Our birthdays are all in the first quarter of the year, so January, February and March is birthday season at our house. This year's birthday season was surprisingly nice.
Tommy's birthday came first. He really didn't want a party, so we just did his favorite things over his birthday weekend. In hindsight, we maybe should have done something bigger. Thirteen is a big milestone! I suppose it was appropriate that his celebration choices all focused on food. He's been growing a lot lately, so he's always hungry. We took him out for a giant pancake breakfast at IHOP and for massive amounts of sushi at a conveyor belt place with cool fish tanks. He's still our happy, sweet boy even though he's a giant teenager now.
My birthday was next. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my friends and family. I received so many phone calls, messages, cards and gifts from friends near and far! Tea, books, chocolate and Disney are my THINGS, and I love that everyone knows this. I didn't want to be alone during the day on my birthday, so I invited all of my Arlington friends to come over for tea and pastries the morning of my birthday. David and the boys showered me with attention in the evening and over the weekend too. I'm so thankful for everyone who made me feel special on my birthday. It really was a fabulous one.
My brother and his wife Erin came to visit us just after my birthday. It was so great to see them! We all have busy lives, and we live far away from each other, so we don't get to see them very often. They're the sort of people who just slip easily into our lives like they've never been away. They're the best sort of house guests to have. We met them in DC for a dinner in Chinatown one evening while they were at Ben's professional conference. The boys loved being in the city after dark on a school night. Then they came to stay with us after the conference for a couple of nights. We didn't do any sightseeing or anything, because we were enjoying each other's company so much.
Charlie's birthday was next. He had a real party! We printed out invitations for him to pass out to his friends, most of whom I'd never met, and everyone he invited came to his party! I think it helped him realize that he DOES have friends here. The party was just a simple movie, pizza and cake home party, but everyone seemed to have a great time. His three best friends from the neighborhood stayed the night, so he got a party and a sleepover. He was so happy. I love that he's always able to find nice friends who appreciate and understand his amazing, quirky personality.
David's birthday is almost a whole month after Charlie's, but it doesn't seem write to do a birthday post without him. While we waited for David's birthday, we had a couple of weeks of fake-spring and then a fresh wave of winter. These two photos were taken 2 days apart!
The other big event in March was the release of the new Nintendo Switch game console. Tommy had been saving all of his money for months, and had enough to buy it on release day. Luckily, I figured out where we could go to line up pre-opening and snag one! It was almost a disappointment, because most places ran out of pre-orders months in advance. You can see on the "golden ticket" Charlie is holding, that we got console #26 out of 27 available. Whew!
For David's birthday, we drove up to Baltimore. He wanted to do some shopping at a leather working supply store. We also had a nice lunch at a Brazilian steak place and visited the National Aquarium. He's a lot easier to please on his birthday than I seem to be! ;-) Over his birthday weekend, he brewed some kombucha, started fermenting kefir, practiced stitching on a leather wallet he made, did a bunch of pull ups on the bar he installed in the attic pull-down space, played the new Mass Effect video game demo, and started making plans to set up a SMALL fish tank. He's a busy bee, and we love him for it!