Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Samurai Eli

My Soon-To-Be THREE Year-Old...

In less than two weeks the baby of the family will have his third birthday. As usual, I'll probably greet the happy occasion with a little bit of sadness mixed in... how time flies, my baby's not a baby anymore, yaddayaddayadda. 

In the meantime, Eli is pumped UP for a par-tay! Every year I make a clumsy-but-sincere birthday cake in the theme of the birthday boy's choice. Last year, Eli was into airplanes, so he got an aviation-themed cake. This year, there is no question as to the kind of cake he wants. 
For six months he has requested Samurai Jack. 

What's that? You're not familiar with this mysterious Emmy-winning samurai that has NOT been on television since 2004? You aren't alone. Eli discovered Jack DVDs on the shelves of our local library and fell instantly in love. Hotwheel Hubs and I were thrilled - we watched SJ as married childfree adults back when it first debuted, and we were sad when it went off the air. 

So imagine making a cake that embodies all of this: 

(I'll be sure to post some photos of THAT hot mess when it's time for the party.)

I found a Samurai Jack shirt in Eli's size online and lots of SJ party stuff like napkins, thank-you notes, and party horns on clearance. We're just going to do a small family party at home with a sprinkler & kiddie pool for the cousins. For favors we got foam samurai swords to pass out to all the kids & if I have time I might make this adorable candy sushi recipe

I also made the mistake of asking said Soon-To-Be-Three-Year-Old what he might like as a present. At the time, I thought he needed to build a little excitement, because he didn't seem to grasp that his birthday was in the near future. Now he makes sure I see each toy commercial that features a desired birthday item... every time it appears on television. 

Such as:

"MAMA! MOM! LOOK! A TWUCK.... I need dat for my birfday!"

"OH MOMMY! LOOK DERE! ROBOTS! I need dat for my birfday!"

I need dat for my birfday!"

"MOM, MOM!! A CY-SICLE LIKE DAD! I can go fast! 
I need dat for my birfday!"

Guess I need to go out to the money tree in the backyard and start the harvest.
(OR... We could just get him some Ben 10 action figures and call it a day.)
No matter what, I'll be sure to report birthday fun here at the HH! 


Artist Unplugged said...

Adorable!!!! It IS a bit hard when they reach that next birthday! Sounds like you hit the jackpot on the birthday supplies. Send me a message if you have time (ha) to help in not duplicating gifts. My baby turns 16 this Monday! (Hand me my cane...)

Carol said...

Ah my Eli just turned 3 a month ago.

Seems like yours knows his mind as much as mine does. He's already telling me what he needs for his next birthday.

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