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!

Happy Birthday…

He came out with a head full of dark hair and it’s been giving him problems ever since!

Here’s a snapshot of Cannon:

He is kind and patient.

He loves a good snuggle and loves when his dad reads Shel Silverstein with him before bed.

He has some crazy bed head. He’s learning the importance of wearing tennis shoes to PE.

He loves his friends and every day the minute he gets off the bus he asks to play with friends.

If he was choosing dinner it would be a corn dog.

He thinks sharing a room with Hunter is the best thing ever.

He loves the beach – he could take or leave the ocean – but loves the beach.

He empties the dishwasher like a champ and picks up all the fallen fruit in the yard.

He is happy and obedient and we all love him dearly.

Here are a few things we love about Cannon:
Briggs: Loves that he shares his candy with him
Bennett: Loves playing chess with him.
Hunter: Loves that they get to share a room now and they get to talk at night.
Hallie: Loves cheering with him at ASU games.
Kara: Loves that he has a passion for music just like his older brothers and he asked to be the DJ in the car for his birthday. He played us some great tunes.
Steve: Loves that for the last year before Cannon started kindergarten they would spend their lunch together playing games – mostly UNO.

Happy Birthday buddy!

Happy Birthday…

We’ve got a special 11-year-old today and he got the birthday treatment!

Doughnuts and birthday bucket at breakfast.

One of his best friends, Scott (who’s currently not attending school because of his burns), was able to surprise him at lunch.

He had a favorite dinner (hot diggity dogs) with special dinner guests and then it was presents and treats and then off to soccer. The only disappointment of the day was the Packers losing to the Eagles.

Hunter is fun. He’s confident. And even better, he’s kind. (although his brothers might disagree at times!)

Earlier this week, we were talking with some people who live in the neighborhood and have a boy Hunter’s age. For the most part they have different interests and they don’t seem to spend a lot of time together aside from annual birthday parties or occasional night games.

But evidently, their boy loves Hunter and really looks up to him. They talked about how kind he is to their boy who isn’t very social and doesn’t do a ton with friends. Their child looks forward to riding the bus because he sits with Hunter. They appreciate how Hunter includes him on the playground even if he’s not the most athletic.

As the parents went on, I could feel of their love for Hunter because of his love for their child. Kindness goes such a long way and Hunter is learning how to give it generously.

Both Steve and I were beaming as they spoke – those are the best parenting moments.

Happy birthday buddy!