Andrew was really pleased with it. He had no idea that it was coming, and I think he's slept with it every night since. The best part is that all the T-shirts are already broken in--what a comfy quilt!
Audrey created an audience (of horses, of course) to watch Andrew open his gifts. Andrew received books: Artemis Fowl #6 (which he'd completed by the next morning) and some classics (Call of the Wild, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, Wind in the Willows) since he's recently read The Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit, and Robinson Crusoe (have I mentioned that he amazes me?) He also received some video games and Pokemon cards.
After presents, we took him out to Ruby's (his choice of dinner, super yummy chicken strips) where he ended up with another audience, although this one wasn't comprised of horses. In this case, it was his Nintendo DSi XL that was being ooohh'd and aaahhh'd over.
When dinner was over, we swung by Krispy Kreme Dougnuts to get the makings of a birthday cake. Andrew designed his Holey Tower, and Chris inserted the candles.
We had an extremely lively rendition of "Happy Birthday" sung, and then Andrew made his wish. One year from now, I'll have two teenage boys in my house! (If I keep repeating that, it is simply in hope that I will come to believe it. Who was it that said "There's nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it." William James? I'm hoping he's right.) I really don't understand how it takes them 10 years to get to their 5th birthday and then the next 8 years pass overnight. I guess I'll be working at savoring this year with my 12 year old. Happy Birthday, son.