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Friday, April 5, 2013

Birthday Boys

My boys both have spring birthdays- less than two weeks apart, in fact!  This year, they decided that rather than having birthday parties, they wanted to do something different to celebrate.  Works for me!  Planning two celebrations so close together can be exhausting- not to mention- expensive!

TS 2 asked if we could go to an indoor water park for the day, so we packed up and set off for an overnight birthday celebration.

It was a fun-filled day and worth the emotional effort it took for me to don a bathing suit and get wet while snow softly fell outside.

The snow, though annoying this late in the season, was beautiful and reminded us of the day TS 2 was born on a snowy, late winter day NINE years ago.

One of the fun perks of this trip was an impromptu reunion of sorts we had with old friends.  We decided to go to church on Sunday morning at a church local to the water park.  Several old friends from our church had moved to this area over the years, and we hoped we might see some of them.  Did we ever!

We were even able to grab some lunch with them afterwards.  It was a blessing to catch up with our sweet friends!

TS 1 requested tickets to a Yankees/Red Sox game for his birthday celebration.  If you're not from around these parts, perhaps you don't appreciate the rivalry between these two teams, but it is pretty intense.  Despite the bitter cold, our die hard Yankee fans had a blast!

Of course, both boys also had their annual celebratory dinner at a local Mexican restaurant as well.

It's hard for me to believe that TS 1 is TWELVE years old now.  He is changing so much, so quickly.  Yet in so many ways, he is still a child.  It's a new phase of parenting for us.  I'm trying to help him think and make good decisions for himself, rather than making all of the decisions for him.  I'm trying not to be too frustrated when he fails.  I am so proud of who he is and who he is becoming!  I am so thankful for the gift of TIME with him now that we are homeschooling.

Happy birthday to our precious boys!

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