Thursday, October 9, 2008

Here Comes the Birthday

With Joe's birthday coming up tomorrow, I am busy baking his cake and making preparations for his birthday dinner tomorrow night. And I'm reminded of his birthday celebration two years ago.

Joe likes for his birthday to pass quietly without much fuss, so our family of six planned to eat at home that night. The celebration would definitely be low-key, but still I wanted Joe to feel special. So I had spent the day making his favorite dishes: chicken and puff pastry, green beans, rolls and a fresh green salad. And for dessert, a freshly-baked cake with creamy buttercream icing.

When we gathered around the table for dinner, the children worried that our family meal was not special enough to mark the occasion. Where were all the guests? Where were the balloons? Had I made invitations or a birthday crown? And most frustrating to them, what was the theme of this party?

Four-year-old Christian was most concerned about his daddy's small-scale celebration. He was deep in thought as we finished our meal. I lit the candles on Joe's birthday cake, we sang "Happy Birthday," and I served everyone a piece of cake. I took a bite of cake and commented that the all-white cake tasted like wedding cake.

Finally inspiration struck, and Christian's face lit up. He announced with delight, "Dad, Dad, I know what your birthday party can be! You can have a wedding party. You can invite your girlfriend!"

(Christian meant me, so it was a happy birthday, after all!)


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Graham Shenanigans said...

That is so sweet! Sounds like yall are going to have a sweet little celebration for Joe's birthday. Of course, from what I am learning about you, there's nothing little about it. It will still be done up 100% just as if there were guests there. You do such beautiful work!!

Michelle said...

Yikes! Is there a girlfriend Christian knows about that maybe you and Joe don't?? Funny, my son thinks any woman that my husband talks to is his "wife." :) From the mouths of babes!

Thanks for stopping by on your layover yesterday. Come back and visit anytime! I promise to open the highway back up for smoother traveling next time!

Katy Lin :) said...

tee hee! what a cutie! :) hope joe has has a great birthday! :)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

That is so sweet! What a wonderful memory :)!! A happy birthday to your hubby!

Jennie said...

kids say the darndest things... usually in front of stangers.... HA!

Becky Welch said...

Great plans!! My kids always wonder what theme adults are going to have for their birthdays!! I also gave you an award. Check out my blog for all the details!

teacupsandpoodles said...

I think Joe will love his birthday that you have planned for him! Looks lovely! Your blog is beautiful!
Mary Ann

Debbie said...

That is so precious. Don't you just love how their little minds work...all that creativity and thoughtfulness! Oh to be 4 again!

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