How to milk a birthday in seven easy steps

1. Get your parents to take you to a garish, family-style Italian restaurant.

2. Make sure they tell the waiter it’s your birthday, too.

3. Before the entire dining room can even finish singing “Happy Birthday dear Rowan,” dive right into the ginormous whipped cream frosted cupcake.

Cupcake grab

4. Before your parents realize the enormity of said cupcake, make that cupcake your boss.

Cupcake smash

5. Revel in the awesomeness that is a whipped cream beard.

Cupcake beard

6. Smile for the camera!

Cupcake smile

7. Give your parents a glimpse of the photo they’ll see on your Facebook page, post-birthday celebrations 20 years from now. (GAH.)

Cupcake hangover

(Photos courtesy Jasmine and Ian.)


We’re headed to California tonight to spend a week with family. I’ve actually (GASP!) left my laptop at home, since Roth’s parents do not have wi-fi, and I think I wanna try to stay away from the computer as much as possible, save for the occasional check of e-mail every now and again. It’ll be tough, but I think I can do it!

For now, I leave you with our annual holiday card photo.

Holiday family

(Photo courtesy Andrew E.)

Wishing you and yours a Merry Everything, and a Happy Always.



  1. Mom and BP

    That smile photo will be on my phone wallpaper in a few minutes.. the best!
    Have a wonderful time with Roth’s family and with your dad. Safe travels and remember we love you.

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