So a few weeks before his birthday we took him on a tour bus ride in the city. One of these. I have done this once before and highly recommend it. It is delightsome and informative, if you get a decent guide, and not the one on this tour who said to us (me, Sean, and Julian) who were in the back, "did you guys hear that? I was just saying that this fountain here was named after __________ who was a famous Italian." Wow, really? A famous one! You don't say. Here we are atop the bus.
Midway through the tour, we hopped off to do some shopping. We were in Ann Taylor Loft when I was asked to give an impromptu interview about how much i loooove Ann Taylor.
And Julian showing some sass.
p.s. Here's how the Freedom Tower is looking these days:
We were shocked at the progress. Had no idea.
NY TIP: if you've never done NYC, and want to, and want to see a lot, do this bus tour. You can hop on and off all over the city. The ticket lasts a whole day. Make a list of all the things you want to do and locate them on a map, then memorize the map. In fact, i'll do it for you. Send me your list. This would be a most efficient way to see everything you want to without having to backtrack.
We were in Utah on the actual birthday so we had a party and invited all the cousins, and what's a party without a pinata? I'm thinking we might just have a pinata every year on Julian's birthday. That way we can tell him, "you've had a pinata on every single one of your birthdays! Even ever since you were one!" Too bad we didn't have one on the day he was born. Oh well. We'll just say i was the pinata. (<-- awkward)
Here is a lineup of some grandkids. We're missing about 7 or so. Also, one of these is Julian's cousin on Sean's side. Just a cute pic of kids. I just like seeing Julian as a part of an actual group of cousins, that he's actually one of them. Whenever we visit I always feel like he's just pretending, since most of the cousins live very close to each other.
That's a doughnut balloon with a tapeworm(?) coming out of it and a cute octopus. Unfortunately the gigantor green one is off camera. It was just a plain balloon but HUGE. Also, one of the caterpillar's segments had deflated at this point. In case you were wondering, this was at Pioneer Party Gift & Copy on Lehi's Main Street. Do yourself a favor and while you're there, get some doughnuts at the bakery 2 doors down.
This year we made Julian's cake. With the help of my mother and sister we threw out some ideas. Sean sketched them out and then we set to work. Sean did most of the assemblage and frosting, as you can guess. Here was the process:
First of all, we used 3 cake mixes. Naturally.
We just made a basic vanilla cake and, at my insistence, threw some lemon curd in the batter. When in doubt (about anything--anything in life), throw in some curd, as i always say.
We thought it looked like a giant thumb print.
Here's the first layer: (notice the curd, and how it looks like little cake amoebas. mmmm.)
2nd layer: Added some lemon pudding.
And the engine:
Now for some frosting, which was lemon pudding dream whippy stuff (with curd folded in--like i even need to mention)
The artist works silently and meticulously. An observer observers in quiet reverence:
The finished bus:
Cuuuute. I'd like to think it's the bus the Care Bears would take to school. And 3 cheers for ding dong wheels (my one and only contribution). When we ate it the black icing goo mixed in and it looked like we'd dropped everybody's piece in the mud. You're welcome!
Happy birthday Julian... again.