Ever since the Girl was born (in fact, it happened the night before the Girl was born), Hubby kind of lost his birthday. You see, Hubby's birthday is the day before the Girl's so 4 years ago on that day, Hubby "celebrated" his birthday in the hospital. Every year since then, I've been too busy planning the Girl's parties (Yep, parties. This year, for instance, she had 3.) that I don't have time to celebrate Hubby's big day. Plus, you can't really have two big cakes back to back.
Most years, Hubby just ends up with a slice of the Girl's cake and a little birthday kiss. This year, I feel particularly guilty because for his birthday meal, I offered him a loaf of plain Wonder Bread, a jar of peanut butter and a little bit of jam. He even had to assemble his own sandwich. So on Father's Day, I wanted to make it up to him.
We started with a special pancake breakfast followed by the presentation of gifts. The Girl made her Daddy a card and a bracelet which he wore most of that morning. Then, the kids "took him" to the movies. I made sure they got some coins out of their piggy bank to pay for the tickets.
This was the Boy's first theater experience. He gave me a very mixed review. One second, he'd say, "too scary" so I offered to take him outside. Then he'd say, "I love this movie" so we'd stay. The Girl on the other hand was a veteran. She said all morning that she was ready to hit the theatre. If I didn't know, I'd think she was going to the opera or something.
After the movie, we went to get a simple pizza lunch. Man, was I happy to see the Boy eat again. He's been sick for a week and hasn't been eating.
We came home and the kids took a little nap and gave Daddy a break. Then we had some friends over and we enjoyed a take out dinner from our favorite Thai restaurant. The finale was the cake that I owe Hubby. Come to think of it, I am not sure if I have ever baked him a birthday cake. This is a flourless chocolate cake and I think it is my favorite plain chocolate ever.
I am not an expert cake decorator... in fact, I don't know anything about cake decorating. So I just made these simple paper dolls to top the yummy chocolate goodness.
We finished the night with a few rounds of friendly Taboo with our friends and Hubby was the only undefeated player of the night. (Watch out if you ever play with him. He is REALLY good.) In his own words, the day was "much better than his birthday". Mission accomplished.