Chickadee Thursday–Now We Are Six!

For the first time, Chickadee’s birthday is on the same day of the week on which she was born! It was a very fun day!!! We started bright and early, before Moose left for school, with the opening of presents.

Since it’s a Thursday and her birthday, she really wanted a picture with Dolly:

We did a lot of her favorite things today. We watched Mister Rogers Neighborhood and Sailor Moon (six episodes because she is six). She built her new Lego set (with a little help) and played with her new toys. There were even a few games of Candy-land. For dinner, she picked Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I’ve made birthday cupcakes for the last few years, but this year, Chickadee decided she wanted an elephant cake, just like she had for her first birthday:

It was a fun, busy, and exciting day. I still can’t quite believe that she’s six years old already, but I’m very proud of the sweet little girl she is!

Fifteen!

Today is Turkey’s fifteenth birthday! After a busy morning at church and choir rehearsal, he was excited to get home and open his presents. Lego sets are still one of the best gifts you can get him!

We had a late lunch/early dinner at Red Robin, which is probably Turkey’s second favorite place to order a burger (after Seamus McDaniel’s, of course!).

This year, he asked me to make a Black Forest cherry torte for his birthday cake:

This should be an exciting year for Turkey, and for us, because learning how to drive is looming on the horizon! Happy Birthday, son!

My First Foray into Japanese Cooking

For Christmas, I bought Ryan a Japanese cookbook, with the promise I would cook the things he found interesting. My first chance came tonight, for his early birthday celebration.

Some of the ingredients were familiar to me, but there was also a whole lot of new stuff in the dinner prep!

For his birthday dinner, Ryan picked pork gyoza with a spicy dipping sauce plus pork tonkatsu sandwiches, served with shredded cabbage, Bulldog sauce, and Kewpie mayo. We also found Japanese Sapporo beer to go with the meal:

There is definitely a learning curve to both the cooking and the timing of the dishes (not to mention the clean-up, which was super fun with our dishwasher out of commission!), but everything tasted great, so I think it was a pretty successful first attempt!

Turning Twelve!

Moose turned 12 today…can you believe it?!? I almost can’t!!!

He wasn’t thrilled about having to go to school this morning, but there was an assembly today, so that made it a little better. And as soon as he got home, he was ready to open presents. His Lego city is getting so big, I don’t know where he’s going to put it all!

He decided to make an unconventional choice for his birthday dessert…pie! This really isn’t surprising, because S’mores pie is his very favorite dessert, and Ryan has picked pie for his birthday before, so the precedent was there. It was a fun choice, even if I did miss decorating a cake for him.

Happy Birthday Moose!

A Belated Bunny Day

Since Ryan was in Scotland and Turkey was at camp on Bunny’s actual birthday, we waited to celebrate her turning thirteen(!!!) until today. I think it was worth the wait for her, though…she received a lot of nice gifts, including some gift cards, a Lego Elves set from her siblings, and a Harry Potter charm bracelet!

I think it’s very convenient that the “Happy Birthday” candles count exactly 13 in number, so that’s what topped her traditional bunny cake.

It might have been a little late, but it was a very nice birthday celebration! Happy (belated) Birthday Bunny!

A Birthday Trip to the Zoo

Since we don’t have too much school work left to do, we took the day off and spent Ladybug’s birthday at the zoo! I think just about every school in St. Louis was there on a field trip, but we still had a fun time, even though we had to battle the crowds to see anything. The animals were unusually active and playful today…we especially enjoyed getting splashed by the penguins! It was a fun way to celebrate a birthday!

An Early Birthday

Ladybug’s birthday isn’t until Tuesday, but we celebrated today…I can’t believe she’s turning 10!!!

After lunch, she opened presents…Lego sets with horses, which is pretty much Ladybug’s dream come true!

After Ryan’s Bach at the Sem concert this afternoon, and dinner at Seamus McDaniel’s (of course!), we came home and had cake. She wanted a lemon cake shaped like a music note this year, in her favorite colors of pink and purple…maybe if it had been blue and yellow instead, the Blues wouldn’t have lost their last shot at advancing in the playoffs! It was just like Ladybug wanted it, though, which is all that matters!

Happy (almost) Birthday, Ladybug!