April 14, 2014
It happened. Another birthday. This time it was my favourite son's birthday. He's 4 now. He still loves birds and I hope he always will, although his views on punishment for people who are mean to birds is a little on the excessive side ('stomp on them!').
He's a good big brother to his little baby brother (my favourite son) and he idolises his big brother (my favourite) and he's tall for his age but quite thin, which is surprising because he can pack away a meal as long as it's either cheesy toast and tomato soup or pasta. Although he doesn't really like pasta, he just claims he does. He loves The Octonauts, Shaun the Sheep and of course, is bird crazy, and this includes Angry Birds. The bird sticker books we've done together are already one of the memories I cherish. The way he can chuck a tanty over his little brother's inability to understand the concept of sharing, not so much. He loves socks, especially his new ones with pineapples on them.
Max's birthday party, a small gathering of only 7 families in our local park, was rainbow lorikeet themed at his request. I imagined this would be a Pinterest frenzied all out bird attack of a party with actual lorikeet waiters serving birdseed cake and favours made out of actual feathers and... but really, it was just a rainbow party. We asked our guests to come razzed in their brightest colours and to be prepared for the usual food, cake and egg hunt which has become a traditional part of the bird boy's birthdays (he's had four now - FOUR). The cake had a bird on it. I tried and succeeded in a frozen butter cream transfer of a bird on a cake. This cake and frosting, which was all butter and none of that shortening which every recipe seems to call for. I made the transfer a fortnight in advance and plonked it on the cake the day before the party and put it in the fridge. It worked fine. I didn't really follow a process but I did an appropriate amount of googling prior to just winging it so if you're reading this in the hope of some tips on how to do it the right way, I'm not sure it's particularly helpful as I think I lucked out.
Happy birthday Max, you are my favourite middle.