Happy Unbirthday…

Several years ago Steve decided it would be much better to celebrate my December birthday on my half birthday in June and I agreed. There’s so much going on in December, my birthday was often overlooked anyway – and who wants to receive Christmas gifts, anniversary and birthday gifts all in a week and a half.

So for years, we’ve celebrated my birthday in June. Of course, then December rolls around and people start wishing me a happy birthday and asking what I was doing for the special day and then I had to explain over and over again that we celebrate in June.

This year, a neighbor stopped by with chocolate muffins for my birthday and the kids answered the door. He asked Cannon who’s special day it was and Cannon had no idea. “Doesn’t someone in your house have a birthday today?” Cannon denied any such birthday. Our neighbor was a little confused – clearly his wife sent him on the errand and now he was second guessing leaving the birthday muffins. Cannon proudly said, “No, it’s my mom’s fake birthday today, her real birthday is in June.” Cannon was so matter-of-fact and this confused our poor neighbor even more. He left the muffins anyway. (thank heavens, they were delicious!)

Needless to say, the neighbor was in contact and relayed the funny conversation and I was able to set the record straight and then explain to Cannon that indeed it was my real birthday. Even as the words came from my mouth, Cannon was shaking his head in disbelief. He knows very well when we put the birthday bucket and banner out and when I open my presents! His mind was blown!! I reminded him all day that it was my real birthday. Just as real as his birthday!

Birthday fun…

A couple weeks ago, Hallie gave me a list of things she wanted for her birthday or Christmas. There was nothing crazy or over the top. But several items she requested required me deciding what she would like. For example she wanted clothes. I’m batting 50% with buying clothes for her these days so I didn’t want to buy something and not have her love it. She wanted new sandals – but what color or even size would she need? She wanted perfume – there’s a million options!

Instead of spending time buying stuff we would have to return, I took her shopping. She’s transitioning to a teen so the idea of going shopping is amazing, but she’s still young at heart and longs for the surprise of opening a gift. We blended the two worlds and went shopping for a few things and then had a few small things for her to open. She was more than happy and grateful.

Her cute friends came and decorated her room while she was away and when she returned Cannon and Briggs were so excited for her to see it. They didn’t tell her what it was, but they anxiously told her to hurry and go to her room.

To add to the birthday fun we joined up with family for dinner and cake to celebrate two birthday girls – four years apart in age.

One year older and taller too!

Happy Birthday…

Today she became a teenager and she was beyond happy about it. She’s pinky promised to not turn into a moody teenager but only time will tell. 🙂

If I thought it was an option, I would’ve given her back as a baby…seriously, it was that rough. Even as a toddler, she was strong willed and tried my patience on the daily. But once she started going to school a switch flipped – She was happy and helpful and I would’ve taken three more girls just like her. But the other girls never came and she reigns the oldest and the only girl in the family. I think she quite likes her position in the family despite wishing for sisters every time I was pregnant!

She is the most helpful child you will come across. She’s helpful because she sees a need and doesn’t ask to help, she just pitches in. She has saved me on many occasions both physically and emotionally.

She’s a talker. She comes home from school and talks about her day and I love it. She tells me the good, she tells me the bad and I feel connected because she shares.

She’s turned into quite the shopper. If I’m out running errands she wants to come. Sometimes its the grocery store, sometimes it’s the mall – either way, she’s in. I quite enjoy having her to talk with as we run around.

She’s kind – she doesn’t seek to hurt others, even when her brother’s are egging her on.

She tries new things – if I’ve brought home Thai food – she’ll try it. If people are wake surfing at the lake – she’s not embarrassed – she’ll try it. She scared of heights but when we’re rapelling in Zion – she’ll try it.  I love that she’s not managed by fear.

She always tries her best. She’s an all-in kind of girl and I love that. However, she’s learning perfection isn’t what she should be striving for and sometimes good enough is exactly that…good enough.

As we always tell her – she’s our favorite daughter! 😉

Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Happy birthday…

He’s waited a whole year to be 5 years old and the day has finally arrived! I’m banking on the fact that at least three times in the next week he’s going to tell me he can’t wear a shirt anymore because it says 4 years and he’s now 5! Kid logic makes me chuckle.

We sat in his room this evening recounting the day he was born and then we took turns telling him what we loved about him. With each person who added what they loved most, his eyes sparkled a little more and his grin got just a little bigger. Who doesn’t love to hear people saying great things about them? Even 5-year-olds catch on to that!

Cannon Birthday

Cannon Birthday

Cannon Birthday

Cannon Birthday

Cannon Birthday

He is a happy kid who loves to sit and play board games and do puzzles. He loves playing with friends and loves to run errands with me. He is helpful without being asked. He loves to play with Briggs and only occasionally is frustrated that he’s ruining his game!

I love this happy boy with a head full of crazy coarse hair. Happy birthday little man!

Birthday party…

I love throwing themed parties. My kids have parties on their even years and I start planning far in advance. But Hunter turned 10 and thanks to our little remodel – I didn’t have it in me to spend the time throwing a themed party. (which if I’m being honest was a little difficult to let go of!) I explained the situation to Hunter and he was more than understanding. We decided he would invite a couple friends to a trampoline/ninja warrior place and grab some dinner.

A few days later, he came to me and said he wanted to invite a lot more people. He’s a friend to everyone and he wanted everyone to come. So, we changed plans and had a swim party instead and it ended up being a huge success. They played king of the floaty for over an hour. They were exhausted by the time they were done and it was fun watching a pool full of kids screaming and laughing.

The kids could’ve stayed in the pool for the whole party but they were turning into prunes so we had cake and played Hunter’s favorite game – the candy bar game.

For those unfamiliar with the game, you purchase different candies for every person in your group (and we had a large group so it was tricky finding that many different candies when I was trying to avoid chocolate that I knew would melt). You put all the candies in the center and set a time limit – we did 10 minutes. The kids take turns rolling two dice. They roll once and if they get a 7 or 11 or doubles they can take a candy from the center (and hide it behind them) and pass the dice along. If they roll something other than that they just pass the dice along. The dice go round and round the circle, everyone taking their turn to roll the dice. You try and keep track of the candies you like so if you roll a 7, 11 or doubles you can ask someone specifically for their candy. But you have to be able to remember who has what candy in order to steal it from them. Candy gets passed around over and over again. You win some, you lose some. You do this for your specified time limit. We like to make sure everyone walks away with something so after the game is complete, the kids who had more than one candy, kept their favorite and returned the other ones to the center of the circle. Those who didn’t end up with a candy got to choose one from the center.

From the amount of laughing and squealing I can assume everyone had a great time – regardless that there was no “theme” or even balloons!

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