The anatomy of an early birthday celebration for an almost 5-year old!

Is it OK to get a birthday cake when your birthday is tomorrow?

My beautiful grandson Henry is 5 years old TODAY.

But he wasn’t 5 YESTERDAY.

Problem is that my daughter Audrey called her Dad yesterday with an impromptu dinner invitation to celebrate Father’s Day evening at one of our favorite restaurants, Tweet’s, in Bristol, RI.  And, while there, why not have a little early birthday celebration for Henry?

Well, because Henry was not 5.  He was 4.  And his reticence at such a celebration warmed my heart and my soul for his preciseness, accuracy, exactness of turning 5.

But Audrey ordered the little cake anyway, and after the “Happy Birthday” song by all the waitresses and the applause of everyone in the restaurant, Henry settled into maybe this isn’t so inaccurate after all

There were, of course, wishes to be made.  And my favorite photos of all – the candle patiently awaiting the concentration and actual wishes…

And that glorious moment when wish meets candle!

The sheer joy of it all combined with the OK, I’ll take this awesomeness even though I’m not really 5!  Yet!  And the I love chocolate look!

Mixed with the all inhibitions are gone when it comes to being 4 or 5 years old… just a few hours difference, anyway!

The family photo documentation that Henry is 5… or, almost 5!

And, of course, the older brother photo bomb!

Yes, Henry turns 5 today, but those little surprise, impromptu celebrations are ones that lock all the love in our hearts! Yes, it’s OK to celebrate when your birthday is, indeed, tomorrow.

I’m so happy for my wonderful, kind, funny, huggy, loveable, sweet, precise little Love Bug Henry on his 5th birthday TODAY, AND when he was still 4 YESTERDAY!


About Audrey

Audrey McClelland has been a digital influencer since 2005. She’s a mom of 5 and shares tips on her three favorite things: parenting, fashion and beauty. She’s also a Contemporary Romance Author.

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  1. 6.18.13

    How sweet! Happy Birthday Henry! Too cute!!

  2. 6.18.13

    I just saw those sweet boys! What men they are becoming… and how could they not with such a group of leaders to guide them- both male and female!
    Henry is sure to bring all of his 5 years of little brother knowledge to being the best big brother to Victoria and he will teach her the most important thing in life: to celebrate it!
    Happy Father’s Day to all of your men and a special HBD to Henry!

  3. 6.18.13

    Happy B-day Henry! I need to check out this Tweets place with my kids!

  4. 6.18.13
    admin said:

    Kristin, Tweet’s has been in Bristol for decades, family run and family friendly. I used to go there almost every weekend on my way home from the beach… for the best seafood with an Italian twist! It is SO fun going there now with our grandkids… kids are welcomed with open arms and it’s big enough to accommodate big parties. Love it!

  5. 6.18.13

    Love this! I have to try Tweet’s. We’re so close there and I’ve never heard of it! You’re family is so sweet, I just love all of the memories you all share. 🙂

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