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.