Dear Crissy

Evan’s 3rd birthday: GLOB-a-saurus Rex

Wilton Dinosaur Cake

I really don’t have the energy to start this 3rd-birthday post with a whole lot of sentiment. It’s true, the fact that my baby is 3 is absolutely shocking (and kind of sad), but after three years on fast forward I’m coming to terms, somewhat, with the fact that this all goes WAY TOO FAST.

Don’t believe me? Check out Evan’s birth, 1st birthday party and 2nd birthday party.

Now, I’ll move right along to some of the details of Evan’s special day! He wanted a dinosaur cake, of course, so I thought I would order Wilton’s Dinosaur Cake Pan. I mean, how hard could it be to make a dino cake, right?

STOP LAUGHING…

Wilton Dinosaur Cake

So, this was a little harder than I thought it would be. I have to admit, in these photos it doesn’t look quite as bad as I remember it looking, but it took me about two solid hours to decorate this cake and there were many mistakes, misfired globs of frosting, and start-overs.

There were moments when I was freaking out because I thought I was going to have to just ice it in one solid color and throw in the towel.

My husband even helped during my moments of anxiety, but he was about as graceful with frosting as I was… not very.

Wilton Dinosaur Cake

Anyway, it all turned out OK in the end, and I will always remember this cake as Glob-a-saurus Rex.

When it was time for Evan to blow out the candles on his dinosaur cake, he was a bit overwhelmed. When the crowd began singing to him, his first response was to hide his face. Adorable.

Wilton Dinosaur Cake

He soon loosened up, blew out his candles, and enjoyed a piece of his special cake.

We had his party at our house this year, with just family and a few friends. We had a backyard cookout and the kids played on our trampoline in the back yard. It was a pretty low-key 3rd birthday party but Evan felt like a king and he had a wonderful time, which is the most important thing.

Evan is growing so much every day, it is really just amazing. We’re so proud of him.

Wilton Dinosaur Cake

I just had to throw this shot in, it’s my dad’s choice in a piece of cake — the globby eye.

Wilton Dinosaur Cake

So, I still feel sort of like Evan is a baby at age 3. Age 4 though? Now, that’s getting serious. I’m sure it will be here in the blink of an eye.

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  1. ashleigh walls — September 4, 2012 @ 10:53 am (#)

    Oh my 3!? My boy doesn’t turn 2 until April and my boyfriend is already planning the party, haha. That dino cake looks really good, don’t be so hard on yourself. Trust me if I made it, the dino would have looked like it had seen the “big bang” . They do grow up way to fast though :(

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  2. Nichol — September 4, 2012 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    The cake is adorable, you did a great job. Wait until you have 10 and 5, that will make you cry:( Happy birthday to your little guy!

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  3. Karen Ziemkowski — September 4, 2012 @ 2:03 pm (#)

    Evan is soooooo cute!!! The cake was awesome, too, don’t discount yourself. You did way better than I could have ever done. Pretty sure if it was me making the cake, it would have looked more like a dino AFTER the asteroid hit it… lol.

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  4. Sarah - PS Mom Reviews — September 5, 2012 @ 8:05 am (#)

    Happy Birthday, Evan! It looks like the party was a success.

    I think your cake turned out great. I’ve made all my son’s cakes, and many times they frustrate me and make me wonder what I was doing. One particular year (maybe when he was 3) I had a terrible time with the cake. I thought it looked rough, but his eyes lit up when he saw it. He looked at it, smiled, and said thank you Mommy it’s just what I wanted. I knew then that it really was the thought and effort that counted. So I’ve continued making cakes for him every year. It’s worth it all.

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  5. Colleen — September 5, 2012 @ 8:20 am (#)

    The cake looks awesome! One year I spent hours making a cake that looked like a train for more oldest son. I’m so not a cake decorator. I thought it looked like a mess, but he loved it and that was all that mattered.

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  6. Danielle — September 5, 2012 @ 8:40 am (#)

    My youngest will be 5 in December ): Enjoy every second! Before you know it they will be in high school getting their drivers permit. My oldest is about to be 17! Yes, Christmas Eve she will be 17, I don’t know where the time has gone!?! My middle child is my only boy, well I should say man he is 15! Thank You for sharing. I really enjoyed reading this post. By the way, you did an AMAZING job the cake! It looks awesome! Happy Birthday Evan!

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  7. Deb Dorrington — September 5, 2012 @ 8:50 am (#)

    Happy Birthday to Evan, great pics as always Crissy. Evan’s face in the pic just before he blows out his candles is priceless..thank you for sharing this special moment.

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  8. JulieD — September 5, 2012 @ 9:25 am (#)

    Happy birthday to Evan!!! You did an amazing job on the cake!!! That is a lot of stars, I’m sure your arm & wrist were hurting!!

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  9. Adelina Priddis — September 5, 2012 @ 9:59 am (#)

    The cake looks fabulous! Childhood really does just fly past. My oldest started Kindergarten this year. I don’t know where my baby went.

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  10. LeeAnn — September 5, 2012 @ 10:31 am (#)

    Happy Birthday Evan! That cake turned out absolutely amazing! Seriously. I wouldn’t even attempt to do something like that, because mine wouldn’t look anything like a dinosaur, I’m sure. I’m glad Evan had a fun party and felt like a king on his special day!

    I didn’t realize our boys were so close in age. My youngest will be 3 next week and we are gearing up for his Toy Story party this weekend. Time definitely flies!

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  11. Nancy Reid — September 5, 2012 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    Looks like a wonderful celebration! You are right, it goes all tooooo fast! Enjoy them while you can.

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  12. Anastasia @ Eco-Babyz — September 6, 2012 @ 1:49 am (#)

    Wow, 3!? I think I’ve been reading your blog since he was 1 :P My daughter will be 4 in a few months, WHAT? WHEN?! I love the photo where he is hiding his face, so cute!

    On a side note… Don’t you just love how, when you love taking photos and have a nice camera, it feels like being torn to pieces during the event. Especially when you’re the one hosting. You have a gazillion things to do and photos to take to capture it all on top of it!

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  13. Whitney at It's Gravy, Baby! — September 7, 2012 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    That cake looks pretty darn good to me! It does FLY by.. I truly think that there is no way to understand how quickly time passes until you become a parent.

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  14. Lisa Davis — September 9, 2012 @ 3:28 am (#)

    awe, happy birthday, Evan! These are seriously cute pics, Crissy. Love the that cake and those cupcakes. My girls will be 4 on the 23rd, yes 3 to 4 flies by, but what year doesn’t when they’re this little *sniff*

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  15. Rosey — September 15, 2012 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    Happy birthday to your handsome boy! Your cake looks great in the pictures!

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