birthday bug.

ryan's a much better sport than i am!
he started his birthday with a 7:30 am class.
then was off teaching third graders at a local elementary school.
after a quick lunch he spent some time studying,
before rushing off to take his test this afternoon.
he completed his lab at 5:30 and arriving home close to six.
unfortunately he brought some sort of a bug home with him!
so naturally we threw our evening plans out the window.
he rested on the sofa and i braved the rain for a sick run to the nearest grocery store.
i got the essentials: apple juice, medicine, gatorade.
because he had the chills he spent the night huddled under a blanket.
and all this without a word of complaint.
he's a total trooper!

but we tried to inject birthday fun where and when we could.
we still had the traditional breakfast in bed:
 mangos, strawberries and kiwi with lime yogurt.
melty ham & cheese croissants for two.
(don't mind that stack of towels in the background.)

and a special birthday lunch with all ry's favorites.
bratwurst on toasty buns with sauerkraut.
cucumbers & crunchy green grapes.
o.j./lemonade concoction.

we still had presents, and candles and even a wee bit of cake.
a mini german chocolate layered cake.
not the prettiest cake on the block (kay seriously it's a complete mess) but oh-so-very tasty!

and singing of course.
i think his favorite part of the day however were the skype calls from his parents & grandparents.
(isn't technology such a miracle?)

and not to worry, birthday plans are merely postponed.
we hope to go out on the town tomorrow!


  1. wait, wait, is that the birthday cake you made a couple of years ago when we had pizza over at those buildings on campus??? Holy moley, that was probably the best cake I've ever tasted. I can still remember it and sometimes crave it. I MUST get that recipe.
    Happy, happy birthday Ryan. Hope you feel better soon!

    (P.S. Taylor made homemade chocolate glazed doughnuts last night and we were planning to bring some over to you guys until we remembered the "no sweets" thing... However, had we known you were taking a hiatus for Ryan's birthday we totally would have brought them over. Just know that the thought was there.)

  2. Way to go all out Leah! I know Ryan totally felt the love! Happy b-day Ryan. Looks like you guys had a great time. Don't you just love birthdays!?Just so ya know... You can totally plan my b-day next year! ;o)

  3. pretty close to it crystal, but a little messier (can you tell?) you add that german chocolate frosting while it is still warm to a still warm cake. sadly it started to leak out. i think my layers were too thin. :) and thanks for thinking of us crystal, you're so sweet!

    oh chloe, you'd be so fun to plan a birthday for, just let me know where & when. :)

  4. Oh...you are just a sweetheart! Thanks girl! Don't be surprised if you get a call from me come next July! haha! ;o)


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