Joseph loves to help blow out candles (he even blows after singing "Happy Birthday" on the telephone). This from-scratch chocolate cake with homemade fudgy icing tasted much better than it looked (the layers challenged me a bit this time around).
Rachel's friends responded overwhelmingly to the invitation--we packed more than 25 people into our little house.
Matt and Darcy took Rachel to dinner beforehand to make sure she showed up right on time--and surprised.
Joseph was excited beyond description for the surprise. Actually, the first person who arrived was greeted by Joseph with a resounding "SURPRISE!"