Our family birthday traditions are something all the kids love! Since we just celebrated yet another birthday, I thought I would share them with all of you.
We do birthdays a little bit different here. Because we have four children and their birthdays are pretty close together, things can get expensive really fast. Not only that, but it’s hard for our children to get one-on-one time with us, so a few years ago we started a new birthday tradition.
We used to do big birthday parties every year, starting with their first birthday. After Everett’s first birthday, we decided to stop doing the big parties until they started Kindergarten. When kids are that young, they have no idea what’s going on, usually end up falling asleep sometime during the party, and would rather just play with the boxes the gifts came in than anything else. We didn’t get rid of birthday parties all together, though, we just changed the way our family does them. Until they start Kindergarten, we just have a small family party. By small family party, I mean that it’s just us, the kids, and Clint’s mom. They still get a cake and presents, there just aren’t a ton of people there. Once they hit Kindergarten, they get to have a big party and invite all their friends, but that only lasts until they turn 10. We usually do these birthday parties at a local party place so I don’t have to worry about cleaning everything up later! Their 10th birthday party is their last big party. For their 11th birthday, they get to invite three or four friends, pick an activity to do, and then their friends get to spend the night. We’ve done putt-putt, go-karts, movies and this year Jordan said he wants to do laser tag.
Every year, for their birthday, the birthday boy gets to pick where he would like to go for a family dinner. Most of our kids love hibachi, so we usually end up at a hibachi restaurant. Not Jordan, though. Jordan just barely tolerates it, for his brothers’ birthdays, so I knew that wouldn’t be his pick. He ended up picking Bob Evans, so last Friday, on his birthday, we headed there for dinner. Now, I know I have four boys, and I know boys eat a lot, but the amount they ate that night was ridiculous! They each had almost two full meals, even the youngest two, and they aren’t even teenagers yet! I think I’m going to have to triple my grocery budget once they are! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures during dinner. I think I was in shock because of how well they were behaving and how much they were eating. Although, I guess it’s hard to misbehave when you are shoveling food in your mouth.
The One-On-One Time
This is my absolute favorite part of our birthday tradition! Each year, on their birthday, they get to pick something to go do with me and something to go do with Clint. Jordan and I usually go to eat lunch and then go to a movie. This year we went to see the new Smurfs movie. It was a pretty good movie, but I think we were most excited when we realized that they had upgraded the theater seats to reclining seats!
A few years ago, Clint took Jordan to play golf, and apparently, he crashed into a tree while driving the golf cart. Too bad I can’t find the picture! Their new tradition seems to be going to an Indians baseball game. This year they are going to go in June, so they can see the Indians play the Tigers. The pictures below are from last year’s game.
He got to meet Slider and Onion that day and I don’t think he could smile any bigger!
Don’t you just love it when you get genuine smiles from your kids and not those crazy, forced smiles they usually have in school pictures?
That picture makes me laugh so much! He looks just like Clint. He also looks so much older, in this picture, which makes me sad, because he had just turned 10.
I love the one-on-one time we get with the boys. I think my favorite activity so far was when Zach and I did the Go Ape Treetop Adventure. I’m not lying when I say that I was freaking out just a little bit. Why exactly was I freaking out? Well, I’m afraid of heights and for over half the course you are over 40 feet in the air. The things we do for our kids! Once I realized that my harness would do what it was supposed to do, and I wouldn’t fall to my death, I started to loosen up and really have fun. It took us about three hours to finish the course. If Zach had been doing it by himself, he probably would have finished in half the time, because he was flying through the bridges. At some points, he was literally running across them and it would take me two or three minutes to get across. My legs and arms felt like jello when we got done because when there were parts where you could pick one direction or the other, he always picked the harder one. It wasn’t good enough that I was facing my fear of heights and doing this with him. NO! He had to put me through every difficult obstacle there was. I did put my foot down and refused to do the 30 foot Tarzan swing, but that was the only time. I’m pretty sure we’ll be going back, this year, and I may even try to figure out a way to carry my camera, so I can get some pictures.
Does your family have any special birthday traditions? I would love to hear about them below!