To start the day off Phil wanted his hair cut. It was down to about his waist, and he always, with the exception of about a week, has kept it in a braid. Well he wanted hair that sort of looked like Sawyer's, from Lost. Which is a layered cut, except a little shorter. Sawyer's is just above his shoulders. Phil wanted his shorter than that but still not a "short" cut. So I layered his hair a bit, after cutting off the bulk of it in a pony tail. He LOVES it. Loved it immediately, no "getting used to it" period. He was excited and I loved it for him. I thought I would be sadder to see it go. It is just about the only thing on my boys that remotely looks of their Native American heritage, their long hair. But to see his excitement, I could feel nothing but joy for him.
Phil decided he wanted to go to Salsarita's for lunch, his birthday meal. We each pick our favorite restaurant and go out to eat on our birthday. It was lovely time. Usually crowded on a Sunday afternoon, it was surprisingly empty yesterday. Only three other families in the whole restaurant. Very nice, and we had ice cream from another place for dessert.
When we arrived home we gave Phillip our presents for him, including a new board game called Arkham Horror. We moved a small table from the family room, to the Living Room (hoping it would inspire us to play more board games) and we set up Arkham Horror to play. It is not an easy game to start with, just so many things you have to do in each turn. But after playing it for a couple of hours I think we have the swing of it and are really enjoying the game. It is still set up because at midnight we were all getting tired and decided to leave it and resume play tonight when Jackson gets home.
During the game we took a 10 minute time out for cake. Phil picked the candles, 8 stick candles plus the number 4 candle makes 12 in all, his age today. :-) It is a lemon poppy seed cake, he picked the flavor, and there is icing on 1/2, just as he wanted it. YUM. While eating the cake he lost a loose tooth. He has, I think he said, 4 teeth that are loose and just waiting to come out.
Anyway it was a day filled with family, love and joy. We had a wonderful time celebrating Phil's birthday, and he had so much fun. I am so glad we could all be together today.