Archive for September 23rd, 2008

Five Favorite Birthday Customs

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

I was truly ready to post this Give Me Five Monday
post ON Monday. Just as I was about to post, however, my internet connection failed! Grrr! But it’s working now, so I’ll just say, “Better late than never, Right?”

The topic this time was Five Favorite Birthday Memories. Rather than list memories, I’ll list five of our birthday customs.

  • The honored birthday person chooses how the day will be celebrated. Will he/she invite over friends? Have a sleepover? Go to the movies? If at all possible, we try to honor the birthday boy’s or girl’s wishes.
  • For celebrating with the family, the birthday person selects the dinner menu, which the loving mama attempts to create.
  • Of course, cake flavor, or even the selection of some dessert other than cake, is up to the honored birthday person. Some favorites in our home are German Chocolate Cake, Applesauce Cake, Carrot or Spice Cake, Cowboy Coffee Cake, and Plantation Cake (which is a sort of molasses pudding cake).
  • Especially when the children were younger, we would often follow a theme throughout the birthday. For example, one daughter, much to her delight, received all Winnie the Pooh presents for one of her younger birthdays.
  • My girls like to make paper chains, put up crepe paper streamers, and inflate lots of colorful balloons to decorate the dining room and living room.

Becca, of Becca’s Buzz, is the hostess of this meme. On her blog she says:

The ‘Give Me Five’ Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here’s how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn’t have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Poor Old Blog

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

If you’ve been coming to Mom’s Musings looking for pictures of the recent reception and wedding in our family, I am so sorry. I have been experiencing multitudes of technical problems which have kept me from posting.

First, our server computer, the one that enables all of us in the house to be on the same intranet system, died. All of our digital photos are on that computer. I hear tell that the pictures are safe, but just cannot be accessed at this time. This is a sad thing, and an inconvenient thing, but I trust it is a problem that will be rectified eventually.

Second, our Clearw’re internet service has been almost non-existent. On the days that it’s been working, it’s been working just enough for me to read a bit of email, but definitely not enough to do any blogging.

Third, I am now a real (as opposed to virtual) gramma. Our two-year old grandson and four-month old granddaughter are here, in our home, with their daddy and mommy. This alone would make for a busier household, but the poor kidlets have been sick with bronchitis. Grandchildren win over blogging every time.

All of our wedding company has gone home. Things are calming down. I really will try to get back in the swing of things and get some of those fun photos up very soon.