So, naturally, we were excited when Ben called to say he was headed home. We all went out and eagerly awaited to see him on his birthday bike. :) Ben said the ride humbled him. Ha.
But you can just see from this picture how fun it was! Well, for the kids. :)
Then we had dinner (beef casserole and butternut squash - his pick) followed by cake. The cake was super-duper rich. And delicious. Think Nutella in cake form. But the kids weren't big fans.
After all this it was gingerbread time. It was late enough that I was able to get Lucy
out of the way to bed. It was fun. Ben and I shared a gingerbread house - I didn't get a picture of the "B & E" Ben so lovingly put on the back of our house. :)
But the big finish of the night has no pictures. . . we played chess. Ben has wanted to teach and play with me for the past 9 1/2 years and I have sweetly refused. Until tonight. I thought it was time to give him this as a birthday present. So we played. It lasted forever. In the end, I won. By pure accident since I really didn't have much of a clue as to what was happening (I kept telling Ben that he was really just playing against himself. . . ) But it was kind-of fun. And I just might play again. Perhaps on December 20th, 2012.
I love this man and was happy to get to celebrate him with our kids.