Here at the Bontrager house, we love a good birthday party!  Our traditions include the following: 
~a meal chosen by the birthday person (popular items are enchiladas, pizza, fajitas, and taco salad)
~a yummy dessert (usually cheesecake or cake and homemade ice-cream.  For dad’s birthday we had trifle- a simple dessert made by layering pudding, strawberries, and cubes of chocolate cake.)
~a time of honoring the birthday person.  We go around and each say something we appreciate/admire about the birthday person.
~gift time.  After supper, we move to the living room, where we present the birthday person with the gifts we have for them.  
~the activity.  The birthday person chooses an activity to do together.  It’s usually a game or movie.  Some of our favorite games are “Ten Thousand”, “Hide ‘n’ Seek in the Dark”, “Occupation”, “Dutch Blitz”, etc.  
All in all….we have a great time together celebrating life.  For us, birthdays happen 12 times per year, so why not make it a special evening together?
 Eat time.  Often Grandma joins us.
 the Menu for Joshua’s party.  {yeah, the man has good tastes.}
 I sometimes think the Littles enjoy gift time more than the birthday person.  They love handing out the gifts, watching over the shoulder, and collecting the wrapping paper (Rebecca…:).  They’d even be more than willing to help with the opening process. //smiles//

please forgive the rather yellowish coloring of these photos.  I was behind the camera, and the photo quality gives good evidence of my lack of skill skill with Chelsy’s camera.:)

{posted by Allison}



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    I think it's funny/cute how you call your younger siblings the "Littles". One of my little sisters began calling us older girls the "Olders", and herself and the others, the "Youngers". 😀 For some reason it has stuck.

    Gabrielle (Morrison)

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