Today we started a new family tradition--the Annual Birthday Blowout Bash.
Between June 11th and July 2nd, our family celebrates three birthdays and Father's Day. When all the kids lived at home, it was hard enough to make sure that everyone got the proper recognition of their special day (or days, for Tony. He has both a birthday and Father's Day) Now that that two of the kids (Tony and Brian) live out of town, I realized it was impossible to have multiple celebrations. Thus, a new tradition was born.
Today worked the best for everyone's schedule, so our bash coincided with Father's Day. There were no decorations, party games, or traditional party activities. The only thing we planned was sitting around and talking, and eating.
Since I wasn't able to cook everyone their favorite meal, as I have done in the past, I made an executive decision on the menu. No one complained. After lunch, there was a pile of presents almost as big as the one at Christmas. We passed on the birthday cake and candles. Brian's girlfriend Nicole made her award-winning apple pie for dessert; she served it with ice cream.
All too soon the day was over and everyone had to go their separate ways. However, I'm certain the Bash will be back next year.