Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Cricket is Nine!

 Our boy just turned nine!  NINE! Can you believe it?  It was strange enough to have the eldest turn ten, but now that Cricket is nine I am kind of freaked out.  It is going so fast! 

We started the weekend (yes weekend!) of celebration with going out for breakfast.  His choice was to go to the little cafe up the street for homemade donuts.  Good choice, huh? 

 His other idea for the day was unfortunately unobtainable because the weather just did not cooperate with us.  He wanted to go hiking....but we went bowling instead.  It was fun!  Sorry no pictures though.  I was too busy holding our little girl who wanted to crawl all over the bowling alley.  We ended the day with a cookout, despite the cold weather, and had a cozy supper together.

 Owl wanted to be sure I took a picture of baby A too, and wanted to pose with her.  Umm, okay, cutie!  J tucked them all into bed, so I could make the birthday cake.  Cricket wanted a giant German Chocolate Cake.  (with as many layers as you can make mom, okay?) 

The next day we had J's mom and dad over to celebrate.  Cricket and Grandpa actually share a birthday so it's extra fun!
 Just after he blew out the candles.  I tried to get an action shot, but he was too fast for me!
 Badger made Grandpa one of his famous pop-up cards.  I love it that he loves to make cards.
 And here is my brilliant boy, patiently enduring the challenge of being watched while he tries to read his birthday card.  I won't say more about that right now, except that I am constantly amazed with how this boy deals with challenges.  He amazes me.  He always gives the other person the benefit of the doubt, he is forgiving.  He loves to play!  And is happy and busy and just fun to be around!  He also is amazingly smart and has a soft heart.  I couldn't be prouder of him.  I am so blessed to be his mama.  I can see his little new baby face the day that he was born forever in my memory like it was yesterday.  And although he's growing up faster than I ever imagined I am so excited to see what God has in store for him!  I love you my son.  (And papa does too.  So much!) 
Happy Birthday!

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