Much like his Uncle Richmond, who also has a January birthday, James is stuck with having a king cake as his birthday cake each year. If you like king cake this isn't such a bad thing and, from what I can tell, James thinks it is great. I broke tradition, however, and went with a cinnamon and white sugar style king cake as opposed to the family favorite, brioche style cake that McKenzie's made famous. I love the McKenzie's king cakes but could not imagine getting out to Kenner on a Saturday afternoon on the odd chance that the Tastee Donuts still had a few. The last few times I checked they were out and I felt foolish asking, like Christian asking for a space heater at Home Depot last Thursday night before the big freeze. I get it.
It didn't matter, however, because everyone seemed to enjoy the king cake, even the die-hard McKenzie loyalists, you know the ones, they still lament the fact that even the Tastee's version of the McKenzie's classic is missing that essential cherry and sprinkles piece at each end.
Along with the king cake we had some of the most delicious ice cream ever that Aunt Margot picked up - Blue Bell Birthday Cake ice cream - it is the best. Even on one of the coldest days in NOLA, this ice cream is worth the indulgence.
James enjoyed opening his presents and spending time with his family. It was the perfect way to celebrate a first birthday.
James, ready to open his presents:
Singing Happy Birthday:
Playing soccer with Catherine: