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Birthday Elliot

Elliot’s Birthday at Skyzone

Today was Elliot’s actual birthday. He went to Skyzone with Cameron, Susan and Erin and then afterward they went out for dinner.

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Birthday Elliot

Elliot’s Birthday Party

Elliot, wearing Mari’s gift-wrapping accessories.
Blowing out his candles.

This evening we celebrated Elliot’s birthday, a few days early. The Reagens and Mar-Mar and BeBob came over for dinner.

Elliot turned 13 this year. He is generally a caring boy who likes to help out around the house, sometimes. He is still the best at making Andrew laugh, and also knowing how to get under his skin. He wakes up at 6:30 every morning for school, where he spends most of his day. Every day when I pick him up I ask if anything happened today, to which the reply is always ‘no.’ In his free time he likes to play soccer and hang out with Cam.

Favorite song The Box
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Skyline
Favorite band: None
Favorite book: Harry Potter 7
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite movie: Knives Out

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Birthday Lucia

Glazed Expressions

Lucia, her friends Lucy & Rozlyn, and Hope went to Glazed Expressions this afternoon to celebrate Lucia’s birthday.

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Birthday Lucia

Lucia’s 7th Birthday

We celebrated Lucia’s birthday last Saturday with her family party, but today is her actual birthday.

Our kids get to pick a birthday cereal. Lucia picked Lucky Charms.
These two are best friends. Lucia goes to school on Tuesdays for her homeschool enrichment classes. Since it was her birthday, she ordered treats to share with her class.

Lucia is still such a joy to have around the house. She is happy, snuggly, social, and a great friend to everyone. The most recent highlight of her life is that we had some new neighbors move in over the summer and they have an 8 year-old daughter who she loves to play with. She watches the clock every day to see when she is getting home from school and can’t wait to play.

She shares a bed with Rose, which is awesome and super-cute. They wake up every day around 7:30. Lucia would usually sleep a little later, but Rose sometimes wakes her up. She likes to eat bagels for breakfast and chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese for lunch. She played soccer this fall and took a tumbling class. She is naturally very flexible and strong so she does well at tumbling. She and Rose go to bed every night at 9 after reading for a few minutes.

Favorite song: Tequila
Favorite color: Turquoise
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite band: TwentyOne Pilots
Favorite book: Fancy Nancy
Favorite sport: Dance 
Favorite movie: Moana
Favorite subject: Art

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Andrew Birthday Lucia

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.

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Andrew Birthday Sports

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

Favorite song:  IDK
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite food:  Pasta
Favorite band:  IDK
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite sport: XC
Favorite movie: IDK
Favorite Subject: Social Studies

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Birthday Susan

Susan’s Birthday

Saturday evening we celebrated Susan’s birthday with her parents and the Reagens.

Happy Birthday, Susan!
On her actual birthday.

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Birthday Des Moines

Papa’s Birthday Party

This evening we celebrated Susan’s Dad’s birthday at the Reagens’ house.

Papa, as the grandkids call him, with his Des Moines grandkids.
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Birthday

I had a birthday

Susan made a great cheesecake.
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Birthday Mari

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)