Tuesday, January 13

Burke's Day

If you know my husband at all you might understand the problem I have with trying to celebrate his birthday. Now that Jennah has an opinion as to what a birthday should be I try a little harder to make a fuss without making Burke feel uncomfortable. I think we found a good balance this year but you be the judge....

Burke's Ideal Birthday
Hang out on the couch and watch football with Jennah. Eat a casual dinner that does not include birthday cake or singing of any kind. Take all the money from presents that we would have surprised him with to buy stuff for his truck.

Corinne's Ideal Birthday for Burke
Have a house full of friends over to celebrate( oh at least 15 people). Make Burke his favorite dinner. Sing happy Birthday while Burke blows out candles on the dessert of his choice. Open lots of presents, take lots of pictures and in general make a super big deal about Burke turning 31.

Jennah's Ideal Birthday for Daddy
Lots of balloons, all her friends over, tons of presents, and football themed decorations. Most importantly, a chocolate rainbow frosted cake "just like the one 'frog' had for his b-day" with ice cream and orange happy birthday candles.

Susanna's Ideal Birthday for Daddy
Same as Jennah (are you surprised?)

Burke's Actual Birthday
Burke agreed to let me invite the Brimhal family over for a quiet birthday dinner. I made his favorite; apricot chicken. We had sparkling cider to mark the special occasion but absolutely no toasts. Then Eric and Burke helped themselves to a slice of cheesecake and spent the evening watching football. During a quick break in the game we opened a few presents. The girls got Daddy a yellow tie and I got him some mechanics gloves and cash for the truck. No singing happy birthday, no hip hip hoorays, no blowing out candles and only two pictures but Burke was happy. I was pleased with how things turned out but Jennah was a bit confused......I think Burke will let her sing Happy Birthday to him next year:)

P.S. Thanks to my sisters who all managed to thoroughly embarrass Burke by calling on the phone and singing Happy Birthday to him. Only you can get away with that so Don't Ever Stop!


Christina said...

What is it with guys?! Chris is very similar. I'm all about the big scene, too! It is a fun occasion! But at least he was happy with the celebration!

Heidi Gail Richhart said...

Wow! birthday's are so fun! hope your sweetheart had a good one.

Clark Family said...

Happy Birthday Burke! Sounds like the Burke I know, I'm glad he hasn't changed!