Lucas’s 11th Birthday

Lucas turned 11 on November 1st. We had a family dinner at Benihana and he invited a couple of new school friends from the neighborhood. They are super sweet and polite kids. We opened our family presents and cards at home afterwards. Grace and I usually don’t buy the kids presents because they get so much from their generous family and friends. However, this year Lucas’s had been white boarded his list all year (ranked), so we took some cues and knocked out #1. He was so happy. We also got him a dozen golf balls in his favorite color, orange. I was so happy.

In keeping with our tradition of themed birthday parties at home, Elin and Grace prepared Lucas’s favorite meal of spaghetti and meat balls along with his Pokemon decorations. He had a small group new and old school friends.

Grace also organized an escape room activity for them. Despite the creepiness, they worked together really well and managed to escape with 90 seconds to spare.

Happy 11th Birthday, Lucas! We love you.

Lucas’s 10th Birthday Celebrations

It’s hard to believe Lucas is now double digits. We celebrated on his actual birthday with dinner at Benihana with the Lees. This is an odd turn of events, as Lucas used to really dislike any outing to Benihana, but now it is on his short list.

Afterwards at home, we opened gifts from all of his generous grandparents, aunts and uncles.  He’s been asking for Lazer Chess all year long and I told him to put it on his list. He was so happy. Aunt Jen got him his annual big Lego project, which he will wait to do with her during Christmas. I’m secretly really jealous of all of his Legos.

Ellie had her birthday party on Saturday, and on Sunday, pretty much the same crew came over to celebrate with Lucas for his party. He is really into “Keeper of the Lost Cities,” so Kate helped plan his usual themed birthday party and activities. He has a wonderful group of friends from school and old family friends.

Happy 10th Birthday, Lucas! We love you.

Lucas’s 9th Birthday

Amid the chaos of our Halloween hangover, we celebrated Lucas’s 9th birthday on November 1st. The last single-digit birthday … sigh. We celebrated at Il Fornaio with uncle Dave and our new au pair, Elin! She’s been with us about a month and we’re so lucky to have her.

Lucas celebrated with a small group of friends last weekend. He opened his presents and cards from family and friends. I might be biased, but I think he was most grateful for his Pokemon cards from mom and dad. Thanks for everyone’s generosity.

Happy Birthday, Lucas. We love you!

Lucas’s 9th Birthday Party

We’ve gone guardrail to guardrail on Lucas’s birthday party the last couple years. Two years ago, there were too many kids (for the parents), and last year, there were two few kids (for Lucas). Hopefully, this year was just right.

Lucas requested a Minecraft-themed birthday party, as that is one of his favorite things to do on his device (among too many other things). Our friend Angie from school is a baker extraordinaire and made the Minecraft toppers for the cupcakes. Wow, is she talented.

Kate, as always, planned the rest of the party, including the decorations and activities. The most memorable activity might have been the Mentos-Coke explosion. Poor Grant bore the brunt of the fallout.

This special group of friends had a great time. Lucas is very lucky to have them. Hope you had a great time at your birthday party, Lucas!