It seems like February is the month of birthdays in our family. We start the month off with our sweet groundhog baby and then move on to daddy's birthday on Valentine's day. Then on the 21st of the month is Calvin's 1/2 birthday. Its been a fun month of birthday celebrations for the family.
Asher had an airplane birthday party. We invited a few friends and had dinner, cake and presents. Rather than trying to plan some themed activities, I decided to just let them run around and play. It worked perfect, they were completely happy to do that.
Daddy wanted a special "cashew" cheesecake for his birthday. I tend to get intimidated by recipes and I've been trying my best to push threw that, so I took the challenge. We have a vitamix and that helped to blend up the cashews until they were creamy. Surprisingly, the cheesecake itself was easy to make. It was the raspberry topping that was challenging because of all the boiling and straining of seeds that took place. But it was delicious and Joy especially approved. :)
Calvin had no clue that his 1/2 birthday was on the 21st. I was trying not to make a big deal about it because it was our Missions day at church and I knew we were going to be consumed with stuff to do. Rather than telling him, I wrote Calvin, 5 1/2 on our chalkboard on the wall. I guess he was eating his breakfast and noticed the sign and ran to ask Daddy what it was all about. I then showed him his 1/2 a birthday cake and he was so excited that today was a special day for him. When we got to church, the activity center was decorated for the missions lunch and there were red balloons on all the tables. Calvin's eyes grew really wide and he looked up at me and said, "Is all of this for me, Mama?!" It was rather sweet.
Anyway, I didn't get enough great pictures of much, but here are a few pictures from Asher's party.