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Finn Turns 3!!

2017 November 1
by Becky

Finns Turns 3 Volcano Cake Gazing

Finn turned three!! Last Saturday was a gorgeous fall day and we couldn’t wait to celebrate the big guy’s birthday with our out of town visitors—my parents and my aunt and uncle. And…a couple of his little buddies! That’s right, for three months I assumed we’d just do a family party since we’re so new to town, but low and behold Finn has made some friends at preschool and they were very excited to join us for some cake! Volcano cake, to be exact.

That’s right, Finn’s only request for his birthday party was a volcano cake because he is totally obsessed with volcanoes. I’m not sure how it started, but I do know I’ve been asked to tell him volcano stories and sing volcano songs for months now, and any mound of anything he sees (rice, cereal, rocks, asphalt from the construction work outside) reminds him of a volcano. Oh, and he thinks volcanoes eat hot dogs and knows the biggest one (on earth) is in Hawaii. He would like to go to Hawaii soon to check it out. (Me too kid, me too)


Anyway, I figured I could oblige the volcano request with an amazing cake (which I very much enjoyed planning and making) and a couple fun volcano activities. Funny how the second kid has totally different priorities. Finn just asked for cake, while Ethan always wanted the “activities”. School bus, construction, Rescue Bots, dinosaurs…he loved the themed parties and got so excited about every detail, which made planning and making every detail so much fun.

Right now, I’m appreciating the simple requests.

So I cooked up a cake and an easy paper mache volcano (Finn helped with that one) and the day of the party, all we had to do was get Finn out of his Captain Underpants costume and into something a little more appropriate before his guests arrived.


Finn was pumped! It was really exciting to see him have connections with friends, maybe the first real ones he’s had in his three little years. Since it was beautiful outside we partied in the back yard, my favorite kind of party. Spill your hearts out kids.


The kids were REALLY excited about helping me make the volcano erupt. They took turns pouring baking soda into the “vent” and I had the honor of pouring the vinegar…it was a big moment!!

Until it failed.


Ethan and I had tested it all out, we were ready, but our mixture just wasn’t big enough to overflow our vessel. FAIL!!! OMG I was so disappointed. I gave up pretty quick but Ethan was determined, taking over as scientist to make it work. The little kids had a really good time inspecting the volcano and dumping in more baking soda but nothing did the job…it was a dud.

After everyone left, in an act of total frustration, I shoved some saran wrap a few inches into the vent and we had ourselves an eruption. Ethan and Finn took turns mixing and at the end of the day I was adding baking soda and vinegar—white and apple cider—to my shopping list.


So that was it! A tiny party that was tons of fun and made the new age official. That night we opened presents, the winner being a marble run set from the Lakeshore Learning catalog. I always leave that one around for the boys to flip through, just to see what they think is really cool. This set kept them all excited and I knew it would be something they could share.

Turns out we ALL loved putting huge marble mazes together! This particular set gets two thumbs up from our family, it’s really fun figuring out the most impressive way to get those marbles down to the bottom and is a great deal. Finn hasn’t started to build much on his own yet, but he totally gets the concept and I’m sure will be putting together his own creations soon.


So that’s Finn’s birthday! No personalized garments or special vehicles involved, just family and friends and sugar. Don’t get me wrong, I love a challenge with a list of projects that keep my evenings full for a couple months, but this was really refreshing and a welcome change. Finn is happy! And he’s three. It never gets easier to believe.

(I’ll be posting more info about the cake next week…it was really fun to make and totally delicious! The flame suckers were homemade too and super easy.)

2 Responses
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    November 2, 2017

    I too cannot believe Finn is 3!! The cake is amazing and looks so yummy.
    Looking forward to seeing you all the end of the month.

  2. Sandy schon permalink
    November 2, 2017

    It was a great party!!! Thanks again for a wonderful weekend!!! ??

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