friends retreats

Changing of The Guard, or How Cake can get on Your Pants

Kevin has been the leader of our retreat planning team for about three and half years. After our last retreat, he announced he would be stepping down. We’ve all been through a lot; with any group there’s so many things that happen over time. Kevin has been an amazing and capable leader, and we’ve been really lucky to have him in that role. He’s handled some uncomfortable things with poise, balanced out people’s feedback and feelings, and played all sorts of administrative roles.

To celebrate Kevin’s tenure, fellow team member Tammy graciously ordered a cake, and bought some champagne. She chose the “Transformer” cake because it matched our last theme. A little cheesy, yes, but we all loved it.

Here’s the cake:

Transformer cake, fresh outta the box

We all decided to gather around Kevin and his cake. I’m not in this photo since I was taking it. I later ran in to Kevin’s left. (He’s the one holding the cake).

Cake is still safe 'n sound
We were all in place and ready for a group photo, and that’s when it seemed like Kevin was tipping the cake. I thought he was joking around, as I saw him fumbling with it. Before I knew it, Kevin was yelling “Oh, no!” and the cake was being wildly launched from it’s tray, and then coming crashing straight down onto Kevin’s shirt and pants. It happened in the blink of an eye.

Here’s Kevin laughing right afterwards. He said he was trying to “save the carpet.”

The cake slipped

I can’t even think of the last time I laughed so hard. Here’s the cake after it had had it’s little accident.


Shortly after this hilarious turn of events, I offered to take on the role of the team leader. So, I’ll be leading the team for the next couple of years. I’m sure it will be a great challenge. I’m super excited about the fun that awaits, the friends that I’ll have by my side. And I just cross my fingers that Kevin didn’t accidentally create a tradition that will need to be carried out when I someday step down from the post.

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  • Liz
    October 21, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Oh no! I guess you guys didn’t get to enjoy any cake! Good luck in your new role as team leader!!

  • Kristin
    October 22, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve enjoyed checking yours out too!

  • Paula
    October 22, 2009 at 6:17 am

    LOL! Well, truth be told, we did cut the cake and several people had a piece. Of course, we were laughing the whole time.

  • Eva Gallant
    October 25, 2009 at 1:03 am

    How funny! Just stopped by from SITS to say hi; hope you’ll do the same.

  • Jacky
    October 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Oh my! When I graduated back in May, we went to get the cake…it was all musical themed and perfect. I was SOO afraid I’d drop it! Fortunately it survived. My skirt stayed cleaner than Kevin’s pants. =)

    Stopping in from SITS to say hello!

  • bluecottonmemory
    October 29, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Mis-haps make everything so much more memorable! Congrats on being the early-bird #1 at SITS!