We did Leo’s big birthday celebrations over the weekend but wanted to do a few special things for him on his actual birthday, too. First up: mirror clings. Growing up my mom always put these mirror clings in the bathroom on our birthdays. We put them on Leo’s window so they could be his height. He loved seeing them and frequently went over to look at them or tell me about them.
My aunt also gave us this birthday jell-o mold, so last night before bed I quick stirred up some jell-o and shoved it in the fridge to set. Getting the jell-o out of the mold wasn’t terribly hard (I sprayed it with oil beforehand, then wiped it with a paper towel so it woulnd’t have an oil taste). A few of them ripped but were easily shoved back together and Leo didn’t care anyway. He was thrilled with his mid-morning jell-o birthday snack.
The rest of the day was pretty standard, although Leo did get some time at the park with Pa and we hung out in the backyard with the water table and sandbox and swing. And in the morning when we were running past the fire station the same fireman who gave Leo a tour yesterday morning came out to tell him happy birthday. It was very sweet!
Last night I also made some applesauce using apples from the tree in our backyard. The apples are really small and not that great to eat plain, so we weren’t sure about applesauce, but it turned out great! I got some frozen and some in the fridge. Leo really liked watching the process, too!
Do you have any birthday traditions? Growing up we had the mirror clings, pick-your-own-birthday-dinner, and a shape cake. We also generally got a box of sugary cereal in addition to our presents – something that mom wouldn’t normally buy (like rice krispy treats cereal or Cap’n Crunch).