Posted by: littlebitofparadise | June 20, 2013




Three years old. Where oh where does the time go?

It feels like yesterday, not three years ago, that I went into labor for the first time. Twenty-six life changing hours later, I got to meet this guy, who changed my life for the better forever:

Mark Ignatius. Markbaby

His name means Fiery Warrior. His personality most definitely lives up to his name. He’s the friendliest, most opinionated, most talkative, strongest-willed little buddy I know. And I love every ounce of his three-year-old self.

My #1 Bear Cub picked “Construction Site” as the theme for his cake and little party this year. Thanks to Pinterest I found lots of ideas for the cake – it was actually WAY easier to decorate than the train cake he asked for last year (the one that took a million hours to decorate and I vowed I’d never make a train cake for one of my children ever again. Haha).



(Cake: gluten free but not exactly sugar free…)

Big difference between turning 3 vs. turning 2: last year he was most interested in the celebrating part. THIS year, my son was so excited for the preparation. He wanted to help decorate the cake, go to the store to pick out helium balloons, and he wanted to fill the goody bags for his guests all by himself. It was really fun to have my buddy so eager to be involved in the party prep!


(Filling his Goody Bag gifts…also not exactly sugar free.)


(My Sous Chefs and Resident Taste Testers)

Here are some pics (below) from the little party we had for Mark this past weekend. His favorite (de)construction buddy, Luke, was so happy to celebrate with his brother. Luke literally sang the “Happy Birthday” song to his brother all. weekend. long. It was adorable!

Happy Birthday, Bubba. Your Mama loves you!








(Radio Flyer wagon: gift from his Pop Pop, Grandma, and Aunt Sarah!!!)


[For anyone throwing a future construction site party: Dump truck balloons, construction site hats, and construction site goody bags: all from Dollar Tree. The construction trucks used on the cake: Target. Construction site cake concept: Pinterest. Large dump truck used to hold goody bags: thrift store find.]


  1. What a clever idea for the cake! Thank you for the Mighty Machine info too.

  2. Oh! I miss my little buddy … can’t believe how big he’s gotten. Where has the time gone????

  3. Super fun, Steph! And creative!

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