Monday, January 1, 2018

Todd's birthday

This year we celebrated Todd's birthday with his side of the family a few days before the actual date.  Carson also got to blow out a birthday candle.

Andrew has figured out that gift-wrapped boxes mean we are celebrating someone's birthday so he sings happy birthday a lot lately, even when we set gift under the Christmas tree.

Todd received some fun gifts from the family. A really nice illuminated keyboard, some gardening shears, a mini keyboard to control the media center PC, some shirts, and a cell phone case.

We made a mint chocolate cake. It was really rich and delicious. I have been getting a lot of practice baking layered cakes in the past couple of weeks. This was my third one.

On Todd's birthday, he awoke to a dozen colorful balloons with love notes taped to the ribbon.  He took the day off of work and we went to Cafe Rio for lunch and had donuts for dessert. Donuts are a tradition for Todd's birthday. We rarely eat them otherwise.

Probably the best gift he received this year has been the Ecobee 4 smart thermostat. It looks and functions exactly like the one we already had, except for having Amazon Alexa built into it. The kids have had so much fun playing with that feature.

We've listened to a lot of Christmas music, weather updates, name and trivia game and bed-time stories. After a week, it is still as popular as ever.