Sunday, November 22, 2009

Celebrating Another Birthday

Fifteen years ago today AD and I welcomed our second grandson into the family.

G1 had weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds. The clothes that Daughter had for him before he arrived were either too small or they didn't fit for long.

We just knew this guy would weigh at least 10 pounds, maybe more. So everyone planned accordingly when shopping for the new arrival. However, when G2 arrived he weighed in at 7 pounds 3 ounces. His clothes fit him for quite awhile! (We did buy some smaller things for him until he could grow into the ones we already had.)

And now overnight - he's 15!

Friday night his folks hosted a birthday party for him. Of course I made the cake.

If you've been reading my blog since August you know that the cake I made for G1 for his birthday looked - at least similar - to his turf car.

Over the past few months I kept asking G2 what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday. His answer was always, "Chocolate cake with chocolate icing." He never wavered.

I said, "But I made your brother a cake that looked like his turf car." And G2's reply was, "I want a chocolate cake with chocolate icing."

I took the issue up with Daughter. She told me not to worry about it, just make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing.

Two days before his birthday I asked one last time. You can tell by the picture what his answer was. I still felt compelled to do something even a little festive - hence the Autumn sprinkles around the edges.

The party was held in their shop - the shop where the boys' race cars are housed. G2's friends seemed to be pretty interested in them. There's G2 showing his Pure Stock to one of his friends while G1 talks to another friend.

See G2 checking out his cake. Can you tell what he's doing?

He was picking the chocolate border off of the cake and taste-testing it!

He taste-tested quite a bit!

Besides the cake there was lots of other good food - ribs, pork tenderloin, brisket, potato salad, deviled eggs, baked beans, chips, tortilla pinwheels, crackers, cheese, canadian bacon. Everything was delicious.

In addition to housing the boys' race cars, the shop is also home to trophies, trophies and more trophies. Some belong to the boys' dad, some to G1 and the ones in this picture are just a few of G2's many trophies.

It was a fun evening celebrating G2's birthday.

In a couple of weeks we'll be celebrating another special event in G2's life.

This year, at the young age of 14, G2 was chosen Driver of the Year out of all of the drivers from the 3 area race tracks! Quite an accomplishment for someone his age considering he races with/against men twice and even three times older than he is - a few even older than that.

His Papa and I are very proud of G2 for the young man he is and wish him the happiest of birthdays!


  1. Ahhhhhhhhhhh that's SO SWEET! Happy Birthday to your grand fella!

    Congratulations are due to him as well! Here's another example of what kids/teens are doing that's good!

  2. Be glad he was easy to please! I once asked my step-son what kind of brownie he wanted (he wasn't a cake fan) and he said, "A poodle with balloons!"

    Congrats on a lovely family!

  3. Congratulations on your two fine grandsons! You have much to be thankful for.

  4. Hey, it's his cake, he can taste test if he wants. tee hee I'm sure that was his response.
    My son-in-law and his Uncle had a Thanksgiving tradition where they always stole Grandma's pecan pie before the meal was served.
    And also they would cut a hole out of the center of a cake before you could get it iced.
    My friend's daughter races dirt track. She's seventeen. She got most improved driver this year. We are so proud of her!