I just went back through this blog to see who's birthdays I have missed. Turns out I missed everyone from June through December of 2011 except Macklin, and four of us so far this year. I'll see if I can find pictures of everyone...
Chase had his 15th Birthday in July. It appears as if I even baked him a cake! Often times we are at IRBC over Chase's birthday, so he misses out on cakes. We tell him that he's still getting the biggest birthday party ever, but it doesn't seem to appease him. Chase is always fun to have around. He has a funny answer to everything, and loves nothing more than to compete in sports. In 2011, his freshman year, he was the third highest scorer (by one goal) on the varsity soccer team, and he even had to sit out 8 games due to injury. He was the highest rushing RB in football on the varsity team in the fall. We're looking forward to soccer season beginning again next week, and games beginning on March 29th.
Jackson turned 17 on October 14th. I have no pictures of him. He did not get a birthday cake. We did feed his football team breakfast that morning, and we made lots of panCAKES. I thought they would be a good substitute, until Jackson reminded me he doesn't like pancakes. He also reminded us that we haven't gotten him a present for his golden birthday...three years ago. Poor guy. We did take him out for dinner to celebrate. This is the only picture I can find of him from that time period...
Alex turned 19 on November 17th. His soccer awards ceremony was on his birthday, so we went to Ankeny and took him out to dinner afterwards. We didn't have a ton of time to spend with him, but we enjoyed the time we did have. He continues to take classes at FBBC, but is unsure of what his plans for next semester are. He's keeping his options open and searching out God's will for his life.
Shannon had a birthday in December. We celebrated by getting away for the weekend. It's been such a blessing having big kids that we can trust to watch the littles while we take some time away.
Hudson's 5th birthday was January 9th. He is at a really fun birthday age. His cousins, aunt & uncle, & grandma and grandpas came to help him celebrate. Of course, just our immediate family is a whole party in itself. Hudson entertains us all day, every day.
The next birthday, on January 28th, was Katie's birthday. She is now 8 years old, and is such a big girl. She does an excellent job reading, and does well in all of her school work. She's incredibly helpful around the house, and can be counted on to help out with the littles when needed.
I had a birthday a week after Katie, and Naomi's 7th birthday followed on February 18th. Naomi loves to design clothes. She is very creative, and can spend hours contentedly coloring. She is either hot or cold, happy or sad. She still loves to cuddle with me, and we have our own special spots on the sofa to watch TV in the evenings. She loves everything girly, and most mornings she'll wake up, get dressed, and put on her eyeshadow and lip gloss before coming downstairs for breakfast.
We have a couple weeks off before Bryce's birthday. I'll attempt to get his pictures posted in a more timely fashion.
"The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." Proverbs 18:15