As has become tradition for our Ess' birthday, we found a beach to explore. This one is on the South Coast of NSW. I really do miss having easy and convenient access to the beach as we did in South Australia. Indeed I miss South Australian beaches and seaside towns - they are just less developed, less commercial and more rustic. Nevertheless the girls had fun playing in sand and water. It was a lovely time. (I shouldn't be so critical should I after my first trip down this way. Forgive my pining heart for the home that was :))
First of course, we had to bake, decorate and eat cake.
For as long as I can remember Ess has wanted to have this octopus for her eighth birthday.
Apparently she has "wanted the octopus for ages but it only looked good as an eight".
Indeed it does, I'm sure you'll agree.
I used to bake and decorate for my girl - now Ess is very much involved in the whole process. I think she really baked the chocolate cake quite independently, now that I think back on it. She made the icing, coloured it to her liking, and is really keen to learn how to spread it. It's a tricky job but she'll get there as Mum learns to let go more and let her just try!