Around the time I was 13 (in middle school, anyway) my friends and I used to celebrate our half-birthdays. It was nothing elaborate, more that we recognized the day. When we had Braeden so close to Christmas, I felt like he was getting the short end of the stick in the celebration department. To compensate, Mat and I promised we would always make a big deal out of his birthday instead of making him feel like it was lumped in with Christmas. And we also agreed to celebrate his half-birthday. And what fun that that day falls on July 4! Who wouldn't want fireworks on their special day?? Not that we've taken Braeden to see fireworks yet...if only they happened during the day and not after his bed time!
We kept it simple, but it was still fun. Bray's new teacher (Mrs. Shirley) has been working with the kids to learn their birthdays. Braeden now knows he was born on January 4. And what's fun for me is that he'll turn four on January 4! My mom will understand that...she was delighted to be exactly double my age one year and double my sister's age another. :)
Mat took Braeden to the pool Friday afternoon and while Gage napped, I wrapped the presents: a Melissa & Doug wood puzzle (except ours has a fire truck, a yacht, an airplane, and a motorcycle), a Berenstein Bears book he wanted, and a couple new caterpillar construction toys. Braeden already had the dump truck and a backhoe; now he has a skid steer and a front-end loader. He loves them--they make construction noises and light up. They are sooo loud, especially when he brings one in the car!
I made cupcakes, then when Braeden got back from the pool we made frosting together. Braeden loves to help and I've been getting better about letting him. He wanted blue frosting, so that's what he got. :)
We grilled hot dogs and ate them with french fries. After dinner, Braeden had a cupcake with three candles (because he's three!).
Getting ready to blow out the candles...
I think he got tired of me taking so many pictures of him, but I have a 1 GB memory card for my camera now. I can take a hundred pictures just to get one good one and not have to worry about running out of room!
After his birthday cupcake, we went into the living room to open presents. After he got back from the pool, Braeden didn't want to get dressed again so he's just wearing his underwear. When he was a baby, he screamed during diaper changes and baths because he HATED being naked. Or maybe he hated being cold. But now it can be a real battle to get him dressed. He loves running around the house with no clothes on. He routinely tells me he'll put his shirt back on but not his shorts (or vice versa).
See how excited he is to open his new skid steer? In this picture you can see his poor, beat-up face. He took a header down our neighbor's driveway scraping up his face, a couple fingers, and his knee and shin. Poor baby.
It was a great day, a lot of fun. And now we're looking forward to tomorrow when MeMa and P-Pa arrive for a visit!