At exactly 10.02am this morning Thomas officially left his single figure years behind him and quite happily marched into his double ones.
The celebrations started last night at Belle Vue and it was certainly the birthday boy who was the lucky one. He won something in nearly every race, unlike Amy, Mark and myself. I think we only won 2 or 3 races each. He put his winning streak down to wearing Mark's lucky cap.
Mind you, it only took a couple of losses for him to declare he wasn't wasting any more of his money. We persuaded him to carry on as that was the point of the night out, but I was secretly pleased the grand loss of £4 made him want to stop betting completely.
These are his winnings from the first 4 races. We had a really good night and although it's not something I could do more than once every 12-18 months, when we do go we always enjoy it.
Today, he was awake at 4.30am! ready to open his cards and presents. This year he really didn't know what he wanted so he got money from relatives and a DVD, book, board game and some money for a new Xbox game from us. Amy bought him a minecraft t-shirt. The book was Diary of a Minecraft Zombie and he got stuck into it straight away. By 9am we'd also watched his DVD, How to Train A Dragon 2.
This afternoon we took him and 2 friends bowling and to laser quest followed by a birthday tea at McDonalds. Then it was back home for birthday cake and some Xbox-ing for an hour.
The cake looked pretty OK considering it was a last minute buy.
Although I have to say Amy was much more impressed with the sweet surprise inside than Thomas was.
His birthdays are so much more laid back than Amy's used to be. We've had princess parties, soft play parks, dicsos, swimming parties and magicians. In fact, you name it we've done it and without a doubt every one was worth the effort as she absolutely loved the whole rigmarole.
But Thomas is a totally different character and is more than happy with 2 or 3 friends coming along to celebrate his day with him. And I must admit there is a big part of me that's really glad I don't have to do parties with all the bells and whistles any more.
Happy 10th Birthday Thomas :)