Saturday, May 14, 2011


Thirteen years ago, I was given the best Mother's Day present ever.
One that will never be topped....ever.
My youngest son decided to show his face to the world, 
just a little earlier than we all had planned.
A precious little bundle that rarely fussed, slept like an angel and had the most
easy going disposition for a baby, that I've ever known.

As he grew, his personality has remained constant.
He was the happiest toddler, greeting anyone and everyone 
wherever you went.  Kind of a mother's nightmare really...
"Hi, I'm 3 years old, what's your name?"
Not really something you want your child saying to the mechanic working on your car!

He will befriend anyone and loves people.
He is not shy...not in the least bit.
He loves to laugh, and has the quickest and wittiest sense of humor.
He loves science, random facts and roller coasters.
He eats peanut butter and mustard like they are going out of style.
He is my baby, but he is now a teenager.

We celebrated his birthday this week with a menu of his choosing:

Spaghetti Tacos
(they are exactly what the name says and surprisingly they are quite good)

Caesar Salad

Hamster Cake

This wild and delicious cake was a huge hit...he had a little mohawk, 
spaghetti whiskers, and was painted in "camo" colors.
Thanks to my talented friend and her
creativity for tackling his cake request...thanks Jill!

In true teenage boy fashion and amidst much laughter the poor hamster 
promptly got a lobotomy after his candles were blown out!
Who knew hamster brains had confetti sprinkles and tasted of vanilla?

To our boy who makes us laugh.
Gives the biggest and best hugs.
We love you...

Happy Birthday Dakota!


Urbanstems said...

Happy Birthday to your official teenager. Woo hoo! Great post. Sinead

My Life Under the Bus said...

LOL!!! Happy Birthdaaaaay - around here we have guinea pig cup cakes! : )

Marisa Hopkins said...

Spaghetti tacos!! I've never heard of those, but I love spaghetti and I love tacos. Sounds like he's got great taste! And that cake is fabulous!!!

Happy b-day to your son!

thestoryofkat said...

That sounds like the PERFECT menu for a 13 year old boy's birthday, very neat and funny too :) I always chose breakfast or BLT's with all the extras for my birthday dinner as a kid, love that tradition of getting a special meal!

rebecca said...

Spaghetti tacos and Hamster cake - now that is a PARTY!!

Happy Birthday to your AWESOME son!!

simpledaisy said...

Happy birthday to your son:)

My Life Under the Bus said...

Did you see you have won???


Tara said...

Happy belated birthday, Dakota! 13! Wow. Now that is a milestone. And can I mention that beautiful head of hair of his without embarrassing him? Meeling, Keegan was also born on Mother's Day. It seems to make Mother's Day even that much more special. Hope he had a great birthday weekend.

Kelly said...

aw, what a sweet post! Looks like a great celebration!

Crunchy Diva said...

what a lovely son you have!!! happy birthday Dakota!!! you might already know this, but in Leading Cubs I learned that Dakota means friend to all. That is very interesting as your Dakota seems to befriend all :)

Emily@VitaNostra said...

You are a lucky mom! Happy Birthday to Dakota! I also admit to be slightly intrigued by the spaghetti tacos!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Happy Birthday to your Dakota! He sounds like such a lovely guy - definitely a parent's dream xo

Sarah B. said...

Awww, Happy birthday!!
I just wanted to pop in and let you know that your Starbucks gift card will be in the mail tomorrow ;)

Silver Strands said...

Ahhh - happy birthday to Dakota!

ana said...

yay! what a happy post. & happy birthday ;)

Melissa {TheScarletCardinal} said...

I laughed out loud at the hamster cake! That is awesome! And yes...def the best Mother's Day gift EVER!

Happy Frog and I said...

What a lovely happy post, loving the hamster cake! Glad he had such a lovely happy teenage birthday. :-)

Handmade in Israel said...

What a wonderful post and a fabulous cake (poor hamster!). We love hamsters here too. Not too sure about spaghetti tacos...
Thanks for stopping by for a visit.


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