For Little E’s first birthday, we had a small party for the house staff in Tanzania who, in the few short months we had been in Arusha, already showed immense love and tenderness toward her. We had a most delicious three-layer chocolate mousse cake. She didn’t eat a bite.
On Saturday, we had a small gathering with a few friends (most of whom also have children E’s age). The “lawn” at the coop made for a great place to run, and the kids enjoyed the beautiful weather. For this party, I made vanilla cupcakes, complete with mounds of vanilla frosting (not too sweet) and decorated with paper butterflies, caterpillars, lady bugs, bumble bees, and flowers. She had a bite or two and was done.
Yesterday was E’s official 2nd birthday. Her day of birth. We had another (another!) small gathering for our neighbors (something we have been meaning to do since we returned from Tanzania). This time I was not messing around. I wanted a have cake that she was sure to eat. So, I took two flavors of ice cream, melted them slightly and refroze them in a big bowl- with a layer of crushed chocolate animal cookies in between. E asked for seconds. For all those who celebrated with us, thank you for sharing in the fun. For those who were not here, you were missed. we’ll have another ice cream cake when you come.
Happy 2nd Birthday Little E!