Sunday was Ben's birthday. It was a pretty special day. Grandma and Grandpa drove all the way from Ballarat to join us for the weekend (and somehow I didn't manage to get a photo of them with the kids, although I had intended to do so.)
On Sunday all four children were up bright and early at about 6am, but we held them off from present by watching old home movies of Ben as a baby (and Abby and Tim), and having breakfast. Finally, a little after 7am, we embarked upon the 'gift giving'.
I often find lately that the kids give "better" presents than those given by Daddy and Mummy. We gave him a new bike, but it was a very hot day and the present Ezra (and his future baby sister) gave him was much more interesting.
They can do some very fun stuff.
After church I remembered that on Friday night we had eaten Ben's chosen birthday meal of Taco's, so we asked what he would like instead and ended up going to the local shopping centre for Hungry Jacks.
The afternoon was filled with Simon trying to ice and decorate a cake in quite extreme temperatures, with the icing and decorations continually slipping off as they melted. Finally it was done, and I think it was a great success. The playground kids seemed to like it.
Today he received a present from the other side of the world. It's a Rattlesnake hat/beanie, made by Aunty Kelly. He had a lot of fun with it immediately.
All in all, I think he is a happy 8 year old.