Dylan's actual birthday was last Friday. His birthday party was Saturday. This caused a great deal of confusion. On Friday, when I sang to him in the morning, he happily exclaimed, "We're going to SeaBase today for my party!"
"No, that's tomorrow", I explained.
"Tomorrow is my birthday?"
"Well, no, today is your birthday, but we are having the party tomorrow".
"But today is my birthday, not tomorrow!"
I tried to explain that we couldn't have the party Friday, because everyone would be working.
"Mommy and Daddy aren't working!"
"Well, Daddy took the day off, so he could spend your birthday with you".
"Well, everybody can do that and we'll have the party today!"
As much as his logic sometimes has us talking in circles, and me wanting to beat my head against something, I do love the simplicity in his thinking. It was his birthday, so people should celebrate. Who can argue with that logic?
So, I sent him to school with Eat N Park smiley cookies, he got to wear birthday sunglasses and be sung to, and his teachers gave him a gift. Then, Jim and I picked him up from school and we all went to Pittsburgh Mills mall to celebrate some more. We ate lunch at Johnny Rockets, a 60's style diner. Then, he rode the merry go round, played in Giggles & Smiles, and we went in the pet store. Then, we went home, had dinner, and he opened our gifts, along with some that came in the mail.
The majority of our gifts involved The Little Einsteins, which he is still obsessed with. Weeks ago, when we asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he said, "I don't need any more toys. I have enough toys". After we picked our bottom lips up off the floor, we asked what he wanted then. There was only one thing, but it was apparently very important, because he told us and showed us over and over.
Not buying the kid the one thing he wanted when that one thing was a BOOK? Would have been criminal.
Oh! And, I found this Rocket, that moves according to the sequence you punch in, at a church sale for 75 cents!
Gotta love that. I also love his card, which plays Lionel Ritchie's "Oh What A Feeling". Why is that significant? Because ever since I stumbled across State Farm's Ready, Set, Dance, the three of us have been playing it almost every day. If you don't know what it is, trust me, click on over there, because if your kid is anything like mine (a dancing fool) they will LOVE it.
So, his birthday was great, and his party was really great. I'll talk about that in Part Two. But, let me just say that I am SO happy I decided not to have the party at our house, because Friday night (the night before the party) our refrigerator stopped working. We had all our food outside in a cooler when we left for the party!