Happy Half Birthday!

Monday, July 18, 2011

When your birthday is on Christmas Day, you don't get the celebration you deserve.  Friends and family are traveling and otherwise occupied, your own parents are already maxxed out with holiday goings-on, and you have to compete with Jesus and Santa.  Sure, you may get a few extra gifts, and maybe even a cake and singing of "Happy Birthday," but the reality is that your birthday doesn't get the attention it should. 

We didn't even attempt to throw a Christmas birthday party for Little Brother this year.  I thought a lot about it, but I just couldn't make it work.  So we made up for it in June with a spectacularly wet half-birthday celebration.  We invited Little Brother's classmates over to play in the sprinklers and eat cake.  The little man was thrilled to have his friends around, and we were thrilled to have a backyard full of two-year-olds (they're not in the pictures, but I promise they were here).  Look at the happy little guy:

His sister was there, too.  Despite her great concern about the fairness of Little Brother having two birthdays when she only has one, Big Sister was a wonderful hostess to all the little friends.

She even taught them how to play water Whack-a-Mole.

My sister, who made the incredible Easter Bunny cake, outdid herself with a Spiderman/Batman masterpiece.  I've painted over the name on the top because I get a little nervous about putting my kids' names on the Internet, but trust me when I say that it was a work of art.  Can you believe that she's basically self-taught and has only been doing this for about a year?  (If anyone local wants a cake baked, I'll be happy to connect you.)

It was delicious too.  I wish I had a big piece right now!

I sure do love this boy.  I love the sound effects, the crashes, the fascination with garbage men and construction men and workers, his equal interest in being Spiderman/Batman/Cinderella/Ms. Rachel (Big Sister's dance teacher), his sweet little voice, the way he sings, his chubby hands, the freckles that have started to appear on his nose and cheeks.  I had no idea how much fun I'd have being mama to a boy.  This boy.

Hey, whose birthday is next?

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