How Many Cakes?

William is my grandson. Today was his actual second birthday. We celebrated yesterday with a trip to Disneyland, but festivities actually began last month. The kids came up to San Jose with William and Sidra, my granddaughter, from Burbank in the middle of March. It was the only time they could all get away from work at the same time. It also gave the San Jose relatives a chance to see William. Some hadn’t seen him in over a year. We held a small party for him. There was cake.

First Second Birthday Cake – San Jose

Photography: First Birthday Cake for 2nd Birthday

First Second Birthday Cake – San Jose

I was surprised at the genuine excitement that William showed. Sometimes it is hard to get his attention, but he was totally engaged on this occasion.

Second Second Birthday Cake – Disneyland

Will’s second cake was at the end of dinner at Disneyland. It was a cupcake.

Photograph: Second 2nd Birthday Cake

Second Second Birthday Cake – Disneyland

He was taking in all the sensory input, savoring the moment in a meditative way.

Third Second Birthday Cake – Burbank

Finally, the actual birthday birthday cake at the old homestead.

Photograph: Third Second Birthday Cake - Burbank

Third Second Birthday Cake – Burbank

This time, the birthday cake mystique seemed to have worn off. I’m certain that William had not made the connection between his birthday and the special cakes presented to him for approval with the expectation for him to extinguish the flame that Dad insisted upon igniting just moments before.

Will did appreciate the effort.

Photograph: Eating with a Fork is Hard

Eating with a Fork is Hard

But prefered the more direct method of getting the cake into his system.

Photograph: Eating Cake - The Heck with a Fork

The Heck with a Fork

William has a good set of choppers.

Photograph: Teeth Marks in Cake

How About Them Choppers?

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