Tuesday, February 24, 2009

He is 20!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My, my, how time flies when you are having fun. My 2nd born son is 20 years old. He came into this world amid much excitement and fear (emergency c section) and it has been like that for 20 years. Allen is Mr. Invincible, he has great car cleaning skills, he likes to dye his hair and spike it with hair gel, he has an awesome work ethic, and he is very, very independent. He is a super waiter at Cheddars. Life is not dull with Allen around.

Birthday Traditions for our Family...

1. This would be the birthday hat...everyone has to wear the designated hat when they open gifts. This year it is Greg's official Cheese Head hat from Green Bay, Wisconsin or as Greg would say "The frozen tundra". When we were in Wisconsin last year, we drove an hour from where we were staying to Green Bay to purchase this official, lovely, orange, rubber hat.

2. We have a birthday candle that is lit for every birthday. Given the size of our family and the future potential for spouses and grandchildren, our candle is a big, 3 wick candle. This tradition was started by my Mom and Dad many years ago. Our candle was a gold taper and is about 2 inches tall now...it gets lit and we have to blow quick. But that candle has been around since before grandchildren (the oldest is 25). Actually, since its harvest gold, it may be from the 70's.

3. The birthday person picks the dinner and dessert for the day. Allen's choice was grilled hamburgers, french fries, baked beans and homemade oreo ice cream. For some odd reason, he thought he should be able to stick his face in the dish of ice cream...kind of reminiscent of his first birthday...but he didn't.

4. This doesn't apply to him anymore but the birthday kid doesn't have to do schoolwork on their birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If it falls on a weekend, they get Monday off. Of course, we all benefit when it is my birthday cause we all get the day off! Ah, the joys of homeschooling!

Happy Birthday Al Pal!!!!!

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