Mathew’s Fourth Birthday

Mathew at Step One

Mathew at Step One, photo by Harold Davis.

Yesterday was Mathew’s fourth birthday. Despite the stress of Katie Rose’s birth, not to mention our commutes back and forth to the NICU in San Francisco, we want to be sure that the other kids don’t feel forgotten. So we did many of the normal birthday things with Mathew, but in a lower key.

This photo shows Mathew upside down (I flipped the photo after the fact):

Mathew Upside Down

Mathew had three birthday parties, two at Step One, his pre-school. I took these photos at one of the Step One parties.

Mathew Happy

Then we had a small party at home with just his brothers and his Grandpa Martin. There were presents and cake, of course, and we marked his height on the wall (he’s taller than his brothers were at his age).

Funny thing: Mathew and his brothers were happier at this small scale birthday event than I’ve seen them at larger extravaganzas. It was certainly easier on us.

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One Comment

  1. Harold Davis July 12, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    > Funny thing: Mathew and his brothers were happier at this small scale birthday event than I’ve seen them at larger extravaganzas.
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    Harold,

    Your above statement is not a “funny thing” but a truism, a fact that many parents never realize or practice.

    More is not always better.

    Grandpa Davis will verify this.

    My two kids are now close to fifty. About forty years ago I took our family to Disneyland. We flew from Denver, rented a car and spent a wad of money seeing the sights. Now, when they recall that trip their only memory is having a flat tire on the rental car…nothing else, just the flat tire!

    Apparently, you have an exceptional family life filled with love, devotion and happiness. I enjoy reading the updates on the family.

    Ray Krug

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