Of Superheroes, Sushi and Poop – My 40th Birthday Rocked the House!

My awesome 40th Birthday

I may’ve turned 40 on Saturday, but I feel like I’m 12 again. This weekend, my wife and kids pulled out all the stops. And I do mean all.

The day started bright and early at 7:02 when my alarm clock (a.k.a. Ryan, my super-excited 6-year-old) jumped into bed screaming it’s my birthday. He then proceeded to watch an episode or two of T.U.F.F. Puppy on TV while I dozed in and out of dreamland. Fast forward an hour later when my groggy head finally woke up a bit. And so did my older son Jason. We all headed downstairs for breakfast and that’s when I saw this mountain of gifts waiting for me.

My kids couldn’t open them fast enough. If ever there was a poster child for embracing your inner child, yeah you’d see my smiling mug plastered all over that one. I scored some major loot including the new Batman game for Xbox, The Muppets on DVD, the incredibly awesometastic Lego Batcave and a bunch of great books.

I’m always bugging my wife to buy me the Lego Death Star but for some reason she never does. Might have something to do with the $399.99 price tag. But she finally delivered my “consultation prize,” a mini Lego Death Star! It came with a small TIE Fighter to put together, with the Death Star being a small case to hold the pieces.

Ryan shows off my first (and hopefully not last) Lego Death Star.

The other and definitely best presents of all, were homemade. First was a birthday collage of me and my family. The other was a framed picture of our whole family, with photos of each of us and small bios describing our favorite food, Muppet, activity, book, etc. I finally understood why my kids were “interviewing” me the other day! These are both proudly hanging up in my home office now.

My sister, who happens to be a librarian, found me the perfect gift. This is the woman who in the past has bought me a Moses action figure and a book on farting. She’s also texting me constantly with the latest apps to download like the FartDroid or the FishFarts one. Yeah, we’re classy. So anyways, this was one of my presents from her and her family. Yep, Poop Happened, the #1 book about going #2.

Poop Happens, the #1 book on going #2

Ryan's reaction to the Poop book.

As for my birthday cake, my wife completely outdid herself. A number of years ago, she took a cake decorating course where she learned the secrets of piping icing. Ever since, she’s been a Julie Child, er… some crazy awesome cake-making person… when it comes to birthday cakes. I honestly think this is her best one yet. Knowing I love the Muppets, and especially a certain stand-up comic bear, she made me this Fozzie Bear cake. Yes, it was as delicious as it looked!

Fozzie Bear from the Muppets in cake form

The greatest Fozzie Bear Birthday Cake ever!

The final part of my birthday present was dinner and a Broadway show. We dined at Haru Sushi in Manhattan, having some insanely awesome sushi. The Sushi Taco appetizer was out of this world!

Sushi Tacos!!!! These were amazing!

Birthday sushi!

Incredible sushi at Haru

After dinner, we killed time over at the Times Square Toys R Us where I met my good buddy Hulk.

Lego Hulk Smash!

And look who my wife bumped into!

Morgan Freeman

Who knew Morgan Freeman was so tall?

Finally, we finished the evening by watching Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. The effects were insane in this show with Spidey and the Green Goblin literally swinging right above our heads. The scenery was breathtaking too. The rest of the musical? Um, not so good. I’ll be writing a complete review of that shortly. We had a blast watching it, though.

Spider-Man on Broadway

All in all, we had an incredible time. I’ve got to say, if this is just a taste of what 40s like, I can’t wait for another bite!

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18 Responses
  • Colleen
    June 7, 2012

    Happy Belated Birthday my friend! Sounds like it was perfect! I know it is my kids that make my birthday awesome. They are so excited it is hard not to get excited.

    Sounds like your wife has THREE kids 😉 Of course I tell my husband I have FOUR and he tends to agree.

    But that is what makes life fun!
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    • Andrew
      June 7, 2012

      Thanks, Colleen.You are 100% right. The kids get so excited, it’s impossible NOT to get excited.

      Oh and my wife knows she has three boys in the house. 🙂 That definitely is what makes life fun.

  • LeeAnn
    June 6, 2012

    OK, so I was poking around on momdot for a few minutes and saw your name. You have a blog now? Very cool! We sucked you in, I guess. 😉

    It sounds like you had an awesome birthday! Your family sure knows how to do it up right!
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    • Andrew
      June 6, 2012

      LeeAnn! Hi there! Yep, I’ve got my very own Daddy Blog now. I told you I seriously love working with bloggers, so I just couldn’t stay away. I actually started off with a professional blog to promote my freelance writing, but then I wanted a more “fun” blog to just talk about my family, so that led me here. 🙂

      I had an amazing birthday. The whole weekend was just great. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Melinda@LookWhatMomFound...andDadtoo
    June 6, 2012

    OMG love the cake Wocka Wocka Wocka !!!!!
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    • Andrew
      June 6, 2012

      Hey, Melinda! Yeah, that cake ruled! There’s still a few pieces left in the freezer, y’know… 😉

  • trisha
    June 5, 2012

    Morgan Freeman looks tall….and unhappy. Who peed in his cheerios?

    trisha
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    • Andrew
      June 5, 2012

      Hah! Hey, Trisha! Thanks for the comment and for hosting such an awesome forums on your site.

  • Marianna
    June 4, 2012

    What an awesome birthday!!! That LEGO Batcave looks great. My 7 year old has asked for that Death Star a few times as well, but that is never happening. Though three of our boys do have the mini one like you got. My house is overflowing with Star Wars LEGOs. And now Avengers as well.
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    • Andrew
      June 4, 2012

      You need to listen to your 7 year old more. He totally deserves that mega Death Star. And uh, can I come over and play with your LEGOs? 🙂

  • Billie
    June 4, 2012

    It sounds like you had a great time. I love the presents! Your family went all out, I think that’s the best thing ever. I always try to make birthdays as special as I can. I just turned 33, but I’d say I’m probably more around 15. Happy birthday!
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    • Andrew
      June 4, 2012

      I did! It was also great just to spend so much time with my family, which I haven’t had much of lately thanks to working lots of hours. Thanks for the bday wishes!

  • Rob
    June 4, 2012

    Looks and sounds like you had an awesome birthday. That cake looks really awesome and the show sounds like to would be fun to go to.
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    • Andrew
      June 4, 2012

      Hey, Rob. Thanks! The cake looked and tasted amazing. The photo doesn’t do it justice!

  • Mandy Kilinskis
    June 4, 2012

    Those were my exact thoughts on Spider-man. Staging, effects, and scenery = great. Book and songs = …yeah. Can’t wait to read your review.

    Anyway, glad to hear that you had an excellent birthday!
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    • Andrew
      June 4, 2012

      Hey, Mandy! Yeah, I think most people would agree. My wife and I were just sooo shocked out how poor the singing and dancing numbers were. It seemed like a high school production! Thanks for the comment!

  • Dave
    June 4, 2012

    Awesome post! You sure are easy to shop for, though. 🙂

    • Andrew
      June 4, 2012

      You know it, buddy! Thanks. 🙂