One is marking how tall you are on our wall of growth. Blue stripes are for Alex and green stripes are for Nathan. (I've taken balsa wood strips and painted them. Each one has Alex or Nathan's name, the age and the height. That way, if we ever have to move, I can recreate the wall.)
Another is the morning birthday cake. I admit that I stole this one from Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, but I loved the idea of cake for breakfast. In the movie, the mother tells her daughter that she is so happy she had her. I try and tell my kids that at least once throughout their birthday.
You can also see Nathan's birthday present. His new model train set. Which took a surprisingly long time to put together, so I'm glad we did it the night before.
We have some favourite books to read: Dr. Seuss's Happy Birthday to You and Debra Frasier's On the Day You Were Born
I also like to make them look at pictures of themselves as babies. Here's Nathan at the ripe old age of around 3 hours.
And here is his first meeting with his brother Alex. The lack of being impressed was mutual.
To me, these memories only just happened. But it's been 6 long, wonderful, crazy years.
And I look forward to many more.