Meagan is now our big 9 year old. Alex will be 7 on the 10th. This year for their present from Mom and Dad, we took them to see the cousins. They are their favorite people in the whole world. Meagan and the girls, and then Alex and boys each decorated half (or one 9"round) of a cake with candles and redhots. I have to say I was very impressed with how the boys pulled it off. Everyone just did what they wanted and nobody had a problem with it. Meagan on the other hand had been planning her decorating strategy for weeks and wasn't going for anything else. Eventually, she conceded and the girls formed an entirely new design. There was some good compromising and the spirit of inclusion was felt.
At one point Alex asked, "so why aren't we getting any presents?" Meagan then explained once again that gas in the car and time with family is what we are focusing on this year. They both are good sports.
Due to the speed at which these kids eat cake (or is it still that I am recovering from "mommy brain"), we were barely lucky enough to get a picture of the last slice left from each cake.