My little man turned four yesterday!

He doesn't want to take off his new shoes

I’ve been feeling so distracted lately! It’s been a stressful few days with some funding/communication issues (again) with Self Design and sad feelings watching friends preparing to move away in the next couple days. We’d been planning a sushi supper here for the last week and yet I almost forgot it was Leif’s birthday as well! All turned out well and I was able to get all I needed to get done before the party started.

I made the same simple but delicious cake that I made last year for Leif’s birthday but with some slight adjustments to the recipe which made the cake better than ever, if I do say so myself. (I have since updated the recipe.) I’d been reminiscing with friends that afternoon about cakes from our childhood with hidden tooth crackers nickels and quarters inside, so I thought I’d surprise everyone with a few coins (penny, quarter and loonie) wrapped in plastic wrap or wax paper hidden between the layers of the cake. What a fun surprise!

Happy Four Birthday!

We hired local chef Matt to make sushi for us this night. A shockingly affordable option for an amazing array of sushi in the comfort of our own home. Matt has done sushi for us before but we were none the less impressed with his skills and the resulting delicious meal. (He is available locally!) Most of the seafood was provided by Keith, who’s an avid fisherman.

(click on the picture to see the various pieces described)



You might start to notice the occasional photo taken with Cam’s nikon. I’m desperately wanting a flash for my camera and decided to pick up his for a few pictures. I don’t find it easy to navigate though. I think I need a little bit of time to get to know this camera before really feeling comfortable but I enjoyed the lack of struggle with low lighting!


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18 Responses to Kind Of Snuck Up On Me

  1. Lindsay says:

    That sushi looks amazing! Happy birthday to Leif!

  2. k says:

    i should not have read this right before lunch – now i want sushi so bad! it all looks delicious. also love that first picture of leif looking so proud of himself.

  3. Deirdre says:

    Happy 4th birthday Leif! That sushi spread looks amazing!

  4. Justine says:

    Oh my gosh–Leify’s birthday! Steve just had his too–I should remember that they’re so close together. Kate wants you to give Leif a big birthday hug from her.

  5. Lise says:

    Beautiful presentation!

  6. Debbie says:

    Happy birthday sweet Leif.

    Oh my…that sushi looks amazing. Nom, nom. nom.

  7. dawnsuzette says:

    Happy Birthday to your little man!!!
    Sushi is always my favorite birthday meal! That looks wonderful!

  8. ~Chelsea~ says:

    Happy Birthday Leif! And of course happy birth-day to his Mama!

    We did coins in cupcakes for Eibhlin’s birthday last year, and it was so fun to see the excitement in the kids faces. Such a fun tradition!


  9. jo says:

    I’m still full!

  10. Kim says:

    Oh my, that sushi looks delicious (and I’m not a sushi fan normally).

    Happy birthday to your littlest man!

  11. Katie says:

    What a sweet boy! That sushi looks incredible. Yum.

  12. Erin says:

    Well I said it yesterday, but I’ll add this: wow, turning 4 is such a milestone and from your blog post title, it sounds like it’s a time of change…for him, for you. Huge hugs and sweet blessings reminiscing about it all, and sweet anticipation of all the goodness yet to find you all :)

    Leif, it looks like it was an amazing birthday. M & B send their wishes and thought your candles were tres cool!

  13. Happy Birthday Leif! It wasn’t that long ago the Kev and I were looking at last year’s Birfday cake post. Four is going to be a great year and we can hardly wait to see you!

  14. Nom Nom Nom indeed!
    Wowzer what a spread.
    Hey I suppose I needn’t be surprised that you are Self Designers.
    Now I will go look you up!
    Hap Hap Happy fourth year!
    From The Island

  15. tai says:

    Leify! Happy birthday! Birthday hugs from the four of us.

  16. Tannis says:

    I’ve been craving sushi for a while – looks delicious! Happy birthday Leif!

  17. Annie says:

    Thanks so much everyone! I wish you could have all been here for the sushi fest, except for Kim, who would have come just for the cake!

  18. Carrie says:

    I’ve had the same troubles with self design Only a few more weeks of reporting to go and the year is done. I might try your cake for my little ones bray this month. :-)

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