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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Due to budget constraints, and the desire to simplify life, Papa and I decided that we would do birthdays a little different this year. In the past, we have had the occasional birthday party with multiple friends, but most often we have had a big Family Dinner celebration at Red Robin, where the birthday child can invite one friend to dinner and to spend the night.
This year, however, even a Family Dinner at Red Robin is a bit over the top for our budget. So, we decided that this year each birthday child would be able to pick one friend to do an activity with, and have a special birthday dinner out with. Papa and I are very excited for the more one-on-one celebration. Since they spend all day every day with all of the siblings, a special date with Papa and Mama should be fun.
Elijah chose bowling for his activity, and his friend, J., for his Birthday Buddy. After 2 games of bowling, the 4 of us went out to dinner at Red Robin. (They give a free birthday meal, and since Elijah and I were both celebrating our b'days, we only had to pay for Papa and J.)
After dinner at Red Robin, we came back to our house for cake and ice cream with the sisters and brothers, and, of course, present opening. While we were gone, Hosanna (12) baked the cake, made the frosting, and did her first Cake Decorating job. Way to go, Hosanna!