The Birthday Bart

Yesterday was Bart’s birthday.

He kicked off the day by having a cold. We do know how to celebrate in style around here. Also, I ironed his shirt for him. I am pretty much the best birthday gift giver ever.

When he got home from work, dinner was (mostly) ready and after putting Ella to bed, we enjoyed a nice meal and some gift opening.

I made the Happy Birthday banner by cutting out the colorful pages of an advance unbound copy of a picture book I’d picked up at TLA.  

I got him a tripod and a remote for his camera, an enormous bottle of Downy with a dispenser (our washer doesn’t have a dispenser and Bart has talked about how gooooooood his aunt’s laundry always smells for the past five years, so I promise, this wasn’t as pathetic a gift as it sounds). Also, a box of Junior Mints to be saved until Friday; I arranged for a babysitter so we can go see Thor. Bart is a remarkably good gift guesser, so I was pleased that he didn’t immediately guess what they all were (except the Junior Mints, which he immediately guessed when he picked up the box  – some year I’ll have to get him a box of Milk Duds, just to throw him off).

Bart’s office had sent him home with about eight cupcakes, so we had a few friends over to help us eat them. They were delicious.

The highlight of his day, though, might have been this little card from Merrick (you may have to click it to see the captions):

All in all, an excellent day, for an excellent guy.

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  • Reply heidikins May 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Um, that card is the CUTEST thing ever in the history of birthday cards.

    Happy Birthday Bart!


  • Reply McKinley May 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Those cupcakes do look amazing! I LOVE THAT CARD!!!! She could totally sell it, what a cute little boy!! Happy Birthday Bart!

  • Reply Merrick May 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I think it might have to become a tradition to send those little ecards every year 🙂

    And great job on that fun banner!

  • Reply Packrat May 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Happy Birthday to Bart! Sounds like you had a great day (other than the cold).

  • Reply RA May 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Happy Birthday, Bart! I bet you will looove your tripod! Good gift-giving, Janssen!

  • Reply Angella May 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Happy Birthday, Bart!

    That card SLAYED me.

  • Reply ssm May 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Happy birthday to Bart! (And I want to know what goes on in August of every year, because May is crazy birthday month: my husband's, brother in law's, two closest friends' and son's birthdays are all in the beginning of May too.)

  • Reply Chelsea May 6, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Love the card! She's so creative! Sounds like you guys had fun. Wish him happy birthday from me!

  • Reply Lexilooo May 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

    Love the card from Merrick!

    Happy birthday Bart!

  • Reply Carly May 6, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Hey and Happy Birthday to Bart!

    Birthdays are so happy, they never ever get old for me! Such fun. Way to be a champion wife and make it special.

  • Reply Jill May 6, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Happy Birthday Bart.

    Adorable card from Merrick.

    I so want Downy as a birthday gift. No I'm not joking. It smells so good!

  • Reply Bethany May 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    HAHA Merrick's card! Happy Birthday Bart!

  • Reply Bart May 10, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Thanks, All! It was a very happy birthday, thanks to Janssen, Ella, family, and friends (that's you). And Janssen's homemade cookie dough chocolate ice cream.

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