Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Day in the Life of a Birthday Boy

He's still my little boy, but suddenly he's 10. Just like that.
Michael with Daddy's hands b&w

Trying to juggle 4 kids' birthday parties is tough both on us and on parents whose children get invited to our parties, so our kids alternate years in which they get a "big" party. This year is the boys' year to have small family parties, so Michael spent his birthday with just us. The day started with a his favorite part: presents!
Michael opening gifts

We took the day off and went to New York to spend the day at our favorite mall. I know. We're party animals. But really, we always have fun at this mall, and the little man is in heaven because there is a Lego store there. (Can you believe that Lego's headquarters (translation: main offices) are here in Connecticut, but there is no Lego store?)

Of course, we couldn't come all the way to New York, all the way to this mall without visiting the candy store.
Audrey candy


We lunched at a Mexican Restaurant that makes the drive worthwhile.

And we had a ball

playing Mini-Bowling. Never heard of it? Me neither. But it was a lot more affordable and a lot easier for little hands.
Bowling Alley

Audrey bowling

Michael bowling

Jacob bowling

Audrey bowling 2


Mural 2

And there was an arcade.
Michael on video game

boys on video game

We had a great time as a family celebrating Michael.
kids on bench

And of course there was cake.
Michael candles

Happy birthday to my fun, loving, mischievous, charming, witty, sweet little man!


Honey Mommy said...

Looks like a great birthday! My boys love Legos too!

Courtney said...

Looks like your kiddos had a great time! I try to tell my 5 year old he'll always be my baby. He usually argues with me - "I'm not a baby!"

Brownie said...

Looks like a great time!

Great photos, too :)

Seizing My Day said...

I LOVE that mini bowling...I need to google that asap and see if we have one near to us!! In Canada they have 5 pin bowling ... with little balls like that... (hubby is from there... we used to live there... now we visit) anyway... My little girl turned 10 this year... be still my heart! So hard to watch them grow!!

Seizing My Day said...

PS we love Lego too... my little mans dream is Legoland!! =) one day...

Anonymous said...

beautiful photos!
Have a nice weekend.

Ky said...

Happy Birthday Kiddo! Hope the next 10 are just fabulous for you!
My little girl turned 6 on the
17th Feb, does this mean they share the day?

Ashley Sisk said...

It looks like a fun day!

~Shari said...

WOW! Looks like a fun time was had by everyone. Happy Birthday! Excellent photos!!

love and life ♥ said...

Looks like it was a wonderful day! Great photos! xo

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Those are wonderful shots of such a great day.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Hurray! #10 is a big deal!!!!!!! Looks like you had an amazingly fun time & you captured it so beautifully. Love all your shots.

dclouser said...

Love the photo of the 4 kids, even if the older 3 made very little effort to pose for you! What a fun day you had.

Tara said...

Happy Birthday to him! It looks like such a wonderful day! What a great idea to alternate years..I might have to think about that!

tsinclair said...

A great way to enter a new decade, that one is emotional - I know.

Love the cake - you made it, right?

Jenn said...

Looks like a perfect birthday celebration! My boys would love the Lego store!

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Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Happy birthday, Michael! It looks like it was a really fun day.

Loved all the vibrant colors. And love the idea of mini-bowling!

Michelle said...

Love the picture of them on the bench! Following now from the Scavenger Hunt!