Aaron’s birthday fell on a Sunday this year and for various reasons we couldn’t do a party, so we had to find other ways to make the celebrations really special. On Friday, the children went for a sleepover at DDS and Grandpa’s (my parents) house, which they were very excited about. Then on Saturday afternoon Granny and Grandad (Colin’s parents) came to visit.
We woke up early on Sunday morning to the sound of excited children playing with balloons! We all sat around the table together for breakfast (a treat in itself as Colin and I often skip breakfast, naughty I know!) and ate pains au chocolat, enjoying the flickering candlelight and the sweet smell of beeswax.
Aaron wore his new birthday crown, custom made by Maureen Cracknell. It is absolutely beautiful, she did a wonderful job of interpreting my ideas and it’s come out far better than I could have imagined! It has an adjustable velcro fastening, so he’ll be able to wear it every birthday from now on.
He opened a couple of presents from us, a recorder and a new scooter. The scooter was a bit of an after thought, as we only got it yesterday! He’s been perfectly happy with the rusty old scooter we pulled out of the river for him, but last time he went out for a ride on it I felt really sorry for him. Also, it’s started to ooze a black liquid on my carpet, so I think it’s time to banish it.
After church, DDS and Grandpa came round for one of Aaron’s favourite dinners of beef stew. He opened some more presents while we were waiting for the roast veggies to cook. Then we all had a slice of his chocolate hedgehog cake. I feel a little guilty that he had a bought cake again, but I’m just so busy with uni work at the moment. Maybe next year he can have a homemade cake and his first proper party!
After lunch he wanted to go to Sunday School as usual. Meanwhile Tabitha had a bath and changed into her pyjamas. Keeping that girl in clothes is almost impossible, but at least she now prefers pyjamas to being naked!
Nanny and Auntie Kirsty popped around in the afternoon with some presents and everyone had lots of fun with the bubble machine, which was a present from us. It’s the only thing he requested several months ago when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. I don’t normally buy battery-operated plastic toys, but I knew that this one would bring lots of joy!
Happy birthday little man! I can’t believe you’re 5 already!