Many of you know that Wendy and I have been quite worried about Mark lately. Mostly it revolves around the fact that he isnâ€™t as heavily armed around the house and he should be. Lee solved that tonight as he gave Mark a Vulcan EBF-25 Nerf machine gun for his ninth birthday. Yes, thatâ€™s right. My brother gave his nephew a fully automatic Nerf chain gun for his birthday with very clear instructions that he is to gun down Wendy and I in his spare time. This could start a arms race like the world hasnâ€™t seen since the introduction of HMS Dreadnought in 1906.
In continuing with his Nerf themed birthday, Lee gave him a classic Nerf football, a Nike Dominate basketball, and a Nike soccer ball in Barcelona FC colors. We are a kind of Toronto FC kind of family but a big yellow soccer ball is pretty cool.
The basketball is destined for the lake (this way Mark has a basketball option that isnâ€™t pink), the soccer ball and the Nerf football will stay here and relegate some other balls around here for the lake. I donâ€™t think a Nerf football is designed to withstand what Maggi does to a ball she grabs.
In the end, they were gifts typical of an uncle that has no kids of his own which means that I canâ€™t give his kids back obnoxious gifts as retaliation. Well played Lee, well played.
We are giving Markâ€™s birthday presents to him tomorrow morning which is his actual birthday. Wendy and I gave him a microscope, a Tech Deck (from Ollie), some new ear phones (really why would Apple release such an uncomfortable ear phone with the iPod?), and a game for his Nintendo DS (compliments of Maggi). If he doesnâ€™t like what he gets tomorrow, he can always shoot us.
Happy Birthday Mark! There has been some rough days this year but your mom and I are incredibly proud of you.