[The lead silly person would start by yelling:]
There's a birthday in the palace!
[the rest would say:] Whose is it?
It's John Isaac's and he's three-and-a-half!
[all:] We just heard from the royal page that
Prince John Isaac is 3.5 in age.
In the Majors' home - it's a special treat
'Cause a Birthday Prince just can't-be-beat!
So, bring out the cake, just for you -
We hope your birthday is special, too!
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to you!
Birthdays are fun; making cake is fun. We like fun at our house. However, the main motivation for making a big deal of a half birthday was purely to put him to work, um, give him more responsibilities.
Hubby and I have tried to make a big deal about "When you get older, you have more responsibilities." These are the responsibilities expected for our 3.5 year old:
-make his bed every morning before coming downstairs. He started this a few months ago. He's got a way to go before hospital corners, but it looks better than just crawling out of bed.
-folding wash cloths (shapes: sqaure, rectangle, square!)
-putting away his clean clothes
-taking his plate to the sink after meals
-putting away the clean silverware from the dishwasher
*note: I added 1/2 c. pumpkin puree to the cake (idea inspired by Jessica Seinfeld) - no one noticed a taste difference. We made 12 cupcakes for the neighbors, which JI loved delivering! and one 8" round (to cut in half for 1/2 of a cake for a 1/2 b-day. :) When I flipped the cake out of the pan it cracked. I'm not sure if it was from lack of practice, it wasn't cool enough, or from the pumpkin puree addition.