Showing posts with label birthdays. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birthdays. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Humble Tradition

Themes, balloons, streamers and such; our birthday parties were not made of much.
Our children did not get themed parties with lots of friends.

Our tradition is to have Grandma over -- maybe Uncle John & Aunt Leslie or Aunt Katie.
We make a cake from a box and icing too.
We open presents and enjoy a take out meal like Pizza or Chinese.
This is our humble tradition.

Two of our boys have birthdays after Christmas.
This year our third child's birthday fell on a day that we were invited to a New Year's party.
I thought I would buy a cake that had his name on it and this would be something a little special.
I thought he would enjoy being with other children on his birthday.

3yrs old
Grandma came, and we opened presents.
He loved this time--even though he had to do school in between visiting his grandma.

He was very thankful for the gifts.

Today is our oldest's birthday.

5 yrs. old

Grandma came.
He opened gifts.

Our third child expressed to me today how much he missed his birthday being a normal birthday.
He missed making a cake from the box and having pizza that night.
I couldn't believe our little humble birthday tradition meant so much to him.

I sat back and watched as our oldest opened his presents.

I realized it is the little things that count.
Like a Dunkin Donuts coupon and an old stamp given to him by his youngest brother.

It is getting a card in the mail from Grammy & Grandpop and Aunt Katie too.
.....and a homemade card made by his sister.

It is the cupcakes made from a box and store bought icing too that puts a smile on their faces.

It is in these small things that make their birthday so special.

Plus It's Chinese tonight :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011


After Christmas, it becomes birthday time in our family.

Two of my sons have birthdays 11 days apart.
Sometimes I feel really bad, because to be honest after Christmas, I just want a break.  I really am so thankful for their great attitudes.  They are always appreciative of my box cake and icing with ice cream. 
Some like to help decorate and make the cake.

 We usually order Pizza or Chinese; it's their choice.  

The memories are in the licking of the candles.

The reading of cards from their siblings.

My first born was born the same day as his Grandpa Nick, so today we celebrated their birthdays together.  It was special to see my little men blowing out their "trick" candles with their grandpa.  

Yes, the special memories are in the laughter and love a family shares.

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