The following year I thought I would follow up the photo and went to get the cupcakes and the bakery had sold out early so I had to buy some very boring and not so tasty cup cakes from Coles. Every other year however I've purchased the same 4 cupcakes from the same bakery with sprinkles on them for my birthday photo with my kids. As I'm the birthday girl I get to eat two cup cakes which only seems fair doesn't it. I can make cup cakes myself but I buy these ones to keep with the tradition of the "same things" year upon year.
For the past 7 of the 9 years, I've taken the photo myself using the self timer on the camera and in recent years used a remote timer which is a lot more fun to play with, rather than taking one photo, running back to behind the tripod to press the button again and then running into the photo and hoping my focus is okay as everyone has moved positions by then. Everyone gets a turn to press the remote and we get some interesting photos. However even these little moments of running around the kitchen bench, pressing the button and running back to be in my own birthday photo create happy long lasting memories for James, Sienna and I. They both know that on Mum's birthday we get the 4 cupcakes and take the "Birthday" photo for the year. I love seeing how the kids have changed in the past 9 years however I think I should be worried about the next 9 years of photos as at the end of the next 9, James will be nearly 20, Sienna 17 and me....maybe a retirement village. I'm sure they will come and visit me for my birthday photo. So this little Birthday Tradition is one of my favourite family gifts and not everything precious costs money.