a birthday + a treat

My Wynter turned 8 yesterday.  Eight.

Compared to last year’s party … this year was WAY low-key!  And perfect.  Just a couple of girls … a movie and dinner at a hibachi place where they know us by name we love.  Perfect.

Anyway.  I wanted to share the bday treat we brought into school yesterday.  I found it on Pinterest {of course!} … super cute, super easy and the birthday girl was on board {which is a bonus btw}.

So … here’s the before {drum roll please} …

And here’s the after!  Despicable Me minions!  Cute, no?  Seriously super easy … the original source is found here, but I’ve created a PDF of just the directions for the cupcakes and you can download it here.

I made it a little easier on myself than what the directions call for.  First, I pre-ordered the frosted cupcakes.  Second, I used frosting from a tube {black gel}, and because I ran into a little frosting fiasco {don’t ask!}, I didn’t frost the rest of the goggles in.  But hey, they’re 8 year olds … who’s gonna notice right?

Taylor and I had lunch with Wynt and Piper and I’m happy to report, the cupcakes were a hit with everyone!

After lunch, I had the seriously incredible privilege of listening to Wynter’s classmates list one adjective that describes her.  Can I just say … what an incredible thing to do!  The teacher wrote each word down on the board and created this bubble around Wynter with beautiful words that not only describe her, but also build her up.  I’m going to print out a copy of the photo and put it somewhere she can see it regularly and let it’s words soak into her heart.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up …
1 Thessalonians 5:11 {ESV}

And, um … it was two boys who gave the words “cute” and “adorable.”  And while, yes … I agree with those sentiments whole-heartedly … it freaked me out a teeny bit.  :)

Happy birthday my precious, vibrant and full-of-life eight year old.  You care for everyone, you want to see everyone happy, you sacrifice, you do, you love.  I am blessed beyond belief to be your mama!

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  1. Posted November 4, 2011 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the idea of the adjective bubble around the kids. I love it and will file it away in my brain for when I have my own class. :)
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  2. Posted November 4, 2011 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    wow-wow-wow! that bubble of beauty around your sweet 8 makes me a little teary! i cannot imagine being there in the room as it was happening. i would have needed a whole box of tissues! what a gift! sounds like the rest of the birthday was a lot of fun… and i am trying to imagine what a frosting fiasco might look like :)
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  3. Posted November 4, 2011 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I agree wholeheartedly with all of those adjectives! I feel so blessed to know Wynter and hope she not only had a wonderful birthday but a great weekend with her bestie. She is such a sweet girl & I love, love, LOVE her zest for life & her compassionate heart. Please tell her I wish her the best 8th year of life and hope I get to see her before she turns 9! Also…I teared up when I saw someone in Wynt’s class used the word “faithful” to describe her. Like mother, like daughter :-)
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  4. Posted November 4, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Love the adjective bubble…what a great way to work together to build a child up. Perfect birthday gift!!!

    Happy Birthday Wynter!
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  5. Su Rankin
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    This is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. And EASY!
    Well done at the new school!

  6. Nicole
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Wynter!! :) We love you!!!!

    Tracie-What a great idea!! That is by far the best movie EVER! Chris and I have probably seen it more than 16 times and we HAD to own it! Love that!!

  7. Posted November 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Wow, she must have an incredible teacher! That is such an encouraging idea.
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  8. Christine J
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Love the bubble idea! It’s so neat to hear what kids think of each other. I had the children say something nice about each other at dinner the other night, and it was really cool to see what they came up with – kids are very perceptive! And it is so encouraging to hear nice things about yourself. What a great birthday treat – cupcakes and encouragement – for Wynter!

  9. Posted November 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    NEATO!!!! I love the cupcakes— I’ve never seen the movie but those characters are just darling. And that BDAY activity—- AWESOME! Adorable and cute from a 7 or 8 year old is sweet– they are still so innocent. :):):) HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR PRECIOUS one!!!!
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  10. Molly
    Posted November 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    LOVE!!!!!!! All of it!!!!

  11. rhonda
    Posted November 5, 2011 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    I love this entry…..but why am I sitting here with tears running down my face? Probably because this reminds me of how much my mom loved me, and how much I love my daughter.
    Thanks for sharing Tracie.

  12. Posted November 5, 2011 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Awww…so sweet! What a precious idea! I’m going to do this with my students! They would love that. :) I hope your sweet girl had a wonderful birthday. Those cupcakes are darling.

  13. Posted November 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    That.is.amazing! Love the bubble idea and LOVE the idea of printing it for her to have a visual reminder.

    ~while reading the words I thought “sharing” said “shaving” and it took me a moment to realize it was an “r”!! :)~
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  14. Mia Bjerring
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    Happy belated Birthday to your sweet girl! Hope she had a wonderful day! And what a yummy treat you made for her friends at school! Such sweet words she received at school from her classmates and the boys ;)

  15. Shanna Watson
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Oh, my GOSH, I LOVE this…what an amazing idea!!

    BIRTHDAY wishes coming to ya from the Eastern Shore of VA!! Happy Birthday Wynter!

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