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A Birthday Bouquet

Roan turned five yesterday.  It was a day at home for all of us, with Mike away until supper time.  We had a birthday circle time with some new songs and we acted out the classic rainbow bridge story with little gnomes.  The children love that.  I gave the children verses that suit their births and personalities and they acted them out.  That was the sweetest part of the day.  It was simple around here, but that was enough.  Life has a way of adding in enough complications.  All the guests and phone calls happened at, and my parents showed up with a new piece of furniture, so that was plenty of excitement for the day.

Birthday Table

We always do gifts first thing.
I had just finished making the Tomten and the fox minutes before.

Birthday Bouquet

Willow had picked this lovely bouquet of flowers for the table.
In all the chaos that is Spring with children, there are these grounding moments.

Birthday Nature Table

More flowers were picked and Roan helped to arrange the nature table.
His face looks so different here, not the soft, round one that I am used to.

Five Candles on His Cake

And here's the cake.  Oh, this cake.  I tried, Susan!  I figure even Martha Stewart's minions are allowed one off day.  Count this as the one time that I scraped off the icing and beat it, cooled it more (I had given it several hours, even!), and then put it together right before serving.  It tasted good (he really loves white chocolate), but I'm not sure I will be so adventurous next time around.  I always try to go big for Roan's birthday and do pie for Willow.  And I was trying to avoid using my mixer, which is rather out of alignment.  Turns out, those thirty seconds of beating really needed to be with a mixer.

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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