David had his fourth birthday while I was deployed in the Gulf, and as always my wife decorated the house the night before.
She quietly tied balloons to David’s bed posts while he was asleep and worked her way out to the kitchen table area beside the dining room.
From the minute David woke up on the morning of his birthday, he knew that it was a very special day indeed!
After decorating the house for David’s birthday, my wife took these pictures for me so that I could see and experience David’s birthday while deployed far away in the desert.
David, or “Mr. Sleepyhead” here, discovered all the decorations when he woke up of course, and followed the “yellowbrick road” to the kitchen table – where he first tried out a party favor.
My wife and David loved to play games and put puzzles together, and with his party hat on he shows off a new game to add to the collection.
David had a collection of Matchbox cars and he could name the make and model of most every car in a parking lot in those days, and here he has some new cars to add to his collection.
Both my wife and David were big fans of watching videos together, and David was given “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Little Mermaid” to add to his growing video collection.
David received a View-Master 3-D cartoon strip viewer which gave him immense pleasure to watch the slides on the many cartoon view disks that came with it.
Now four years old, David stands in his room on a large vinyl city street map to play with all of his model cars on – with a “313th TFS Lucky Puppies” sticker or “Zap” in orange on one of his toy buckets.
David models new clothes that he received for his birthday so that I could see the picture while deployed in the desert.
Here’s another picture of David that was taken to send to me while deployed, because of course we had no idea how long I would be away.
David also got to celebrate his birthday in Bruch at his grandparent’s house, and here his aunt and uncle attempt to grab his snack as part of a game while he’s distracted by the camera.
Here David has a “bonus” of a second party hat to wear during coffee and cake, while enjoying fresh baked snacks that are like little donuts.
The birthday boy faced no shortage of delightful snacks on his birthday, with an entire platter full of snacks available right in front of him.
My wife’s birthday is only days apart from David’s in February, and here was another birthday that I missed and another opportunity for a nice coffee and cake for everyone to enjoy in Monzelfeld.
Sitting on the low bench with the tiled wood stove directly behind him, David remains toasty warm in the middle of February.
David had been going to German Kindergarten for a full year now at this point – and his German language skills and ability passed mine up a long time ago at this point!