Birthday boy…

We celebrated a birthday this weekend! Really, we celebrated this birthday a couple weeks ago when we took him to Disneyland, but you can never celebrate enough!

Here’s a snapshot of Briggs right now:

He always has a football in his hands. He’s running the ball into the couch. He takes the ball to tennis matches and soccer games. And he’s always willing to practice a diving catch. He reminds me of Hunter at this age.

He is teased relentlessly by Cannon and he does his fair share of teasing.

He always wants to be with friends; sun-up to sun-down. He’s got some twin best friends in the neighborhood and his day is not complete until he’s played with them.

He has the raspiest voice – it always sounds like he’s losing his voice, but that’s just his tone.

He’s a negotiator and very persistent.

He’s a tough cookie. I’m sure older siblings roughing him around helps but its hard to know how hurt he is because he doesn’t typically complain. Which is why he had a broken arm for 10 days before we realized how serious it was.

He wears his Suns jersey on repeat. And he was stoked when he played rec basketball and they were the junior Suns.

He’s played soccer and basketball so far and is anxiously waiting for football season.

He has an older sister who absolutely adores him and is so good to him. Its hard to believe he’s not going to remember much of her time at home with him growing up.

He’s learning Spanish and has a pretty good accent.

He is a pretty good sport as we cart him around to all the practices and games of his siblings. He always asks if there will be friends there and I try and work with other moms with younger kids to arrange similar schedules.

He spent his birthday at the Lehi Days Rodeo with his two best buddies. They had a basketball game and then went out for treats. He ended the evening watching Wonka with the same friends. He was living his best 8-year-old life.

Sports birthday party…

Cannon was so patient as we put delayed his birthday party a few weeks. I think he was okay with it because he couldn’t decide what kind of party he wanted to have. He thought he wanted a sports party (like Hunter had when he was younger). But then he was confident he wanted a science party (like Bennett did a few years back). But he must have talked to a few friends at school because he came home confident again in the sports party – so we ran with it.

Hunter was considerably younger when we threw this party for him so it took much more parent involvement to run the games and drills. Cannon knew exactly what he wanted to do – he wanted to play chair soccer and frisbee dodgeball and all the kids were old enough to play without intervention which was so much fun to watch. We could have made the party an hour longer and it still wouldn’t have been enough time for the kids.

Because it was a “sports” party we invited everyone to wear their favorite jersey and wouldn’t you know it half the kids showed up in a Suns Devin Booker jersery – and we didn’t even play any basketball. Which actually came in handy when we were dividing teams because all the Bookers were on one side against everyone else. 🙂

Cannon was happy with how the party turned out which is all I could hope for.

After everyone cleared out, we cleaned up the party and then cleared out the living room of all it’s furniture as we prepped for the function we were hosting the next evening. Never a dull moment around here!

Birthday boy…

We celebrated this guy today and he is so fun to celebrate.

We sat around this morning at breakfast telling memorable stories about Hunter. This kid has simultaneously kept us on our toes and laughing at the same time. He’s usually one step ahead of us and always planning his next joke/prank. Whether that’s hiding in our shower or planning an elaborate alarm clock heist.

He’s just fun to have around. Typically in a good mood. Optimistic.

He challenges himself and sets goals – and then works to accomplish it. For example, earlier in the year he was in a high school level spanish class while in 8th grade. He set a goal to spend a certain amount of time in duolingo every day and when that was no longer challenging, he decided he wanted to learn how to pray in spanish. And after practicing and feeling confident he prayed in spanish multiple times in family and church settings. He has proven he knows the formula for setting and accomplishing goals.

I usually scan through my old photos to post some for birthdays but I only made it through 2023 before I had enough to truly capture what his life looks like right now for him.

His year summed up in one word…ACTIVE. He goes and goes and just when I think he can’t possibly fit anything else in – he manages to surprise me.

He’s managed to fit in soccer, tennis, snow skiing, wakesurfing, cross country, scuba diving, and hiking. On top of that he’s focusing on education, temple trips, service, family and friends.

He never ceases to amaze me. Happy birthday kid!

Birthday boy…

He is the coolest dad I know and he is now getting hand me down shoes from his oldest son!

If I could choose to celebrate anyone, Steve would be at the top of the list and to be honest he is so easy to celebrate. He is fun, loving, playful and sincere at his core. We were at a family reunion recently and I was watching him interact with my family (parents and siblings) from afar and I couldn’t be more grateful for the way he’s embraced my family over the years and how he counts them as his own, he fits right in.

Seeing as though we’re coming up on our 20th wedding anniversary, we’ve spent a lot of time recently talking about our life together and how far we’ve come. We are totally different people than we were 20 years ago – in a good way. And one of my very favorite things about Steve is his earnest desire to grow and change.

There is a song we put on our summer playlist this year by Ben Platt called “Grow As We Go” and it describes us perfectly.

You don’t ever have to leave
If to change is what you need
You can change right next to me
When you’re high, I’ll take the lows
You can ebb and I can flow
And we’ll take it slow
And grow as we go

And that is exactly what we’ve done. We’ve slowly grown together. There is no doubt he is my better half.

He’s present. He’s supportive. He’s funny. He’s patient.

And now he’s a year older.

Happy Birthday!

Bennett’s glow party…

Years ago when Hallie turned 12 years old, I bought all the supplies for a fun glow party. After the party, everything went into a bin and we’ve been using it ever since. We’ve used it on New Years, we used it for Hunter’s 12th birthday, we’ve had friends borrow the box-o-supplies. And this weekend we pulled the glow party box out for Bennett on his 12th birthday.

We played the same games we created for Hallie’s party all those years ago. Our large bin of tennis balls has only grown larger (they glow the best under a black light!) and there are endless amounts of games you can come up with tennis balls and we’ve come up with several. In fact, before the party started they made up their own game and were playing dodge ball and pegging eachother with a glow-in-the-dark balls! The possibilities are endless. 🙂

The kids loved the highlighter trick – they were all skeptical it would actually show up in the dark but they had fun decorating their faces…and arms…and legs.

Bennett said his favorite game was the life-size hungry, hungry hippo. We played it multiple times, but he would have been happy if we played that all night.

Just as I expected – the glow party was a hit yet again. It never disappoints and Cannon is already anticipating his 12-year-old glow party.

We packaged everything back in the bin and it’s safely stored until we need it again. It’s the party that just keeps on giving.