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January 19, 2011

Birthday No. 9 | The Invitations

On Friday Simon will be 9 years old.

On Monday night I created some invitations for him to give to a couple of his friends at school.

I printed the No.9 design on white cardstock, adhered the front piece with the number and the inside piece with the party details back to back with adhesive (could have done back to back printing if I’d left myself more time and patience) and he hand-wrote a message inside each one that said,would you like to come to my birthday party?

After he wrote messages on the inside he put each child’s name on the outside of the envelope, licked it, and sealed it shut with his hands.

We bundled them up and he took them to school with him yesterday.

He reported back that all were delivered except one. He’s not sure where that one ended up.

Yesterday I ordered 35 chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and multi-colored sprinkles to take to his class on Friday (per specific request). We’ve done this for the last couple of years and he really loves having a bunch of his family come see him at school. Last year both the Grandmas were able to come. This year both the Grandmas and the Grandpas will be there.

Here’s how happy he was to see Grandma in his class last year:

On Friday night the Grandparents will all be here for a dinner and cake gathering.

On Saturday we hope some of his friends (about five kids total) will be able to come over for pizza, more cake, and merriment.

I’m thinking about trying the cool number cake that Martha showed in the Number Themed Party article (January 2011) for the Saturday party. I’ll let you know how it goes.

As we get ready for the annual festivities I feel like this is a good time to say THANK YOU. Thank you for all the support you’ve shown Simon (and our family) over the years. Thank you for the encouraging words, the suggestions, the heartfelt emails and comments, and for simply rooting for him. Your support is felt and greatly appreciated. He is one super special kid.

Go Simon Go!


  • 1.
    Liz said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!

    It’s been fun to watch him grow through this medium. Thank YOU for sharing.

    Enjoy all the festivities!

  • 2.
    Sarah said…

    YAY! Hard to believe he’s NINE already!!! LOVE the invites… SUPER CUTE… although, so is Simon! Sounds like a WONDERFUL birthday celebration you’ve got planned!

  • 3.
    Alison Exelby said…

    Happy Birthday to Simon for Friday…get invitation you have made and what a great photo of him giving his grandma a cuddle…a face of delight thats for sure

  • 4.
    MichelleGB said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Thank you for sharing this little dude with us…it’s been cool to watch him grow.

  • 5.
    Naomi said…

    Happy birthday sweet boy from Australia! Enjoy your pizza! Have a great day!

  • 6.
    PeggyK said…

    What a joy it’s been to watch him grow. Hard to believe he’s 9!!
    Thanks for sharing him with us, Ali. At least a part of him!

  • 7.
    A. Sanborn said…

    Happy -9th- Cake N’ Candle Day, Simon!

    Thank-you for sharing a bit of the lil’ Edwards with us and some of the creative inspiration chosen for personal occasions!


  • 8.
    Daphne said…

    I always think of Simon as I celebrate my birthday on Friday! Happy Birthday, little buddy!!! :)

  • 9.
    kelly said…

    oh i love big crisp graphics like this. one of my favorite things to do. your energy and the way you get it done is inspiring.

    and happy birthday jack. do you have dr. seuss happy birthday to you????? one of the best books evah. enjoy those sprinkled cupcakes.

  • 10.
    julietet said…

    thank you to share all this with us. Life is a Gift. happy birthday simon from FRANCE

  • 11.
    Judy Webb said…

    What a wonderful 9 birthday for Simon. He has great parents.

  • 12.
    Song said…

    Happy 9th Birthday Simon – hope you have a wonderful day.
    Love from England! x

  • 13.
    Yolanda S said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon! Hope you have a fantastic party!

  • 14.
    CarrieO said…

    Happy 9th Birthday, Simon – Sounds like you are going to have a great celebration.

  • 15.
    Kathy said…

    Happy Birthday Simon – Have a great DAY!

  • 16.
    dawn said…

    Thank you Ali for sharing him with us, we love to hear your stories of him growing up to be such a great kid with a big heart. Love the invites and the party plans you have. You should be very proud of the young man he’s becoming and your a great mom to him. Have fun and Happy 9th birthday Simon!!

  • 17.
    arlene said…

    He’s my favorite! :D Happy Birthday!

  • 18.

    Seriously cannot believe he is nine!!! I LOVE (like all of us, I am sure) that we are watching him grow up together! I clearly remember you & I sitting in a kitchen in a lovely little home, drinking INSTANT coffee talking about him and how excited you were for him to start kindergarten..Now look at him!!!
    Pat your self on the back momma! You need to be proud of all of the hard work, love and attention you have given him in nine years…with only 80 more years to go!
    Happy 9th Birthday buddy…and happy BIRTH day to you too Ali!

  • 19.
    Dixie said…

    Happy 9th birthday to Simon! I love his expression, you can really see the joy on his face for his grandmother’s presence. She should love that picture.

  • 20.
    Jennifer M said…

    Happy birthday Simon!

  • 21.
    Dorothy F said…

    Happy Birthday Simon. Have a fun filled day or days!

  • 22.
    Ma Laarni said…

    Happy Birthday Simon…I am so proud of you! Have a wonderful birthday party on Friday.

  • 23.
    katie said…

    This is odd, since I’ve never met the little guy, but I’m tearing up after reading that post!! I can’t believe he’s nine!! And writing his own invites! What a guy!

  • 24.
    heidig said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! I can’t believe you’re already 9! Wow!

  • 25.
    Linda E said…

    Happy Birthday, Simon! Hope you all enjoy the celebration!

  • 26.
    tammy g said…

    I do love how he is so happy to be squeezing his grandma. That is so sweet.

  • 27.
    Therese said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!

    He is one happy, amazing kid BUT don’t downplay you and your husband’s contribution. He is lucky to have such great parents who truly cherish him.

    Life is good!

  • 28.
    Teresa said…

    HaPpY bIrThDaY Simon!!! Can’t believe that your nine already. That means my daughter’s almost there with you(in a couple of months). I hope you have a great day! Enjoy all your parties!!
    Ali Thank you for sharing your whole family with us. It is a joy to see your family growing! I love the invitations!

  • 29.
    Lynn M said…

    Simon says: “I’m 9 on Friday!!” Happy Birthday, Simon, have fun at school and your party.

  • 30.
    Rhonda said…

    Happy Birthday! Hooray for Simon! I am still thinking about how much my son loved your explanation of Quidditch.

  • 31.
    Jenny A said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! Love your invitations! Hope your day is filled with lots of cake and ice cream :)

  • 32.
    Michelle L said…

    My little guy turns 6 next Wednesday and I can’t believe it! Time really flies doesn’t it? That’s why it’s so important to capture it all!

    Happy Birthday, Simon! =)

  • 33.
    Deb J said…

    Wow! Happy Birthday Simon!!

    It’s hard to believe he is already 9. But then it is hard to believe how big Anna is getting too. The years seem to fly by. Simon is turning into such a great boy. I can’t believe how much he has changed and how much he looks more and more like his dad.

  • 34.
    Julia said…

    Ha! What is it with boys that they sometimes don’t know where things/stuff/invitations dissapeared to… ;)
    Your invitations are awesome and I love the special touch with Simons handwritten note. What a super sweet detail!

  • 35.
    Karen said…

    Happy birthday Simon! I think your birthday invitations (and you) ROCK! Hope you have a great day!

    Thank YOU, Ali, for all that you share with us and the daily source of inspiration you provide. I have learned so much from your writing, your video tutorials, read some great books and discovered some wonderful family traditions.

  • 36.
    Susan said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!!!

  • 37.
    Ruth Allmart said…

    Cool invitations Ali. Happy 9th birthday Simon :)

  • 38.
    Suz said…

    Love the invite! Too bad my little guy turned 9 in December. So cute.
    Happy Birthday on Friday, Simon! May it rock as much as you do!

  • 39.
    Gaele said…


    I’m actually working on the same thing right now, except that my son is turning 6 in a month but he’s sooooooo looking forward to his birthday party that I figured we could already write the invitations.
    One question: I used to have that font, the one you used to write “you’re invited” on the left but since our computer crashed and we lost everything some time ago I have never been able to find it back. Could you help me?
    Thanks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one great boy!

  • 40.
    Heidi said…

    Blessings that year 9 for Simon is an extra special and wonderful one! As CZ noted on her blog, “time is a bullet train”. INDEED! Can’t wait to hear how all the celebrations for Simon’s 9th brithday unfold. And by all means, have some hot water with lemon for yourself Mama, I’m pretty sure YOU did the work on that day he was born :) :) You and your family, friends and loved ones have just gotten to reap the benefits after the fact! :) Heidi

  • 41.
    Jislayne said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!!

  • 42.
    Susan DR said…

    Happy Birthday Simon! It has been so wonderful to watch him grow and to cheer his achievements. Thank you for sharing your family, your inspirations and talent. Have a great day Simon!

  • 43.
    {vicki} said…

    Hope all festivities turn out great!!!!!!!!

    Way to go #9!

  • 44.
    Heather Prins said…

    wow nine, already?!!! Happy Birthday Simon!!!

  • 45.
    Alida said…

    Happy Birthay Simon. Love seeing you grow via your Mom’s books and blog. Cheering you on here from South Africa!

  • 46.
    EmmaJ said…

    Happy Birthday to Simon!
    What a wonderful party and invite. Are you going to do the m&ms cake? that is simply divine.

  • 47.
    Sarah M. said…

    Happy Birthday Simon!! I hope you have a great day!
    And thank you Ali for sharing so much of your family with us. I’ve loved seeing Simon grow up and now Anna. I’ve followed your blog for years and it’s hard to believe that he is 9 already!

  • 48.
    Tammy said…

    Wonderful post! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful boy on his special day. Happy 9th Birthday Simon! (From Texas)

  • 49.
    TaraMcK said…

    Happy Birthday to Simon. There is a special Light in his soul. Your family is very lucky.

    Our kids are the same ages, I have loved watching them grow up as mine have. Thank you for always being so open with your family.

  • 50.
    Stacy Milford said…

    Wishing Simon a Happy Birthday! This just makes me smile :)

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