A New Birthday Tradition….


A New Birthday Tradition

Yesterday was my youngest son’s birthday… and on this special day, he turned 8 years old. Aside from the fact that I can hardly believe that we are already here- celebrating his 8th birthday- I worried all week that I wouldn’t be able to make this day feel “special enough” for him. Having a birthday sandwiched squarely between Thanksgiving and Christmas already makes it feel like a secondary family celebration. Add to this the fact that we are moving at the end of the month and in preparation for the turmoil to come, I already hosted his birthday party two weeks ago. To top it off- yesterday was only a half-day of school (parent-teacher conferences), and I needed to spend the afternoon packing! Oh- and Steve had both early morning and late-in-the-day meetings at work, so he wouldn’t be able to join us for dinner or for cake and presents.

How was I going to make this day special for my sweet boy?

Well, for starters I wanted him to have something new to wear to school for this birthday- and when you are the 4th son in the house- it’s important to have some attire that isn’t a hand-me-down!

Minecraft Wear1 A New Birthday Tradition....So this Minecraft sweatshirt….

Minecraft Wear2 A New Birthday Tradition....Worn proudly over a Minecraft t-shirt with some snazzy new sweatpants- were perfect!

And this one early-morning gift gave me an idea…. rather than have Alex open up all of his presents after dinner- why not give him one present to open every few hours- so it really felt like his special birthday  all day long?

Present A New Birthday Tradition....Sometimes he would walk past the kitchen table, and just see a gift sitting there, and ask me- “Mom, is this for me?” And then we would gather all of the brothers and sisters to watch while he opened it. And other times I would just announce- “It’s present time!” and give him a box to open. It was awesome!

And as his brother Spencer pointed out at the end of the day- it was still the same number of gifts- but when they were spread out over the course of the day- it felt like he opened so many more presents. And because he had time to enjoy each one for awhile before opening the next one- it was much more fun for him!

I really do think that we’ve started a new birthday tradition at the Rowley house!
Sharons Signture A New Birthday Tradition....

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy December 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

I think it is great – gifts all day long – who doesn’t love that idea – way to go yet again Sharon and Happy birthday to Alex


2 Beth December 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

My youngest turns 8 at the end of January. Presents all day is a great idea!
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3 Suzi Rowley December 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

What a great idea! So it truly was a special day for him. He sounded so grown up on the phone. Love that little guy!


4 Aunt Patsy December 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm

You always come up with something special. Can’t wait to see all of you. Happy birthday to Alex . luv u guys.


5 Jenny Franklin December 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Love that idea. My own kids are always so impatient! Should make it easier for them to bare. Bless their little hearts. You would think my oldest was going to die when she had to wait for dinner!


6 Becky December 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I love the idea of all day gifts. What a great way to extend the excitement!
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