Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Ryan!

I think I should start this by saying that Ryan is the best part of my life. I am more thankful for him every day and very much enjoyed a day to celebrate his life. He is the most caring, thoughtful, hardworking and wonderful man. He is the best father and his kids, as well as his wife, adore him. We love you Ryan!

We had a good morning with the traditional candle-in-the-breakfast-food (this year cinnamon streusel muffins) that his family has always done. Then it was off to work for Ryan where he took a half day and enjoyed an ice cream party with his co-workers before coming home. By 5:30 we had Zach and Alison over for a steak dinner (complete with the Alleman Jello, marshmallows included) followed by presents and cake and homemade ice cream. By that time the kids were so wired and sugar-buzzed that it was off to bed or insanity. We chose the first.
These are the breakfast birthday muffins.

Some of the decorations we put up in the house. Kitchen.

Family room.

The birthday boy.

This is the card that the kids picked out for him, it had lots of room for them to write and color on.

We love making him smile.

Eric knew that dad "really wanted" help opening all his presents.

I don't think that Ryan opened a single one without his help.

Our crazy boy likes birthdays almost as much as his father.

We did try to restrain him at times, but it was short lived. Beth just loved inspecting all of the gifts. She was thrilled with all the wrapping paper and new things. (But I think her favorite part was taking them one by one over to Zach. I wonder what he bribed her with?)
Can you believe, looking at that cake, that I didn't even put all 30 candles on it? Ryan was sweet enough to let Eric help him blow out them out. If this picture is hard to see it's because there is so much smoke in the house that we got a little smoke inhalation damage.
Thank you to Alison for taking all the pictures for us. It was a huge help. This is the video of Beth taking all the presents over to Zach.
Testimony of the wired and sugar-buzzed kids.

It was a great day.


The Alleman Jamboree with C&D said...

happy birthday ryan! looks like you all had a great time! Hooray for birthdays!

Cassie said...

" . . . smoke inhalation damage."

Ha ha ha. It is to laugh.

It was a great day. Thanks so much, sweetheart.


The Alleman Jamboree with C&D said...

happy birthday bro! You old man, the big 30! finally in your 30's, how does it feel? I bet it doesn't feel much different than 29. Thanks for the pictures, and slideshows(please someone teach us how to do it!)
We are so glad that Eric is a very very patient boy with Beth, i don't know if many kids his age would be that willing to be as patient as him, good job Eric!
Love Chris, Darlene, and Jordon