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Calvin's birthday

Started: 2017-04-03 21:49:23

Submitted: 2017-04-03 23:15:24

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Calvin celebrated his eighth birthday last Sunday.

Calvin waits for his birthday cake
Calvin waits for his birthday cake

After attending my grandmother's graveside service, we drove back to San Francisco and stopped at Whole Foods for cake, since Kiesa didn't have time to bake one. (This store is one of the landmarks I can use to orient other San Francisco residents to my house. "I live in Ingleside," I say, "near the Whole Foods on Ocean Ave.")

Calvin blows out his birthday candles
Calvin blows out his birthday candles

Calvin had the week off for spring break, and Julian's daycare followed the same school schedule. We depend on school and daycare to give Sasa, our au pair, time off during the day; so we decided we should take time off as well. Kiesa took three days off work, Monday through Wednesday, and we invited Yanthor and Anya to join us.

Calvin blows out his birthday candles
Calvin blows out his birthday candles

We enjoyed a quiet celebration at home, including presents sent to Calvin from various relatives.

Calvin and Uncle Yanthor
Calvin and Uncle Yanthor

After Julian went to bed, we played Cities and Knights of Catan at Calvin's request. He still has some work to do to figure out a good strategy, and to avoid antagonizing those around him, but he clearly enjoys the game (and possibly the opportunity to interact with his parents and other adults as a peer).

Yanthor, Anya, Calvin, and Kiesa play Cities and Knights of Catan
Yanthor, Anya, Calvin, and Kiesa play Cities and Knights of Catan
lots of bagels. it's the only way to true enlightenment.
- Scott J. Galvin