For 5 years, I’ve celebrated my birthdays with my birthday brother, Nathan.  We’ve had adult dinners out, BBQ’s and quiet cake afternoons.  But when he brought up the topic a month early, at Hazel’s birthday, I knew this was the year we were going big.  We talked about a 3-course meal, or renting out a local venue for the event, but the invite list grew and grew, and we settled on the beach as a perfect venue for our combined 69th year.  Each family brought something to share, we made cake galore, and had a feast better than any restaurant could provide.  We ran games on the beach, and packed everything up at sunset, making for an easy early night.  I won’t forget this one for a long time.