4.19.2013

of birthday parties.....

Here at the Bontrager house, we love a good birthday party!  Our traditions include the following: 
~a meal chosen by the birthday person (popular items are enchiladas, pizza, fajitas, and taco salad)
~a yummy dessert (usually cheesecake or cake and homemade ice-cream.  For dad's birthday we had trifle- a simple dessert made by layering pudding, strawberries, and cubes of chocolate cake.)
~a time of honoring the birthday person.  We go around and each say something we appreciate/admire about the birthday person.
~gift time.  After supper, we move to the living room, where we present the birthday person with the gifts we have for them.  
~the activity.  The birthday person chooses an activity to do together.  It's usually a game or movie.  Some of our favorite games are "Ten Thousand", "Hide 'n' Seek in the Dark", "Occupation", "Dutch Blitz", etc.  

All in all....we have a great time together celebrating life.  For us, birthdays happen 12 times per year, so why not make it a special evening together?

 Eat time.  Often Grandma joins us.

 the Menu for Joshua's party.  {yeah, the man has good tastes.}

 I sometimes think the Littles enjoy gift time more than the birthday person.  They love handing out the gifts, watching over the shoulder, and collecting the wrapping paper (Rebecca...:).  They'd even be more than willing to help with the opening process. //smiles//




please forgive the rather yellowish coloring of these photos.  I was behind the camera, and the photo quality gives good evidence of my lack of skill skill with Chelsy's camera.:)


{posted by Allison}

5 comments:

  1. The photos weren't all that bad, Allison!
    Happy Birthday to Joshua!

    And Allison! I love your handwriting :)

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  2. Does Chelsy ever use flash filters on her camera? Just wondering. :) Cool post, Allison! :D

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  3. Hello to all of the Bontragers,
    Happy birthday Joshua! Allison the pics were very good!
    In Christ,
    Lexi

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  4. Happy Birthday to Joshua!! Funny, I have a brother named Joshua too! Looks like you always have a great time!! We almost do the same things too!!

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  5. Hi, my first time commenting on here. My younger sisters are the ones keeping close tabs on y'all's blog, especially when Mary A. Ebersole tells them to. :)
    I think it's funny/cute how you call your younger siblings the "Littles". One of my little sisters began calling us older girls the "Olders", and herself and the others, the "Youngers". :D For some reason it has stuck.

    Gabrielle (Morrison)

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