Summer Birthdays Rule

by Sarah Henry on August 4, 2010 · 40 comments

in baking,food flotsam & jetsam

August is THE birthday month in our house. And this is the time of year when my son celebrates his birthday with a group of kids he’s known since birth.

Some children may lament a summer birthday (all your buddies are on vacation, so party plans often get tabled until back-to-school time).

Here’s 12 reasons why a summer birthday rocks when you turn 12:

1. You can stay up, like, super late partying with your people on a Monday.

2. You celebrate on a week when you’ve been boogie boarding, kayaking, and hanging with your homies at the beach, instead of reading, writing, ‘rithmetic with fellow dudes at school.

3. Firecrackers.

4. Duh: You’re on summer holiday. Sleeping until 10, anybody?

5. .You show up with your David Bowie-Rod Stewart (pick your aging British rock star) hair, which comes naturally, and everyone admires how it stays in place.

6. You have big adventures like climbing Mount Lassen.

7. You make new friends like Camlo from Liverpool and chastise your mum every time she mimics the way he says “that’s lov-er-ly” even though you think his accent is pretty cool too.

8. Your birthday falls in the same season when you cheer on your beloved Yankees from seats in front of the dugout (thanks Lance) as they cream the local team: A-Rod homers, Jeter is his usual unflappable self and Teixeira makes some amazing saves.

9. Your birthday falls in the same season you see Flight of the Conchords perform at the Greek Theatre (Dave, the opening act, is soooo inappropriate).

10. Your birthday falls in the same season you go to an exhibition soccer game, where  Ronaldo, Kaka, and Ramos can work their magic, way after the World Cup ends.

11. Your friend Makayla and her mom Katherine make the most awesome birthday cake. Pound cake, chocolate ganache, raspberry filling, buttercream icing, and enough fondant to take the enamel of your teeth, no worries.

12. Since there’s no school the next day, you can deal with a post-birthday bash sugar hangover without getting harangued by a teacher.

[Group photo: Katherine Scholz, cake photo: Catherine Girardeau]

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Frugal Kiwi August 4, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Love it. The list. The hair. The cake. And OF COURSE Flight of the Conchords.
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Sarah Henry August 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Why am I not surprised by your comment, Frugal KIWI;)?


MarthaAndMe August 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Great list! My son is 12 also, but celebrated his in January.


Sarah Henry August 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Well, M&Me, if he lived in Australia, your boy would have a summer birthday too.


MomofNGandAG August 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

How about a few others – at least my 12 year old is celebrating these on her August birthday:

You can get away with wearing flip flops everywhere
You can swim with friends in the ocean, in lakes, and in hotel pools
You can watch a lot of crappy reality tv because the sun is still out and they don’t even realize it’s so late
You can eat strawberries that taste like candy and don’t have to complain about eating healthy
You can walk to the local ice cream store more than once in a week!

Loving being a mom of an August birthday girl – it makes me not dread my own labor day birthday celebration!


Sarah Henry August 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Great additions to the list, Mom. We turned on MasterChef for a minute as a nail cutting distraction — and got totally hooked on the drama. Just as well I have no recollection when & where that show is on. Total emotional manipulation — with food.


katherine August 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

love it, Sarah!
With all these super events and outings it might seem the entire summer is like a long ongoing fabulous birthday party…. so yeah, to the summer birthdays!


Sarah Henry August 4, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Perhaps that’s why the transition to school is always a little tricky, hey Katherine?

But let’s not go there just yet: More than three weeks for BUSD kids to continue partying like rock stars.


Alexandra August 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm

What a fabulous cake!
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Sarah Henry August 4, 2010 at 1:04 pm

It was indeedy. Kudos to Katherine & Mak for their big effort. Hard to top. What will they make for the first teenage birthday celebration? Stay tuned.


kristen August 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

love it! hope my mama posse is still celebrating together when the kids are 12.


Sarah Henry August 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

hey kristen, you’re so funny i’m sure you’ll still be making your posse laugh out loud by the time the kids turn 12. besides, seems like only yesterday we were all crammed into my tiny noe valley apartment with our wee ones in tow.


Claudine Jalajas August 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm

My son is also 12. His bday is February. As it turns out he was born on President’s day and in NY that means he gets the whole week off from school. Of course, according to Luc, he gets the week off for his birthday.. not because of Lincoln or Washington. ;)
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Sarah Henry August 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Lucky Luc!


Sheryl August 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm

So many reasons to be happy. What a wonderful list. Loved seeing the photos, too. That hair is adorable. And that cake…WOW. What a talented friend you have.


Sarah Henry August 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm

She is indeed, Sheryl. I’m looking forward to whatever else Katherine decides to bake on our annual getaway next week.


MP August 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Love that hair!!! Happy 12th Birthday, Gabe! (LEK readers: Sarah has an August birthday too which she failed to mention directly in this post. So happy birthday to Sarah too!)


Sarah Henry August 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Thanks for outing me, Ms. MP. Truth be told, at this stage/age, it’s more fun to celebrate vicariously through the kids methinks. What say you, birthday gal?


Christine@OrigamiMommy August 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Happy Birthday Gabe! and to Sarah too. This was great to read. My oldest son’s birthday is also in August, and birthday season in our family is now beginning. I like getting a glimpse of what is to come in the next few years (my oldest is turning 10).
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Sarah Henry August 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

Yeah, I know what you mean, Christine. I have friends with teenagers, though I’m not so sure I want a glimpse of what’s ahead anymore;)


MyKidsEatSquid August 5, 2010 at 4:06 am

Happy Birthday! Are you going to rock a Rod Stewart hairdo for yours too? Your list is great. I’m wondering when we’ll get a peek at Katherine’s cake recipe–does she make her own fondant?


Sarah Henry August 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

She does, MKES. Recipe request sent. I just knew someone would want to replicated that cake!


alisa bowman August 5, 2010 at 8:47 am

I love that cake! Beautiful!

I have a summer B day too, and so does my daughter. The other beauty is that you can get it to drag on for days. Maybe all bdays are like that?
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Sarah Henry August 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

I’m with you Alisa: I have always been a believer in the birthday month. Why not celebrate for as long as you like? A group of former colleagues have birthdays that span from Jan-August. Pre-kids we managed four separate dinner dates in honor of each of our special days. Once the babes arrives, we started doubling up.

These days, with eight kids ranging in age from preschool to pre-college, we’re lucky to have one night a year when we raise a glass & wish each other happy birthday. But it’s all good.


Jesaka Long August 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Happy Birthday to your son! And I absolutely adore the hair–and, oh, that cake looks so good. I’m about to have my 12-year-old nephew for a week and I’m going to share this list with him to help us plan our time together. Thank you for the inspiration!


Sarah Henry August 5, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Hi Jesaka, Happy to offer entertainment inspiration for 12-year-old boys. Just know that one kid’s idea of fun may not always translate…but it will give you a jumping off point to find cool stuff to do together. Enjoy. It’s a pretty delicious age.


Ruth Pennebaker August 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Love this cheerful, fun post and love Flight of the Conchords, even if I’m not a Kiwi. You sound like such a fun mother, too — my kind of parent.
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Sarah Henry August 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Thanks, Ruth, sweet of you to say. But as all we mamas know, our moods can run the gamut from fun mom to super-cranky pants mother.

On a good day, though, my boy and I have lots of laughs — even on bad ones, actually — which I think serves as a salve in any mother-son relationship. Agreed?


Donna Hull August 6, 2010 at 8:11 am

On my summer birthday, as a kid, I always received a new bathing suit for a present. Hamburgers on the grill and homemade ice cream completed the scene. Every year. I never had a cake that looked like Gabe’s. Happy Birthday!
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Sarah Henry August 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I’d swap homemade ice cream & a new bathing suit for a birthday cake, I reckon. What say you, Donna?


Lisa August 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Love the picture and I loved the cake. Katherine set a very high bar. Although my son is a little sad most of his friends are out of town on his birthday, he certainly makes up for it by having lots of undivided attention from his parents, who are also on vacation during the summer. I managed to host three birthday events in two weeks (one for my dad) and am looking forward (?) to creating one last special meal for Evan on his actual birthday. Lucky he wants pasta. Maybe we can top the evening off with another flight of the conchords festival – season one please!


Sarah Henry August 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Okay, uber-mama, I reckon you’re off the hook after Tuesday. If the kids want amy more parties they can plan the menu — and execute it themselves! Now….there’s an idea.


Susi August 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

August is of course the coolest month for birthdays – I’m totally ‘monthist’ !! I’m sure Gabe could audition for the Bay City Rollers revival tour – love him to bits and you, birthday girl to be…Love S x


Sarah Henry August 7, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Right back atcha, gorgeous. Couldn’t think of better birthday company than “monthist” you. As for the Bay City Rollers suggestion…hilarious! You’re taking me way back to our youth, missy.


Jane August 8, 2010 at 7:25 am

Birthdays rock, especially when you are 12! Good to hear Gabe had a good one with his friends. Give him a big hug from me. Jane xx


Sarah Henry August 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I’m sure we spent our 12th birthdays together, girl. You have the better memory by far — can you recall what we got up to?

It wasn’t the year when we went to the fun park — in skirts!!! — and wound up revealing our knickers on those scary rides for all the world to see, was it?

Do you remember how mortifying that was? At least you weren’t screaming “I’m falling, I’m falling,” on a ride where you were, you know, supposed to slide down.

I’ve disliked amusement parks ever since. Oh, wait…there was one hilarious day in Disneyland in our early 20s…Remember that? Were we wild & crazy or what?


Jane August 9, 2010 at 6:20 am

Ha! Yes, we were 12 when we went to the fun park in skirts and our first high heels – which are low by today’s standards! So naive! I also remember Disneyland, at least we were dressed a little more appropriately. I share your dislike for amusement parks, I get too scared!


Stephanie - Wasabimon August 9, 2010 at 7:53 am

Ah, 12. What a good year that was.
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