Monday, May 27, 2013

Birthdays


M (oldest child) turned 12 yesterday. It seems amazing that 12 years can have passed so quickly. I remember her birth as if it happened just recently.

We celebrated with family members yesterday. M will celebrate with her friends next weekend, as this weekend she had other birthday parties to attend. May is a very birthday-heavy month!


Opening presents. 
M loves writing, so her main present was an old typewriter sourced on ebay:


The rest of the family was very excited too, including one of the cats, who is determined to sleep on it!


M also got money and books, and a small J Crew package, containing the top she's wearing, a hoodie and a letter 'M' pendant. She was thrilled with all her presents, but Super pleased with the money!


The cake. It was a raspberry cheesecake surrounded by 12 cupcakes. Made by my wonderful mother!


Making a wish...


The cats got a present too: A scratching post. They've wrecked the upholstery on most of our furniture, but hopefully they'll transfer their attention to the scratching post from now on. So far so good!

Did you have a good weekend?
Did cake feature as heavily as it did in our house?

23 comments:

  1. what a beautiful girl and so thrilled you bought her a typewriter! What a great gift!!!!

    How did you mum get the cupcakes to look like tulips on top?

    12 is a an awesome age - so full of spunk and vigour and not yet full of attitude - I loved it when my kids were that age!

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    1. They are butterfly cupcakes - basically you cut the tops off the cakes, fill them with butter icing, cut the tops in half and put them back on like butterfly wings, if that makes sense!!

      It's a fab age; not quite teenage and moody, but (as you say) full of opinions and positivity! Long may it last!!!

      She's a wonderful person. I'm so pleased she's my daughter!

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  2. M's a J Crew addict too?? May is a birthday heavy month - lots of cake at our place over the past couple of weeks... I'm a bit over all the baking to be honest. Love that the cat wants to sleep on the typewriter - they really choose the strangest and most uncomfortable places. Happy Birthday M! xx

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    1. Haha! She is a bit of a fan of J Crew, although she's not terrifically interested in clothes, really!
      I'm not surprised you're over the baking - you've been a baking powerhouse recently!
      Our cats are daft. Sweet, but daft. And annoying.

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  3. Awesome gift- you are a cool mama!
    Cake on weekends- one can never have too much.

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  4. What a very unique present! It makes me think I want one as well. So nice to see that cake variation - she must have been so happy! Happy birthday to M x

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    1. Both the kids are obsessed with 'old' technology! It's great hearing the click clack of the typewriter upstairs!
      I remember paying someone to type my dissertations back in the day! How archaic that seems now!

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  5. Happy birthday to your darling girl. My youngest daughter turned 11 last week, she loves to write too, a typewriter is a brilliant idea! It's funny about oldie-time things like that, my daughter used her birthday money to buy a real record player, a new one in pink. She plays old records on it she found in her Grammie's basement.

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    1. Wow Dani, that's so cool that she bought her own record player! And in pink!
      I think that generation does have a real attraction to old tech stuff. D, my youngest, is obsessed with our turntable and record collection.
      He's also really into old cameras.

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  6. A tippety tappity word machine, how wonderful, I mourn the passing of the sound of typewriters.
    Dani, your daughter's choice is wonderful too, I'm delighted to know the old ways won't entirely die out.

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    1. The noise it makes is quite wonderful. I love listening to it.
      And records always sound better than CDs!

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  7. A typewriter!I'm jealous of M. You must be very proud they love old technology. Quite unusual for kids today. Great gift!

    Happy birthday M!

    And a scratching post for a cat! Lucky one :D

    x

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    1. Thanks! I'm pretty proud of them both. They are good kids!
      I think their interest in old stuff is definitely influenced by where we live - there are lots of second hand shops and markets in our neighbourhood, so they see old stuff often and think it's cool.
      Plus our houses is full of old junk!!

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  8. A typewriter! Oh, I hope you'll be able to find her some carbon paper and onionskin and one of those curved metal shields for erasing mistakes on the copies.

    What an absolutely delightful gift.

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    1. Hahaha! Youngest child has his eye on an old Gestetner machine on eBay at the moment!

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  9. A typewriter is a great gift - I want one! I love iPads and the like but it worries me that kids are using tabelet devices too much in school instead of pens and even computer keyboards. Typing will become obsolete and we'll have a generation of two finger typers!! I remember learning to type on a typewriter with headphones 'the quick brown fox...' x

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    1. I agree, but I think iPads and the like are here to stay... I sort of don't mind as long as they get exposure to other things. We have a lot of books in the house, so at least they read too... Although screens are the default choice :-(
      I remember teaching myself to type when I moved to Australia and realised I could no longer avoid using a computer!!

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  10. Wow what an interesting present; you would never imagine that a typewriter would be on a 12 year old's birthday wishlist - that tells me you have a very special daughter who is going to make you proud in years to come. I think I had trainers for my 12th birthday!

    No cake this weekend, but lots of apple crumble for some reason! yum!

    Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Colleen! She is a fab daughter!
      I am sure that I wanted jeans or cords or something for my 12the birthday. In fact, I seem to remember some C& A cords and a rainbow patterned shirt!!

      Apple Crumble... Yum!

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  11. I grea up listening to the clanking sounds of typewriter keys! What a great present, and what a great age. Happy birthday, M!

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    1. grew, not grea. I'm not sure what kind of autocorrect this is!

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  12. Your family has a very cool, hipster, inner city vibe. I hope your daughter had most memorable birthday.

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