Today we celebrated my sister's birthday.  We haven't lived in the same state for seven years now, so I count it a privilege to have had her living with us since baby Ezra's birth. 

The boys were so excited last night planning what they would do.  Nathaniel is hugely into surprises, so he just wanted to hide somewhere and then come out and say happy birthday.  They also decided to have a dance party for Giftychechi because she likes to dance.  And they put their daddy in charge of the "games."  

So far birthdays have been simple in our home.   It's a day that we usually spend together enjoying each other's company and a special meal taking time to celebrate the special birthday person.  Today was just that way.

N woke up earliest and had my parents on the phone so that when G woke up we could all say happy birthday to her together.  We had a special breakfast ready and much to the boys' delight there was more for them too.  Breakfast was light with lots of fruit, yogurt, granola, fresh juice, and cranberry-orange scones (one of my all time favorites).

And we ended the day with dinner and a quasi-dance performance by the boys.  G likes hors d'oeuvres, so I decided to do an around the world tapas style dinner.  So, we had smoked salmon on herb toast, shrimp spring rolls, chicken saltimbocca, uzhunnu vada, and steak ssam.

Our favorite was the smoked salmon followed closely by the spring rolls and hoisin-peanut sauce. 

Instead of making a cake, I ordered a variety of mini-cakes from the local bakery that the mister picked up on his way home.  As for favorites, G and I debated between the dark chocolate cake of the ice cream sundae vs the cherry center of the torte.  The mister was a fan of the red velvet as was N.  E liked the orange chocolate and J couldn't get enough frosting. 

**edited** The boys helped me create cards on the computer and then they colored them in.  The twins always seem to be in character so E signed off as Giftychechi's baby spinch (don't ask) and J signed off as Rufus the dog (I heard him wrong and typed Ruford).  N was sticking with the dancing theme and thought the dancing skeleton was hilarious.  They were quite proud of their contribution.  As E said, "I did a great job coloring"  At least we're building confidence, right?

All in all, I hope G had a good day.  I know I'm blessed to have her as a sister and I'm thankful for all God has done for her and for every promise and blessing that awaits her in Him.


Patricia Torres said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh.. That looks like a fabulous day.. Hope you had a great time.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness, what wonderful, delicious-looking food! Your sister must have been so delighted! Your idea for the cake selection was fantastic! :) Happy birthday to Giftychechi! xx

Becky K said... Best Blogger Tips

man faith, that's pretty awesome! now we'll be needing the recipes to all of those delightful treats! send em' to either sak or myself! :) hope you all had a nice time...and wish I could have joined on that dance party! that sure seemed like some FUN!

handbags*n*pigtails said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok is it wrong that I wanted to lick my computer screen? What a spread woman! How bout I make a trip out there for MY birthday and you can make these "simple" meals for me? Eh?:)
Love and miss you,

susan said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for the recipes! it all looks so so so yummy!!!

sophy said... Best Blogger Tips

happy birthday cousin balky!!! It looks like you all had a ball. Hope you took a video of the dance show-I miss you guys!

sonylilly said... Best Blogger Tips

what fun! those spring rolls look so delicious! we missed gifty :(