We told the kiddos about three weeks before our Disney trip that we were going. Sarah’s reaction was “why didn’t you surprise us?!” and Ephraim’s was dismay that he wouldn’t get to sleep in his own bed for his birthday. After we calmed that fear a bit we agreed that even though we’d be in Disney on his actual birthday, celebrating at home would still happen. For Ephraim “birthday” has always equaled “open presents in front of my friends.” So that’s just what we did.
The Sunday night after Thanksgiving we rounded up the usual suspects and had a low key party at home. With emphasis on the present opening.
Everyone’s favorite garden gnome was there too. The pointy hat becomes him.
It becomes this guy too…
Confession: I told all of the kids they had to wear the hats or they wouldn’t get cake. A photgrapher’s gotta do what a photographer’s gotta do.
Eventually E got tired of waiting for cake and started to get a bit forlorn…
It’s a look he wears well.
But then I just threatened him with cake again.
And finally, it was time.
With that cake business behind him, we moved on to the important work at hand.
Sarah channeled some of her duct tape passion into a special gift for her little bro…
For the last three years he’s waffled between being a police officer and a “fighter-fighter” (firefighter) when he grows up.
So she hooked him up with his own sash, badge, and walkie talkies.
Of course now he’s changed his mind and decided to be a boxer.
Maybe duct tape gloves next year?
Heck, I may just let her take over and fashion his entire birthday party, cake, and gifts entirely out of duct tape.