If you look closely at this picture, you will see something slightly amiss...
Why yes, that is an IKEA pillar candle from the hall closet that the Kid is blowing out for her birthday. Couldn't find the birthday candles. Always prepared. (At least I didn't have to use an uncooked spaghetti noodle held over the stove burner as a match. This time.) And the random kid in the background? Just a dinner moocher. He sometimes stops by our house so that we can feed him chocolate icing.
This is real parenting, people.
Happy birthday, my darling girl!