Wednesday, August 17, 2016

His birthday












Yesterday was the Bear's birthday. We celebrated on Sunday with his parents, going out for dinner and then coming back here for dessert. He asked me to make tiramisu for his birthday cake. It's one of his favorite desserts and he often has it for his birthday. I enjoy making it (I've been using this recipe for years), even though it does require a trip to two stores I don't normally shop in - one for ladyfingers and one for mascarpone cheese. It's fancy but easy and he loves it, which is all that matters.

What does your family do for birthdays? Our family's birthday celebrations are always about the same: dinner out at the restaurant of the birthday celebrant's choice, with dessert and presents back at home. Everyone here loves everyone else's birthday almost as much as their own. The small Bears were reeeeally excited for Daddy's birthday and spent a lot of the evening bouncing through the house on their jumping balls (or "hop balls" as we call them here), with a lot of shrieking and laughter. They were powered by pasta and sugar, with a little rum too, so that may explain it. Or it was just infectious birthday glee. Some of each, I would suspect. Birthdays are the best. We've entered our family birthday season now and we're all excited.

I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the fall feeling that happens as soon as school starts, regardless of the calendar or the weather. I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets this feeling. It's just a relief to me, even when it's still hot outside, to have the routine and the structure to the days again. I also love the changes going on all around, in spite of the continued warmth, it seems. I've noticed just in the past week that the pyracantha berries are turning orange. That's one of the surest signs of autumn to me. Then there are the cooler evenings and mornings, which are definitely starting to happen here. And the angle and intensity of the sun - both changing quickly now. I know that when I can leave the blinds open on the west side of the house, where the children's bedrooms are, and not roast...it must mean we're on the downward side of summer.

The Bear and I just finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix. I know some of my blogging friends have watched it too. What did you think? We loved it. The eighties nostalgia was incredible, they did such a good job. The music, the clothes, the hairstyles, the housewares and toys. It was both scary and sad at times, but a very good story. The local representative of the US Department of Energy would like to assure you, however, that it was (probably) all make-believe. Don't worry (much), he says.

Thanks for your comments recently. I hope you're doing well. I'm sorry to say that I'm very far behind with blogs at the moment, life having suddenly become very busy in the past couple of weeks. This afternoon, the LB will be having his first private guitar lesson and we're looking forward to that. The GB will be back to group guitar lessons and ballet class soon. Evening school meetings start up for me soon too. It's crazy again and I love it. I hope you're having a good week, my friends.

32 comments:

  1. Happy happy birthday Bear!! Love your birthday 'cake'. I used to have a bouncing ball (we called them space hoppers) when I was a child, I loved it!

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  2. Birthday wishes to bear, sounds like a good time was had by all. We try to get together for as many Birthdays as we can, usually delaying them for a weekend to make it easier. Spending time together is a gift in itself. take care.

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  3. There's so much energy at the start of the school year isn't there? I love it too. Everything seems possible. The sun has changed its angle here noticeably. I'm opening the blinds in the early afternoon on hot days rather than having to leave them closed for ages. I hope your Bear had a good birthday and that you all have a lovely weekend. CJ xx

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  4. Happy birthday to Mr Bear. My girls used to have space hoppers when they were wee. I tried it a time or two - unsuccessfully! :oD

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  5. Many years to him! what dear pictures! I know about busy. Check! I am reading a book actually about busy/evaluating one's life. So, I can't believe it's going to be September soon! I am looking forward to it as well!

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    1. Hi! Just wanted to say thanks for your comment from a ways back on my blog - just catching up with things here too. I did not know about the Trader Joes quesadillas and will have to look for them! Thanks for the tip! Such a great store! hope you are doing well! :)

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  6. Happy Birthday to your Bear! It looks like a nice, family celebration - just perfect!

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  7. Birthday wishes to your Bear. Certainly as the children have grown older, birthday traditions have changed lots. There is always birthday cake for breakfast though x

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  8. It sounds like a perfect birthday and I approve of the Bear's choice of birthday cake. L came home yesterday bearing Tiramisu and it was a real treat. xx

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  9. Sounds like a wonderful birthday and a lovely way to celebrate!

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  10. Happy Birthday to the Bear! He does look very happy on a all the photos. Our routine starts at first light with presents opening on our big bed. Then it is cake for breakfast and the rest of the day is kind of normal. We often cook a meal chosen by the Birthday child/grown-up. It has been unseasonably hot here but with a chill in the morning. A shore sign of the colder months. Wishing you a lovely week. x

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  11. We do opening on our bed too! The birthday person chooses what I cook for dinner adult or child. The children have had tea parties and play dates for their birthdays but I do not pay for trips to places - but then we are lucky because we have a big house so we can have lots of children. Happy Birthday Bear! Tiramisu a wonderful choice. Jo x

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  12. Happy Birthday to the Bear, and that tiramisu looks fantastic. We love family birthdays too, and try to always do something with out adult children. Yay for guitar lessons (brings back memories) and of course the sweet GB does ballet, of course she does :))

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  13. My husband grew up in a family where the children were 10 years apart in age and he was the baby .. there were no big celebrations although his mom was an amazing cook and would celebrate things that way ... which made most everyone happy. My family was all about party and cake and presents and that is the way I am ... my husband actually loved that about me ... he was glimpsing a world he hadn't been in before lol cake and presents , yay !!
    Happy Birthday Bear !

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  14. Happy birthday to the Bear. I like sweets, too.

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  15. Happy birthday to your husband, it looks like he had a great day with lots of family fun. We were celebrating on Sunday too, it was Mick's 50th birthday and we celebrated in much the same way, presents at home, a meal out with family and then everyone back home again.

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  16. Happy birthday to your hubby! I love that the kids get excited about their parent's birthdays, too - so cute.
    I've heard other people say they really enjoyed Stranger Things on Netflix, too. Maybe that'll be the next show I watch. We need another good series to watch!
    Still hot and humid here in northern IL - heat index of 92 right now. I hung some of my shirts out to dry this morning and here it is almost 6 hours later and they're still wet!

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  17. We really enjoyed Stranger Things too. I hope Netflix continue to produce quality shows like that one.
    Enjoy your birthday season :)

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  18. We usually go out for dinner on birthdays. When my kids were growing up, we went out with their dad -- I was very proud of this because we are divorced, yet we had really nice birthday dinners!

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  19. Two birthdays here this week too. Chilled out and very enjoyable with feasting and family. I love the tiramisu cake x

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  20. Happy Birthday to your husband! Such delicious tiramisu...a great choice! It looks like a lovely family time. Have a great weekend Jennifer.
    Helen xox

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  21. Belated happy birthday to Mr B! It sounds like a fine celebration. We either have a special family meal at home or go out for dinner. Sometimes there's a party. We have a couple of birthdays over the next few weeks too. It's the season! Have a lovely weekend. Sam x

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  22. happy birthday wishes to the Bear, looks like a wonderful way to celebrate x

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  23. Belated Happy birthday to your hubby I love tiramisu too, we usually have a meal out for birthdays in our family too but there are no little ones around to join in with the fun and that makes all the difference I think. Have a great weekend. :) xx

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  24. happy birthday from africa Bear!!!

    it looks like you were beautifully spoilt too. i love birthdays and so try and make them personal for each of the boys. they do get to choose how they want to spend it and what cake i should be making for them.
    i think the cake making and the birthday song around the dinning room table is the only real set "tradition" we have kept over the years. its my eldest's 20 years in a few days and i am just hoping he will be home for us to celebrate it with him.
    hope you had a lovely weekend and sending love for the new week ahead xx

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  25. Hey Jennifer,
    Happy birthday to your Bear! Olly has a space hopper that he bounces about on. He can cover a lot of ground very quickly. Marc and I have just returned from a weekend away. A family wedding. Mum looked after the boys. So I'm a little behind on the reading front too. Your photos show a happy family indeed.
    Leanne xx

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  26. Happy Birthday to the Bear! He looks like a sweet guy. I love that your kids get so excited for other people's birthdays. :)

    Commenting on previous posts: the pirate ship project turned out beautifully. How nice that you were able to use so much floss from your stash. Great framing job too, and a good frame choice. (Mr. M used to be a professional picture framer, so I know how important it is to marry the right frame to the project.)

    It's getting rather autumnal-feeling here too - we can see it in the angle of the light and the deepening blue of the sky. *sigh* I'm not quite ready for summer to end.

    Your rainbows are lovely!

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  27. Cake is such an essential birthday feature! Your cake for Mr. Bear is precious.

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  28. Belated Happy Birthday greetings to your Bear, Jennifer. Your family celebration looked like great fun and reflects the type of birthday celebrating we do around here. The birthday person gets to choose the menu for a birthday dinner...including the type of dessert they want which is not always cake!

    I loved seeing all the rainbows in your last post and reading about your new school year launch. I am so very fond of Fall and the school routines around me. I signed up for a watercolor painting workshop this coming Saturday and am looking forward to it. I had to drive into Portland to pick up the class kit at a funky art store that was old, crowded, dark, with so many supplies they spilled out onto the sidewalk. An adventure for me! xx

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  29. Happy Belated Birthday to Mr.Bear
    Looks like it was a wonderful food and family filled day.

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  30. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to the Bear! I enjoyed getting to be a part of the celebration via your photos. I'm back from the lake.. LOTS of photos on my blog.. hop on over if you have a few minutes. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  31. Happy belated birthday to The Bear. I like how much fuss you make of birthdays in your house - it's the same here. Presents in the morning, even if that means getting up early on a school day, cards, family visits or phone calls, and always a cake.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed Stranger Things! We thought it was amazing. I'm glad they left it open ended for a second season.... :-) xx

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