It was the Mister’s birthday last week. 5 golden years, how quickly they’ve gone. I can still remember the day he was born. I’d snuggled him close to my chest and that evening asked the nurse if all seemed OK. He hadn’t made a peep. Just slept and ate, slept and ate. In hindsight I should have recognized a little personality in the making: easygoing, not one to make a fuss.
It was with this no-nonsense attitude that he tagged along to Lauren’s doctor’s visit the day before his birthday. The older kids were off school that day, and it was a perfect opportunity to spend a few hours in Central Park…
Eating Oreos. While wearing a Mustache sweater. It is Movember after all.
Maybe one day his grill will look like that. For now we’ll chalk it up to a good case of Oreo teeth.
Central Park is so pretty at this time of year…..
Did you know that wild cats live in the Park? Sam found a leopard and stalked it…
…just long enough to find out that it was actually his sister. Who, much like her counterparts in the wild, is quiet but can be friendly if tamed….
We left the park in search of food and found a local falafel restaurant.
Sam discovered that he loves falafel and was saddened that Lauren’s sesame allergy prevented her from trying a bite of my sandwich. So he chose to have falafel sandwiches for his birthday dinner the next day, hummus- and sesame-free. Total gentleman….
The skies were still dark when somebody woke me up the next morning. He had an inkling that I’d satisfied his biggest birthday wish: Dino Zoomer.
Charging yet pettable…
The other kids eventually woke up and decided to write Sam birthday cards. Sam wrote his own, as you do when you’re 5.
When Sam was at school I baked his fantasy birthday cake. The cake that he’d been begging me to make since the beginning of time. Or at least since last Summer when Lauren planted the idea that she’d like this very cake for her own birthday in December.
It’s a pretty good cake. Joy the Baker’s chocolate cake dressed up head-to-toe in Kit Kats…
I hid the cake in my bedroom. Not because it I didn’t want to ruin the surprise – more because my friend Jack the dog has been consuming a few too many treats from previously undiscoverable places. You may remember the farmhouse frittata…there was another episode that I’ve been too ashamed to share. It involved a full roast chicken with not a speck of evidence save for a roasting dish on the ground and some grease smears at its side.
One day I’ll come home to find that he’s managed to pry open the door to my room. Until then, that’s my safety zone.
I had grand plans to make the falafel dinner but then realized that I could either drive myself into the ground with last-minute stress, or I could pick up supplies at the Hummus & Pita co.
I chose option B. All were satisfied, including the birthday boy who looked a wee bit intimated by the size and scope of his birthday spread.
Finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for…
Slam dunk. In Sam’s words, the “best birthday ever”. Which also proves my theory: nothing beats a quiet birthday at home.
What a fab party! I wouldn’t mind this kind of party for myself, especially the cake!
Happy Birthday to your little man!
I have this grin on my face while reading this post. I also have a son and he is 4 and will turn 5 next year. I dont know but its like seeing my future. Hopefully I can prepare a cake thats as awesome as that one =)
Happy 5th Birthday to your little one 😉
Happy Birthday Sam!
BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM! ….and crikey that is pretty much my dream b’day feast too. Do you take overseas orders??? YAM xx
What a great birthday Sam. Wish I’d been there, too. xoxo
Happy Birthday Sam, what a great birthday surprise, the cake looks yumculicious!!!!
Have a great day!
Happy 5th Birthday to him, all that food looked lovely that kit-kat cake is brilliant heheh!
That is so cool! Happy birthday to Sam! I’m sure it was the best cake ever too. 😉
I think that would be MY fantasy birthday cake too! Happy birthday to Sam!
Happy Birthday to the little guy! 🙂
Happy belated birthday big guy!
Looks like a great birthday celebration. Happy Birthday to him.
What a great party celebration! Tell the big guy the we all wish him a Happy Birthday.
Beautiful images of Central Park. The cake looks amazing too.
Happy Birthday to your cutie! That cake idea is brilliant.
Sounds like a great B-Day I am sure the now “Big Boy” was very excited about it all.
Happy Birthday!! And great Job MOM…
Lovely photos. Time goes by so fast. WW Co-Host
Happy birthday to Sam. The park and dinner looks good, but the cake looks amazing! Time goes fast.
Awesome cake!! Looks like a great birthday! Happy happy to Sam!! 5 is such a delicious age!
Happy Happy Birthday!! Five is such a magical age!
You take beautiful photos! I love how some of them look so vintage!
What a great post! And happy birthday to him!! LOVE that shot of the candles being blown out and the smoke wisping around..sooo cool!
Happy birthday to your little man! 🙂 I have a 5 year old also…they grow up so fast.
Happy Birthday, Sam! It looks like you had a fun celebration. What a cool cake!
What a cool cake, happy birthday!!
KITKAT…. Oh WOW! What a unique idea! Just put it around the cake as a little extra treat. LOVE IT! Bet you could stick it in ice cream too it would look cool that way too! Awww That must be a pretty special little guy! hehehe HAPPY BIRTHDAY CUTIE!!!
wow, that cake is awesome! Central Park in fall looks so beautiful! What is the name of the falafel restaurant you enjoyed? (for next time we’re there).
Awww – what a wonderful birthday party! That cake really looks to die for – in a manner of speaking, of course.
Man – I think I missed Central Park fall colors once again, can you believe it? And I’m only 40 minutes away – ts ts ts
Happy Birthday tO the little big guy! And I want that cake too! Who doesn’t love kit kits?!
Happy 5th Birthday – that’s a great age 🙂
Looks like he had a good one and the cake is a great idea with the Kit-kats 🙂
incredible party…Happy birthday Sam..and a lovely day at the park too…I rarely have falafel party but that looks so yummy…love the kit kat cake too…cheers from Astoria 🙂
Oh my gosh that is an amazing cake!! Happy birthday to your cutie, what great pictures. I have never visited New York, but would love to! Thanks for linking up with WW @ Oh my Heartsie!
Beautiful pictures, looks like an awesome time 🙂
Thanks for sharing your photos with us last week. Today we are featuring one of your little man on our weekly linkup. Oreos make all memories taste better! Looks like he had a pretty awesome birthday.
I saw his adorable Movember photo on YesVideo this morning, and had to come look. Happy Birthday, little guy! ♥ Wonderful story and photos.