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

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

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

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