We have a birthday party every Friday, and whether that means putting on badges and hunting for clues to solve a crime (Eliot Ness) or painting our own masterpieces (Rembrandt), we have a great time together. Each of us looks forward to our Friday night parties. Mom looks forward to how much the kids enjoy the activities and learning about a new person, and P, J & E look forward to staying up a little later than usual and eating cake (plus some fun along the way).
The kids are especially excited when two of our birthday honorees cross paths in history. We learned that Madam Toussaud made Marie Antoinette’s death mask, Henry Clay & Andrew Jackson didn’t get along very well, and Eliot Ness & Alexander Hamilton both had something to do with the US Treasury Dept (one substantially more than the other!) The kids are always the ones to point this out, and it’s so exciting to witness how much they absorb.
Our favorite birthday-related moment so far was when, during a Children’s Sermon, our pastor asked if anyone had heard of Alfred Nobel. Since we had a party for him, all three boys raised their hands and answered. Better yet, the next question asked if anyone knew what he invented. There were quite a few surprised faces in the crowd when a 4, 5, and 8 year old all knew that he’d invented dynamite! We are all learning SO much about people from all walks of life, famous for all sorts of reasons – on any given day you’d be amazed at the range of options! Most importantly, though, our parties are lots of fun, and are definitely creating lasting memories for all of us.