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At the Beach

Julie The Nephews Mama made the World's Most Awesome Cupcakes for Will The Smaller Child Nephew's birthday last weekend:

cupcakesAm I right?  Am I right?  Is she a genius?  Are all those AP classes in high school paying off, my friends?  Those are Teddy Grahams on the beach, kept nice and non-drowned by gummi Life Savers.  The icing is dyed blue on one side and she applied crushed graham crackers on the other.  I had the vital task of sticking the umbrellas into the sand.  But she did all this with two small boys in the house and another one inside of her and a little sister who called last week wanting to know if she heard this thing about Michael Jackson, or what.

These were also awesome cupcakes because Jim The Small Child Nephew was able to eat them.  He and his food allergies have been making small steps forward, to the point where he can now eat some items containing eggs.  After struggling through one cakey, disgusting allergen-free cookie recipe after another, it's Gandalf-level mechanisms to know I can now make my godson something to eat from a  regular American empty calorie out-of-the-mix-box.

"I can't have milk," he announced to me last month.  And then, because he is trying to kill me, he added:   "But maybe someday."

Meanwhile, Will The Smaller Child Nephew has his own problems.  His party took place at the House of Total Adult Jealousy, where a whole bunch of bouncy castles had been set up:


And then when it was time to go, the wise staff--wise, one imagines, through experience--simply turned off the blowers:


 "It's flat," The Prince kept saying in defeated tones.  Yeah, well, happy birthday, Will.  Life's a bitch deflated bouncy turtle your cousin just threw up on.

blue icing:  awesome on the cupcake, not so awesome on the ground:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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[...] Will The Smaller Child Nephew is still a bouncing boy Share and Enjoy: [...]

Definitely very wonderful cupcakes!
Enjoy it now, because when they prepare to turn 14 they come to you and say "Don't buy me any birthday presents mom cause I just want cash so I can go buy PS games."
I miss when he was small enough to carry.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

Totally with you on the food allergy thing ... egg and peanut here. We've just had exhausting week of "have v. have nots" at VBS - due to the abundance of peanut butter or peanut-containing foods. Posting about it next....

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRLR

JT and I were there Tuesday, I have a pic of JT on the exact same cow(?)!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Jim has egg, milk, and peanut. Terrifying, isn't it? I don't know how his parents handle the constant vigilance. We are all proud supporters of FAAN :)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

I'm pretty sure it's a turtle. I was at a big picnic recently which had a whole bouncy castle shaped like a cow: The feet were pointed up to the sky, and there was an "udder" on the inside of it for the kids to bounce off. It was, to say the least, disturbing.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Yo quiero cupcake ;-)

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

I was wondering about Julie The NephewsMama and her pregnancy the other day. She found out it's ANOTHER nephew on the way?!

August 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.

I generally never believe the hype on anything, but even I must confess that those are, indeed, The World's Most Awesome Cupcakes.

Only Fohlen and the sonogram tech know at this point.

August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Talk about disturbing - have you seen the climbing/slide inflatable of the Titanic? Nothing like a horrid tragedy to make me want to bounce!

August 10, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

[...] But I was still glad to be able to hear Ohio cicadas again last month; while returning from Will The Smaller Child Nephew’s birthday party, the GPS (yes, I need a GPS in the town I lived in my entire life) took us past an extremely [...]

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