Monday, June 17, 2013

Cupcake #3 Birthday Celebration and Father's Day

 One of my favorite family pictures on our Cupcake #3's birthday!  

Recently, I posted that our third Cupcake turned 9 years old and my tribute post to 9 blessed years with our daughter is HERE.

Last week we had a small, simple, yet fun arts and crafts party for her to celebrate her special 9th birthday.  

The cake that I made was made from scratch including the homemade cream cheese icing! Mmm...

The yellow circle was white cake, while the cupcakes were chocolate.  I used the chocolate cake recipe off the back of the Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa can. It's a really good recipe and easy!   I dyed the cream cheese icing for the colors on the flower and put M&M's in the center.  My daughter was very excited to help make and decorate her cake and I was grateful for her help, since being 33 weeks pregnant is a bit tiring and cake decorating motivation was a bit of a challenge. :)

We did a few arts and crafts activities and one of the most fun and challenging activities was making Duct Tape change purse wallets!  I had my friend, R.S., come and help with this project since she has made several Duct Tape projects, including American Girl clothes!  R.S. has some serious creative skills and I was very grateful for her help!

We used these 3 colors that I bought at Wal-Mart which are about $1 cheaper/roll compared to the   popular craft stores in our area.

Lots of rolling out the tape and cutting strips with an X-acto knife and using the strips to build the little change purses.  I didn't take step-by-step pictures, but I hear You Tube has lots of videos on how to make Duct Tape projects and of course, there are books to show you how.  
Here are some of the finished change purses that use the top of the Ziplock Gallon size bags to close the purses from the inside.    The girls loved them!
 And here is the one I made for myself complete with a "T" for Tracy :) 
This past weekend we celebrated Father's Day with my family and my parents at their neighborhood pool.  It was a beautiful and fun day to relax and have fun.  Here is my hubby goofin' around with the "goggle crew".  :) 

Here are my parents with my children enjoying the refreshing water. 
Our family with Baby #5 enjoying the pool in my womb :) 


Patty said...

I think the cake turned out quite beautiful!! Happy birthday to your little cupcake! May God bless her abundantly always!

Chris said...

What a great post!
Happy birthday to your sweetie! Adorable cake...(I just LOVE designing cute cakes for them with themes!) The flower is so terrific! Love the kids took a fun artsy lib class where they made duct tape flip flops!! Your wallt idea is so cute. You should think about linking a post on the wallets to a DIY/craft hop.I bet many would enjoy it! It's adorable.:)

Pictures of Father's Day are wonderful!! You guys look so happy!

I did not realize that we had decorated our blogs with a couple of the same buttons and blinkies! I guess we have similar tastes! How cool!!

I will continue to keep you in prayer, Tra! How exciting for the little one to be arriving before long!
Thanks for sharing such great memories! (I hope you'll link with my Memoir Monday hop when I start up again in the Fall!)


Laurie said...

Swimming is the best when you're pregnant!! Love all the pictures, the cake, and the smiles. :)

LeAnn said...

I loved the pictures and thoughts on your sweet daughters birthday. It looks like you had a great father's day.
The duct tape project looked like a good one.
Blessings to you as you have this new little one.

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