Last weekend my family got together to celebrate the current round of birthday celebrations (My twin-brother and I). It was handy for Rory that we gathered in my parent’s home, because he took possession of his present from Uncle Julian and Liz, and advantage of the room with the 2 story high void.
Rory was in little boy heaven!
He certainly wasn’t the only one.
I took advantage of the concentration involved, to try out my wonderful gift from Luke – An SLR camera. This is Julian and his partner Liz, watching the action. Julian is wearing my present to him, a funky shirt, (which I have not really photographed well at all) the purchase of which was prompted by him seeing one of my presents to Luke the week before.
I brought this shirt and merino jumper for Luke’s Birthday, and the jumper was more warmly received than the shirt (although both have been worn-together). Julian saw them and thought the shirt was great, and professed his love for shirts that are a little unusual. This sent Mum and I on the hunt for suitable shirts , and we both managed to find something Julian liked.
Here is Julian wearing the shirt Mum found for him, in our usual twin-birthday-photo.
The kids went for it, making a cake for us, decorated with 2 Monster Chefs, an Alien (down the well in the centre) a Snake, Flower, Bucket, Baby, Angry Bird, Apple, Strawberry, Teapot and Cup, and Me on an Armchair.
Here we are in our other annual twin-photo, getting ready to blow out the candles. Presents are nice, but Birthdays are really about gathering together for shared food, drink, cake and candlelight – something I will always cherish, and never take for granted.