Today is Clay's 13th birthday, and I think he has had a good day! I had to have some help in pulling off this family birthday celebration.....Jimmy did most of the shopping for Clay's gifts, Julie decorated the table (and came up with the idea of what to decorate with!), and Olivia lovingly wrapped all of Clay's gifts. I did manage to cook his requested breakfast, bacon and Belgian waffles, and I also made his birthday dessert (not a cake!), blueberry cobbler.
Isn't this a cute centerpiece that Julie made?
Julie decorated the table with fishing supplies that were gifts from all of the siblings to Clay.
After breakfast, we continued our tradition of the birthday person sitting in the chair while his gifts are brought to him, one by one. Today, Sam wanted to sit in the chair with Clay.
One of Clay's gifts, The Backyard Blacksmith
another gift, a fishing vest/life preserver
Clay spent his morning playing outside on his ripstick and milling around his blacksmith area. He received two early birthday presents, an anvil and a forge! He and Jimmy have to do a little bit of work before he can actually use the forge, but they hope to get it going by this weekend.
Clay requested that we eat lunch at The Olive Garden, so we did! Then he just spent the afternoon playing some more. Around our house, your birthday is a special holiday. No school, no chores--your siblings do your chores for you! So I think he has enjoyed his day of leisure.
We will not be having a family meal tonight, because Jimmy has taken the girls to the annual Homeschool Father/Daughter Banquet. I normally help with this event, but since I am still recovering, I am spending this evening here at home with my two boys. Right now, they are still outside constructing something!
Clay with Pokey--remember that this puppy weighed only 5 pounds when we took him in.
Jimmy and the girls