Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Both the boys had birthdays this past week: Noah, 5, and Mattias, 2. We aren't big birthday celebrators. This year, in fact, was the first year that Noah had a party with his friends. It was also the first year that Noah did NOT celebrate with any of our extended family.
I don't know why it's been like this, but every year since Noah was born there have been other things happening at the same time. Things that have kept the peer interaction to a minimum. (My ACL and meniscus surgery (1), our cross atlantic move between Munich and Denver (2) , Mattias' birth (3), and a trip to Germany(4)). We've always managed to celebrate with some extended family, however.
This year, we really did miss our extended family.
In some sort of neurotic guilt trip for both the lack of family and all the years of peer-less parties, I began sewing 46 flag pennants to decorate with for the parties. Fritz calls them prayer flags. Which may be appropriate in this instance. Especially on our mind this year: prayers for our health. (Man, have we spent a lot of time sick this spring.) Prayers for the family we wouldn't be seeing. Mattias's birthday party was a small affair with just the four of us. Noah had 2 parties: a Home Birthday Party with friends (no photos, but he had a super time) and a party with the four of us (decidedly less exciting for him).