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Ami Turns 6

Ami’s birthday was last week.   The morning of, he wondered aloud who all was going to come for his birthday.  Confused, I asked him what he meant, and reminded him it was just going to be the 5 of us.  He said he’d invited everyone in his class on the last day of school.  Uh Oh!  I told him that they didn’t know when it was and he assured me he told them all it was June, 14th.  Oh my sweet, sweet little boy.  We had a discussion about invitations, and how parents needed things written down so they would know when and where.  He took it pretty well, but my heart was broken for him.

So we took a surprise trip to the pool.  Swimming makes everything better.

When it came time to decide what he wanted for dinner, he was torn between Texas Roadhouse and Golden Corral Buffet.   It’s a hard call which is cooler, the all you can eat dessert that Golden Corral offers, or the fact that you can throw peanut shells on the floor at Texas Roadhouse.  Dessert won.

All you can eat cotton candy is a great incentive to eat all of your vegetables!

I can’t help but wonder when Ami and Conrad will stop using their shirts for napkins.

Sugar overload!  And I’ll take a rain-check on that kiss thank-you-very-much!

After we were all sugared up, it was time for games, lots and lots of video games!

Those eyes!  Those lashes!  Those apple cheeks! That toothless grin!

I love his face!

It was a great day to turn 6!




Filed under Celebrate, Making Memories, With Gratitude


Saturday was what would have been Benny’s 11th Birthday.

We kept it low-key.  Derek baked strawberry cupcakes and I decorated them with hearts, B’s, and piggies.  My cake decorating skills could use some help, but I think Benny would have liked them just the same.

Please forgive the bad photos.

We visited my mom.  She has a pond in her retirement community and there are tons of baby ducks right now.  The boys caught some and we all got a chance to hold one.  I had to use serious self-control not to put one or twelve in my purse.

Jeremia was there too, but he wasn’t up for having his picture taken.

Nothing makes me happy like holding baby animals.

Derek found a nest that had blown out of a tree.  I now have 3.

Then we spent some time with my sister and her family.  The boys LOVE their house and not just because they have a pool.

Uncle Craig launched Conrad into the air. C-rad kept saying “again, again”.


We’re lucky enough to have Piper for a visit again.  I love the look on her face.

Not a day goes by that the boys don’t make me laugh one way or another.

It would have been easy to lay around and feel sorry for myself, because Benny should be here.  He’s not and there’s not a damn thing I can do about it.  Instead of wallowing, we had adventures, did family stuff and had fun.  I think it’s how Benny would want it.

Never forget-Boy that Benny sure is cute!

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