Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Darren!!

Darren turned 35 today. I think this was one of the most exciting birthdays for the kids (except their own!). They picked out his singing birthday card, helped me buy several of his gifts, and of course, they helped me bake the cake. Both of my kids personify everything from animals to characters in books, to cars, to trains. They imagine they are one of the objects, and sometimes imagine other people close to them are also objects... if that makes sense. Both the kids love trains, but especially KatieLynn, and she always says Daddy is Big, Strong, Henry, who's a green train with Thomas. So, when Darren said he didn't care what we put on his cake, KatieLynn picked big, strong, Henry. They were so excited about the cake all day long; KatieLynn just from pure birthday excitement and Dean really wanted to eat cake.
Daddy has help blowing out the candles.
Eating cake and ice cream Very intently eating!
Darren opens one of his presents (to hang in the garage).
This picture is from last week; the kids are pretending the treadmill is their bed.


HeatherP said...

Very Cute, you are getting really good at making cute cakes :) Wish we could have been there!!

Dawn Jenkins said...

I love "Big Strong Henry's" face in the first was a Daddy face for sure. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Nicole!! Katie Lynn and Dean have great imaginations. You are lucky they play so well together. I love all the pics. It makes me want to come out to the farm and play. Hope you all are doing well! Take care!
Love, Laura Lacy

Darren said...

This is too cool. My name is Darren Freidel and I grew up on a farm in South Dakota and used John Deere machines. Wow and I thought I had unique name.