At about 10:00 on Sunday morning Chad's folks called and said they were coming over.  Turns out they are heading to Florida fairly soon and are going to miss Coltons 5th birthday party.

They would be over in a few hours. 

Impromptu party anyone?  Yes!  I think I will.

So I figured I'd make some fancy cupcakes.

Chocolate with vanilla frosting.  And coconut.  And chocolate cupcake crumbles.


The crumbles. 



The coconut.

Just so-so.

Plain old piped on frosting?  Yeah.  That will do.

So we gave Colton a mini birthday party. 

And since I didn't have any candles on hand, he got the very appropriate and not-gonna-get-me-nominated-for-mom-of-the-year Question Mark Candle.







I dont think he minded.

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Reader Comments

  1. Happy (early) Birthday Colton!!
    The look on his face is so adorable! You can tell you really made his day with those cupcakes. You would get my vote for “Mom of the Year”! (even with that ? candle) ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. He is ADORABLE! Love the succession of pics – we’re able to see how he’s thinking about his wish ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love, love, LOVE his shirt ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Happy Birthdy Colton and you did great making those cupcakes. I would have ran to the grocery store and picked up a cake! LOL

  4. I’m pretty sure he would still nominate you. No way was he the least bit worried about the candle. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The fact that you spent that hour before they came making the proper cupcakes for your boy and not running around like a lunatic cleaning your house totally gets you points in my book.

  6. You are an awesome mom! He would definitely nominate you. ๐Ÿ™‚ The cupcakes make up for the question mark candle!!

  7. Looks like you are a wonderful mom. Your son looks happy & healthy, you must be doing something right ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides, a ? mark candle sorta looks like a 5 if you look from a certain angle ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I think that you are awesome that you could just whip up a batch a cupcakes, had any candle on hand and did not flip on your inlaws for being so impromptu!
    And he looks seriously happy!!

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