Rory's birthday started yesterday, with a party at Chuck E. Cheese. He invited six friends (and his little sister, of course!) and had a great time eating pizza and playing games. He and one of his friends managed to lose their stash of tickets - twice - first by leaving them somewhere (they each swore the other one had them), and then by putting them into the counting machine and not getting the receipt (they accidentally got someone else's credit card receipt from the machine next to it!) I mention this, because I want to let you all know how proud I was of my little boy. He has always had trouble dealing with things like this, and usually ends up having a "fit" of some sort (crying or screaming or stomping or something) when things don't go his way. He then dwells on the bad thing for the rest of the day, covering it with a big old shadow. Well, I have to tell you, he was one disappointed kid after this double whammy, and it showed on his face. HOWEVER, he did NOT scream, or cry, or stomp, or otherwise act up. He DEALT WITH IT!!!! I was never so proud, and I told him so.
This is his official birthday cake. Yes, it has a square bottom and a round top. I had originally intended it to be a heart shape, but after it was baked he decided he would rather have a layer cake, so this is what we came up with. It is German Chocolate (why did I suggest it? - fussy recipe and 2 types of frosting), and has 8 star candles, star sprinkles, and "Rory you're our star!" written in purple icing (all picked out by Rory).
Here is Rory with his cake, and a box of candy he got from one of his friends yesterday, which he insisted we must eat with the cake. MMM!
And this is Rory's official picture on the couch. We have done this since he was a month old, first once a month, and then once a year.