When we hit the summer we hit the "birthday season" at our house. We have one in May, two in June, two in July and one in August. Add in a graduation, vacation and adoption finalization and we have had a full summer.
Instead of taking fun family trips for each child's birthday, we opted for the reasonable present for each child. I am so glad that we reverted to presents for this year at least. The birthdays have been quiet, but fun.
Miss Mary turned 15 in May.
Her last few days with her sister Riane before Riane's flight to Chicago
Fifteen is a lot candles, but she managed!
Mary is quite the artist! Hard to believe how far she has come.
Our little Wokelle from that picture has blossomed so. Look at him now:
Seven years old and every bit the charmer. He can make conversation with anyone.
Every child gets to request their birthday dessert and he asked for ice cream cake. This year he lit the candles himself.
Everything was fun!
And that present from Grandma:
felt pretty good!
Riane is also in June, but she is away living the dream and serving the Lord in Chicago. We sent her a box of fun and she told us her friends went all out to show her a great 18th.
In July, Adela turned 13. Her day started out unusual with Jerome rolling out some water filled barrels and challenging everyone to race.
For the first time ever she asked for the dessert she really wanted:
A bowl full of candy!
She is such a sweet girl. The family letter writer! She keeps up with somewhere around 14 pen pals. Not only that she keeps a good friendship going with an older lady in our neighborhood.
The last of our July birthdays was our little Isaiah turning 5 -- his first birthday as a Googeg.
He wasn't quite sure about the whole thing, but in the end decided it would be fun.
Opening cards can be challenging, but his brothers had his back.
That present from Grandma was so exciting --
It was hard to eat that chocolate, chocolate cake.
We got him a rip stick. In case you are wondering:
He can hold his own.