I'll go out on a limb here and state that birthdays are actually easier when your kids are teens. I've found that basically they want cake and money. Or maybe that's just boys. Well, boys are what I know and my boy Grumble is turning 16.
There will probably be cake...red velvet cake with cream cheese icing. There will probably be food...his current fave meal is grilled shish kebabs, big salad, and polenta topped with sauteed mushrooms. And there will probably some kids coming over and hanging out to eat all that food. But I'm not handing him a gift card or a wad of cash this year. Nope, I have a couple of different ideas this year.
A little background: Grumble, was born the same day as Margalit's twins. All three kids were born in the middle of Hurricane Andrew which, come to think of it, explains a lot. There's nothing like watching Miami get slammed on TV while having your water broken and then rocking right into hard labor. Grumble came into the world as fast as a hurricane and his father almost missed it because he was busy ordering a falafel sandwich from a local take-out place. But I digress... Margalit and I were internet friends who didn't meet IRL until our kids were like 7. Since our kids' real names all begin with G, we've always called them The Triplets. They've had some fun times together and are united by mothers who really do love each other despite the time and miles between us.
I want to provide a unique experience for Grumble's 16th birthday
gift, and I need some ideas. The budget is NOT unlimited. Here's what
I've come up with so far.
Cast your vote!