Wordy Wednesday 3/9 – Frugal Novice

Wordy Wednesday 3/9

I’ve decided not to do a linky with Wordy Wednesday… there are already a million link-ups on Wednesdays. If you participate, or would like to share your Wordless Wednesday post, comment with a link below and I’ll go give you a visit and some comment love!

If you know me, then you know that it’s a big deal for us to have a store-bought cake for a birthday. Brian and I have made cakes together for years and always have a blast doing something creative. This year, though, we had breakfast for dinner and Brian just wanted muffins for dessert to go along with the theme.

This didn’t sit well with J. “But what kind of birthday is Dad going to have?” he asked. He was further distressed when we said we weren’t having a party, that we were going to just celebrate with the four of us.

“Nooo, I think Dad needs a party,” J said. “Maybe Star Wars, you know, with R2D2 and C33333O.”

Then he paused for a minute.

“You know what? I think I might want that for my birthday. I think Dad really wants a dinosaur party with a dinosaur cake.”

I told him we wouldn’t be able to have a party but that we could have a cake. By this time, our week was one of THOSE weeks and I was too tired to even think about making and decorating a cake, so we went off to the grocery store.

No dinosaur cakes in sight. Uh oh! For some reason I had assumed that would be a common cake theme. J was very disappointed, but the lady behind the counter was wonderful and said she could turn one of the “plain” cakes into a dinosaur one for us. Then she promptly stuck two little dinosaur figures in the icing and called it done.

One dinosaur was too tall for the lid, so it got smooshed down into the cake a little. Maybe he was sinking into a tar pit or something. All I know is it made one little boy very happy. The woman asked what we wanted it to say and J chimed out, “Happy Birthday DAD!” and then we were all set to go.

We took the cake home to celebrate with some friends, where two tiny pieces were eaten. J was very proud that Brian got the dinosaur birthday he “needed”, so I guess it was worth the $10.

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  • Charla @ Healthy Home Blog March 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    So sweet about J wanting to get a birthday cake! Cute how he decided on a dinosaur cake instead of the Star Wars cake. LOL
    Here’s a really sweet picture of you and Alan! :)


    • Christi March 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm


  • Paula @ Frosted Fingers March 9, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    I totally want chocolate cake now. I gave up sweets for Lent. Charlie said it doesn’t count if I make it for my blog so I guess I’ll have to try baking a chocolate cake!

    • Christi March 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      I totally agree with Charlie!

  • JulieD March 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Happy Birthday to your husband! :)

    • Christi March 11, 2011 at 1:50 pm

      Thanks Julie! I will pass that along. Now we are the same age for 7 months! :)

  • Rachel March 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    LOL — my daughter is VERY insistent on cake for birthdays. . . when we celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday last week, she was shocked that we weren’t at least going to have cupcakes. So, guess what we ended up making that day?

    Yup, Dr. Seuss cupcakes.

    Happy birthday to your husband and I love the tar pit cake.

  • Amber Rader March 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I love the dinosaur cake! And Brian’s only 3? I can’t wait to see what y’all do for Colin’s 2nd birthday party :)

    • Christi March 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Haha, yup I married a young one!

  • Janalyn March 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    What a cute story though! I’m with Jackson on that one; everyone totally NEEDS cake on a birthday.