The End of the Birthday Season

What?  Two posts in one day?  What can I say?  I had to give Second Son his own space, he already suffers from middle child syndrome (which IMHO is very imagined).  I’m not giving him any more ammunition.IMG_1766

My family’s birthday season ended, yesterday. Wahoo! Cue the happy dance. My oldest, not amused by my interpretive rendition of “Celebration” wanted to know why this made me so happy. I tried to explain that as much as I love the end of summer (just the season, not that it’s actually ending) and the Fall, and my children (of course), all our birthdays occur between August and December, the busiest months of the year, with back to school, soccer, flag football, Halloween, Teacher’s Convention, conferences, Thanksgiving, and the start of the Christmas season. Throw in five birthdays just for us, and three more for other members of the family and well, we are at maximum capacity! He didn’t get it. So I toned it down, a bit (on the outside).

Second Son’s birthday was in many ways a lot like Christmas, he was up at five  (notice the darkness outside in the first picture), running around the house, opening his present, setting things up.

On these occasions, it’s like he’s on speed. But, he had a great day! He got the slot cars he wanted. Which are awesome!IMG_3041

And, I picked him up early from school to go to the Speedway, which made it ten times better, because this time there was no wait.


Is it wrong that I wrote appointment as the reason I was signing the boys out early? I don’t think so either. It’s all about strategy when it comes to winning the line game.



We ended up at Fridays for dinner, the birthday boy’s choice, based mainly on the fact that he could get a cup of dirt for dessert, it’s the simple pleasures, and then back to our house for a slot car demonstration for Grandma and Pa.


I’d say it was a pretty perfect day.

Now, back to operation Christmas!

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