Amid all the Beaver Creek and Suzuki vacation happenings, Nathan had a birthday! His official birthday was the day we arrived home from our vacation, but of course the celebration can’t be just one day around here!
At the beginning of our week in the mountains, he received the gift of a new scooter from Gran B and Poppy so he could enjoy riding it around the bike paths up there. He was very excited!
On his actual birthday, the final day of Suzuki Institute, he awoke to a little bag of birthday suprises and balloons hanging from the chandelier. We tied a balloon to our backpack and all day long friends and teachers wished him well. He was sung to by every class! He chose Mexican for our dinner restaurant, and it was an excellent meal with some of the best fresh tortillas I’ve ever had.
When we arrived home that evening, the birthday card holder was waiting and there was garland hanging in the living room and kitchen, thanks to me sneaking back in the house and “forgetting something” just before we left.
Birthday boxes arrived in the mail from Grandma and Grandpa and from Bonzo and Pappy so there was something special to open each day for a while. Train books, new reader books, Dr. Seuss’s Book About Me, and a Lite Brite (that both kids can work on at the same time)–very fun!
Tuesday we enjoyed Grandpa Train and Grandma Sweetie’s company, along with Poppy, for Nathan’s birthday dinner of choice–French toast, strawberries, tomatoes, and bacon. He decided he’s not a big cake fan, so this year the candles went in homemade cherry raspberry ice cream (his flavor choice). The Thomas the Tank Engine flags were a popular touch.
Grandpa Train and Grandma Sweetie brought over a huge new addition to his marble track set, which was a big hit (with Daddy as well as Nathan). Of course we had to set it up right away, and it has undergone several permutations since then.
Of course there were plenty of other well wishes, cards, and kind remembrances from lots of people. Thanks to everyone for remembering!! All in all, I’d say it was a pretty happy birthday, wouldn’t you?!!