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.
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.
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!
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!
After dinner, we killed time over at the Times Square Toys R Us where I met my good buddy Hulk.
And look who my wife bumped into!
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.
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!