We have celebrated two birthdays this month–S and JR’s.

So far, we haven’t made a big deal of birthdays, with the exception of a surprise party for S a few years ago.  There are a number of reasons, but I have to admit, not having to worry about party preparations certainly makes things easier on me.  We have tended toward relaxing, family dinners followed by cake and presents. I let the birthday person choose their favorite meal for dinner, and they choose the type of cake I bake.

For S’s birthday, I got the kids to hand-make cards for him.  Even A participated in the card-making, and all 3 woke Daddy on the morning of his birthday and gave him their cards. It was so precious!

Making birthday cards

Making birthday cards

S wasn’t too picky about the main course, but, as usual, he chose his favorite…Cheesecake for desert!

Homemade cheesecake with Strawberry sauce

Homemade cheesecake with Strawberry sauce

JR was a bit more particular.  About 4 hours before dinner, he informed me he wanted his favorite meal of shrimp and broccoli casserole for dinner.  Of all the food I had in the house, I did not have the ingredients for that.  So we made a run to the store, and had a yummy supper.  Then, we had a much anticipated German-chocolate cake for desert.

Homemade German Chocolate cake.....yummy!

Homemade German Chocolate cake.....yummy!

There was a little problem when JR tried to blow out his candles.  The candles kept flaming back up! He could not get them out!  Turns out, I accidently bought trick re-lighting candles. Oh well. It was good for a bit of unexpected excitement.

Trying to blow out candles

Trying to blow out candles

Everyone in the cake immensely…even A, who forgot any desire for tidyness and went to town!

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Then it was time for presents. He got an assortment of items, including a few things he had been asking for like bubbles and glow-in-dark-stars for his bedroom.  He spent the next 2 hours playing with the bubbles and arranging the stars on his ceiling (with a little help from daddy and M).

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One gift will likely soon become a favorite of everyone’s….an Ant Farm.  Grandma mailed this gift, and I sent in the little certificate for our ants almost a week ago.  Now it is all set up and just waiting for its new occupants to move in. Hopefully they will arrive soon. The kids will get to witness the amazing world of the ant, up close and personal.  I have to admit, I am a little excited about this one!

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Oh, another year. Finally, we have celebrated all immediate-family birthdays for the year.  We will start the cycle again in January, when N turns 1.

We are truly blessed to have had these years together, and each birthday is truly an occasion to celebrate the life that God has given to each of us, as well as the fact that He has blessed us with each other.  We look forward to many more!

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