Happy Birthday, Rosie And Vince

October 27, 2008 by Michelle

So this is the kind of mom I am.

Mister Man announced to me on Wednesday last week that it was Rosie’s birthday that day. Rosie was turning one. He asked if we could have a birthday party, and after giggling internally I agreed. A half hour later, Mister Man announced that it was also Vince’s birthday. We agreed to celebrate both at once.

Luckily, we were running low on some staples — milk, tortillas, pasta, cheese, fruit — and had to go to Publix anyway. My dad and I found the bakery section and their cakes awaited us. Mister Man had informed me that Rosie wanted a chocolate cake with vanilla icing.

I don’t like chocolate cake. I’d decided that Publix was conveniently going to “not have” any chocolate cakes, knowing that he’d deal. I sifted through cake after cake, rejecting many because they were chocolate or because they used dark blue or red frosting — and those bitter aftertastes gross me out. My dad pointed out one that was mostly white frosting and just a tiny bit of light blue icing on the flowers.

I picked up the cake and asked the nice lady in the bakery section to write “Happy Birthday, Rosie — R-O-S-I-E” and she started to turn away “And Vince!” I called out to her. She sort of turned and looked at me oddly, but went to do her writing. I got my cake back.

Have I not introduced you to Rosie and Vince before? Sorry, my bad! Meet Rosie (blue) and Vince (brown).

Go ahead. Make your comments now.

Unfortunately, while I did remember to buy candles, as you can see, I didn’t think about matches. Remember, we’re in a hotel in Florida. I’m actually pretty happy that they don’t stock matches in the rooms. Fortunately, Mister Man was a good sport, and we were able to sing and blow out the not lit candles without a fuss.

We all enjoyed our cake (and ice cream), and Mister Man let me know that Vince really loved his special chocolate cake. Oh, did I mention that in my fluster of trying to find a cake that didn’t have bad icing I forgot to check what kind of cake it was? Oops. That’s ok; I really don’t need the cake anyway!

So of course, what do you suppose the next words out Little Miss’s mouth were? Yep, Snowy is also celebrating a birthday. That day. How do you say no to a face like this?

Ok, maybe it could be Friday. We actually ended up celebrating it on Saturday, thanks to some leftover cupcakes that Dawn left me from Joe’s birthday — which yay saved me from another trip to Publix to buy more cake and sweets none of us need.

And that, lady and gentleman, is the kind of mom I am.


  • Cookie

    So cute! I would never turn down a reason to celebrate!

  • Kellan

    You ROCK as a mom! Making memories – that is what it is all about!!

    Cute pictures too!

    Have a good afternoon – Kellan

  • Angela

    I love it! And I agree with Kellan, you rock as a mom! Truly, I think that’s the kind of thing kids really remember.

  • morninglight mama

    How great of you! And who could resist an opportunity for CAKE?! 🙂

  • Kelsey

    What a good mom you are!!
    Publix will give you a free cake for your kid’s first birthday, you should have told them you had a baby!

    I’ve lived on Publix cakes for 18 years, they are my favorite. Which is probably sad.

  • Shelly Overlook

    How cool are you? VERY!

    I miss Publix.

  • Michelle

    Cookie – Thanks! I don’t turn down reasons to celebrate, but this one really seemed like a stretch to me.

    Kellan – I was fully expecting giggles and ridicule. And yes, making memories is key. Of course I don’t remember anything from the days when I was their age, so I’m a bit skeptical!

    Angela – Aww, thanks. I do hope they remember it. Or maybe I don’t. I’m not sure I’m up for adding more birthday celebrations to my calendar!

    Morninglight Mama – Well, apparently I can resist cake since I stupidly bought the chocolate cake that I don’t like!

    Kelsey – I did see the sign for that, but I wouldn’t feel right taking a free cake (with purchase of this cake) when it isn’t deserved. I will say that my mom loves this cake and is generally with me on not liking chocolate cake, so that says a lot for Publix bakeries!

    Shelly – I don’t remember asking how cool I was (I’m definitely afraid of the answer!), but thanks! 🙂 And I’m actually ok wit the grocery stores I have back home. I still can’t get over my dad buying a $10 watermelon. I think $4 is probably the most I’ve ever paid.

  • anymommy

    Oh that is so cute!

  • angela | the painted house

    Now that is how a real mommy does things!

  • Sydney

    How sweet! Your kids are going to remember that forever. I can just hear it now “Remember that birthday party mom threw for Rosie and Vince?”

    “Who were Rosie and Vince? Oh YEAH!”

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