January 10th, 2012
You were thrilled when I came in to get you singing, "Happy Birthday". The kids were excited too - until they came out and saw that the floor was not covered in balloons, nor was there even a banner. Anna matter-a-factly told me, it couldn't be your birthday because of those important missing items. I am sorry, poor Daniel. I just could not locate them. You did not notice though, you were too thrilled about the apple oatmeal muffins waiting for you. Oh! How excited you were! I wish I had recorded it!
Following breakfast, we all got dressed and headed to the mall. The kids had plans on what we should do, but Eric and I did not decide until we got there. The mall has a big play center on the third floor. We started by taking a little train ride. You are so quiet in public that I am not sure what you thought. I know what you thought of the play place - you insisted on being held, especially after I went down the slide with you, as you seriously watched all of the noisy boys running around.
Then we did it, we broke the diet and went to McDonalds. You had your first chicken nuggets and fries. That, I think, made your day.
Until Papa blew it out and you discovered...
Happy Birthday, my baby boy! My daily prayer is that someday I'll be rejoicing over your second birth.