that he was invited to Disneyland, or a big party with live Star Wars characters, or a sleepover with fireworks and a marching band? Gently explain to your little angel that his buddy Caleb
loves him, but has a flair for the dramatic. This will give you a chance to explain what the difference between “exaggeration” and “colorful storytelling” is, to your child. (and if you figure it out, email me the answer. because we know Caleb doesn’t get this gift from JOHN.)
So, funds are a little tight and we bypassed the big kid party to do a fun family day. It must have been okay because Caleb kept saying “This is the best birthday EVER! Thanks Mom!” and here’s the key, if you can’t do the marching band:
Try to say YES to everything you normally have to say “Sorry. Not now.” to.
“Can we do something FUN?” YES-John took the afternoon off and took his little men bowling. “Can we ignore school?” YES.
“Can I do my chores tomorrow?” YES.
“Can I play the Wii, even though it’s not Saturday?” YES
“Can I get Captain Crunch for breakfast?” YES
Caleb even requested a “birthday stocking” (!) YES- I stuck 3 little gifts in one of my big ole fleece socks and he was happy.
And, as always, the birthday person gets to choose ANYTHING they desire for dinner, and Caleb’s dinner choices were:
peanut butter chicken
(he likes pulling meat off jagged wooden skewers with his teeth)
corn on the cob
(hoping to take out a very wiggly tooth)
(but its out of season now, so he had canned pears instead-his second favorite fruit)
Ore-Ida steak Fries with Red Robin seasoning
(also referred to as “Grandma’s Fries! Mom, I don’t know why but hers are WAY better than yours!” so Claudia brought them-thanks!)
and sparkling grape juice, in wineglasses.
(Don’t ask me how he knows how to hold a glass from the stem so expertly! Must be those Looney Tunes shows all the kids are watching today!?)
and a gluten-free cake, made into a LEGO head. I don’t know what, exactly, “Lego Universe” means-it is something the company is coming out with in 2010, that Caleb is really excited about so he wanted it to say that, across at the top. Because I don’t have to know why it pleases him-as long as it does, because birthdays are the chance to say YES all day. (Unless it’s Disneyland and fireworks. but you know if $ weren’t an issue, that would be a yes, too!)