We have a birthday tradition in our family of tying a big bunch of bright balloons on the birthday child's chair and leaving a special small gift at their breakfast plate. When they wake up and come upstairs to the dining room, they get so excited to see the balloons and gift, and it just sets the tone for the whole fun day.
It's just that - poor Spud always seems to get the short end of the stick, especially when it comes to birthdays. One birthday we only got him one gift - a Cozy Coupe (used, no less). Apparently we have a tendency to get back on the "get-out-of-debt" wagon during the summer, and it affects poor Spud's birthdays. Of course, he is the kind of kid that gets a lot of joy (and a lot of mileage!) out of toys, and he never seemed bothered by it.
He is passionate about his cars and trains. I will help him get his tracks all set up early in the morning, and he will drive his trains and cars around for hours on end. He adores his big brother and sister and usually gives in to what they want.