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Monday, January 23, 2012

Brennan's 10th Birthday

As we left Brennan's birthday party yesterday he said "Well, that's that.  I'm 10."
Yes, he is officially 10 now.

I'd like you to notice how many days he's wearing this same light blue Swim Meet t-shirt.
I swear he has a closet full of clothes.

Brennan announced a couple of weeks before Christmas that he wanted a 3DS for Christmas.
My shopping was long done so we explained that if he wanted to go in with us on this gift, we'd get it for him for his birthday. 
Within 2 weeks he had earned $90 and handed it over so we could go shopping.
I surprised him that night with the 3DS we'd put aside.  Birthday came early.

Day 1 - swim shirt

Brennan's actual birthday morning (Day 2)

On his big day I happened to be scheduled to be at school, leading a literature circle in his class.
His classmates were so good to him. It's a really good group of kids and they are very protective and loving towards Brennan.

Many of the kids made him homemade birthday cards, including this great big one of Kirby (one of his favorite Nintendo characters).  He was so touched.  He told everyone who called that evening that he received "practically billions of cards from his friends".  It really meant a lot.

He opened his family presents that night and the family went to Johnny Carino's for Italian (Brennan's favorite).

Mario poster from Thomas.

A couple of days later Brennan received a camera from Grandma and Grandpa and he was sooo excited!  (So was Thomas apparently)

Almost as fun was the bubble wrap it came in.

For his party, Brennan chose to go to the skating rink.
It ended up being a great place to have a party.
We invited his friends and his class.  We had a lot of fun.

Day 3

The skating rink brought back lots of great memories.
They even did a couples skate, a backwards only skate, the cha-cha slide, and the limbo!

We really struggle with the "no gifts" policy.
I put a note in each invitation that gifts were not necessary and we just hoped the friend could come to the party.

But, as you see, not a single person followed that suggestion.

I think it's partly because kids love to give gifts, and they love to see what the birthday kid receives.
But really, how do you stop the madness?

A great group of kids. 
Thanks for celebrating Brennan's big day!

1 comment:

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Great photos. I remember those days of skating parties!!! :D

Ricki Jill