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Changing birthday celebrations

The Mommy Chronicles

March 30, 2012
Anne Blankenship , The Daily Freeman Journal

We've entered the birthday cycle at our house - three months in the spring when just about all of the family birthdays fall. Two in March, one in April and several in May. It makes for a festive spring.

The first birthday was my granddaughter, Ariel who turned three. She is such a little spit-fire but very much a girly-girl and is constantly busy, busy, busy.

Today is my son Daniel's birthday. It's incredibly hard to believe that he's turning 11. I have to watch what I say here. I promised Daniel I wouldn't write any more stories about when he was a baby and a toddler. I don't want to embarrass him, so I shall refrain from publicly marveling at how much he's grown in those years.

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So, the celebration begins today with a small gathering of Daniel's classmates. The group of them will go bowling, have cake and play games.

It's interesting how the parties have scaled back through the years. When he was five, we had a big celebration with daycare kids, his kindergarten class and other friends. That year, there was a clown and a magic show. Another year, we took a bunch of kids to see a Disney movie and once we went to an arcade in Ames.

Last year, we took a trip to a Japanese steakhouse, where he was serenaded by the staff and given an ice cream sundae.

I have a suspicion that it won't be too many years before he's requesting a co-ed party. Yikes.

Next month, Larry will reach one of those milestone birthdays - you know, the one that ends in "0" and results in getting a special membership card in the mail. His mother is coming for a visit that week, so I think she and I will put our heads together to come up with something truly memorable in honor of my dearest's birthday. I have to be careful though, as retaliation is a definite possibility and my birthday is soon after his.

When I was growing up, there were four May birthdays all in a row. My mom, sister, a cousin and I all had birthdays the same week. We had huge parties back then. Now, my cousin lives in Virginia and I never see him, my mom and sister have passed on.

I'm glad I have a chance to share those memories with my family now and I look forward to creating some new Kodak moments with the grandchildren.



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