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Friday, September 14, 2012

Birthdays are great - as long as they’re not your own.

I venture to say that a lot of adults feel that way about their birthdays. They insist on not having a birthday party or making a big deal about turning one year older. A nice meal or a night out with family or friends is celebration enough. Some believe getting older isn’t something to celebrate. They even stop counting — “It’s not my 40th birthday, it’s the 20th anniversary of my 20th birthday” they’ll say.

Of course, when you’re a kid, birthdays are the best thing ever. There will certainly be excitement in the air at my house next week when my son turns 4 on Tuesday. He’s ready to celebrate — complete with a Mickey Mouse cake, a trip to the movie theater and a party.

We typically plan some activities on the actual day of our kids’ birthdays, then host a party on a Saturday or Sunday when family and friends can come. I take the day off work if their birthday falls on a weekday. For my son’s special day, all of us will go to lunch and a movie. Then in the evening, we’ll let him open a present or two. He’ll get the rest on the day of his party next weekend.

Now that he’s getting old enough to know what he wants and can tell us, he’s been very insistent when asked for his birthday gift list. His favorite activity is to play with action figures of all kinds. But his priority is always the superheroes — Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Green Lantern and others. He loves playing with them all the time.

This year for his gifts, he asked for a “Batman house,” “Batman car” and more figures. He’s pretty sure he’ll get them because he says that’s what’s in the boxes that he’s seen already wrapped up.

It should be a great birthday week for him.

Some of you may remember that we’re taking our very first family vacation in October — to Disney World. It’s getting closer — we leave in 35 days, but who’s counting? I’ve been keeping up with what’s going on at Disney as the crowds start thinning out now that summer is over.

There is a Disney blog I started reading months ago that is the best source for those planning a trip. Here is the link: www.easywdw.com. This guy posts information and photos practically every day from Disney. Be sure to check it out if you have a trip coming up.


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