Monday, January 8, 2007

Today is my mom's birthday

So, all 11 of us (two parents, all five kids, two grandkids, and two sons in law), went to Cracker Barrel (her favorite) for dinner, and then to Mr. Biggs for bowling. It was really fun. I haven't been bowling in probably 10 years. My friends always wanted to go, and I always refused because bowling alleys are always such smokey, nasty places. I have a hard time having fun in that environment. Yes, I am a nerd. Anyway, with so many adults to pass babies to, it was easy and fun to have the girls there. And my brother Ryan, newly operated-upon knee and all, walked with Hannah all over the whole place. She had a blast.

My family has always made a huge deal out of birthdays, and I'm not even entirely sure what we did that made them so fun. The birthday person always got to choose a restaurant for lunch or dinner, and usually an activity. When we were young, we'd have massive parties with 10 or 12 little kids sometimes. I don't know how my mom did it. Yet. I'll be figuring it out shortly!

What do you do to make birthdays special?


  1. This is a question I am asking over and over. Liam's birthday is next Wednesday and I am trying to control myself from going hog-wild like my mother did when we were little. What to do?

  2. At least for their first birthday they don't remember it anyway. You have a few years to figure out what works. We just had a bunch of our friends over and made a cake for Hannah. I think it was just my parents and siblings for Audrey's first. I'm not a huge party planner, but I'm starting to get to where I at least don't have panic attacks the day before. ;)