I love making my birthday child feel like their birthday is truly their special day.
We started out the day by having our traditional birthday breakfast...donuts! Because planning ahead isn't my strong suit sometimes, I didn't have donuts ready at home in the morning, so we went right to the source and had a nice little breakfast at the donut shop, complete with singing Happy Birthday to our boy.
After working off the donut at the gym (actually I didn't even have one a donut, but the kids got some good playtime in at the indoor playground there in childcare), we met Chris at Chuck E Cheese for lunch and games. The place was nearly empty, and all five kids had a great time.
Anna laughed the whole time this ride was in motion. It was great.
The girls weren't too sure of this giant mouse (rat?) and luckily the animatronics never started up or I'm sure we'd have had some freaked out girls!
So after going home for a few hours for naps and school, we went out for Gabe's birthday dinner. He initially chose Rainforest Cafe, but seeing how expensive that was when we went there for Matthew's birthday, we prompted him to choose his next favorite restaurant, Denny's and then head to the Rainforest Cafe afterward for birthday dessert (the only part that the kids care about there anyways). Not as good of food as Rainforest Cafe, but it just happened that their 'free kids night' was the same night as Gabe's birthday, which is always nice on the pocketbook.
So Gabe got this special light up cup and waited patiently for his birthday Volcano.
When they brought the dessert by, they wanted to sing Happy Birthday to him. The birthday child gets to participate in the song by standing up and beating his chest like a gorilla. Gabe was a good sport and was so cute doing it.
The VOLCANO! Shared by everyone, and still some was leftover at the end!
Happy Birthday to my sweet baby boy!