Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Jeff and Jane were here visiting this weekend, and they helped us celebrate Ben's birthday on Sunday.  They watched the kids in the evening while Ben and I went out for a really nice steak dinner.  Thanks, Jeff and Jane, that was so kind of you to do!  We had a fantastic time!

But, of course, the girls did not want to miss out on birthday cake, so I made a flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and caramel sauce, and we sang happy birthday and ate cake after lunchtime.  Even Nathaniel got to have a few little pieces of cake - he made quite a face after the first bite, but he scarfed down the rest, so I think he must have liked it!

Here are birthday photos from the last few years, for a fun comparison.  Hmmm, looks like I have them sitting on the wrong sides of Ben's lap this year.

I asked the girls a few questions about Ben this morning, and here's what they had to say about him:

1. What makes Daddy happy? 
Amelia:  Being with me and Megan and Mommy and Nathaniel
Megan: Playing wii

2. What makes Daddy sad? 
Amelia and Megan: Crying

3. How does Daddy make you laugh?
Amelia: By doing silly things like teasing us
Megan: He teases us and does tricks

4. How old is Daddy? 
Megan: 29
Amelia: 36

5. How tall is Daddy?  
 Megan: Really tall
Amelia: I would say he's, like, six feet tall

6. What does Daddy do when you're not around? 
Amelia: He goes to work!
Megan: He goes to the bathroom

7. What is Daddy really good at? 
Amelia: Making cream cheese
Megan: Playing wii and jumping and running and walking and riding his bike
Amelia: And he's really good at going to the bathroom!  Giggle giggle giggle 

8. What is Daddy not really good at? 
Megan: Reading the numbers on the clock
Amelia: I don't think he's really good at long meetings
Megan: And ballet!  He doesn't even know how to do ballet!

9. What is Daddy's favorite food? 
Amelia:  Bratwurst...
Megan:  ...and corn on the cob

10. What do you and Daddy do together?  
Amelia:  Eat cake
Megan:  Play wii and fall down

11:  How are you and Daddy the same?  
Megan: We both wear pants
Amelia:  If Daddy's hair was long, he would have curls like me.  I think Daddy should grow his hair long so he could have curls.

12. How are you and Daddy different? 
Amelia: He has brown hair and I have blond.
Megan:  He has more teeth than me.
Amelia: We both have different color eyes.  And he doesn't do ballet.  And we don't like the same colors.
Megan: And I don't have a computer and he does.

13. What is Daddy's name?  
Megan: Daddy
Amelia: Benjamin

14. How do you know Daddy loves you? 
Megan: Because he always hugs us
Amelia: Because he likes to give us hugs and kisses

15. Where is Daddy's favorite place to go? 
Amelia: Benvenuto's Italian Restaurant
Megan: Liliana's Cajun Restaurant

16. What is Daddy's favorite color?  
Megan and Amelia: Green

17. What does Daddy do at work?
Megan: Make cream cheese...
Amelia: ...and have long meetings

18. If Daddy were in a movie that you liked, who would he be?
Megan: Prince Eric (from the Little Mermaid)
Amelia: Olaf

19.  What does Daddy like most about Mommy?
Amelia: That you have a really cute baby.  The cutest one in the whole world.
Megan: That you love him.

20. Do you want to be just like Daddy when you're 35 years old?
Megan: Yes.
Amelia: No, because I want to have babies.  And I would like to be a teacher.

21.  What present should we give Daddy for his birthday?
Amelia: A picture frame with a picture of us in it.
Megan: A sock monkey.

22.  What is Daddy made of?
Amelia: Pickles!
Megan: Blood and bones.

23. Who is Daddy's best friend?
Amelia:  What's that girl's name?  The one that we stayed in her house when we were going to Colorado?  Christi?  Yes, her.
Megan: Aunt Anna

24. What did Daddy like to do when he was the same age as you?
Amelia: Go to school and play on the computer.
Megan: Watch movies.

25. If Daddy could go anywhere on vacation, where would he go?
Amelia: Florida
Megan: Illinois

26. What do you want Daddy to get you for Christmas?
Amelia:  My own car!
Megan: A blanket.  And a new baby.

27.  What does Daddy look like?
Megan: Like Daddy!
Amelia: Like Mr. Potato Head

28. Which of Daddy's clothes do you like best?
Megan: Ummm, the black shirt that he goes to work with
Amelia: I like his "Real Men Use Duct Tape" shirt

29.  If Daddy was going to take you out on a special date, where would you want to go?
Megan: Costco
Amelia: McDonald's

30. What is Daddy's favorite book to read to you?
Amelia:  The Cat in the Hat
Megan: The Berenstain Bears

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