An IHOP Birthday

Ash’s birthday was yesterday, so happy birthday, sweetie. We’re going to wait and celebrate his birthday on Saturday, though. I don’t how much you really “celebrate” as an adult, but Ava has decided we need to take daddy to breakfast at IHOP on Saturday. Let me just make clear, I don’t have anything against IHOP, I just find it a little strange that my 3-year-old daughter came up with this on her own and is completely stoked about going. Maybe it has something to do with essentially getting to have dessert for breakfast. (You can get chocolate batter pancakes with chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Really? Does that come with a side of insulin?) We’ve only been to IHOP once because 1) we never move too quickly in the morning, especially when it’s a morning that we don’t really have to be anywhere 2) breakfast just isn’t my favorite meal of the day. At the beginning of the month I was telling the kids daddy’s birthday was coming up and we had to figure out what to get him. Immediately Ava said she wanted to take him to IHOP for breakfast. How do you argue with that? She went and told Ash right after she made her decision, and while he seemed a bit perplexed at the notion, he told her that it would be great and is looking forward to it. Binh went with a more traditional gift, a Red Sox hat, and who really can go wrong with anything Red Sox at this house?

Here’s a little about Ash, incase you don’t know him. Yes, he’s a Naval Officer, so very often he is pretty upright and serious, but sometimes he’s a little like this:


And sometimes he has to be a little like this:


But my favorite is when he’s this:

Hope you have a happy IHOP birthday, Ash. We love you.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Matthew
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 18:53:26

    Happy Birthday Ahh-shu-dee!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. sarah
    Jul 01, 2010 @ 21:16:07

    what a sweet post! I hope you all eat the heck out of some IHOP!

    Happy Birthday Ashley!


  3. DH
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 00:09:00

    Thanks sweetheart! I love the post and pics. One of the beautiful parts about having such wonderful kids is the great ideas they have. It’s a great alternative to becoming set in your ways.

    Perhaps IHOP will become a tradition…

    Your DH


  4. Rick
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 12:02:30

    Happy Birthday Bro!
    Keep up these birthdays and you will be up there with me! lol Awesome and Unique idea Ava – get your mom and dad ‘Hopp’n’ on that morning!
    luv ya’s!


  5. Momma
    Jul 02, 2010 @ 19:00:56

    Have a great time at IHOP. Makes me think of when you all were here and Ava wanted to go to IHOP. She must have been impressed with it. Happy Birthday Ashley. Love you


  6. 1beautifulmess
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 00:45:21

    Happy IHOP Birthday Ash!! 🙂 Sounds like it was wonderful!


  7. E.
    Jul 09, 2010 @ 12:52:58

    Love the photos! Hope iHop was great!


  8. asmalltowndad
    Jul 15, 2010 @ 13:47:59

    Morning Sis, tell that old man happy birthday!
    Sorry it’s a little late but between vacation and making up at work for taking a vacation, it has been a little crazy. The first picture says it all, and this is a fine example of our military leaders today. You know I’m only kidding! LOL


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