close ups (from before the cake was all put together) and a little story....
from age 0-10: FIL's family moved back to the US from Africa and had an orange grove (I should have done some zebra stripes somewhere on this layer!).
10-20: FIL was called a black sheep by a teacher; had his first car (which I wasn't very good at drawing/frosting); met MIL (la chica mas linda); and milked cows (vacas).
30: married MIL and studied Spanish
40: worked in the jungle and helped build airstrips (see my funny little Cessna?!)
50: moved to Quito (blue/red are the colors of the Quito flag)
60: just has 2 acronyms on it, nothing too exciting. (no pic)
70: candles! I had a cupcake made to use as the top layer, but it was really too small for numbers and some picture/design. So I just went with candles.
Thanks for your comments -- it's nice to know that other people like my cake too!