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If you know our Job, you’ve probably been hugged by him. He is the sweetest kid, and Jonny and I and the rest of the family all adore him. We celebrated his fourth birthday over the weekend with friends, gifts, a bonfire, and a very wonky cake (I wasn’t awarded star baker.) He wanted decorations, so I finished up a knitted fall leaf garland and we folded window stars (using this paper and instructions from this book).
I started knitting Job’s birthday sweater back in September, and it was hardly a surprise, but when he opened it he was so thrilled, like it was the best surprise ever. He showed equal enthusiasm for the orange playsilk I gave him. I dyed it months ago and have been saving it for his birthday because orange is his favorite color. The other kids were a little frustrated with his gift unwrapping pace, because rather than tear through everything in a hurry, he was so happy with each and every one that he wanted to sit with it for a little while before moving on. Precious, precious Job.
Beyond the handmade, I had a hard time deciding on birthday gifts for Job this year, because he didn’t have any major requests beyond a new pop gun. When I saw this car carrier on sale, I decided that it was just the thing, and I was right. He loves it and it seems to be the sort of quality toy that will last for many years.
And now, Beatrix just informed me that she requires a birthday dress this year. Her birthday is a little over a week away, and we are still in the midst of our plumbing crisis (plumber will be here on Friday…) Can I do it? I’m going to try.