he wanted juice with his snack.  I don’t keep juice or soda in the house.  We drink lots of water, and I’d like to keep it that way.  But yesterday, he wanted juice.

He put his hands on his hips and just looked at me.  Then he used a VERY parental tone of voice and said

Mommy, if you don’t have juice when I get home tomorrow I will be VERY disappointed in you.

When I didn’t immediately respond, he added

Look at me when I talk to you.

It’s not funny.  Don’t laugh.  Just…. run to the bathroom and act like you needed to potty.  Hide the laughter.  Do NOT encourage him.

He’s mine.

I love every stinky rascally inch of that boy!

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Happy birthday to Mr. Picky (aka ???). Has he chosen a new blog alias? The party looks like great fun. And I love the new look of your blog! I can see why you are so excited about the changes!
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    • He hasn’t chosen a new alias, and I honestly haven’t had time to think of one for him. It’s funny, but it actually matters to me what he is called on my blog. It’s almost like picking a name for a baby!

      Thanks for noticing all the changes. I’m trying to make it easier to navigate, and that means going back and making sure everything gets tagged and categorized appropriately. Ugh! There’s always something to update or change. 🙂
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  2. You have funny kids.

    I noticed the changes, too. Looking good.
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  3. One of my sons doesn’t like cake either. One year we made a rice krispie treat castle. Usually he asks his grandmother to make an apple pie or crumb or something like that!
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  4. Something that I think would be really cool is just some good decorations in your party as well. There are lots of companies that actually do a lot of this so it might be worth checking out!

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