One of the benefits of having a clan of early risers is that we can squeeze in a whole birthday celebration – celebratory breakfast, opening cards and presents, and even trying out one of the new gifts – before having to head off to school at 8 a.m.!
Our oldest turned 9 years old yesterday! Since he had to go to school during the day and play in a baseball game in the evening, we did some of our celebrating over the weekend. We started on Sunday afternoon by taking the whole family on an ice skating adventure, and decided to have a special dinner (pork tenderloin, one of his favorites) and birthday cake (my first attempt at strawberry cake – it was way too sweet, but I’ll try again!) that night. Since he has always been an early riser, we knew that he would have plenty of time to open his cards and gifts on Monday morning, and we were right! Everyone tried to branch out a bit this year with their gifts, which have consisted almost entirely of Legos in the past. This year he received lots of fun cards, a Laser Pegs set, a badminton set, an Erector set, two small Lego sets, the game Minecraft for the computer (we thought and thought about this for a couple of years and finally decided to give it a try), and some money for summer camp. His sisters also bought him some Frosted Flakes, a pack of bubblegum, and a small set of excavation tools – they know him so well. Pretty exciting for a 9 year-old boy – thanks to our extended family!
I’ll write another post regarding our approach to computer game time in another post, but for now, a blessed Tuesday to all of you! Mary, Virgin Most Prudent, pray for us!