Saturday, June 23, 2012

And One to Grow On

It’s birthday season in our house. Just in my immediate family, there is a b-day in May, June, July and two in August (soon to be three with the addition of our future daughter-in-law).

We’re not a big party family, and our birthdays are usually low-key, but there are traditions.

The kids always get helium balloons tied to their chair at the kitchen table.

We all get to pick what we want for dinner, whether it’s a fancy restaurant, junk food, or simply our favorite foods. Baby Girl this year wanted hot dogs and mac and cheese! I usually get Chinese food or pizza. Anything goes.

And, of course, we all pick our cakes (or pies as the case may be sometimes).

Son # 1 likes strawberry pie.
Son # 2 likes Boston Creme Pie (which is actually a cake)
Baby Girl likes Boston Creme Pie
Mr. W likes Boston Creme Pie or spice cake with vanilla frosting
And me? I like pumpkin pie or banana cream pie.

Really, I could eat pie all day and skip the special dinner. :)

And of course, there’s always a hitchhiker on the cakes. Grover. He’s another tradition and has been part of every birthday cake since the kids were little.

Isn’t he cute?

Do you have a favorite birthday cake? Or a special birthday dinner?


Happy said...

These couple months are birthday crazy! The 14th last month, then the 25th, the 14th this month, then the 20th, 7th next month!

We usually get to pick anywhere we want to go for our B-day... So, far that has included Disney on Ice, A carwash (3yr old), Movie & then bowling! And, it is just us for these events.

Big bunch of balloons... And, I either make the cake (yes, with any crazy decoration they want, character, team, book...) or if we are short on time we order one.

My favorite is vanilla cake, vanilla butter cream & bananas! For dinner it is usually MEXICAN!

Lori Cimino said...

My youngest son turns 23 on Tuesday. He works so much these days I hope to be able to see him before next weekend.
i love the grover thing

Aimee Hix said...

So with just me, Eric and the Doll we're balanced on opposite sides of the year. They are less than two weeks apart but I am 7 months later.

Add in the immediate family and it gets hairy:

Niece - January 2
My Dad (deceased) - March 18
My Mom (deceased) - March 28
Eric - March 30
Nephew #1 - April 2
The Doll - April 10
Our Anniversary - May 9
Mother's Day
MIl/FIL Anniversary - June 2 (hey at over 55 years they get to celebrate with a big family thing every year)
Nephew #2 - June 7
SIL - June 10
Father's Day
BIL#2 - August 19
BIL #1 - August 25
Me - November 10
MIL - November 16
FIL - November 19

These are all holidays we celebrate together except Neice's birthday as she lives in Alabama.

We are all 20 miles from one another and, yes, we do combine birthdays and such but ... it's ALOT of togetherness.

Susan L. said...

My favorite cake (for years) used to be the confetti cake with the confetti icing. Now, I usually request red velvet cake (not made with cream cheese frosting but instead made the way it is made in one of the River Roads cookbooks). Our birthday season is September-December (and includes two anniversaries).
September: mom, sister, youngest nephew
October: sister's anniversary, my birthday, brother-in-law
November: my anniversary, future-step-father-in-law
December: grandmother (deceased), husband, nephew, father-in-law (deceased)
January: mother-in-law

Heather Blake Webber said...

Happy, I LOVE that your 3 year-old wanted to go to a car wash. That's awesome! And vanilla cake? Yum!

Lori, they grow old so fast, don't they? I hope you do get to see him, too!

Aimee, you're not kidding! That IS a lot of togetherness! But think of the memories in the making. :)

Susan, I've actually never had red velvet cake--am going to have to change that soon!!

Kristin A. said...

Love the Grover! That is such a fun family tradition. Isn't it interesting how so many of us have birthday seasons in our families? For us it's all between end of October and the first week of January, which is holiday season as well, of course! Lots of celebrating for us during that time and then a lull until my birthday in April.

We do what a lot of families do - meal and dessert is chosen by the birthday guy or girl. I have a few favorites, but nothing I choose every year. This year it was a ferry ride and a yummy, local seafood restaurant called Anthony's. A very fun day indeed.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Kristin, a ferry ride does sound fun! And it is interesting about the birthday "seasons". I wonder how many families have them. A lot, it seems!

Jeffrey Marks said...

Wait, I'm behind -- Son #1 is getting married? We need to do lunch/brunch/breakfast or some combination and catch up!

My Recent Favorite Books said...

Your birthdays sound so special! =)
and I love --- pumpkin pie and banana cream pie!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Jeff, yes we do! We should rope Sharon into it, too. It's been too long!

Melissa, they're definitely not over-the-top, but they suit us. It's always a wonderful day.

Aimee Hix said...

Heather, if you have not had red velvet cake by next year's Malice I will make a mini cake to bring to you.

And I totally forgot that my favorite cake is carrot cake.

Dru said...

Embrace your togetherness.

I tend to celebrate my b-day alone, and it's okay.

My youngest sister lives out of state, otherwise we would get together and celebrate our B-Day month.

Dru said...

oh my favorite cake..plain white or yellow cake with chocolate icing; no whipped cream frosting for me.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Aimee, carrot cake is deee-licious! And it's a deal on that red velvet.

Dru Ann, that's one of my favorite cakes, too. BUT, I LOVE whipped icing. Yum, yum, yum!

Linda McDonald said...

Ah, Grover. That is a fun tradition to have him on the cake/pie. As for me, I love german chocolate cake or german chocolate pie. YUMMY!

Shirley said...

For my birthday, my Grandmother made me a lemon meringue pie in a graham cracker crust, yummy!

In my immediate family, we have birthdays April through July, then September through December, with anniversaries in June and December.

If I add cousins and an aunt, we have at least one birthday every month!

Heather Blake Webber said...

Linda, I haven't had a German chocolate cake in forever. Not sure why--it's so good! Yummy coconut. :)

Shirley, does that mean you get cake once a month? LUCKY! It's so sweet that your grandmother made a lemon meringue pie. Great memories!

Shirley said...

Unfortunately, no, I don't get cake every month, since I have to help family celebrate long distance most of the time! I do try to make it home for at least one birthday every year.

Breaunna Miller said...

I just had a birthday on Thursday & my favorite cake is yellow with chocolate icing, nothing fancy but it's soooo yummy! I usually take the day off from work as does my mom & we go somewhere to hang out usually for shopping. We have a lot of summer b-days in my family as well & into early fall so I understand :)

Heather Blake Webber said...

Breaunna, Happy Birthday! I'm glad you had a nice day. :)