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Birthdays, Birthdays EVERYWHERE!
Published on Monday, November 30, 2009 by

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It seems birthdays are everywhere in my little world.  There is a cluster of birthdays just before December and a cluster shortly following.

On that note, I would like to say a very Happy Birthday to my wonderful nephew Tommy from Cook Up Fun.  Tommy is a ROCK STAR in the kitchen, so every recipe he has on his blog is going to be a winner.  Yes, I am a day late.  But Tommy is very forgiving when it comes to “Aunt Kathy,” whose brain is never quite where it should be at any given time.

And speaking of birthdays – mine is tomorrow.  I’ve gone from a child who could not WAIT for birthdays to a middle aged woman who cringes at the word.  Birthday.  <cringe>  Forty Four.  <double cringe> Egads, I am more than halfway through my life!

My middle son celebrated his own birthday Friday, which made me think about family traditions from past to present.  Birthdays in particular.  When I was growing up, you chose a special birthday dinner and did not open a single present until dinner was done and the cake (homemade, your choice of flavor) was served.

And even better, when it was your birthday the dog would vomit in your room first thing in the morning.  No kidding!  How she “knew” remains a mystery.  But for a few years, every birthday boy or girl would wake up to a nice bit of regurgitation on their bedroom floor.  Consider it an honor.

I’ve carried over the tradition of choosing your own meals and opening presents while you eat your selection of homemade cake.  Each child gets a friend party as well, but on the actual birthday we have a wonderful family dinner celebration.

Tomorrow will be sushi for me and an angel food cake with seven minute icing.  But being a mom, I’ll be watching the clock and rushing it all to be sure everyone gets to bed on time for school the next day.  Things certainly change over time, don’t they?

What do you do for your own birthday?  Do you have family traditions that you have continued as an adult?  Or have you started your own traditions?  Bonus points for dog regurgitation stories!

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  • Jen

    Happy Birthday a day early. You are only a month older than me. And, you will always be older than me. Doesn’t that make you feel good? Oh, wait, that makes me feel good.

    Dog vomit for birthday? Do you do that for your kids now?

    My father always insisted on an angel food cake for his birthday and if a child who was having a birthday didn’t get the order in on the cake early enough dad just assumed everyone wanted angel food cake and made one of those. I hate angel food cake.

    We had the same kind of tradition with the exception that who ever had the birthday didn’t have to do any clean up that night. Which meant all the dish cleaning fell on the child who was not having a birthday. What I would give to still have that tradition. Hope you have a great birthday and I have to check out Tommy’s blog.

  • Thank you thank you! It doesnt matter to me if you are a day late. And Ill be sure to make a post for you on your Bday on my blog. Hope you have a great Bday, Ill give you a call tomorrow to make sure its all going well. THANK YOU

  • Birthday was once exiting when I was young. Now however, it reminds me of my age. Still, gifts are an important part of our birthdays. 🙂

  • Birthday is the time when we thank everyone and of course ourselves for another fruitful and productive year!

  • And I thought it was just me. My dad celebrated his a few days ago, my uncle’s b’day is after 2 days and about a week later is my aunt’s.

    Anyway, happy birthday to you and your nephew – hope you both had a great time.

    • Thanks Kate! Isn’t it funny how family birthdays tend to come in “groups.” A little hard on the wallet, but fun nonetheless!

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