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Snakes & Cake — Finn Turns Four!

2018 November 6
by Becky

Finn turned four! And it warrants a blog post—I know it’s shocking since I haven’t even though about this blog for over a month. But when my kid has a birthday AND holds a gigantic snake, it’s got to be broadcast to the world.

What does Finn love at age four? Well apparently snakes! But he’s also pretty obsessed with becoming a Beastmaster (see Netflix) or Ninja Warrior and scaling/jumping off of/running around/launching over any and all things. He’s a physical kid. On his birthday he did the big kid monkey bars all by himself for the first time. He’s extremely stubborn but also very sweet and holds my hand everywhere we go. He loves showing off his knowledge of letters and numbers, is interested in adding and subtracting, and is a leader in his class at school. He’s become quite the friend, so interested in playing and spending time with the kids from the playground, school, and neighborhood.

So it’s with these little buddies that we celebrated Finn’s birthday, inviting them over for “Snakes and Cake” last weekend.

We borrowed that snake costume from a friend as soon as Finn made his final theme choice. We Reptiles Alive to put on a reptile show at our house…that’s right, we invited a dude with giant lizards and snakes into our house. And it was awesome! Finn was center stage, helping pass serpents around for his friends to pet.

But it wasn’t all slithery entertainment! The kids created obstacle courses in the living room with giant stuffed snakes and a springy snake craft using paper plates and googly eyes. Fun stuff!

And of course Finn has to share his current favorite book, The Snake Who Said Shhhh. He announced to the room that he was going to read the book to everyone—no one stopped jumping over snakes or coloring—and proceeded to “read” the whole book aloud. I enjoyed it!

And of course there was cake, Snake Cake to be exact. I’m sure you can guess how much I loved making this year’s masterpiece!

We took inspiration from the web of course, I googled “Snake Cake”, which resulted in limited images, and let Finn choose his favorite one. To my delight, he skipped right past the realistic ones covered in fondant and paint to pick one covered in M&Ms. It took three and half cakes baked in a rounded bundt pan to make this shape, a vat of green tinted Italian meringue buttercream, two large bags of m&ms, and a fruit leather to create this delicious creation.

Since the snakes weren’t available on Finn’s actual birthday, we celebrated twice. Once on the day and once a week later. What did he want for birthday dinner? Sushi of course. Just like his big brother. We headed to Momo’s and let him indulge (pretty great for the rest of us too!). Momo’s helped us celebrate with candles in green tea ice cream.

And while I’d like to say things like “time flies” and “I can’t believe it”, these are lies, because it feels like he’s been four for about a six months. His abilities and conversations defy his age. Second kids grow up so much faster.

It was a sssssssensational birthday week for our littlest guy!

5 Responses
  1. Linda johnson permalink
    November 7, 2018

    What a fun birthday party for Finn. I loved that he read his snake book and got to hold a BIG snake! And the cake is amazing Becky!

    Next summer Finn can help me find the biggest Garden Snakes I have seen in many years. They seem to have made a major comeback in my yard and neighborhood. They are a welcome sight to those of us that like snakes.

    Love ya Finn
    Grandma Johnson

  2. Sandy Schon permalink
    November 7, 2018

    What An amazing party! Loved everything! See you soon in Florida!

  3. November 7, 2018

    Happy birthday, little dude! Becky, that cake is amazing and I’m certain I’m going to see it popping up all over Pinterest!
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    January 1, 2019

    this cake was just amazing

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