Day 2: Food
There are things that have to be considered when you adopt children, especially children who are older than newborns/toddlers. I wanted to make memories that would carry them long after they grew into the marvelous people I believe they are becoming.
Birthdays are a big deal to any kid, but I wanted to give my kids something that would give them a real sense of specialness and tradition. So while their friends were having parties at fancy play places, and gyms and pools and Chuckee Cheese. I drew from my childhood experience... my grandmother would come fro m where ever she was visiting and come to our house on each of our birthdays and bake us our favorite cake! My mom would make our favorite meal. There were four of us too and each of us got a specialty 2-4 layer cake lovingly made by Grandma Taylor. I took that tradition and and twisted it a bit... each kid got to make their own vegan birthday cake. They could color it and make it however they desired. We've been doing this for well over a decade now and they look forward to it every year. You can tell when some one's birthday is close, because you begin to hear conversations about what kind of cake are you thinking of? What color? Have you seen the latest cakes in such-n-such magazine?
It's a family event, their Dad and step-mom show up, uncles & aunts. All bearing gifts and love.
Baking their own cakes for their birthday is personal and special. I am sure when they grow up and get out into the world they will perhaps abandon this tradition or maybe they will introduce it to their friends and families they create. It is my pleasure to do this. and I am my most happiest at each child's birthday celebration!