On February 27 the celebration began. It is the birthday of the oldest child in our family - little Ben. Of course, there has been a lot of anticipation for this event. We have been discussing for several months now. Ben had a list about a mile long of what he wanted to get. It was pretty much anything he saw in the store or advertised on TV. But, as we narrowed it down, he wanted Lego's, Bionicles, and Transformers. He did pretty good too. He got lots of Lego's and a couple Bionicles. No Transformers, but he didn't seem to notice.
The guest list for our party started out rather copious. So were the birthday plans. I was not very excited about spending cash on Chuck E Cheese - especially since we did that last year. Does every year have to be a big bash? Someone gave me the fabulous idea of having a big birthday party every other year. PERFECT! Ben and I (mostly me) agreed to have a quiet, intimate party with some of his best buddies. On Wednesday Sophia and Billy came over and we had pizza and cake. It was lots of fun. Then, the fun didn't end there. On Saturday we took Ben's best buddy Jake to the bowling alley with us. This was Ben's first time bowling and it was hysterical! Ben weighs about 39 lbs and the ball (the lightest one) weighed about 6 lbs. That would be like me trying to bowl with a 25 lb ball (or so). What Ben did was lie down on his stomach and push the ball. I think the ball moved at the pace of about 1 mile an hour. We would eat some pizza, have a drink and then finally Ben's ball would make it to the end to knock out about 2 or 3 pins and we would all clap. It was really cute. Unfortunately, we didn't have the camera with us. DUH!!! Ben did say that he loves the game. It was fun