Joseph turned five this week. Brandon and I were gone on his actual birthday, so he was very happy to celebrate a few days early.
We don't throw birthday parties (two reasons: I'm lazy and I don't want any more toys), so we have a birthday Saturday where the birthday child gets to choose an activity that we all do together as a family. It's fun for everyone, a lot less stress than a birthday party, and it's a good excuse to do things we don't usually do.
Joseph started off his birthday day with cinnamon rolls, his most favorite breakfast. And since it was his birthday, he didn't have to eat any eggs. After breakfast, Brandon and the children built an enormous fort and he read them Harry Potter and I made Joseph's birthday cake, a triple chocolate mousse cake that looked good to me. Turns out that five year-olds are pretty open to suggestions when it comes to cake. Mostly because they almost never eat it.
In the afternoon we took the children bowling, at Joseph's request. I never bowled with my family as a child, but I find bowling with the children a pretty fun activity, especially when the bowling alley has bumpers. Dushanbe's bowling alley is, rather oddly, in the national tea house and quite nice. And you really can't beat the price - a little over ten dollars for the whole family to bowl. There are some things I really like about Dushanbe.
After the game (final scores: Brandon 94, me 74, Kathleen 71, Sophia 65, Edwin 61, and Joseph 59), we went out to dinner. The last time we went out to dinner was in January, so going out to dinner together is a treat. We had Indian and nobody knocked over any glasses of juice or broke down in tears, so it was a successful dinner.
Then it was cake and presents (and no dishes!). Joseph was thrilled to get a Planes toy set and was so happy that, as usual, didn't actually eat any of his birthday cake. Then we finished off the day with a movie. If you ask me, that's a pretty good birthday day for any kid. Everyone had a great time, which is one of the benefits of a large family - lots of birthdays to celebrate.
And now I have four children five or older, which is kind of hard to believe. I remember Kathleen being so incredibly old at five and now Joseph is just barely out of babyhood and already five. He would be going to kindergarten next year. It's time for him to start learning how to read. I'm not sure where the time went.
But, even if I'm paying attention, it has passed and now Joseph is five. Happy birthday, Joseph!