Cupcakes in a Jar for a Special Birthday Girl

Happy Birthday R!

It feels like yesterday that your dad and I brought you home.  Then the day came where you no longer wanted to be swaddled.  Then you rolled over.  Started crawling. Graduated from 4 limb transportation to 2.  Then first words.  To now, sentences and songs.  You are my big girl.  

There is one song that makes me tear up whenever it's played.  It came out roughly the same time you did.  I'm living the song.  The lyrics below say it all.  Love you R!  My sweet, sweet, baby girl!

Darius Rucker - 'It won't be like this for long'

He didn't have to wake up
He'd been up all night
Layin’ there in bed listenin’
To his new born baby cry
He makes a pot of coffee
He splashes water on his face
His wife gives him a kiss and says
It gonna be OK

It won’t be like this for long
One day we'll look back laughin’
At the week we brought her home
This phase is gonna fly by
So baby just hold on
‘Cause it won't be like this for long

Four years later ‘bout 4:30
She's crawling in their bed
And when he drops her off at preschool
She's clinging to his leg
The teacher peels her off of him
He says what can I do
She says now don't you worry
This’ll only last a week or two

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon you'll drop her off
And she won’t even know you're gone
This phase is gonna fly by
If you can just hold on
It won’t be like this for long

Some day soon she'll be a teenager
And at times he'll think she hates him
Then he'll walk her down the aisle
And he'll raise her veil
But right now she's up and cryin’
And the truth is that he don't mind
As he kisses her good night
And she says her prayers

He lays down there beside her
‘Til her eyes are finally closed
And just watchin’ her it breaks his heart
Cause he already knows

It won’t be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be
All grown up and gone
Yeah, this phase is gonna fly by
So, he's tryin’ to hold on

‘Cause it won’t be like this for long

It won’t be like this for long

It won’t be like this for long

Someone pass me a box, no, make that two boxes of Kleenex.  I'm officially a blubbering mess.  Although, I'm looking forward to watching you grow up into a little lady, I'm not sure I'm ready for the speed at which this is happening.  Stay little R.  For just a little longer... 

Okay, now onto the celebrations.....let's get this party started!
Today started with my famous birthday pancakes and of course candles and song.  No birthday celebration is complete in this house without pancakes & sprinkles, it's tradition.  Mmm, deliciousness!
Tonight we are celebrating with a family dinner out (complete with moose antlers and more songs sung by waiters and waitresses), followed by cupcakes in a jar @ home.  Nothing fancy.  Today is about R and keeping it simple and fun!

Cupcakes in a Jar

Using your favourite cake batter (homemade or boxed) place 1/2 cup portions in greased mason jars and bake @ 350F for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Top with icing or ice cream (or both, hey it's a birthday after all) AND don't forget the sprinkles!


  1. Aww, Happy Birthday to your little girl!! It's actually my birthday today too! Wow, that song got me all teary. Thanks a lot. lol Have lots of fun with your baby girl. I volunteered in my baby's kindergarten class today and couldn't get over how big she is already. It's neat watching them in a different environment.

    ~ Catie

  2. Jen--that is beautiful----It was just yesterday that I was holding Jay --now look at him--Cherish your moments with them while you can--They grow up and drift away from you far-far too quickly----Poppa


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