Lucia and Andrew Birthday Party

This evening we celebrated Andrew and Lucia’s birthdays with the Reagens, Liesses, and Elsie and Abbot from next door. Lucia wanted walking tacos and Andrew always has Skyline, so we made walking tacos with Skyline taco meet (and some regular taco meet for those who prefer it). It was a fun night with good food and good company.

Andrew’s 16th Birthday

Today we mini-celebrated Andrew’s 16th birthday. He was supposed to have a cross country meet out of town, so we didn’t plan anything. The meet was cancelled because of the weather and his team arranged a duel meet with another local team. Andrew ran a great race and we picked up a mini chocolate cake for afterward.

Andrew and some of his running friends – Jackson, Luke, and Carter.
Blurry Cake

Mari’s 14th Birthday

This evening we celebrated Mari’s 14th birthday with Susan’s parents and the Reagens. We had Skyline for dinner and the candy-dish cake that has become popular among our kids.

Mari at 14 is turning into a smart, independent young woman. She does well in school, is very responsible, and is particular about many things in life. She does not hesitate to share her feelings openly.

Favorite song: None
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: None
Favorite band: None
Favorite book: She is reading Twilight right now
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite movie: Spiderman (Tom Holland)

Rose’s 4th Birthday

This morning we celebrated Rose’s 4th birthday! We had Susan’s parents, the Reagens, and the Thibodeaus over for brunch, cake, and presents.

Rose continues to be a joy to have around. She brings a lot of energy and excitement to the house, appreciating the little things that most of us take for granted. She shares a room and a bed with Lucia, and manages to stay on the same schedule as the rest of us. She often sneaks in a nap in the car to help keep up with our hectic schedule.

Favorite song: Baby Shark
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite food: Macaroni & Cheese
Favorite book: Fancy Nancy

Elliot turns 12!

This year for Elliot’s birthday we went to dinner at Jason’s Deli and then went sledding with the Reagens. We had his traditional family party on Sunday and these are some of his favorite things to do.

This year is Elliot’s first year in a traditional school. His adjustment has been great and he is going well. Most days he is up around 7:40 and has to catch the bus at 8:30. A couple of days a week he is up at 6:40 so he can go to band practices before school. On school days he gets home at 4:30 and can often be found doing homework or playing tag with Lucia and Rose after school. He likes to make smoothies for snacks. His evenings usually include soccer and then he is in bed by 10. On the weekends he likes to sleep in a little, play on the Xbox, and play outside.

Favorite song: None
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Skyline
Favorite band: AJR
Favorite book: Harry Potter 7
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite movie: None

Elliot’s Birthday Party

This year we celebrated Elliot’s birthday a couple of days early because I am going to be traveling on his birthday. We had the Reagens over for dinner, and the usual birthday festivities.

Lucia’s 6th Birthday!

Lucia & Leah

Last night we celebrated Lucia’s 6th birthday. The Herrels were in town and we had a joint birthday party for Leah and Lucia. Leah’s birthday is the 14th and the two girls adore each other.

Lucia at 6 is a real angel. She can be a little mischievous at times and sometimes twists the truth, but overall she has a smile on her face and is happy to participate in the world. She is in kindergarten this year and she and Susan work on some light homeschooling in the afternoons. Lucia does go to the HSAP classes at Rex on Tuesdays. She was a little apprehensive for the first few weeks, but she is getting the hang of it now and enjoys seeing her friends. 

Lucia loves to color and play various pretending games. She enjoys dancing, singing, and reading books with anyone who will read to her. She and Elliot get along well and often when he gets home from school the two of them go outside and jump on the trampoline.

She gets up around 7:30 each day and she and Rose share a bed and go to bed around nine. She is very patient with Rose, who still likes to snuggle more than Lucia does. Overall, she and Rose are best buds and do nearly everything together, mostly because Rose wants to do everything Lucia is doing. 

Favorite song: Best Nutcracker song ever
Favorite color: blue
Favorite food: ice cream
Favorite book: Fancy Nancy