Ed and I decided a while back that we would start official friend b-day parties once Charley was in Kindergarten. And from there we would alternate years with family focused birthdays and friend birthday celebrations. This year was a family year and Charley was okay with it all along. Henry couldn't understand how Charley was having a birthday without a big party. At one point on Monday he said firmly, "MAMA! You HAVE to let Charley invite some friends over tomorrow."
Because of travel and family coming into town we have to put off the activity choice that Charley will get to do. So that is still coming. However, yesterday, multiple times he said that this was the best birthday ever and that made me chuckle. Because it was all so simple in my mind.
I am the type of person who can get wrapped up in presents and feeling like I am not doing enough. But Ed kept me in line this year. And BOY HOWDY I am glad he did. The couple of very simple presents that we indulged Charley with were welcomed with excitement, happiness, and thanks (a basketball door hanging thingy, a wii game, and the Lego Creationary game.
We always hang the same birthday banner, in the same place. I made him his special breakfast.
We went to lunch at school with him (a new tradition). We brought balloons and sub sandwiches.
Note the windows and how dirty they are...and that would be why our kids come home sick all winter :)
I made him his dinner choice...pasta with alfredo.
And he had seen this football cupcake stand thingy at Michael's a week or so ago and requested that. I checked with him on Sunday and he still liked that idea. So Henry and I went to work. My go to chocolate cake/cupcake recipe is on the back of the Hersey's container!
He had Aunts and Uncles and grandparents call and wish him well. He got some exciting mail. But overall he felt loved and special. And that is what birthdays are all about. And starting this morning...he can start planning his 8th birthday friend party!