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The Least Expensive Birthday Of All Time

posted by Heather May 12, 2016 3 Comments
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Anytime I get to use my workbench, especially to fix something for the kids, I get super fired up.

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It’s not like I did major reconstruction or anything, but when Bode saw his heliport was back together, his eyes got huge and he yelled out, “THANK YOU, MOMMY!!!!”

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Bode’s birthday dinner with Ben’s Dad, Paul. LOVING eating most of our meals outside again.

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Paul gave Bode new books, which Bode loves because I have a strict rule about never buying books for the kids. We do all of our books from the Natick Library. But, it’s definitely a great birthday treat to have truck and train books that you never have to give back 🙂

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Someone needs to figure out a way to get Baby Love to continue squatting like this beyond her toddler years.

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Miss Katrin managed to find the ugliest hat on the planet and give it to Bode as part of his birthday present. But, when you present someone a gift like that with a smile like that, anything looks great.

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Maya and Tess after their game against Tabor today. How cute is Tess? And, how is Maya’s calf stronger than her quad???

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Just using my head to massage Kat’s lumbar. I told her she could come stay in our bed tonight and sub in as my pillow while I sleep.

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Our family “area” at Maya’s game was about as trashy as it gets at a private school athletic contest. We brought about as many plastic toys, coolers, and bags as we possibly could to keep ourselves entertained and well fed. Katrin even brought Bode’s birthday gifts and we had a little present ceremony there. It was a real scene.

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Meatballs as a snack. Perfect.

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I LOVE this field. So lucky we get to spend afternoons here watching these girls play.

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Bode spent the first 45 minutes of the game napping in the car.

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SUCH a great song.

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Bode and Love helped me assemble these for Bode’s classmates today to celebrate his birthday.

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We brought these in to playgroup today, too, so the kids could play dress up as part of his birthday festivities: a taco costume, a Burger King costume, wigs, masks, tattoo sleeves, and who the hell knows what else.

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I’ve been looking for something new to get unhealthily obsessive about. I figured beef collagen is better than cocaine or brandy.

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The fact that Jonah knows who Neil Diamond even is fires me up.

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Maya strained her foot at practice yesterday, so no game time for her 🙁

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The birthday kid.

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Our last birthday breakfast with Gianni. They’re staying at Alex’s tonight, and his Dad gets home tomorrow night. We may keep up the little breakfast club that we started, though. Such a great way to start the day.

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Gianni looks like a little old man with her eggs, rice, bacon, parfait, and Earl Grey tea.

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Bode’s birthday breakfast.

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Bode kicked off his birthday with a mani…

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…and, a pedi 🙂

Maybe we’re going to hell for this, but somehow we managed to successfully spend $2 on Bode’s birthday.

Here’s the thing.  Bode’s 4 years old.  It’s the perfect age for parents because he’s finally old enough to really understand that your birthday is a really, really special day…but, not old enough to know that most people get cake and naughty dinners and tons of presents that cost parents tons of money.

Four year olds don’t really get that unless you tell them all of that.

When you wrap up a $1 matchbox car in tons of tissue paper and wrap it a dozen times with blue and white string, you get a Mat Fraser-style fist pump and a, “YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!”  And, when you follow that up with an individual sized bag of Swedish Fish because one of the things he said he wanted for his birthday were “gummies”, you get an even more intense Fraser reaction.  You, then, top it off with an endless amount of fresh berries (the most expensive part of the event, but you don’t have to “count” it because the family needs to eat at some point) and homemade Cookie N’ Cream Progenex infused whipped cream…and, that’s when you shut it down.

Ben did get the Parent Of The Year Award for one bonus gift: an automated phone call from The Paw Patrol wishing Bode a Happy 4th Birthday.

And, there you have: the recipe for The Least Expensive Birthday Of All Time.

Parents of very young children, you are welcome.

3 Comments

Melissa May 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Trying not to let me husband see this! Lol our birthdays have line item budgets…

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Heather May 15, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Your kids are WAY older than ours! Our days here are numbered 🙂

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