August 14th brought a lot of activity to our household -- including enjoying afternoon tea with my sister and nephew and taking a trip to the local petstore for a one-hour wait with a whining, barking dog to get his annual shots.
But the most important event that day was Edward's "Half Birthday."
We started this tradition when Emily reached her 6-month milestone. We thought it might give her some exposure to the birthday song thing, as well as treat her to a day of her "own." (For those new to my blog, Emily arrived on my 27th birthday, making us "birthday buddies.")
Thus, the "Half-B'day" tradition continues.
It's nothing big or fancy. Just a fun dinner, some small, silly presents, and cupcakes times the age number and a half.
The kids get a kick out of it and look forward to this halfway point in their year with almost the same excitement as their actual birthdays.
It really is a milestone of sorts for them, too. They're a whole half-a-year older. Somehow it makes them feel very important to say their age-plus-half.
And why not?
Time ticks by so slowly in a child's life anyway... This gives them something to look forward to and only 6 months more to wait until their real birthday!