Briggs’ Birthday…

In our family, when you turn 4 years old, you get your first friend birthday party and it’s kind of a big deal. Briggs has been talking about his party for some time – what he wants to eat at this party, who he’s going to invite. It’s been a constant conversation. His birthday was before spring break but his friends were busy so we pushed off his party until after break. Little did I know the world would look a little different.

His party is no longer. I would say it’s postponed but by the time we can actually gather again in groups he will have forgotten about it all together. In fact, already, he hasn’t mentioned it since spring break. So as much as it kills me to not throw the party – its just not going to happen. One of the many things that has change rapidly over the course of the last two weeks.

Luckily, we celebrated him as a family so he’s not totally missing out.

He loved his birthday bucket and all his goods – the best way to start the day!

When friends would ask him what he got for his birthday the first thing he always mentioned was his very own BIG gatorade – a simple reminder that four-year-olds are easy to please!

I’m happy we made it to McDonald’s with a couple of his friends. We’ll look back at this fondly and refer to it as the McDonald’s themed party!

Hallie made a special gift for Briggs. (Let me just say she’s the absolute best). She photoshopped their heads on to a PJ Masks picture – they will forever be Catboy and Owlet – its their thing!

We gathered the Sunday before his birthday with Steve’s family and he got the traditional family birthday song and he loved the attention – but he loved the sugar cookie cake even more.

It’s good to be four!

Happy Birthday…

We no longer have a three-year-old in the house!

He woke up early and has been bouncing off the walls all day long in excitement. It was one of his top 4 birthdays for sure.

When we brought Briggs home, we knew he was the caboose and that alone makes him unique in our family.

Here’s a snapshot of our new four-year-old:

Briggs has a big personality – he reminds me most of Bennett at this age. Everything is big and loud in his little world.

He loves his friends. He’s more social at his age than any of our other kids – probably because I don’t have anymore little kids at home and I can facilitate all his little play dates.

He’s quite the little reader. His preschool teacher is amazing and he’s already read 25 books in the last couple weeks.

He loves saturday morning cartoons. You would think the youngest would watch more tv than the others but its quite the opposite. I don’t have to distract him as often and we’re not often around in the evenings so he lives for Saturday mornings when he can wake up and watch some toons.

He always wants to be near Hallie. He wants to eat dinner next to her. He wants to read next to her. He wants Hallie.

He goes to bed so easily for me – but he gives others a run for their money including Steve, Hallie and even my mom when she was visiting. He knows it won’t work with me!

He loves playing Sorry, trains, micro machine cars and magformers.

He gets dressed by himself and for the life of him can never find two matching shoes despite me asking him to put them in the bucket by the door every time we walk in the door.

He loves his primary class at church (or Big Nursery as he calls it) and likes to impress his teachers by giving answers.

He’s dramatic. Slumped shoulders. Pouty lips. Sad eyes. He’s got it down.

He’s at a great age. Squeaky little voice. Dirty little feet. Pants usually falling from his small waist and always wanting to wear a zipped hoodie.

He’s just what we needed.

More birthday celebrations…

14-year-olds celebrate birthdays a little different from 6-year-olds – there were no birthday crowns being worn all day to inform everyone it’s your birthday.

Hallie’s birthday started bright and early before school with a trip to Dutch Brothers for smoothies with friends. Hallie would’ve preferred to ditch school and hang with these girls all day but that plan wasn’t on the table.

Steve did pick her up for lunch at In-n-Out, which is much cooler than having your parents come to junior high lunch. Less attention is what she was going for!

She opened presents before heading to tennis for the night.

We ended the night at Soda Shop for a special birthday drink and a rousing game of Jenga – doesn’t get better than that!

Birthday Boy Celebrations…

You know what I love about 6-year-olds – they proudly wear their birthday crown from their teacher ALL. DAY. LONG. They’re not embarrassed by it or think it a nuisance – they do their school work in it, they eat lunch with it, they run all around the playground at recess, they ride the bus home with it – the crown becomes part of who they are. Everyone needs to know it’s a 6-year-olds birthday! And I adore it. (and the boy wearing the crown!)

Another thing I love about 6-year-olds: they love any and every gift you give them. Disappointment is not a possibility on this special day. Every present is the most exciting and the very best despite the simpleness of it all. Oh to be six again!

He’s at the age where its cool and fun for your parents and younger brother to bring you lunch at school for your birthday – his lunch of choice: a bean burrito from Taco Bell.

He really is the happiest. I think its part personality, part age – but either way we love it!

Happy Birthday…

Last week we celebrated Cannon, this week the happy birthday bucket and decorations are back on the counter as we celebrate Hallie.

At dinner tonight we talked about Hallie and how she came into this world. We can’t talk about Hallie as a baby and not talk about how she almost became an only child! She always asks questions about how bad it was for us when she was a baby. Time has healed some of those wounds but the memory is still there!

And as much as I would’ve given her away as a baby – I wouldn’t trade her today.

Here’s a snapshot of Hallie at 14 years old:

She remains kind and patient with her brothers. Briggs is her little buddy and their relationship is just about the cutest thing.

Junior high has been extremely good to her (which is not always the case for girls) and she is turning into quite the social butterfly. If she has a free weekend night (not babysitting or other obligations) she is with friends.

She is the easiest when it comes to food – she loves anything I cook. If she’s going out to eat she loves In-n-Out, Chipotle and Panda Express (still a favorite and has been for years).

She’s loving tennis and has a new coach and its been fun to watch her excel. Now we need to work on her mental game, that’s usually what gets in her way.

She’s usually wearing jeans, a striped shirt and black vans.

School keeps her busy and she’s wondering why in the world she’s in honors science and having to do science fair projects!

She doesn’t have a phone yet, and she has been extremely understanding about not having one. We did give her the ability to text from an apple account from a device at home and that’s been great for her to connect with classmates on school projects and friends.

She is tender hearted, just like her father. And yet, Steve tells me she’s just like me. Not sure how that works?!

She is and always will be our favorite daughter. 🙂

Happy Birthday Hallie!