Ben had a birthday yesterday and at first Miles, who thought Ben was turning 25, told his dad that "You're not old, not until you're in your middle 30s." Whoops, that officially makes Ben old seeing as he turned 35.
I told Diana (Ben's mom) that I don't know how she made his birthday special as a kid because his birthday is such bad timing. :) After Jonas' birthday and getting everything ready for Christmas, Ben's birthday just kind of comes along and happens. And I know that birthday celebrations aren't really for adults, but I still feel bad that his birthdays aren't spectacular. Because he is.
But because of this ridiculous weather we're having (waaaay to warm - like 50s. and waaaaaaaaaaaay too much wind - like wake-up and scare Miles wind.) Ben spent a few hours in the morning in the backyard. (I was at Miles' school helping out for a couple of hours.) Jonas and Emmy built a fort or something. Ben played in the compost. Not literally in. He organized his garage. Manly things like that.
But the big celebration of the day (of all his birthdays now) is decorating our gingerbread houses. We started the tradition of doing it on Ben's birthday a few years ago and it's great. It makes the day fun for the children, at least. :)
At first I helped Emmy with her house by placing the icing where she wanted me to and then she would place the candies. But then she decided she wanted to do it all on her own and she did awesome. I love this picture of her squirting out a great big pink blob. Love it.
Jonas had a blast doing his house, too. The boys were all on their own. It's fun to see what they do. Jonas was pretty pleased with it!
And Miles with his house. We named it "Winter Wonderland." You can't see too well in the picture but he has white frosting ("snow") everywhere. Pretty darn awesome.