October 1974, Becky's 3rd birthday cake.
October 1974 (David, Becky, Don) This photo says Army Brat all over it. The boxes in the background indicate a recent move (must have been when the family moved to Monterey, CA for Dad to attend the Defense Language Institute) and the kids are eating Jack-in-the-Box for dinner, a sure sign that Mom was way too pooped from unpacking to make dinner. But she totally came through with the cake! I wonder how many boxes she had to dig through to find her decorating supplies...
October 1975, Becky's 4th birthday and Aunt Retha's ? birthday. Mom, the overachiever, decorated two cakes! Nowadays you just have to share!
February 1976, David's 11th birthday, with Mom and little me (6 months).
February 1976, me by David's second birthday cake (for the friend party.)
This is one of Mom's coolest cakes ever. She made it for the bicentennial celebration in July 1976. (Totally sweet bonnet.)
August 1976, Don's 8th birthday cake. When you go to the trouble (which I'm sure involved some mail order from the States to Germany) to buy a giant bell cake pan, you have to get your money's worth!
August 1976, my first birthday. One word: beaver.
Apparently Mom had a reputation in the neighborhood for being the cake queen because she made cakes for other kids, too. I have no idea who this kid is, but he's sporting some totally sweet lederhosen.
February 1977, David's 12th birthday. Can you believe how much that little rag-a-muffin in front looks like Amelia?
February 1977, again, a second cake for the friend party. I noticed this trend for David and Becky's birthdays, but not Don and I. Must have been because they had birthdays during the school year and could only have their friend party on a Saturday. Since Don and I had summer birthdays, we probably just had one party because kids could come over any day of the week.
Summer 1977. I never knew Mom made wedding cakes, but I stumbled upon these while looking through the album. I especially liked this "in progress" picture because the tupperware pitcher with the handle (back left corner) is the very bucket we use to rinse the girls' hair in the bath now!
Good military wedding, with the Stars and Stripes accenting the wedding cake. Pretty impressive, Mom!
August 1977, Don's 9th birthday.
August 1977, my second birthday. I wonder how many fingerprints were in that cake by the time it got eaten.
August 1977, Don giving me some pointers on how to blow out the candles.
October 1977, Becky's 6th birthday after the infamous hair butchering.
October 1977, Becky's cake for the family party. Man, the doll cake pan sure got a lot of use!
There were dozens of cakes that I couldn't find pictures of because they're all on slides at my Dad's house. There are hardly any pictures in my Mom's collection from 1979-1984 when we lived in Ft. Leavenworth, KS and Ft. Sill, OK because they're all on slides. I've got to get my hands on those!
Two of my favorite birthday parties were (I think) my 8th and 11th. For my 8th (I know we were living in Ft. Sill) birthday party my Mom made a CareBear cake and there were lots of fun party favors. For my 11th birthday, I got to have a sleepover and we had a BBQ on our deck in Burke, VA. Mom let me shop for party favors at a little store called Daring Gifts. I got things like cool pencils and erasers, kitten stickers, and other fun girly stuff.
Thanks for all the great birthdays, Mom! My only regret about posting these is that Lily is going to see them and have expectations for her next birthday. At least we live with the master...