Happy Birthday to my dear husband, Bryan!
Celebrations in a large family are fun. The kids are so excited by every birthday. There’s cake and ice cream, presents, family joy, and love radiating throughout the house.
We go around the group and say something we’re thankful for about the person getting older.
Birthdays around here are simple, and fun!
I love to celebrate.
Since Dad moved in, he’s gotten to join in on the celebrations. It’s been interesting to watch his reaction, and to see him slowly get into the spirit with everyone. Fun is contagious.
I’m looking forward to celebrating with Dad as the holidays approach. Last year, he moved in right before Christmas, and it was all rather awkward. We were still in the trying to be really quiet to not disturb Dad stage, and he was in the: what was I thinking moving into a house with this many people stage.
Oh how much we’ve grown this past year.
This Christmas, it’ll just feel natural to have him here.
One thing that I noticed…I always used to have a hard time shopping for Dad before. You just don’t really know what someone needs/wants until you are living with them. It provides a unique perspective.
Shopping for his birthday was much easier this year! I’ve learned so much more about Dad than I ever knew before:
-what kind of music he listens to
-what books he reads
-what movies he has
-what foods are treats
-what his favorite cake is (and I even bought a cake mix instead of baking it from scratch because that’s what he likes!)
I could go on and on. But I won’t–you really get to know a person by sharing a home.
Tis the season to love on your family! Oh wait–it’s the season for that all year long!
How do you celebrate special days? Did you experience any awkward holiday moments your first year as a multi-generational family?