Another year older…

Speaking of birthdays…we celebrated another year older for Briggs this month as well. When your six-years-old, it’s still cool for your parents to bring lunch to you at school and then hang out with you during recess. Who knows how long that will last, so we’re soaking in those parenting moments.

We made sure to hit up Dutch Brothers for a birthday smoothie because my kids can’t imagine a birthday without doing so.

Six-year-olds are also the best to give gifts to because everything is awesome and exciting. And true to form, Bennett’s expressions always take the cake!

A fews days later Briggs had his first “friend” party. I’m realizing his birthday is going to fall near our spring break every year which means I’ve got to be on the ball and make sure it happens before spring break. In fact, two years ago when he turned four, he was supposed to have a friend birthday party. I thought it was no big deal to push it after spring break. Except for the fact that the world nearly stopped on its axis due to COVID and we didn’t spend time with anyone outside of our family for a long time after returning home. It was the birthday party that never came to be.

Briggs and Dr. Seuss share a birthday and I’m fully aware he’s going to outgrow a Seuss party so we capitalized on this year. We read a Dr. Seuss book together, we drew cat in the hat (thanks to Art Hub for Kids, we danced to some Dr Seuss youtube songs and played freeze dance. Kids this age are easily entertained and when the party is only an hour and a half, it doesn’t leave much time to get bored.

We sufficiently celebrated!

Birthday boy…

We have a tradition of telling our kids their birth story the night before their birthday and Briggs was anxious for his turn tonight. We decided to pull up some pictures to show him what he looked like as a baby. As I was scrolling through hundreds of photos on my computer, with Briggs peeking over my right shoulder, I paused on this photo. The sound of disgust spilled out of his little mouth as he questioned why he looked like that. As I started to explain to him, I rotated my office chair to see his head cocked and he was just barely seeing the photo out of the corner of his eye. He was happy when we moved on to photos where he was less “Alien” looking. 🙂

There are so many things we love about this kid. He is the perfect caboose to our family.

He has the funniest vocabulary for a kid. He’s picking up words from Steve and my conversations. He’s listening to his siblings conversations. And he speaks matter-of-factly.

His best friends are twins in our neighborhood and he thinks it’s so unfair that they always get to sleep in the same room, but he doesn’t get to.

He loves sports – similar to Hunter at this age – but far more coordinated! He’s been on a tennis court and soccer field much younger than everyone else because he has to sit through all their games. As such, he’s playing with a ball more than anyone else has. He’s going to pass them all up.

Being the youngest, he thinks he’s older than he is and often complains of the injustice of having to go to bed earlier than some of the others in the family.

He reads and reads and reads. And even when I tell him its bed time and it’s time to turn lights out – he still reads.

We just switched up our bedroom situation and he’s sharing a room for the first time with Cannon. He thought he was pretty big when he graduated to the lego room.

He’s a little sassy and a little sweet and 6-years-old seems so much older than 5!

Lego Birthday Party…

I love when I get to repurpose something. We have lego costumes sitting in the attic collecting dust and I finally got to pull them out and use them again for Cannon’s Lego Birthday party. I’ve thrown a lego party before (for Hunter’s 6th birthday) and although the theme was the same, this group was older and we had different activities.

Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party

We had kids decorate their own lego people.

Lego Birthday Party

We had a building contest to see who could build the tallest tower in 10 minutes with the legos available. The tower had to be able to stand on its own for judging – the kids were very creative

Lego Birthday Party

We used m&ms and straws to see who could move their stack of candy the fastest. (They wanted to do this over and over again!) We also had relay races with legos and spoons outside. I got all the candy for the “candy bar game” and Hunter made every box look like a lego – and then we ran out of time and didn’t even play it. I’m realizing the older kids get, the less structure they want at a party and instead want free time to play. So the kids played. The played with legos, they played outside. They stayed busy!

Lego Birthday Party
Lego Birthday Party

The sweet 16…

Hallie just had her friend party for her birthday this weekend (even though her birthday was two weeks ago) so I suppose we can finally close the Hallie 16th birthday celebration chapter. She has enjoyed every minute of it though!

We had a local sign company (spellitoutco) come leave her a little message in our front yard. That way everyone in the neighborhood would know we have a new driver on the roads.

We took her lunch at school with treats for her friends and surprised her with some flowers – and to add to her embarrassment, her friends made sure to sing happy birthday over and over again throughout the day. In class. Lunch. Anywhere they possible could!

We talked about having friends over that day for a little party, but her highest priority was to get her driver’s license which involved a road test – anyone that’s done that before knows that it’s an all day ordeal. She didn’t care – it’s the only thing she wanted for her birthday. So we delivered. Actually she delivered because she passed and got her official driver’s license on her birthday.

After she officially passed her driver’s test we came home to open presents with family before everyone scattered to their activities for the night.

Being an official driver she went and picked up a friend and they made the rounds to grab birthday treats and drinks – by themselves!! This is some serious freedom and they could not contain their excitement. Our lives have just drastically changed – and her friends are excited that one of them is finally a licensed driver. I have a feeling I’m going to see a lot more of these kind of pictures on Hallie’s phone.

She is good to the core and so much fun, but all the birthday fun must come to an end. You only turn 16 once and she nailed it!

Hunter’s birthday…

We’re in a busy season of life and the birthdays came hard and fast at us this fall. I always feel like Hunter’s birthday is always the start of the fall/holiday madness. I know once his birthday arrives everything moves at warped speed and this year was no different so I’m playing a little catch-up for Hunter’s birthday a while back. Hunter had two birthday requests: a pair of nikes and a hooded changing towel for the lake, as random as that sounds. Luckily, I was able to deliver on both accounts (which involved me texting Hallie repeatedly from Nike to make sure I was buying “cool” shoes!)

His birthday fell on a Sunday so he was home with us all day to celebrate and we gathered with family at night for treats. He’s easy to please and even more fun to celebrate.

Pure excitement on that kid’s face. (and the shock on Cannon’s face!) Steve was skeptical on the gifts but we followed his list and nailed it! 🙂

We took the traditional birthday growth chart photos and he’s grown leaps and bounds.

When we first started shooting these photos years ago he could barely hold the board – now it’s not too long before he’ll probably out grow it all together. At least he’s hoping he hits 6ft – lofty goals for a new teenager!

He’s another year older and wiser too…