Monday, September 3, 2012

Amber Almost Didn't Turn 4!

    For those of you who are frequent readers, you are aware that my daughter is blonder than most. (I'm just not sure where she gets it) Last weekend, she had a tea-party sleep-over for a few friends to celebrate. What could be more fun than dressing up and eating cookies, right?? Well, no one got injured or died, so I would say it was a success! The kids woke up, opened Amber's presents, then had toaster strudels for breakfast (yes, sugar, sugar, sugar.....but they were headed home to their parents by now ;)
     We went to church, then took Amber to the toy store to pick out another present (they send birthday coupons!!!). After throwing an incredibly unbelievable tantrum because I wouldn't let her eat her lollipop till after lunch, we left and went to Burger King. I don't know why she chose this place since the last time we were there (just a few weeks ago), she got stuck in the slide/tunnel thing (it's also the only fast-food place within an hour that has a play-place) and started crying. After they had finished their food, Josiah pushed Malachi around in the highchair (highchair + wheels = fun for all!), then he helped Malachi up the steps to the tunnel/slide, which meant one of us (adults) had to go and get him before he got stuck or hurt. We raced. And fought. I won.
      After chasing Malachi around in the tunnel, I hoisted him up to the slide. I went down head first. I do not recommend that. Going down head-first gives you the impression that there are more twists and turns than what really exists. Can we say "dizzy"??
     Later that evening, we had more of Amber's  friends over for cake and icecream. (Someone needs to stop me from decorating cakes. Or give me a lesson. Oh, heeeeeeyyyy....I wonder if there are youtube tutorials...) This did not go as planned because when everyone arrived, Amber was still finishing her dinner (she takes tiny she takes forever to eat). Eventually, it was time for cake. JR lit the candles (fire and sharp objects are not safe in Michelle's hands) and I held it at the table in front of Amber as we all sang. There were about six candles on the cake (five were decorative, then one was the number four) and she proceeded to randomly blow them out. This started out successfully... until her hair caught fire.
        Since my natural reaction is verbal panic, that's what I did. "AAAAAAAHHHHHH!"   "AAAAAAAHHHHHH!" I yelled. This, in turn, caused her to panic. I think I yelled something about fire (did I mention my reaction time is delayed? quick I am not.) and her hair being on fire. I also had more fire (candles still lit) and a huge cake in front of me, so I didn't get up. Though there were other adults witnessing this fiasco, none of them immediately jumped in to help (did I mention I was the only (adult who saw it happen? Sure, others heard crackling and smelled smoke, but I get the memory of flames.....) Later I asked hubby how the fire was extinguished, because I couldn't remember how it was put out. He tells me that when Amber panicked, her hand slapped at her hair, putting it out. Then she had some charred, black hair. Thankfully it hadn't spread too far, so it wasn't that noticeable. Instead of being a nice mommy, (still under the adrenaline influence), I was yelling at her to blow out the rest of her candles while she was crying. Thankfully there were saner adults in the room, one of whom took her & comforted her until she stopped crying (after all her candles were extinguished, of course).
          Talk about exciting! Unfortunately, the designated photographer missed catching a pic of flaming hair, but here's "Before and "After" pics:

                            Here we are lighting the cake:

BEFORE Amber catches fire
    AFTER Amber's been extinguished...note the tears (and baby that appeared afterwards...thankfully *afterwards*

The cake....someone, please stop me from decorating!!!


  1. OMG! So glad that she's okay. It could have been worse!

    1. i know! she might not make it till she's five!

  2. OMW!!! The cake doesn't look that bad, I've made worse! Sounds like she was pretty smart to smack the fire out :)
    By the way, is there any way you can take the word verification off? It makes it so hard to comment.

    1. thanks for pointing this out, Kendra! I didn't realize I still had the word verification thingie on doesn't show when I comment, but I know how annonying it is when others use it on their sites ;) it should be gone now! I think Amber accidentally smacked the fire out b/c she was panicking, lol...after the party i thought to check her hands and side of her face for small burn marks...