Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy Birthday Sammy-Man

My middle child, my Spiderman fan, my big boy is turning SIX in just under four hours! We had a surprise birthday party for him last Saturday. First my husband took the two eldest kids to our favorite children's museum so I could prepare. I wrapped gifts, decorated our dining room in Spiderman theme decorations, and picked up the Spiderman 3 cake from Safeway. Our adopted grandmothers arrived. They are friends of mine who've taken on that role since we don't have any around here. My father drove 2 1/2 hours to surprise him. He was quite surprised. He opened presents first...both his birthday presents and Christmas presents from my dad (and my grandmother and aunt who live with him). There was a LOT. I think his favorites were this HUGE 2 1/2 foot Pirates of the Caribbean ship with 5 action figures and his new CD boom box (he hates begging his sister to use hers and being denied). Then we watched a 25 minute photo slide show I set to beautiful music...all photos of my Sammy-Man from my pregnancy to now. He loved it. Then we sang and ate his birthday cake. It was a good day.

Today I took him to Best Buy and Toys R Us. At Best Buy we had to return one of his Christmas presents. I bought Pirates 2 by accident. He's happy to have Pirates 3 now. At Toys R Us, we took advantage of their birthday club. They send the kids a birthday card with a $3 gift card in it, Geoffrey calls to say happy birthday on the phone, and in store they give the birthday child a balloon and crown. Our rule is that the kids have to use their own money if they spend over $3 there since they already got presents from us. He picked out a mini Spider Sapien toy he wanted. It was on sale for 50% off so he only had to spend $4.87 of his own money. For dinner, we had chicken and Spiderman mac and cheese. We are letting the kids stay up tonight...if they make it...and Sammy is happy to be able to stay up for his birthday. He was born at 11:30pm.


Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

Wow, with all those gifts, he made out like a bandit! I bet he loved his birthday. I also think it's a great lesson you are teaching him when he has to spend his own money to cover the rest of his Toys R Us purchase. It's never too early to teach kids financial responsibility :)

Happy new year by the way!

~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

Happy Birthday to your little guy! My six year old is totally into Spider Man and Pirates, too!