Anyway, Jared's birthday was great. We celebrated by walking downtown (5 blocks away) and spending the day seeing a movie (Tron - like playing a 2 hour video game that doesn't totally make sense but Jared and the boys loved it and the special effects were awesome), going out to lunch, and bowling. It's so fun that all these things are just down the street from us. We came home for a big birthday dinner with our family plus my parents and brothers Eli and Josh then we celebrated New Years NYC time (watched the count down in Times Square and scanned the crowd for my sister Charity who was there in person) with the kids, tucked them in bed, and headed back downtown to bring in the new year at a comedy club where one of Jared's high school friends performed. He was hilarious - and totally clean (he'd made it to the final round of Last Comic Standing). There's nothing like a good laugh!
|Jared's favorite is pecan pie. I went with Sara Lee. He was happy.|
I don't know how to make pies and I haven't gotten around to learning quite yet.
|Jared got to go sky diving too as part of his birthday present. They both had a great great time. I'll post the videos later. Those huge fans make for some really funny facial expressions when they're in there!|
Then we spent about 3 hours getting a second set of casts on the twins' feet. They've been so fascinated with the casting process and haven't complained much at all about their uncomfortable-looking gait. The casts don't seem to slow them down at all. I thought getting new casts on would be sort of a sad way to spend their birthday afternoon but they chatted happily with our great physical therapist and she let them help her soak the fiberglass stuff and hold things she needed and they were pretty darn happy with the whole thing. Silas started only being able to get his ankle bent to about a 110 degree angle (normal would be about 70 degrees) and Oliver started off at about 98 degrees. They're now at 100 degrees and almost 90 degrees. So this seems to be working.
After the casting, we went to McDonalds for dinner as requested by the twins then came home for cake and ice cream and a little party. They went back and forth about whether they wanted friends over (it's an even year for them so they had the option of having a birthday party with friends if they wanted one). At the last minute they said they did want friend over but just wanted two friends - our new best friend Shai, an 8 year old who lives two doors down and Adam, a 3-year old who lives on the next block. It worked out perfectly - just enough kids to make it feel like a real party - a great group of mixed ages and everyone got along great and had a nice time. We had our kids, Shai, and Adam and his family plus a few cousins who were with them for the day. The twins requested that we play Twister and have a dance party plus they insisted on party hats and a yellow cake with Nutella frosting (turned out really yummy actually). They got all their wishes and it was a really nice evening.
Now we're done with holidays and birthdays until Eliza's big day on February 13th. I must say, it feels good to be done with celebrating for a while!