Birthdays Are a Big Deal
September 24th, 2013
Birthdays are a big deal in our house. I don’t mean that we shower our kids with scores of expensive or flashy presents. That’s not the point. My goal with birthdays is to give my kids a special day, one that revolves around them. It’s always nice to have a day that’s all about you, but with multiple kiddos, I think it’s extra important.
Yesterday, Buggie turned three and I’m pretty confident it was one of the best days of his life (hooray!).
In our house, Birthday Child gets a new shirt, proclaiming the occasion to the world. No, Buggie’s didn’t say “Buggie.” That’s the brilliance of photo editing. I had an extra iron-on dragon after making his shirt, so he also got a pair of “new” dragon jeans to wear. He was jazzed.
Breakfast was French toast sticks. The only problem there arose when we forced Bug Boy to take off his new shirt so as not to coat it in syrup. He objected. We overruled. Everyone ate French toast sticks and felt better.
School was special because of the Montessori tradition of doing a Celebration of Life in the classroom. I wrote about Miss Mouse’s celebration last year. They’re super cool. Buggie had to be physically restrained from sprinting around the sun with his globe. If he’d had his way, he’d have “aged” six years by the time his classmates finished chanting out the months of the year.
Then came presents – oh joy, oh bliss! We kept it pretty simple. A new winter coat (with rocket ships!) from his grandparents. A fleece sweatshirt (with Spiderman!). A toy plane from Big Sister. And the piece de resistance: a hot wheels race track. Could anything bring greater joy to the heart of a newly-three-year-old boy? I doubt it.
Buggie selected hot dogs and baked beans for his birthday dinner, followed by cake and ice cream.
Although he was unfortunately sporting a bit of a birthday hangover today (it’s hard to come down off that much excitement), it was worth it. Happy Birthday, Little Man!