Over Memorial Day weekend, we celebrated my son's 3rd birthday along with my brother's big 3-0 down in good ol' Virginia. They share the same birth date of June 10. It's kind of sweet.
All of us had different assignments in preparing for the party. The guys ran errands. Sis-in-law was in charge of bringing my brother over to my sister's house and keeping it a surprise. Sis and I were in charge of the menu and drinks. Mom assisted us with preparing some Korean side dishes and the traditional birthday seaweed soup.
Dad had the hardest job of all - he was in charge of keeping the kids preoccupied. He's looking pretty good with the feminine baby carrier, isn't he?
Once the older birthday boy showed up, we sat down to feast (except DC who was so excited, he dug in standing up).
We gorged ourselves on steamed blue crabs seasoned with Old Bay . . .
Shrimp seasoned with cajun spices and garlic . . .
A side of steamed squid (my brother's favorite) and sweet potato fries . . .
Sweet corn on the cob . . .
And for good measure, we rounded it out with Bon Chon chicken (the best Korean fried chicken there is) and some strawberry spinach salad with toasted almonds . . .
And a fabulous fruit tart from Wegman's to complete the show.
We had a wonderful time, but the best for the little birthday boy was opening up presents.
Our absolute favorite gift was this little guy:
Though the festivities and the food were fabulous, the thing that marks the occasion are the people. And there's nothing like being with family.
Happiest birthday wishes and love to my darling son and my dear brother!