Archive for the ‘It’s Maia’s Birthday!’ Category

[Kerean] I can’t believe that our Maia Bear is four years old! As a parent, it seems so much like she is growing up too quickly but in reality, she is still so little – forever our big girl baby. Caution: Don’t ever call her a baby while she is in earshot. You will regret it and she will not skip a beat in correcting you; “I am not a baby!” Or, “I am a big girl and a big sister!” And of course, “I am four years old!”

She is all of the above and very proud of it!

Before her birthday celebration a few weeks ago, I photographed Maia in her birthday outfit; a dress she has since requested to wear around the house just because. It’s a great “spin around dress” and her favorite color.

Maia is 4

Maia at the start of her birthday celebration.

Maia just before her birthday celebration.

Follow up to post:

Unlike previous years, we didn’t take many photos of the party. It wasn’t until the cake that we thought to pick up a camera. Matt snapped these photos that I am adding only to remind Maia of her first birthday cake that wasn’t made by me. For all previous birthdays, I made Maia’s cakes myself since they had to be dairy free. I am most proud of last year’s dinosaur cake!

For her fourth birthday, we got her a fancy vegan cake from Some Crust Bakery. It was huge and delicious!

Maia looks through the mermaid/merman cutout at her cake.

Maia looks through the mermaid/merman cutout at her cake.

It was very windy so the cutout shielded the candles...Maia blows them out!

It was very windy so the cutout shielded the candles…Maia blows them out!

She loves this part - happy birthday song and cake!

She loves this part – happy birthday song and cake!

Excited Maia!

Excited Maia!



[Kerean] Our intelligent, beautiful, generous, fun-loving, funny, brave, kind and assertive girl has added so much joy to our lives the last three years. We can’t believe she is three years old already!

Here she is enjoying a piece of her birthday cake at her party.

These pictures that follow are post birthday pictures of her while we hung out together in Santa Monica.
Maia in Santa Monica

At the Beach

Santa Monica

[Kerean] I think I really impressed Maia (and myself) this year making her a dinosaur cake that actually looked like one! Her dad didn’t do a shabby job on the cupcakes either though he got some help with decorating. The cake turned out so well it gets it’s own blog post!





Here is the recipe for the cake. At the very end is the online source where I found it three years ago. It’s the recipe I bake every year for Maia’s birthday and I am always told how delicious and moist it is. It’s easy to bake and it’s so good you would never know it’s vegan!

If you go to the link there is a recipe for chocolate syrup to drizzle over the cake, which I have tried before. I layered the cake with strawberries and then drizzled the syrup. It was wonderful but this year I wanted to do frosting instead. A dinosaur cake requires it!

Vegan chocolate cake recipe:


1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup warm water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp distilled white or apple cider vinegar


2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp Non-dairy margarine or spread (I use Earth Balance Original)
2 tbsp plain soy milk vanilla extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(Use whatever frosting coloring you desire. I choose leaf green and found it at Michael’s.)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In an 8X8 square pan/dish, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt with a fork, making sure it is really blended together. Add the water, vanilla, oil, and vinegar, and again, mix together so that it’s really blended together. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides if necessary.


Place in oven and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a rack completely (2 hours).

Source: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-BEST-chococlate-cake-ever…that-happens-to-be/

Here is the template to make your dinosaur cake: http://www.bettycrocker.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Cake-Templates/Rex-Cake.pdf

There is also a how to video on Betty Crocker’s website on how to use the template.

[Kerean – June 24] It’s been an incredible 3 years with Maia. Witnessing her develop each day into this incredible person has been the most rewarding experience.

To mark this special day, here are some shots from the past. Most recent to least:

Maia today:
Maia Today

First Moments:
First Moments

Growing up:

[Kerean] Maia reminds me everyday what’s most important in my life and for that I am grateful. Today we celebrate her birthday and the moment she came into our lives and made it better in every way imaginable.

Happy birthday, Maia Bear! We love you so very much. More than I could ever express.

Taken at Maia's Birthday Celebration at Cahuilla Park

Taken at Maia’s Birthday Celebration at Cahuilla Park

As a result of watching and re-watching herself on video eating her first birthday's cake, she thinks this is how cake should be eaten.

As a result of watching and re-watching herself on video eating her first birthday’s cake, she thinks this is how cake should be eaten.


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