Someone tried to eat his candles again…
…but someone now knows what the word “No!” means.
I am ridiculously proud of Kirby for listening when I yell, “No!” every time he tries to eat something he shouldn’t!
Kirby has also somehow learned to pose for the camera. He is such a ham!
Since Kirby goes crazy for dandelion flowers, I wanted to make Kirby a birthday cake with lots of dandelion flowers this year. But Kirby’s birthday is right when there are no dandelions: All the dandelions from July have gone to seed already, and it’s too hot for new flowers to bloom yet!
To make up for failing my self-imposed cake requirements, I made Kirby an extra fancy cake instead!
Layers and layers of kale, collard greens, and—Kirby’s favorite!—radicchio! With “frosting” made from frilly kale edges, and topped by two radicchio roses! (One rose for every year!)
Not as much diversity in ingredients as Kirby’s cake last year, but much improved in the presentations category!
Kirby immediately zeroed in on the frilly kale “frosting.”
Once he had eaten all the frilly frosting in front of him, Kirby dug into the rest of the cake rather than have to move to get to the rest of the frosting.
Someone had some trouble pulling the radicchio layer out for nomming…
I tried to help Kirby get to his radicchio. Instead, Kirby looked up and found the frilly frosting on the top of the cake!
Aaaaaand there topples the cake!
With his cake toppled, Kirby promptly discovered the radicchio roses on top!
Kirby’s “present” this year was a digital scale to measure his growth. Kirby is still too small for our old spring scale to weigh accurately, so I scoured Amazon for a digital scale that can measure down to 0.1 g. It’s surprisingly hard to find a good, decent-sized scale that measures down to 0.1 g and costs less than $20! I ended up settling on this one. It technically does measure 0.1 g, since it shows readings in ounces down to 0.01 oz. But the gram setting actually only shows down to 1 g. So I have to measure in ounces and convert to grams.
More importantly, Kirby is definitely growing!! He is noticeably bigger, and he has finally grown his first set of rings on his shell this summer! (Tortoise shells grow bigger by each scute growing out in rings, like a tree.) Kirby is lighter than I would like and still way too small for his age, but he is definitely growing much faster now than before. Considering how sick he was last winter, Kirby’s new growth is a big success!
Last but not least, a bonus Google+ Auto Awesome gif!