Tobias is 9!

Oh my… this is cliché but time, indeed, has flown by!

My little boy is 9 today! As a good friend said, we are at the halfway mark; another 9 years and he would venture out into the world on his own. Or at least that’s what people tell me will happen… i don’t know if i will be ready by then, or ever ready for that moment at all. But that’s not what this post is about. This is about celebrations, celebrating 9 wonderful, funny, frustrating, amazing, confusing, loving, scary, heartwarming years of having him in our lives!

This year he asked for cake-pops as his birthday cake. So off i went to research and make these little lollipop-looking cakes which are oh-so-adorable but time-consuming to make. (Last year’s cake was cake-in-a-cone.)

Here’s the process and final results in picture summary:

The process goes from top right, round to bottom left, then onto bottom right & then up and into the middle with the shots of the assembled "cake".
The process goes from top right, round to bottom left, then across to bottom right & then up and into the middle with the shots of the assembled “cake”.

Basically i baked a cake (i cheated and made one with out-of-the-box mix), crumbled it, mixed in icing, rolled the mixture into equal sized-balls, refrigerate it, dipped into chocolate and decorated it. i followed this recipe and this recipe. It took time but it was quite fun to make. i will make them again if an occasion calls for them.

Then there was the birthday party with his friends. This year we had it at the Armoury Museum in Solothurn (Altes Zeughaus). i was a little anxious as to how the kids would react as not all are interested in suits of metal and swords. But it went well.

We had to move our party from the Wednesday to the Friday cos there was another party which half the kids Tobias invited (and Tobias himself) were also going to on that same Wednesday. It turns out the Friday before a long weekend isn’t a good idea either, we only had 6 out of 10 guests make it. It was ok. The smaller group worked out well.

The kids got to listen to some interesting stories and facts about armour and how they came about and what they were like at the beginning. They asked questions and voiced some of their own ideas about armour. Then they all took turns to try on an actual suit of armour. All of them complained of how heavy it was and could not imagine how knights could walk in those, let alone fight.

Right: Them listening to the lovely museum lady, Left: Examining the suit of armour (the only one they were allowed to touch).
Right: Them listening to the lovely museum lady, Left: Examining the suit of armour (the only one they were allowed to touch).
King Tobias and his Knights.
King Tobias and his Knights.

Of course, we saw lots of different types of armour and weapons.

These are just a couple of shots to show the amazing collection the museum has.
These couple of shots don’t do justice to the amazing collection the museum has.

Then the kids set about making their own cardboard armour. They worked really hard on it.

The kids were really serious about making their armour look the best!
The kids were really serious about making their armour look the best!

They weren’t quite finished but it was time for cake and presents.

King Tobias and his Knights of the Square Table!
King Tobias and his Knights of the Square Table!

The wonderful museum lady read us a knight story (Tobias got to pick 1 of 3 stories) while we ate the cake the museum made (a simple chocolate sponge cake with a thick layer of chocolate cream on top).

Then they got to put finishing touches to their armour and here they are, knights battle-ready 😉

The knights were all excited to go out for battle!
The knights were all excited to go out for battle!

All in all, it was a nice little party.

We also had our little celebration at home, just eating the cake-pops and taking our annual birthday shot:

i think that pose is going to become tradition and look at father and son going for that cake-pop!
i think that pose is definitely going to become tradition and look at father and son going for that cake-pop!

syc

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8 thoughts on “Tobias is 9!

    1. i know! i didn’t think about it that way till my friend mentioned it & now i can’t get that out of my head! He’s my baby boy! Always will be 😉
      Yes it was a good party & i’m glad we did it this year cos it is possible that the museum might undergo huge renovations next year…

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      1. Glad you had a fun time with him. Enjoy every day with Tobias. Time passes sooo fast! I have 2 gone to college now, and I miss them too much.

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  1. Aww Cake pops look lovely!! 🙂 sandra me thinks ur a wonderful mum! And walter is a great dad also lahhh! Hahah. glad u guys had an awesome celebration tgt! 🙂

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    1. Thanks my dear… hmm… wonderful mum i’m not sure but i do my best & hope & pray it is enough – when you are a mum you will understand 😉 & yes walter is a wonderful dad 🙂 We’ll see ya soon 😀

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