This year we decided that as St. Valentine’s fell on a Friday, we would celebrate both boys’ birthdays by opening gifts on the Saturday (Jensen’s birthday) instead, and our own Valentine’s day got lost, again. Late on Valentine’s evening, I was wrapping little gifts in pink paper and tying helium hearts to chairs in readiness for the following morning.
Our gifts were simple this year; a matching present as a surprise (Captain Hook’s Cabinet of Hooks), a present chosen by themselves (Jensen: a keyring of Om Nom from Cut the Rope, Lyoto: a teaset), a box of Duplo each (from the Christmas sale) and a book each. Having birthdays within two months of Christmas leads to an overload of toys and so we planned more carefully this year to spread out the celebrations.
Secretly I was worried they would figure out that there were much fewer parcels to open than usual, but no. They were in heaven.
The rest of the day was filled with Jiu Jitsu for Jensen (Star of the Day!), pirating games and some birthday cake on the evening. It was simple and perfect, a sweet start to their birthday celebrations to come.