Videologue #17 Olivia’s 4th Unicorn Birthday Party

I already posted about Olivia’s 4th birthday getaway (← link) , but this was equally the highlight of her birthday… so here goes! She had a Unicorn Party this year! I had so much fun making her unicorn cupcakes and floral iced number 4 cookies that look like they are from the lands of unicorn.. I think I still have a 4 year old in me or something!

 

unicorn cupcakes with swirl frosting and golden fondant horns and ears
unicorn cupcakes with swirl frosting and golden fondant horns and ears
number 4 cookies with floral icing
numbersugar cookies with floral royal icing for 4th birthday

I always bake my kids birthday cakes and birthday cookies..(← link, this is only their birthdays to 3 years back) it is just what I have to let myself do. I LOVE to see their faces light up, they are genuinely grateful for the work I did for them, I know because they give me such a sweet bashful thank you and a hug! That is the best reward I get from this birthday labor I go through 3 or 4 times a year! I loved Olivia’s 3rd birthday cake (← link) as well… I guess I liked working on all birthday cakes, each and every one of them are super special to me.

I was a bit sorry for London though, she had a San Francisco birthday theme, you can see the cookies here (← link) and here (← link) , and the cake here (← link) . We went on a mama-daughter trip to SF for her birthday this year so that is what I thought would be fun and meaningful, but to a 6 year old girl of course the golden gate bridge and a pretty chic looking rustic styled cakes are not as desirable as the whole enchanting unicorn party theme.

If I had posted this right after all the parties and emotional acceptance of her becoming a non-toddler I would be pinching tears right now, but I have gotten over the sadness a little. I realized my babies STILL ARE my babies right now, so instead of being swamped up in emotions and not enjoying their innocence, their funny thinkings and chubbiness and clinging hugs and childish high toned giggles- I could go on forever- I decided to enjoy what I have with them. They grow up so fast! I don’t have time to be sad about them, moreover upset or tired also. I guess I can say this because my youngest baby IS 4 years old, which makes everything more easier than last year and of course (oh my goodness) the 2 years before that.

Olivia happy with her unicorn cupcakes and unicorn party goodie bag.
Olivia happy with her unicorn cupcakes and unicorn party goodie bag.

I enjoyed this unicorn party theme so much. It seems as they get older they want more mature birthdays, like instead of a birthday party a 1 on 1 trip by himself to Universal studios, or a trip to SF! Still I know even though they will not have adorable parties with birthday songs and cute goodie bags forever… I am so sure I will be special birthday baking cakes and cookies even if they will just think of me as cute old mama… I will be doing this birthday labor for them as long as I can hold up!

CHEERS!

우리 애들 생일 케이크와 쿠키는 항상 내 손으로 직접 만들어주고 싶다. 내가 하고 싶어서 안해줄 수가 없다. 생일 노동의 결과물로 짠하고 케이크와 쿠키가 나오면… 진심어린 감사가 얼굴 가득 퍼지면서 나에게 안기며 고맙다고 말하는 이들의 모습은 매년 다시 해주게만 된다. 지금껏 해준 생일 케이크과 쿠키중 올리비아의 4번째 생이로 만든 유니콘 컵케이크과 유니콘들과 함께 먹어야만할 것 같은 꽃무늬 숫자 쿠키가 가장 재밌었던 것 같다!

런던은 사실 유니콘 생일 컨셉 앞에서 그저 서러웠다. 올해 생일은 파티 대신 엄마와 함께 단둘이 샌프란시스코 여행을 다녀오기로 해서 그녀 생일 케이크과 쿠키는 샌프란시스코 금문교 컨셉이었다. 6세 아이에게는 샌프란시스코 금문교보다는 당연히 유니콘이 더 매력적일 수 밖에….

생일 직후에 이 포스팅을 하게 됐다면 속상함이 절로 묻어 나는 포스팅이 되었겠지만, 그 사이에 깨달은 것이 있다. 아직도 내 아이들은 나의 아가들인 나이라는 것. 아기에서 벗어나고 있다는 사실에 너무 슬퍼하기 보다 지금 남아 있는 아기구석들을 정신 차리고 즐겨야겠다는 생각. 그들이 커가는 것에 슬퍼하기에는 시간이 너무 아깝다. 사실은 이들 때문에 피곤해하거나 속상해하는 감정에 빠져있기도 참 시간이 아깝단 생각이 들었다. 이제서부터라도 최대한 즐기겠다는 엄마자세가 생긴 것은 사실 우리 막내 올리비아가 4살이나 되었기 때문일 수도.. 올해는 작년은 몰론, 세상에나 그 이전 2년에 비하면 너무나 쉬워졌기 때문.

이번 생일 준비와 노동, 너무 즐거웠다. 아이들이 커가면서 귀여운 생일 파티 대신에 유니버설 스튜디오를 가고 싶다거나, 단둘이 여행을 다니는 것에 의미를 두기도 하는 나이가 되서 어쩌면 이런 귀여운 생일 파티는 점점 없어질 것이라 생각하니 아쉬운 마음에 더 즐겼던 것 같다. 그래도, 아무리 이들이 생일 파티는 안할지라도, 그들이 힘든데 하지 말라고 말린다 하더라도 나는 힘이 있을때까지는 내 손으로 이들 생일 케익과 쿠키는 꼭 해주고 싶다. 나이든 엄마를 나중에 놀리더라도, 이것을 해줄 힘은 오래 오래 남아 있었으면 좋겠다!

Author: lalaladaylight

About myself. I was a Child of Norcal. I marked my first blank sheets of life in a coddled dreamy university town reading, writing, drawing, and when I was not, ferociously rode my bike and sun bathed among the college and graduate students with beautiful minds. I lived half my childhood up in trees, had a free roaming little life that has become so rare in these times where I am raising my children. I suddenly became a teenager in Seoul Korea, where hearts were made to beat to pop culture and academic achievement… completely different and fascinating from what I had known to that moment. Toughness and a bit of spicy sass to withstand competition was the absolute cool. The blends of both lifestyles led me somehow to become a fashion major and afterwards a fashion PR girl in a most intoxicating fast moving Seoul fashion scene. Fell in love with the right guy, and after a few years somehow I find myself as a rookie at the Socal chill culture in San Diego. A Mama of 3 littles and supportive wife and best friend to my right guy in perfect beautiful San Diego. I am a collector, a never ending learner of all analogue and digital creative crafts and hobbies. I am a visual and lyrical story teller, telling intimate tales that generate from my table with my hungry loved one’s sitting by my side.

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