‘Happy Birthday, dear family…’ ~ Celebrating Your Anniversary With The Kids!

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Dan and I just celebrated our 13 year anniversary, on June 2nd.  Yay!!!  It happened to fall on a Sunday, the day we go to church, don’t shop, eat out, etc.  So, we celebrated on Friday.  It was super fun.  We decided to get an overnight babsitter and do a little stay-cation in Ogden, just 10  minutes from our house.  We found a great hotel, walked the historic streets, saw a flick, and ate way too much food.  I loved it!

Anyway, so since we ended up being home on our actual anniversary, I started to think about how it’s sorta-like our family’s birthday…so, why not celebrate with the kids??  It was a last minute decision, so I didn’t have all the fixins I would have liked, but it still ended up being a wonderful night with the fam.

First, we made some cupcakes.  What’s a birthday party without cake??

Family Birthday Party

Then we piled on the couch and looked at old family scrapbooks together.  I love doing that!  There’s something about reflecting back on good memories with the family that seems to lighten the mood and tighten our bond.


Afterwards, it was time for presents!  But, not just any presents… everyone had to go to their room and find two things that they were willing to give away, and wrap them up.  Then we gave them out white-elephant style!  We took turns picking two presents.  If we didn’t like it, on our next turn, we could take something from someone else.  Any item could only be taken two times, then it was frozen (the person holding it, got to keep it.)


Shane got my present, Scentsy air freshener and lotion.  He wasn’t impressed.


I was just happy holding my Benny-boy.


It’s inevitable…


Oooh, Audrey got what the boys wanted… a pocket knife and laser pointer.  She didn’t keep it long.  They were both quickly stolen, and she was fine with that.


Joey got some blow up elephant I found behind the dryer.


…fighting over the pocket knife and laser point.


Good times.  I know the kids will be begging to celebrate our family’s birthday again next year.  Of course, we ended the night be chowing down on cupcakes and singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to ourselves.  Ben got his first taste of frosting, which he liked a little too much.  Thanks, Dad.


The end.

P.S.  There’s LOTS more great family ideas where this came from! For example, you might like: Educational BINGO, Motivating Kids to Clean, Family Night: Developing Home Skills.

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Mariel (mahr-eeee-elle) is a mother to six, wife to one. Loves homeschooling, golfing, cupcakes, traveling, cuddling, non-fiction books, gardening, James Taylor, and family time. This is her blog. Enjoy!
10 Comments On This Topic
  1. Kathleen
    2 years ago

    What a great idea! I love the look on your husband’s face when he pulled the undies out of the bag. Too funny!

    • Mariel
      2 years ago

      I know, gross!! Thanks for coming by, Kathleen!

  2. Mandy
    2 years ago

    Ok I just have to say I love this idea. I also have to say that the mention of the town of Ogden brings back wonderful memories of Eddie’s Hot Dogs by the Fort Riley Ogden Gate. My husband is in the Army and we just left the area a little over a year ago to come back to Fort Hood. I must say that those hot dogs are probably what I miss most about that place, but then again being pregnant doesn’t help at all lol.

    • Mariel
      2 years ago

      Okay, where is that?? Is that in Kansas? I just looked it up, thinking I had to try it, but I’m not sure it that’s in Utah. Google said something about Kansas… :(

  3. Crystal
    2 years ago

    Too much fun!! What a great way to celebrate!! Love the white elephant gift!

  4. Brenda
    2 years ago

    I live near Ogden too. What was the name of the great hotel you stayed in? My husband and I could use a weekend away.

    • Mariel
      2 years ago

      It was the Hilton Garden Inn, right by The Junction. It was super nice inside, it’s close enough to walk to fun places, and I think it was $99 for the night.

  5. Lolly Jane
    2 years ago

    Haha so cute! The undies are hilarious! PS: Love that it’s sponsored by BLURB, btw! I’ve used them to print my blog into a book, they rock!

  6. Tammy
    2 years ago

    I wish i would have know this idea 10 years ago. what a fun thing to do. I love your website. :)

    • Mariel
      2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Tammy!

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