Version 2 – Different Song, A Few More Pics at the End
So, I turned 40 today! So many reasons to be happy! 😉 Nothing beats celebrating with loved ones. The day started with Malachy waking me up and reminding me that it was my birthday. He made me a great card, which I’ll have to scan. I cooked him some “eggy fan fan” (Chinglish for egg with rice), while Shien got to sleep in just a little longer. What a happy daddy I am! 😉
Tonight, we went out to dinner in Chinatown with Shien’s family and my family. Shien bought a yummy Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Cake. As she was packing up the cake, I was telling Malachy he did a great job of keeping Mommy’s secret. She went out to get the cake while I was napping, and Malachy said Mom had to go out for something, but it was a secret. I figured it out, and he was like, “But, you weren’t supposed to know.” I told him it was okay, and that it was good that he didn’t tell me. 😉
Then I told him, “I have a secret surprise for you to give to Mommy!” He was excited. I gave him the box with the replacement wedding band I got for Shien. I was going to wait for her birthday tomorrow, but I figured, “Why not?” Malachy gave it to her when she sat down. She opened it and we all cheered. Just earlier today, Shien’s mom had asked to see “the ring.” The last time she was in town, I was all ready to get a more expensive ring, but it fell through. Shien told her she didn’t want something so expensive and just wanted something from Chinatown… (That is where we got her previous bands. After all, platinum is platinum… I think.)
As we were cheering about the surprise and the new ring, my dad said across the table, “Hey, Shien has two rings in the car.” We said, “WHAT?!?!” We couldn’t believe it!!! We were like, “What do you mean?” He told us that he had forgotten to tell us that he had found them in the car a while ago, when he was looking for something. It was by the side of the armrest. I couldn’t believe he hadn’t told us, but then again, I had never told him about Shien’s lost rings. It seemed like everyone knew, and I guess he was never told. WOW!
What we thought was lost and gone forever was FOUND! Shien and her mom called it a birthday miracle, as their birthdays are tomorrow. It was a bit surreal. Shien’s mom e-mailed a few weeks ago and said that she had a vivid dream that Shien had found her rings and asked if it was real. I replied back that it was wishful thinking. I thought they were in some landfill, because we thought Shien must have lost them in the disposable gloves she was wearing when cooking at her internship. We’re still not 100% sure how they fell out in the car, but we suspect Shien may have taken them off to put on hand lotion on Thanksgiving Day, as we were driving to Staten Island. Unbelievable!!!
Shien said we should return this new ring, but I was like, “No way!” This one has a story behind it. I’ll call it, “Return of the Rings!” 😉 I’m thinking I want to engrave, “LOST WITHOUT YOU, SHIEN!” on them. (The jeweler told me to make sure she fit it before engraving.) Plus, it’s so shiny and new! 😉
Not until Malachy turned 3 did we hear about the term Golden Birthday. Someone had told us that the following year would be his Golden Birthday. We were like, “Huh?” We found out it meant that you turn the age of the date you were born on. So, Malachy turned 4 on the 4th this year. You only get one! 😉
When your child has a birthday, it’s like a birthday for everyone in that there is so much preparation and anticipation. He was showered with gifts, but it also came with promises. About a month ago, Malachy and his classmate shared a vision together, and that vision was a Chocolate River.
Once again, it was something we were determined to make a reality. At least, that’s what Shien was determined to do. I actually Googled it, and Rachel Ray, one of Malachy’s favorite chefs, created one! His was going to be different, because it had to have carrot sticks! 😉 Shien and him created it, and the cake tasted OH SO YUMMY! 😉 One of the things about being a parent is that you’re always trying to make your child’s wishes come true! Certainly not required, but definitely a plus! 😉
Another gift that I HAD to get him was this pen that I saw at a staff development meeting. It’s called the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, and it was just too cool to pass up. It actually records what one is writing in a notebook, as well as audio! I had it for a while but we decided to save it for his birthday. It’s a way of now being able to record some of his writing, stroke by stroke, as well as him talking live while writing. Very geeky. Very cool. 🙂
Finally, we ended the evening with a great view of the most amazing fireworks! As PoPo said, they were especially for him… 😉 It is really nice to be able to share a birthday with your country! 🙂 (America is 230 years older! 😉 )
Malachy was invited to a classmate’s birthday party last weekend to a private beach club… in Queens! 🙂 I never even knew such a place existed in Queens. It was literally in his classmate’s backyard. This was Malachy’s second time at a beach, where he got to play near the water. Both times, if we didn’t stop him, he’d probably just run right into the ocean. 😉 He LOVES the sand and he LOVES the water. I’ve never been much of a beach-goer, but he and Mommy really like it. Unless I’m playing golf, I usually prefer being indoors. 😉 Never liked putting on lotion, having sand all over, and just baking in the sun with half-clothed people all around. Seeing Malachy so comfortable and enjoying himself so much definitely makes it less about me and more about him. The weather was pretty awesome, and we had a great day! 🙂