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Does your family have any birthday traditions?

I am a traditionalist.  I love traditions, and creating memories for family members.  There are a  few birthday traditions that we have so much fun with I thought I should share them with you. 

The traditions that go with the birthdays at our house are numerous and fun.  We try to have a theme for the birthday parties, whether you are young or old.  Iron Man, Batman, Transformers are some of the recent favorites.  My oldest son works at Party City so we get great discounts on the party decorations.  This makes for lots of fun decorating the house, which is at the top of my “I love to do this” list.  We always hang up some sort of “Happy Birthday” banner.  Last summer Evan and I made a pretty cool birthday banner that had lots of construction paper and glitter.  We are still using this one for some of the birthday celebrations.  Once in a while we get some funky birthday hats to wear.  This is mostly for the girls in the family.  Lots of fun to wear a crown and be the queen for the day.  Oh wait that’s right I’m the queen of my house everyday!!!

Once our theme is in place then it’s just a matter of planning the menu.  The birthday person gets to pick their favorite dinner, and what kind of cake they like. A few years ago we had quite a few “Taco Bar” birthdays right in a row.  Everyone wanted tacos and nachos for their birthday dinner!! 

For my own kids, I have always had some fun traditions.  On your birthday morning we wake  everyone up early to rush into the birthday boy or girls bedroom for a rousing wake you up rendition of “Happy Birthday to you”, sung as loud as we possibly can.

For a few years Travel Man and I would take all of our kids out on the birthday persons’ actual birthday, and then we came to our senses because it was getting way too expensive.  After that we started taking out just the birthday honoree by themselves.  That was  a fun thing to do.  It was great to get some alone time with just the birthday boy or girl.

On my kids’ sixteenth birthdays I gave each of them a journal, and in the first few pages of the journal I wrote my memories to them of the day they were born.  I think this tradition started because the kids would always ask about the day they were born, either on or around their birthdays every year.  I wanted them to have the memories to last a lifetime.

For the 21st birthdays I make a picture collage for the kids.  This is a birth to adulthood collage, a wonderful walk down memory lane.  And this year will mark my last collage, as Zach will be turning 21 in July.  Oh boo!

We have so much fun when the whole family is together singing happy birthday at the Party House.  First we sing a chorus of happy birthday, and there’s always some sort of harmonizing going on.  Then we do a second verse where we sing like this;

Happy Birthday to you cha, cha, ca (with synchronized clapping)”, “Happy Birthday to you cha,cha, cha.  Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to you, cha, cha, cha!  The cha, cha’s are always accompanied by hand clapping.

I have to check with my mom or my brother and find out how we started singing this way as I just don’t remember.   We’ve been doing it this way since my kids were very young.  It’s just so much fun.  If you’re a newbie at one of our family birthday parties, when we start on the second chorus it’s definitely a surprise!!

Lot and lots of fun traditions can always be expected at the Party House.  I have always loved starting up traditions new and old, and look forward to keeping them going strong.  The traditions are a great thing to be able to share with your kids, and now the grandson too.  And as any Mom would, I hope that the traditions that I have started with my kids are handed down for generations to come.

Milestone Events and the Decades

My life has had a lot of major “milestones”, as I’m sure most of you have had too.  And for some kismet-ish reason most of them have been life changing, and have happened when my age was transitioning from one decade to the next.  Interesting huh.  So,  I thought since this is my birthday month I would share my milestones with you.

1991, I’m age 30- A working mom with three kids; ages almost 10, 4, and almost 3, and number four on the way.  Zachary Gene was born on July third of that year.  He was a big 10 lb. 10 oz. baby boy, and so mellow, Mr. Mellow.  Oh and in case I haven’t shared this with you previously, Zach’s name starts with a Z because he was the last child to grace our family. Ha!

Now move ahead to 2001- I’m now 40.  My marriage of almost 20 years came to an end, and then Zach was diagnosed with leukemia.  Both of these events happened within 60 days of each other.  I have shared with all of you before, the only way we got thru this was absolutely, positively one day at a time.  So incredibly thankfully for my great family.  For some odd reason I remember that my Mom gave me a Barbie themed birthday party this year.  Just her way of reminding me to smile and have fun.

Fast forward to 2011-  Last April I turned 50, can you believe half a century old.  Where in the world did the time go!  At the end of April I resigned from the company I was with for 5 years. My career in administration and bookkeeping that had kept me busy and stressed for the last 25 years needed a little rest.  The main thing about this change at age 50, is I had the choice to make the change.  I chose to resign, I chose (after much discussion with Travel Man) to become a Domestic Goddess, and I had to choice to choose.   My 50th birthday party was so amazing.  Surprised by my baby sister who flew in from Montana for the event.   Surprised by the entire family with my own bagpiper, a personal concert.  The most amazing musical experience I have ever encountered.

At this moment in time, I know that my next decade with be filled with adventures, happy times, sad times, and much, much more.  But,  more than ever I finally realize that I am completely in control of my destiny (or as I like to say “density”), and will continue to explore new avenues, and fun-filled times.

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