Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter Days: George's 6th Birthday

Today has been a special day for our dear George. We celebrated his 6th birthday! 


THE FUN WE HAD


The celebration began yesterday afternoon with a birthday cake and visit from Granny and Papa. Daddy works long hours during the week, so we felt it best to get a good chunk of celebrating in over the weekend. I was able to bake and decorate a fun cake for George. He loves all things outdoors, with camping being one of his most favorite activities. Our church owns a campground about an hour away that  we've been to a number of times, so George wanted me to base the design on that. He reminded me that we needed a lake and a boat dock. I think it turned out quite well and George was so impressed. He most loved the campfire and the mini-marshmallows on toothpicks. The fire from the birthday candles really did roast those marshmallows!


The celebration continued on into  today (his actual birthday) with a visit from Grandma and Granddaddy. They took us out to lunch at one of George's favorite restaurants and Daddy was able to meet us there on his lunch break. We all then came home (Daddy surprised us by taking an extended lunch to come home with us) and enjoyed more cake! George got to blow out his campfire candles again and this time, the children each ate a "tree" with their piece of cake.

THE FOOD WE ATE


George loves Thai food so we went to our favorite Thai restaurant and ordered sweet and sour tofu and ginger tofu for all three children to share. I enjoyed a warm bowl of vegetable curry.

We were all still quite stuffed from lunch and cake when dinner time came, so instead of preparing what was on the menu (mushroom tetrazzini), we enjoyed leftovers and sandwiches. 

THE BOOKS WE READ


We re-read chapters 10 and 11 in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I had read it to Bridget on Friday as we waited in the doctors office but the boys weren't with us so I had to catch them up. We took a few days off from reading, as Bridget was still sick and I didn't want us all snuggled together until she got better. Chapter 10 is an exciting chapter, because the snow in Narnia begins to melt and Christmas finally comes. Father Christmas gives each of the remaining children (remember, Edmund ran off to be with the White Witch) a special gift to help them in the upcoming battle. Sooo exciting. I told the children we're going to watch the movie after we finish the book. I think they'll love it. 

THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR


(1) George, of course! We all had a fun day celebrating his milestone. Each of our children are so precious to us and we really like to make them feel special on a day meant just for them. We've been minimizing the toy aspect of the celebration and focusing more on quality time (and necessities... George did get new size 6 Justice League underwear this morning and he couldn't have been more excited). George is a healthy boy and getting so tall. His health is important to me, as George has open-heart surgery when he was 20 months old. As he grows, we have even joked that he's becoming a man and growing a mustache (I proved this to him by giving the peach fuzz above his lip a little tug). He feels so proud. He calls himself the "man of the house" when Daddy is at work. 

(2) I am also grateful for the rain. While it makes the day gloomy, I know that it is doing good things for our earth. I have to always think of days during the summer where it's so hot and dry and the wells in our surrounding rural communities are running low (fortunately we're on city water and don't have this problem), and when I do, I am able to be thankful for any rain we get.  

(3) I am grateful that my children have two sets of grandparents still living, and living well. My husband and I both grew up knowing only one set of grandparents, and so it is nice to see how blessed our children are to have both sets. I know the children enjoyed the time they spent with their grandparents over the past couple of days.

THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT


With all of the rain we had yesterday and today, we've noticed our yard is still holding water, particularly in the location of our garden, and has been washing away our top soil. It looks like we'll have to do a raised bed garden after all. I asked the children what sorts of things they would like to grow in our garden this year and they had many ideas. They are getting very excited about it, and I am too. I am ready for spring and summer to return so that we may enjoy the outdoors again. I'm not a fan of the freezing cold. 

ONE FINAL NOTE


I'm going to be blogging a bit differently now, and we'll see how this works out. I will also be doing some backtracking, because I have so much to record but haven't had an abundance of time to do so. I sometimes forget that I started this blog to keep a record of our family happenings and have easily gotten sidetracked.

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