We hosted a combo party on Sunday after church celebrating Grandma Linda's retirement, Alarik's birthday and Scott's birthday.
It was a pretty simple affair with just Grandma Linda and her "friend" Bill, Uncle Kevin and Auntie Kristi, Uncle DRK's family and Auntie Steph's family. We ate and had cupcakes with no "Happy Birthday" singing fanfare. Nobody cares about the song anyway. They just want to get to the cake!
Alarik was having a hard time deciding between bites of cupcake and blowing on his party horn.
Bekah and Scott ate nothing but watermelon and a few chips.
Alarik couldn't even open presents without that horn hanging out of his mouth.
Scott was pretty intrigued by this heavy present from Grandma Linda.
He needed a helping hand from Auntie Stephie to get it open.
And it turned out to be cash for his piggy bank!
THAT brought a smile to his face!
Funny side story: After Kindergarten Graduation last week, Scott and I went to Grand Rapids to do the grocery shopping and errands. One of our tasks was to stop at the bank and deposit Scott's full piggy bank of change into his savings account. On the way there he asked me what it meant to "deposit" it and I explained that it meant we'd leave it to be kept safe at the bank, grow to be a little bit more money and some day he'd use it for college or something when he was older. He had the brightest gleam in his eye when the bank teller told him he'd had over $50 in that piggy bank and then showed him his grand savings account total of $376. She asked him what he was saving for and his expression instantly darkened as he answered with disgust in his voice, "college."
Ok, back to the present (ha, ha...get it? present???)
Sorry, couldn't help it.
Uncle DRK kept asking Scott if he'd gotten any new teeth in any of those packages yet.
Alarik got this comfy-cozy camp chair from the Kallinens and he started lounging in it straight away.
Super sweet little series of photos of Scott opening his card from Grandma Linda. It was a handmade beauty, as always.
I read it to him, "Happy Birthday! Old Granny Loves You!" and he just grinned for a moment.
Then he showed it to me again and said, "She probably wrote that cuz that's what I always call her is Old Granny!" He thought it was all pretty funny and it helped me actually get a good picture of him, missing teeth and all.
After most of the hoopla had died down Alarik went down for his nap. When he got up again, he went right back to lounging in his new chair.
Scott decorated the walkway stones with his new sidewalk chalk.
And launched his new AirHogs rocket.
Because cupcakes, chips and soda weren't enough party food for the day, the kids raided the freezer for ice cream treats. Alarik didn't have his own so he kept coming up to Bekah and saying "Need more, Bekah!" and she'd give him a lick. He's started calling her "Bekah" now instead of "Bubba". She is flattered.
I was feeling a little guilty because we really went all out for both
Alarik's and Scott's birthdays last year and this was pretty minimal,
but I guess you can't go all out every year. Bekah's already said that she won't be talked out of a big friend party this year for HER birthday, so I can claim that I'm reserving all my creativity (and patience) for November! :)