This year we opted to celebrate the boys’ birthdays a week or so early by taking them and a few of their best friends to a soccer game at Yankee Stadium. New York City FC played Chicago Fire, including the beloved Bastian Schweinsteiger, which led to the awkward situation of bringing five little New Yorkers to Yankee Stadium who end up cheering “Chica-GO, Chica-GO!” for the duration of the game. Also: Five boys is…well…a handful.
I was supposed to run the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia the day after Julian’s actual birthday, so we didn’t do the big party thing this year. Of course, as life would have it, I had some health issues that prevented me from running (or moving much at all) for about 10 days, so the race was out of the question. It rained all day that day anyway.
Instead, we celebrated Julian’s special day at home with pancakes and candles, lunch at Brooklyn Crab and mini golf at Shipwrecked and cake, more candles and some soccer to end the day. It was lovely, and Julian felt celebrated.
It’s just unfortunate that, as it turns out, our child who is naturally good at everything, is quite unintuitive when it comes to mini golf and in fact hated it with a passion.
Other than that Julian’s birthday was a success.
Arthur’s birthday fell on a Tuesday, so he spent most of his day in school. According to his wish, I dropped him off and picked him up – no annoying school bus on your birthday. I get it, kid.
After school, as we were waiting for Julian to get out, Arthur was bouncing up and down the sidewalk, collecting hugs and high-fives from all the moms, all the while beaming and declaring, “It’s my birthday today!” He was so happy and felt so special all day. It was adorable.
We celebrated with cake at home and had a major Lego-building session, before taking out his new skateboard for a spin. True to his nature, Arthur seems naturally good at skateboarding.
I’m always so amazed how easily this kid conquers any and all active/sporty stuff, but standing still or simply walking down the sidewalk or stairs without tripping or falling seems incredibly challenging to him still.
Either way, he loves his new skateboard, and we’ve basically been eating cake for two weeks. I always think I could bring some cake into work, but then we just eat it all ourselves.
The other highlight of birthday week was the Walkman. Both boys got an old-school Walkman for their birthdays, complete with mix tapes that Jeff lovingly created. The two favorites are a mix of AC/DC and Van Halen and an 80s Hair Metal tape. They listen to these tapes all day long, for as much as they can, and Julian falls asleep with his headphones on every night. It’s sort of amazing to see your kids discover music.
This brings us to today. Well, almost.
We celebrated our nephew’s communion on Saturday and the boys’ good friends’ birthday and communion on Sunday. The latter was an epic party with wild animals, a life-sized chess set, DJ, indoor fireworks, a sit-down dinner, massage section, and chocolate fountain. It was so much fun. Clearly, we know how to party.